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Palm Beach State College

College Catalog 2017-2018

Palm Beach State College

Courses Introduction

Introduction to Course Descriptions

The course list is in alphabetical order by course prefix. The course list contains the full title of the course, initials of the degree/certificates to which the course may be applied and the number of credits/clock hours earned upon successful completion of the course. This information is followed by the necessary prerequisites and corequisites and a description of the course.

Courses that are Gordon Rule and/or General Education courses will have a (*) at the end of the course listing to remind students that they may need to complete placement testing and remediation before taking these courses. These courses do not count toward Gordon Rule and General Education unless they are completed with a “C” or higher.

For the most current listing of courses and course information, click the Course Listing link above or visit this site.

When considering enrollment in courses offered at Palm Beach State, students in Associate in Science (A.S.) or certificate (C.C.C.) programs should refer to the program descriptions in this catalog for the list of required and elective courses in their program. For suggested course completion order and to obtain the most recent course configuration, please consult the program contact. View a list of program contacts.

Associate in Arts (A.A.) students should remember that transferability of a course to a four-year institution may be based on completion of the associate degree. For more information on course transferability and to obtain current information on degree requirements before enrolling in courses, consult a Palm Beach State academic advisor, an academic advisor at the targeted four-year institution,, or

Honors College Courses

Honors College Courses are standard courses that have been enhanced for the Honors student, and approved to be offered by the discipline faculty cluster and the Honors Advisory Committee.  To enroll in these courses, students must apply and be admitted to the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College. Go to the Honors College Website to apply to the College and find out about awards and scholarships that may be available for you. Go to Honors College Courses to see the current list of Honors courses.

Florida’s Statewide Course Numbering System.

All public two- and four-year colleges and universities in Florida and 31 participating non-public institutions assign course numbers using the Florida’s Statewide Course Numbering System (SCNS). This common course numbering system is used to assist in transferring course credit between participating colleges and universities. Students and administrators can use the online Statewide Course Numbering System to obtain course descriptions and specific information about course transfer between participating Florida institutions. This information is located at

Each participating school controls the title, credit, content and level of each course they offer. The level is the first number in the course number. It generally tells the year or level at which this course is offered. (Ex. SYG 1010 is a freshman level course.) This number does not affect the transferability of a course. The course level numbers at Palm Beach State are as follows:

0 - developmental education credit, vocational developmental education and postsecondary adult vocational (PSAV)
      (Courses with level "0" do not transfer.)

1 - freshman year

2 - sophomore year

3 - junior year

4 - senior year


The course prefix is a three-letter grouping that stands for a major division of an academic discipline, subject area, or sub-category of knowledge. (Ex: SYG stands for General Sociology). The prefix does not identify the department which offers a course. Instead, the course content determines the prefix given to a course.

Example of Course Identifier


The course identifier, the prefix and the last three numbers of the course numbers (Ex. SYG 1010), are assigned by members of faculty discipline committees appointed by the Florida Department of Education. These committees are made up of a balance of faculty from two- and four-year, public and private, participating schools that offer this subject area or specialization.

SYG _010 is a survey course in social problems offered by 33 different two- and four-year colleges and universities in Florida. Each school uses “SYG_010” to identify its social problems survey course. The title may vary at each school and the level code (see paragraph two under Florida Statewide Course Numbering System) may differ. Palm Beach State offers SYG 1010, American Social Problems. The freshman level code number does not affect transferability. “SYG” means “Sociology, General,” the century number “0” represents “Entry-level General Sociology,” the decade number “1” represents “Survey Course,” and the unit number “0” represents “Social Problems.”

In science and other areas, some courses will have a “C” or “L” after the course number. The “C” stands for a combined lecture and lab course that meets in the same place at the same time. The “L” stands for a lab course or the lab part of a course with the same number, which meets at a different time or place.

General Rule for Equal Courses

Transfer of any successfully completed course from one school to another school is guaranteed in cases where the transfer course has the same course identifier (prefix and last three digits) as the one offered by the receiving school. Transferable courses have the same identifier and equal faculty credentials at the host school and the receiving school. For example, SYG 1010 is offered at Palm Beach State. The same course is offered at a participating four-year school as SYG 2010. A student who has successfully completed SYG 1010 at Palm Beach State is guaranteed transfer credit for SYG 2010 at any participating four-year school in Florida to which the student transfers. The student cannot be required to take SYG 2010 again since SYG 1010 is equal to SYG 2010. With a few exceptions, transfer credit must be awarded for successfully completed equal courses. It must be used by the participating two- or four-year school to satisfy degree requirements in the same way it would be used for the same credits earned by students who attend the receiving school. Receiving schools have the prerogative of offering transfer credit for other successfully completed courses in addition to equal transfer courses.

Note: Credit generated at institutions on the quarter-term system may not transfer the equivalent number of credits to institutions on semester-term systems. For example, 4.0 quarter hours often transfers as 2.67 semester hours.

Exceptions to the General Rule for Equal Courses

The following courses are exceptions to the general rule for course equality and may not transfer. The ability of these courses to transfer is up to the receiving school:

  • Courses not offered by the receiving institution.
  • For courses at non-regionally accredited institutions, courses offered prior to the established transfer date of the course in question.
  • Courses in the _900-999 series are not automatically transferable and must be evaluated individually. These include such courses as Special Topics, Internships, Practica, Study Abroad, Thesis and Dissertations.
  • College developmental education and vocational developmental education courses.
  • Graduate courses.
  • Internships, practica, clinical experiences and study abroad courses with numbers other than those ranging from 900-999.
  • Applied courses in the performing arts (Art, Dance, Interior Design, Music, and Theatre) and skills courses in Criminal Justice are not guaranteed as transferable.
  • College developmental education, vocational developmental education, and PSAV courses (level “0”) may not be used to meet A.A. degree requirements and cannot be transferred.

Authority for Acceptance of Equal Courses

Section 1007.24(7), Florida Statutes, states:

Any student who transfers among postsecondary institutions that are fully accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and that participate in the statewide course numbering system shall be awarded credit by the receiving institution for courses satisfactorily completed by the student at the previous institutions. Credit shall be awarded if the courses are judged by the appropriate statewide course numbering system faculty committees representing school districts, public postsecondary educational institutions, and participating nonpublic postsecondary educational institutions to be academically equivalent to courses offered at the receiving institution, including equivalency of faculty credentials, regardless of the public or nonpublic control of the previous institution. The Department of Education shall ensure that credits to be accepted by a receiving institution are generated in courses for which the faculty possess credentials that are comparable to those required by the accrediting association of the receiving institution. The award of credit may be limited to courses that are entered in the statewide course numbering system. Credits awarded pursuant to this subsection shall satisfy institutional requirements on the same basis as credits awarded to native students.

Courses at Nonregionally Accredited Institutions

The Statewide Course Numbering System makes available on its home page (, a report entitled “Courses at Nonregionally Accredited Institutions” that contains a comprehensive listing of all nonpublic institution courses in the SCNS inventory, as well as each course’s transfer level and transfer effective date. This report is updated monthly.

Questions about the Statewide Course Numbering System and appeals regarding course credit transfer decisions should be directed to the College’s Office of Academic Services, 561-868-3893, e-mail or the Florida Department of Education, Office of Articulation, 1401 Turlington Building, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400.  Special reports and technical information may be requested by calling the Statewide Course Numbering System office at 850-245-0427 or via the Web at