Each course at Shepherd University has a combination of an alphabetic and numeric identifier that indicates its curriculum category and class level. The Course Descriptions section of this catalog lists the curriculum categories.
The course numbering system of Shepherd University divides courses into four categories: lower-division undergraduate, upper-division undergraduate, master’s degree level and doctoral courses. Lower-division undergraduate courses are numbered from 100 through 299. Upper-division undergraduate courses are numbered from 300 through 499, Master’s level courses are numbered from 500 through 799, and Doctoral level courses are numbered from 800 through 999. Students enrolled in a graduate degree program may take lower numbered classes only by petitioning to do so and receiving the approval of the faculty member and Dean.