Course Prefixes/Subjects

All classes are identified with a two or three letter course prefix which corresponds to a subject, but not all course prefixes are obvious or intuitive. For example, the prefix for First Year Seminar is UCO, which stands for University College, and the prefix for First Year Writing is R C, which stands for Rhetoric and Composition. Below is a helpful list of the course prefixes used at Appalachian. Note these prefix changes for some College of Education courses. Also, here is a list of Building Abbreviations

  • ACC - Accounting
  • ADM - Apparel Design and Merchandising
  • AMU - Applied Music
  • ANT - Anthropology
  • ARB - Arabic
  • ARH - Art History
  • ART - Art
  • A S - Appalachian Studies
  • AST - Astronomy
  • A T - Athletic Training
  • BIO - Biology
  • BSC - Building Sciences (NEW prefix effective Fall 2023)
  • BUS - Business
  • CAS - College of Arts and Sciences
  • CED - Counselor Education
  • CHE - Chemistry
  • CHN - Chinese
  • CHS - College of Health Sciences
  • C I - Curriculum and Instruction  (NOTE: Media Studies courses will have a MTL prefix effective Fall 2023.)
  • CIS - Computer Information Systems
  • C J - Criminal Justice
  • COM - Communication
  • C S - Computer Science
  • CSD - Communication Sciences & Disorders
  • CTE - Career and Technical Education
  • DAN - Dance
  • DSN - Design (NEW prefix effective Fall 2023)
  • ECO - Economics
  • EDU - Education
  • ENG - English
  • ENT - Entrepreneurship
  • ENV - Environmental Science
  • E S - Exercise Science
  • FCS - Family and Child Studies
  • FER - Fermentation Science
  • FDN - Foundations of Education
  • FIN - Finance, Banking and Insurance
  • FRE - French
  • GES - Geological and Environmental Sciences
  • GER - German
  • GHY - Geography
  • GLS - Global Studies
  • GLY - Geology
  • GCM - Graphic Communications Management
  • G S - General Science
  • GWS - Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies
  • HCM - Health Care Management
  • H E - Higher Education
  • HIS - History
  • HON - Honors
  • HOS - Hospitality Management
  • HPC - Human Development and Psychological Counseling (NOTE: Most HPC classes will have a NEW prefix - CED, LDS, MFT, or SAA - effective Fall 2023.)
  • HPE - Health and Physical Education
  • IDS - Interdisciplinary Studies
  • IND - Industrial Design
  • INT - Interior Design
  • ITC - Instructional Technology/Computers
  • JHP - Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies
  • JPN - Japanese
  • LAT - Latin
  • LAW - Law
  • LDS - Leadership Studies (NEW prefix effective Fall 2023) 
  • LIB - Library Science
  • LIT - Literacy Education (NEW prefix effective Fall 2023) 
  • LLC - Languages, Literatures and Cultures
  • MAT - Mathematics
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • MFT - Marriage and Family Therapy (NEW prefix effective Fall 2023) 
  • MGT - Management
  • MKT - Marketing
  • MSL - Military Science and Leadership
  • MTL - Media, Technology & Learning Design  (NEW prefix effective Fall 2023) 
  • MUS - Music
  • NUR - Nursing
  • NUT - Nutrition
  • P A - Public Administration
  • P E - Physical Education
  • P H - Public Health
  • PHL - Philosophy
  • PHO - Commercial Photography
  • PHY - Physics
  • PLN - Community and Regional Planning
  • POR - Portuguese
  • P S - Political Science
  • PSY - Psychology
  • R C - Rhetoric and Composition
  • R E - Reading Education (NOTE: All RE classes will have a LIT prefix effective Fall 2023.)
  • REL - Religious Studies
  • RES - Research
  • R M - Recreation Management
  • RRI - Rural Resilience and Innovation
  • RSN - Russian
  • SAA - Student Affairs Administration  (NEW prefix effective Fall 2023) 
  • SCM - Supply Chain Management
  • S D - Sustainable Development
  • SNH - Spanish
  • SOC - Sociology
  • SPE - Special Education
  • SSU - Somatic Sustainability
  • STT - Statistics
  • S W - Social Work
  • TEC - Technology (NOTE: Some TEC classes will have a BSC prefix effective Fall 2023. Check here for the list.)
  • THR - Theatre
  • UCO - University College/First Year Seminar
  • U S - University Studies
  • VTN - Veterinary Technology
  • WRC - Watauga Residential College 

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