Nov 13, 2019  
2018-2019 Catalogue 
2018-2019 Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions

Course Numbering

The College of Wooster uses a five-digit course numbering system. The first three digits indicate the primary course number. The next two digits are the secondary course number and indicate whether there is a special focus for the course. For example:

The first letters are the department or program abbreviation. The next three digits are the primary course number (101 is the primary course number for all Introduction to Historial Study courses). The last two digits are the secondary course number. These two digits indicate that the special focus for this HIST 101 course is The History of Islam. A course with a given three-digit primary course number can only be taken once for credit unless specifically indicated otherwise by the department.

The following policy has been used in assigning primary course numbers:

  • 100-level courses are usually introductory courses; some 100-level courses do have prerequisites, and students are advised to consult the description for each course.
  • 200-level courses are usually beyond the introductory level, although many 200-level courses are open to first-year students and to majors and non-majors.
  • 300-level courses are seminars and courses primarily for majors but open to other students with the consent of the instructor.
  • The following numbers are for Independent Study: I.S. 40100 (Junior Independent Study), I.S. 45100 and I.S. 45200 (Senior Independent Study).

In addition to the regular course offerings, many departments offer individual tutorials under the number 40000 and internships under 41000. On occasion, departments will offer a course on a special topic as approved by the Educational Policy Committee, designated 19900, 29900, or 39900.


In keeping with the general education requirements of the College’s curriculum
(see Degree Requirements ), course listings employ the following abbreviations:

W Writing Intensive 

C Studies in Cultural Difference

R Religious Perspectives

Q Quantitative Reasoning

AH Learning Across the Disciplines: Arts and Humanities

HSS Learning Across the Disciplines: History and Social Sciences 

MNS Learning Across the Disciplines: Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Except where otherwise noted, all courses carry one course credit.



   •  CHEM 10102 - Forensic Science
   •  CHEM 11100 - General Chemistry I
   •  CHEM 11200 - General Chemistry II
   •  CHEM 21100 - Organic Chemistry I
   •  CHEM 21200 - Organic Chemistry II
   •  CHEM 21500 - Analytical Chemistry
   •  CHEM 21600 - Environmental Chemistry
   •  CHEM 24000 - Inorganic Chemistry
   •  CHEM 31300 - Advanced Organic Chemistry
   •  CHEM 31600 - Instrumental Analysis
   •  CHEM 31800 - Physical Chemistry I
   •  CHEM 31900 - Physical Chemistry II
   •  CHEM 33400 - Biophysical Chemistry
   •  CHEM 34100 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
   •  CHEM 39901 - Organometallic Chemistry
   •  CHEM 40000 - Tutorial
   •  CHEM 40100 - Introduction to Independent Study
   •  CHEM 41000 - Internship
   •  CHEM 45100 - Independent Study Thesis
   •  CHEM 45200 - Independent Study Thesis