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Principal Course Distribution Requirement

Principal courses offer introductions to the breadth of disciplines in the College. They acquaint students with the subject matter in an area, with the types of questions that are asked about that subject matter, with the knowledge that has been developed and is now basic to the area, and with the methods and standards by which claims to truth are judged.

Students must complete courses in topical groups in three major divisions (humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences). For the B.A., three courses are required from each division, with no more than one course from any topical group. The B.G.S. requires two courses from each division, with no more than one from any topical group. To fulfill the requirement, a course must be designated as a principal course according to the codes listed below.

These are the major divisions, their topical subgroups, and the codes that identify them:

Humanities

  • HT: Historical studies
  • HL: Literature and the arts
  • HR: Philosophy and religion

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • NB: Biological sciences
  • NE: Earth sciences
  • NM: Mathematical sciences
  • NP: Physical science

Social Sciences

  • SC: Culture and society
  • SI: Individual behavior
  • SF: Public affairs

No course may fulfill both a principal course distribution requirement and a non-Western culture or second-level mathematics course requirement. Laboratory science courses designated as principal courses may fulfill both the laboratory science requirement and one of the distribution requirements. No free-standing laboratory course may by itself fulfill either the laboratory science requirement or a principal course requirement. Students should begin taking principal courses early in their academic careers. An honors equivalent of a principal course may fulfill a principal course requirement.

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Non-Western Culture Requirement

A non-Western culture course acquaints students with the culture, society, and values of a non-Western people, for example, from Asia, the Pacific Islands, the Middle East, or Africa. Students must complete one approved non-Western culture course.

One approved non-Western culture course is required. Occasionally courses with varying topics fulfill the non-Western culture course requirement. See the Schedule of Classes for details. These courses are coded NW.

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Transfer and Earned Credit Course Codes

These codes are used to evaluate transfer credit and to determine which academic requirements a course meets.

