About SPC Courses
Course descriptions preceded with a "G" are recommended as fulfilling the writing requirements of the
State Board of Education Rule 6-A-10.30 (2) as defined in the SPC Board of Trustees General Education Program
Waivers of prerequisites may be granted by deans, program directors or instructors-in-charge under certain
conditions. Students who feel that they have sufficient training and/or experience to warrant an exception of
the prerequisite should consult with the dean, program director or instructor-in charge involved.
Please note some courses may have
Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System
Courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida's Statewide Course
Numbering System (SCNS). This numbering system is used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida
and 26 participating non-public institutions. The major purpose of this system is to facilitate the transfer of
courses between participating institutions. 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 on the
Each participating institution controls the title, credit, and content of its own courses and recommends the first
digit of the course number to indicate the level at which students normally take the course. Course prefixes and the
last three digits of the course numbers are assigned by members of faculty discipline committees appointed for that
purpose by the Florida Department of Education in Tallahassee. Individuals nominated to serve on these committees are
selected to maintain a representative balance as to type of institution and discipline field or specialization.
The course prefix and each digit in the course number have meaning in the Statewide Course Numbering System (SCNS).
The list of course prefixes and numbers, along with their generic titles, is referred to as the "SCNS taxonomy." Descriptions of the content of courses are referred to as "statewide course profiles".
Example of Course Identifier
Level at this institution
Composition Skills I
in this course
General Rule for Course Equivalencies
Equivalent courses at different institutions are identified by the same prefixes and same last three digits of the
course number and are guaranteed to be transferable between the participating institutions that offer the course, with a
few exceptions. Exceptions are listed below.
For example, a freshman composition skills course is offered by 58 different postseconday institutions. Each institution
uses "ENC_101" to identify its freshman composition skills course. The level code is the first digit and
represents the year in which students normally take the course at a specific institution. In the SCNS taxonomy,
"ENC" means "English Composition," the century digit "1" represents "Freshman
Composition," the decade digit "0" represents "Freshman Composition Skills," and the unit
digit "1" represents "Freshman Composition Skills I."
In the sciences and certain other areas, a "C" or "L" after the course number is known as a lab
indicator. The "C" represents a combined lecture and laboratory course that meets in the same place at the
same time. The "L" represents a laboratory course or the laboratory part of a course, having the same prefix
and course number without a lab indicator, which meets at a different time or place.
Transfer of any successfully completed course from one participating institution to another is guaranteed in cases
where the course to be transferred is equivalent to one offered by the receiving institution. Equivalencies are established
by the same prefix and last three digits and comparable faculty credentials at both institutions. For example, ENC 1101
is offered at a community college. The same course is offered at a state university as ENC 2101. A student who
has successfully completed ENC 1101 at the community college is guaranteed to receive transfer credit for ENC 2101 at
the state university if the student transfers. The student cannot be required to take ENC 2101 again since ENC 1101
is equivalent to ENC 2101. Transfer credit must be awarded for successfully completed equivalent courses and used by
the receiving institution to determine satisfaction of requirements by transfer students on the same basis as credit
awarded to native students. It is the prerogative of the receiving institution, however, to offer transfer credit for
courses successfully completed that have not been designated as equivalent.
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.
The Course Prefix
The course prefix is a three-letter designator for a major division of an academic discipline, subject matter area, or sub-category of knowledge. The prefix is not intended to identify the department in which a course is
offered. Rather, the content of a course determines the assigned prefix to identify the course.
View course prefix definitions.
Authority for Acceptance of Equivalent Courses
Section 1007.24(7), Florida Satutes, 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."
Exceptions to the General Rule for Equivalency
Since the initial implementation of the SCNS, specific disciplines or types of courses have been excepted from the
guarantee of transfer for equivalent courses. These include varying topics courses that must be evaluated individually,
or applied courses in which the student must be evaluated for mastery of skill and technique. The following courses
are exceptions to the general rule for course equivalencies and may not transfer. Transferability is at the discretion
of the receiving institution:
- 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 preparatory and vocational preparatory 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 Theater) and skills courses in Criminal Justice are not guaranteed as transferable.
Courses at Nonregionally Accredited Institutions
The Statewide Course Numbering System makes available on its
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 Dr. Anne Cooper, Senior Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at St. Petersburg College, EpiCenter 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 internet