Course Numbering SystemAll courses offered by Rend Lake College are identified by a prefix followed by a four-digit number (excluding Community Education). The purpose of such a numbering system is to facilitate record keeping and to provide an easy means of identifying various courses as to their degree of difficulty, general curriculum, etc.
The prefix indicates the broad subject area; i.e., mathematics
The first digit indicates the level
The second digit refers to the general curricular division
The last two digits indicate the sequential order within the program.
Freshman-level courses generally begin with the digit “1” followed by three more digits.
Most courses recommended for second-year studies begin with the digit “2” followed by three digits. The second digit may be interpreted thusly:
Academic (Pre-Baccalaureate and Occupational) are traditional academic courses equivalent to the first two years (lower-division) of baccalaureate study and the academic courses in Occupational curricula.
Technical / Applied (Pre-Baccalaureate / Occupational) courses are postsecondary technical or applied in nature. Although most were designed mainly for AAS degrees and Occupational certificate programs, technical courses in certain fields (e.g., graphic arts, drafting, surveying, child care) are acceptable in specific AA/AS degrees.
Community Education non-credit courses.
College Preparation courses are designed to remedy basic skill (i.e., reading, writing and arithmetic) deficiencies of high school graduates.
General Studies courses are broad in nature and designed to meet individual student goals for personal improvement and self-understanding.
Vocational Skills courses provide vocational skills training that is not part of Occupational certificate or AAS degree programs.
Adult Basic Education courses are designed to bring non-high school graduates to a competency of eighth-grade equivalency.
Adult Secondary Education courses are designed to bring non-high school graduates to a competency of 12th-grade equivalency.
English as a Second Language services are designed to help individuals who do not speak English as their native language develop English communication skills.
The third digit in the four-digit sequence indicates prerequisites or degree of difficulty in an ascending order. In general, the fourth number will indicate first-semester work if it is an odd number and second-semester work if it is an even number.