  • H: Humanities
  • N: Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • S: Social Sciences
  • W: World Civilization and Culture
  • U: Undesignated Elective Credit (course does not satisfy distribution requirement)
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Seminar designed to cover current topics in the physics of the Universe beyond the solar system. Content will vary. Graduate students engaged in or preparing for research may repeat enrollments in this course. Open to undergraduates with twelve hours of physics/astronomy courses numbered 500 or above, or consent of instructor. LEC
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This course will address one or more of the following advanced topics in astrophysics: high energy astrophysics, nuclear astrophysics, galactic and extragalactic astrophysics, space physics, cosmology, astrobiophysics, and the interstellar and intergalactic media (ISM/GSM). This course may be repeated for credit if topical content differs. Recommended preparation may vary depending on the topics scheduled. Prerequisite: ASTR 692 or permission of instructor. LEC
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Discussion of how fundamental laws of physics govern the evolution of the universe as a whole along with its structure. Survey of cosmogenic clues in the observable universe, including observed structures, cosmic background radiation and evidence for dark matter. Development of the universe, including theories of initial conditions; cosmological phase transitions; generation of possible relics and dark matter; symmetry breaking; baryon asymmetry; nucleosynthesis; recombination, gravitational instability and the formation of structure; current experimental techniques. Prerequisite: PHSX 718. Recommended: PHSX 593. LEC
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The physics of fully ionized gases in magnetic fields and their application to interplanetary processes, planetary radiation belts, and the sun. The motion of charged particles in magnetic fields, magnetohydrodynamic waves, the solar wind, the ionosphere, and the magnetosphere. (Same as ASTR 795.) Prerequisite: PHSX 621. Corequisite: PHSX 631. LEC
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Advanced laboratory problems, special research problems, or library reading problems. Repeated enrollments are permitted. RSH
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Lectures on advanced material not covered by regular courses. The topics are not limited but generally address recent experimental or theoretical developments in subjects such as superconductivity, nuclear physics, elementary particle physics, quantum field theory, gauge and unified theories, nonlinear or chaotic systems, space plasma physics, and astrophysics and cosmology. Repeated enrollments are permitted. LEC
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Time dependent perturbation theory. Gauge invariance and electromagnetic interactions. Quantization of the electromagnetic field and applications. The Dirac equation, its transformation properties and applications to relativistic problems. Scattering theory, elementary applications, and formal properties. Prerequisite: PHSX 711. LEC
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Advanced computer applications in physical science. General discussion and illustration of problem organization and solution by numerical and other methods with examples from physics, astronomy, and other physical sciences. Students will design, write, validate, and document a computer program to solve a physical problem. (Same as ASTR 815 and CHEM 914.) Prerequisite: Six hours of computer science courses numbered 300 or above, and six hours of physics and/or astronomy courses numbered 300 or above. LEC
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First year graduate students meet to survey research opportunities in the department and develop skills in giving oral presentations in physics and related areas. Prerequisite: Only one hour of 817 can count toward required hours for degree. LEC
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Vector and tensor notation; review of Newtonian mechanics; Lagrangian mechanics; linear vector spaces and matrix theory with applications to the theory of small oscillations; rigid bodies; Hamiltonian formalism. Special relativity. Prerequisite: Twelve hours of junior-senior courses in physics. LEC
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Electrostatics and magnetostatics; Maxwell's equations; plane waves; waveguides. Prerequisite: PHSX 718 and PHSX 821. LEC
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Nuclear forces and the two-body problem; nuclear models; phenomenological treatment of nuclear reactions and decay processes. Prerequisite: PHSX 741 and PHSX 811. LEC
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Theoretical analysis of the standard model of strong and electroweak interactions. Applications to decay and scattering processes with comparison to experiments. Selected topics in non-perturbative physics. Examples of tests to probe beyond the standard model. Prerequisite: PHSX 761. Corequisite: PHSX 911. LEC
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Review of and advanced topics in thermodynamics; the Maxwell relations; the third law; phase transitions. Kinetic theory: the Boltzmann equation; transport phenomena. Statistical mechanics: ideal Maxwell-Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein gases; ensemble theory; derivation of the laws of thermodynamics. Prerequisite: PHSX 711 and PHSX 821. PHSX 671 is recommended. LEC
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More advanced topics in solid state physics that may include: diamagnetism, paramagnetism, ferromagnetism, and antiferromagnetism; electron and nuclear spin magnetic resonance; dielectric properties and ferroelectricity; photoconductivity and luminescence. Prerequisite: PHSX 631 and PHSX 711 (or CHEM 915). LEC
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Magnetohydrodynamics, including discussion of shocks, waves, and stability theory; statistical mechanical foundations; kinetic theory; microstability; non-linear phenomena. Prerequisite: PHSX 795. LEC
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Graduate students engaged in or preparing for research may repeat enrollments in this course. The content will vary. (Same as ASTR 897.) LEC
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Research work (either experimental or theoretical) in physics for students working toward the master's degree. Repeated enrollments are permitted. THE
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Path integral formulation of quantum mechanics. Introduction to quantum field theory using the canonical approach and using the path integral approach. Application of perturbation theory in quantum electrodynamics. Selected applications in condensed matter, nuclear, and particle physics. Prerequisite: PHSX 811. LEC
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Survey of problems in quantum field theory. Functional methods. Renormalization and renormalization group. Role of symmetries. Gauge field theories. Symmetry breaking. Prerequisite: PHSX 911. LEC
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Reviews of special relativity, manifolds, tensors, and geometry. General coordinate covariance and general relativity. Applications to classical theory of gravitation: weak field tests, isotropic, homogeneous cosmology, Schwarzschild solution. Selected advanced topics. Prerequisite: A total of 10 hours of junior/senior work in physics and mathematics, including at least concurrent enrollment in MATH 646. LEC
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Graduate students engaged in or preparing for research may repeat enrollments in this course. Content will vary. LEC
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Inhomogenious Maxwell's equations and multipole radiation fields; special theory of relativity; radiation from accelerated charges: scattering and dispersion. Prerequisite: PHSX 831. LEC
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Graduate students engaged in or preparing for research may repeat enrollments in this course. The content will vary. LEC
