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Courses Overview

This listing describes the large range of courses available. Please note that this list of courses changes due to the dynamic nature of academic disciplines.

Each semester, the courses available are listed in the Check Class Availability website at Summer courses are listed through the Outreach College at

The course headings are abbreviated and include a two‑ to four‑letter department code, course number (including alpha suffix, if applicable), title, level, credits, description, repeatability, major restrictions, grade option, prerequisites, co‑requisites, frequency, cross‑listings, and core designation. For further clarification, please refer to the sample course description.

Sample Course Description

ABCD 123 Introduction to Courses (3) (2 Lec, 1 3‑hr Lab) This sample describes an introductory course. Open to nonmajors if space available. Repeatable one time. CR/NC only. Pre: 122, HIST 101 and COMG 188 (or concurrent); or consent. Co‑requisite: 123L. (Cross‑listed as DCBA 123) DA

Course number (ie. 123) reflects course level (see “;Course Numbering System” below). An “A” following the number designates a Selected Studies (honors) section. An “L” following the number designates a laboratory course that is companion to a lecture course bearing the same number. All other suffixes (“B–K,” “M–U,” and “W–Z”) mark separate sections of an “Alpha” course, each having a distinctive content that a student may earn credit toward the degree for each section taken.

Course titles will be entered exactly as they appear on UHM forms, so it is important to use appropriate punctuation and capitalization. Diacritical and other punctuation marks that are not included on a keyboard are not available in the online Catalog. Two or more courses within the same subject should not share the same title. An exception is for honors courses and their non-honors counterparts. The word “online” should not be included in a course title to indicate that the course is offered via the internet.

Roman numerals (I, II) indicate the level of a course in a sequence, e.g., Calculus II is a more advanced course following an introductory‑level course.

Credit hours (i.e., (3)) are shown in parentheses following the course title. Variable credit courses are designated “(V).” Some classes break down the time spent in lecture and laboratory. (2 Lec, 1 3‑hr Lab)

Description includes class size/format (lecture, discussion, seminar, lab, workshop, studio) and major subjects covered. Other features may include learning experiences (term papers, guest lecturers).

Repeatable how many times indicates that a course may be taken again for additional credit toward a degree.

Grade option A-F only indicates that the course is offered only for grade. CR/NC only indicates that the course is offered only for credit (CR) or no credit (NC). Credit is given if a student achieves a passing grade. Satisfactory only indicates whether the course is satisfactory or unsatisfactory. No Grading (NG) is for graduate courses only.

Pre: indicates the prerequisites necessary to register for a course, which may include courses, general education designation, class standing, consent of the instructor or departmental approval. Some prerequisites may be taken concurrently. When a department has a prerequisite common to a large group of courses, that fact is noted in italics preceding these course listings as a blanket statement.

Co‑requisite indicates that the course must be taken in conjunction with another course.

Frequency of course will determine how often the course is offered. (Fall only) means that the course is offered only in the fall, (Spring only) means the course is offered only in the spring. (Alt. years) means that the course is offered every other year.

Cross‑listed courses (Cross-listed as ABCD 123) indicates that the course fulfills a requirement in more than one department and specifies the alternate departmental course listing.

Non-Introductory (NI) courses are 200-level with an explicitly stated course prerequisite, or 300-level or higher.

Upper Division Courses Junior- and senior-level courses, numbered 300–499, which generally have prerequisites.

General Education designation (e.g., DA) indicates that the course meets a General Education Core requirement. See the key in the right column for designations. Courses that meet the Focus requirement are not designated in the Catalog. Focus‑designations are in the Check Class Availabilaity.

Course Numbering System


Undergraduate Courses (1–499)

1-99 Courses not applicable for credit toward a bachelor’s degree
100-199 Initial or introductory courses
200-299 Second-year courses in a sequence or development in a field of study.



Third- and fourth-year courses in a sequence of courses or first courses in professional curricula. May be accepted by Graduate Education to fulfill graduate degree requirements (petition may be required). Courses numbered 300 or above are upper-division and count toward the non-introductory credit requirement.

Post-Baccalaureate Courses (500–800)

500 Directed Study (master’s Plan B)
500-599 Courses applicable toward first professional degrees (law and medicine) and in-service training programs in education
600-699 Graduate courses
700 Thesis Research (master’s Plan A)
700-799 Advanced graduate courses
800 Dissertation Research

Special Numbers: Courses ending in –99 are directed research or directed study. Experimental courses ending in –97 or –98 and single offerings are not listed in the Catalog.

General Education Designations


Courses that meet the UH Manoa General Education Core and Graduation requirements are identified with one of the following designations at the end of the course description:

Foundations Requirements

Written Communication FW
Quantitative Reasoning FQ
Global and Multicultural Perspectives FGA, FGB, FGC

Diversification Requirements

Arts DA
Humanities DH
Literatures DL
Social Sciences DS
Biological Sciences DB
Physical Sciences DP
Laboratory (science) DY

UH Manoa Graduation Requirements

Hawaiian/Second Language HSL

For more information, see the “Manoa Undergraduate General Education Requirements” section of this Catalog.

Departments Offering Diversification Courses





Social Sciences-DS

Biological Sciences-DB

Physical Sciences-DP

Laboratory (science)-DY

(#) Indicates total number of courses the department offers in this category.
* Indicates those departments offering introductory level course(s) in this category.

Please Note:

  • Consult your college advisor for a list of updated General Education courses. Additional courses may have been approved after the publication of this Catalog.
  • Some programs specify which courses their students must take to fulfill the Core requirements or to fulfill lower division school or college requirements. For these programs, students should consult an advisor from their intended college, school, or department prior to selecting courses.