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Graduate students engaged in or preparing for research may repeat enrollments in this course. The content will vary. LEC
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Advanced equilibrium statistical mechanics and introduction to nonequilibrium statistical mechanics. Topics include: the theory of liquids, critical phenomena, linear response theory and time correlation functions, Langevin dynamics, and molecular hydrodynamics. (Same as CHEM 950.) Prerequisite: PHSX 871 or CHEM 917. LEC
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Graduate students engaged in or preparing for research may repeat enrollments in this course. The content will vary. LEC
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Research work (either experimental or theoretical) in physics for students working toward the Ph.D. degree. Repeated enrollments are permitted. THE
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Applied music lessons for freshmen and sophomores not majoring music. May be repeated for credit. IND
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The development of keyboard skills in sightreading, transposition, harmonization, improvisation, score reading, and playing by ear. Open to all students not majoring in music who have little or no music training. IND
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Applied music lessons for freshmen majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND
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Small group instruction for the development of performance abilities encouraging exploration of creative potentials and self-directed study. For freshmen and sophomores. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. IND
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The development of keyboard skills in sightreading, transposition, harmonization, improvisation, score reading, and playing by ear. Open to all music majors with little or no piano background. IND
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A continuation of PIAN 144. IND
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For freshmen and sophomores majoring in piano. The study of chamber music literature for piano and various instrumental combinations. Development of rehearsal conducting techniques and leadership skills through collaboration with other musicians. May be repeated for credit. LEC
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Applied music lessons for sophomores majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 121-level until the music major has accumulated 4 credits (8 for performance majors). IND
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Instruction in two-piano and duet repertoire for performance and sight-reading by advanced keyboard performers. IND
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A class in the performance of vocal and instrumental accompaniment. Prerequisite: Completion of PIAN 227 or permission of instructor. IND
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Group instruction in techniques of playing jazz. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. IND
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Instruction in dance accompanying. Open to freshman and sophomore pianists with permission of instructor. IND
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Continuation of PIAN 148. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. IND
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Continuation of PIAN 284. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. IND
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Applied music lessons for juniors and seniors not majoring in music. May be repeated for credit. IND
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The development of functional keyboard skills in sight reading, transposition, harmonization, improvisation, score reading, and playing by ear. Prerequisite: MTHC 115 or permission of instructor. IND
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Performances, lectures, and discussions of all aspects of performance. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. LAB
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Applied music lessons for juniors majoring in music. Not for performance majors. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 221-level until the music major has accumulated 8 credits. IND
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For juniors and seniors. Small group instruction for the development of performance abilities, encouraging exploration of creative potentials, and self-directed study. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. IND
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For juniors and seniors majoring in piano. The study of chamber music literature for piano and various instrumental combinations. Development of rehearsal conducting techniques and leadership skills through collaboration with other musicians. May be repeated for credit. LEC
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A class in the performance of advanced piano repertoire. Enrollment by permission of the department. IND
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Applied music lessons for seniors majoring in music. Not for performance majors. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 321-level until the music major has accumulated 12 credits. IND
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Applied music lessons. Must be taken in the semester a recital is being performed and as required by the degree program. Not for performance majors. IND
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Group instruction in advanced techniques of jazz improvisation with emphasis on various styles and interpretation of leading jazz performers. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. IND
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Instruction in dance accompanying. Open to junior and senior pianists with permission of instructor. IND
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An introduction to the principles of design, theory of operation, maintenance, and tuning of the piano. Lecture and laboratory. Open to junior, senior, and graduate students. LEC
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A continuation of PIAN 522, Piano Technology I. Application of principles of design, theory of operation, maintenance, and tuning of the piano. Prerequisite: PIAN 522. LEC
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Observation and research of the techniques and materials relevant to piano instruction at the elementary to intermediate levels. Additional topics pertinent to music education to include child development, learning, communication, and group dynamics. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC
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Observation and research of the techniques and materials relevant to piano instruction at the elementary to intermediate levels. Additional topics pertinent to music education to include child development, learning, communication, and group dynamics. Prerequisite: PIAN 540 or permission of instructor. LEC
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Applied music lessons for juniors and seniors majoring in performance. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Performance majors must accumulate 16 credits at the 121/221 levels. IND
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A short term course covering a piano-related topic. May be repeated for credit. LEC
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Practicum in piano instruction at the elementary to intermediate levels. Students enrolled for this course are expected to participate in the Children's Piano Laboratory Program or the Campus Community Program. Prerequisite: PIAN 546 or permission of instructor. FLD
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Study and analysis of keyboard repertoire from its beginning through the Classical period. LEC
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Study and analysis of keyboard repertoire of the Romantic and Modern periods. LEC
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Practicum in piano instruction at the elementary to intermediate levels. Prerequisite: PIAN 640 or permission of instructor. FLD
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For graduate students not majoring in piano. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours. IND
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Performances, lectures, and discussion of all aspects of performance. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. IND
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A class in the performance of advanced piano repertoire. Enrollment by permission of the department. IND
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For graduate students majoring in piano. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours. IND
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The techniques and materials for the development of keyboard literacy at the elementary and intermediate levels. LEC
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The techniques and materials for the development of keyboard literacy at the elementary and intermediate levels. Prerequisite: PIAN 840. LEC
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A detailed study of repertoire, performance practice, pedagogical, and stylistic problems relating to keyboard music. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. LEC
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Individual instruction. Open only to students who have been admitted to the D.M.A. curriculum in piano. May be repeated for credit. Summer session limit one to three hours. RSH
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Maximum credit, seven hours. THE
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A lecture-recital and scholarly paper on a subject pertinent to the student's major field. Open only to candidates for the D.M.A. in performance. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. RSH
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A scholarly paper on a subject pertinent to the student's major field. Open only to candidates for the D.M.A. in performance and conducting. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. THE
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First Semester. Essentials of grammar, practice in reading, writing, and speaking Polish. LEC
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Second semester. A continuation of PLSH 104. Prerequisite: PLSH 104. LEC
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Second-year course in the language with emphasis on reading, composition, and conversation. Prerequisite: PLSH 108. LEC
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A continuation of PLSH 204. Prerequisite: PLSH 204. LEC
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Polish grammar, conversation, and composition with select aspects of Polish civilization. Available only to participants in Polonicum, Warsaw University. LEC
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A practical Polish language course involving advanced study of the grammar, reading of texts on a variety of subjects, conversation, and composition. Taught in Polish. Designed for students who have had two or more years of Polish language. Prerequisite: PLSH 208 or equivalent. LEC
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A practical Polish language course involving advanced study of the grammar, reading of texts on a variety of subjects, conversation, and composition. Taught in Polish. Designed for students who have had two and one-half or more years of Polish. Prerequisite: PLSH 504 or equivalent. LEC
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Directed individual readings on various topics concerning Polish literature and/or language. Prerequisite: Two years or four semesters of Polish, and consent of instructor. IND
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Basic problems in painting. Prerequisite: ART 102, and ART 103 or ART 104. LAB
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Course to be offered in area of studio activity of specific interest to individual faculty and qualified students. (This course is not regularly offered. The current Schedule of Classes should be consulted.) May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: ART 102, ART 103, and ART 104; or permission of instructor. LEC
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Sessions deal with the preparation of watercolor paints and equipment, but the main emphasis is placed on relational concepts affecting tone, structure, and unity in work. While the students are expected to explore some of the traditional approaches to watercolor, they also are encouraged to work with new and innovative ones. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: PNTG 263 or permission of instructor. LAB
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An introduction to landscape painting. Considerable work is done out-of-doors. Emphasis is placed upon experiencing the environment and the development of individual approach. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: PNTG 263 and permission of instructor. LAB
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Continuation of PNTG 263. Prerequisite: PNTG 263. LAB
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Continuation of PNTG 263. Prerequisite: PNTG 263; membership in the University Honors Program or 3.25 minimum cumulative grade-point average; and permission of the department. LEC
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Course to be offered in an area of special interest to individual faculty and qualified students. (This course is not regularly offered. The current Schedule of Classes should be consulted.) May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: ART 102, ART 103, and ART 104; and twelve hours of Painting courses, or permission of instructor. LAB
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Continuation of PNTG 364. Prerequisite: PNTG 364. LAB
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Continuation of PNTG 565. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: PNTG 565. LAB
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Continuation of PNTG 364 or PNTG 368. Prerequisite: PNTG 364 or PNTG 368; membership in the University Honors Program or 3.25 minimum cumulative grade-point average; and permission of the department. LEC
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Continuation of PNTG 565 or PNTG 568. Prerequisite: PNTG 565 or PNTG 568; membership in the University Honors Program or 3.25 minimum cumulative grade-point average; and permission of the department. LEC
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The figure and its environment in various media. Prerequisite: DRWG 314 and PNTG 364. LAB
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Continuation of PNTG 585. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: PNTG 585. LAB
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The figure and its environment in various media. Prerequisite: DRWG 314 or DRWG 318 and PNTG 364 and PNTG 368; membership in the University Honors Program or 3.25 minimum cumulative grade-point average; and permission of the department. LEC
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Continuation of PNTG 585 or PNTG 588. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: PNTG 585 or PNTG 588; membership in the University Honors Program or 3.25 minimum cumulative grade-point average; and permission of the department. LEC
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Individual studio activity; capstone experience. Course content to be determined by the student under supervision of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit in subsequent semesters; a maximum of nine hours may apply toward the bachelor's degree. Prerequisite: ART 102, ART 103, and ART 104; and twelve hours of Painting courses, or permission of instructor. IND
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Continuation of PNTG 566. Prerequisite: PNTG 566. LAB
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Continuation of PNTG 667. May be repeated for credit in subsequent semesters. Prerequisite: PNTG 667. LAB
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