Catalog  –  2013 - 2014

General Course Information

Course Numbering System

The course numbering system at Porterville College has been established to indicate the intent of the course and its relationship to the offerings of four-year colleges and universities. The meaning of the number system is as follows:

P100-P299
Certificate and associate-degree-level courses that are generally transferable to four-year colleges and universities. Students should understand that even though a course so designated will transfer, the courses may not meet the specific major requirements of the transferring institution. However, regardless of major applicability, these courses may be used for elective credit.
P001-P069
Generally certificate and associate-degree-level courses. Baccalaureate transferability is subject to review by individual institutions to which the student may transfer. ENGL P050, ENGL P052, MATH P055, MATH P061 and MATH P061L are the exception and are not associate degree level.
P070-P089
Developmental classes. These classes are not intended for certificate, associate or baccalaureate degree programs. However, credit may be awarded.
P090-P099
Non-credit courses. These courses do not appear on college transcripts.

Course Prefix Listing

  • Accounting – ACCT
  • Administration of Justice – ADMJ
  • Agriculture – AGRI
  • American Sign Language – ASL
  • Anatomy – ANAT
  • Anthropology – ANTH
  • Applied Design – APDS
  • Art – ART
  • Astronomy – ASTR
  • Biology – BIOL
  • Business – BUS
  • Business Administration – BSAD
  • Chemistry – CHEM
  • Child Development – CHDV
  • Commercial Art – CMRT
  • Communications – COMM
  • Computer Graphics – CGRA
  • Drama – DRMA
  • Earth Science – ERSC
  • Economics – ECON
  • Education – EDUC
  • Emergency Medical Technician – EMTC
  • English – ENGL
  • English for Second Language Learners – EL2
  • English as a Second Language – ENSL
  • Ethnic Studies – ETHN
  • Fire Technology – FIRE
  • General Studies – GNST & GENS
  • Geography – GEOG
  • Geology – GEOL
  • Graphic Arts – GRPH
  • Health Careers – HCRS
  • Health Education – HLED
  • History – HIST
  • Human Services – HMSV
  • Industrial Maintenance – INDT
  • Information Systems – INFS
  • Interdisciplinary Studies – INST
  • Life Science – LISC
  • Marketing – MKTG
  • Mathematics – MATH
  • Microbiology – MICR
  • Music – MUSC
  • Nursing – NURS
  • Office Technology – OFFT
  • Philosophy – PHIL
  • Photography – PHOT
  • Physical Education – PHED
  • Physical Science – PHSC
  • Physics – PHYS
  • Physiology – PHYL
  • Political Science – POLS
  • Psychiatric Technology – PSYT
  • Psychology – PSYC
  • Sociology – SOCI
  • Spanish – SPAN
  • Vocational Nursing – VNRS
  • Welding – WELD
  • Work Experience – WEXP

Course Level

The relative level and applicability of each course are designated by the following letter symbols:

  • A – Applicable to all Associate degree and Certificate Programs.
  • UC – Transferable to universities within the University of California System.
  • CSU – Transferable to universities within the California State University System.

Courses without one of the above designations do not carry certificate or degree-level credit, but may be used to prepare students for further study in an institution of higher education.

Every effort is made to offer all the courses in the catalog at least once every two years. However, the fact that a course is in the catalog does not necessarily mean that it will be offered in a particular semester. Students should check the schedule of classes for current offerings.

Course Description

Unit: Each course carries a specified unit value. This is indicated at the right of the title line. In California Community Colleges, generally, for each unit offered, one hour of lecture per week, three hours of laboratory per week, or an equivalent combination of both per week is required. In laboratory, some physical education and other selected classes, additional hours of in-class work is required. Each hour a student spends in a lecture class presupposes two hours of outside preparation.

When a course may be taken for variable credit, depending on the amount of work assigned, the unit value designation will show two numbers, hyphenated, instead of the usual one number.

Prerequisites: Course prerequisites are intended to ensure that the student will have sufficient preparation before entering a course and to assure a reasonable chance for his/her success. An instructor has the prerogative to refuse admission to class or officially drop a student from class who has not satisfied the course prerequisites as published in the college catalog. Students are advised that credit will not be awarded for courses taken after a higher level course has been completed, e. g., English P050 taken after completion of English P101A, or Beginning Tennis taken after Intermediate Tennis.

Course Identification Number C-ID

The Course Identification Numbering System (C-ID) is a statewide numbering system independent from the course numbers assigned by local California community colleges. A C-ID number next to a course signals that participating California colleges and universities have determined that courses offered by the other California community colleges are comparable in content and scope to course offered on their own campuses, regardless of their unique titles or local course number. Thus, if a catalog lists a course bearing a C-ID number, for example COMM 110, students at that college can be assured that it will be accepted in lieu of a course bearing the C-ID COMM 110 designation at another community college. In other words, the C-ID designation can be used to identify comparable courses at different community colleges. However, student should always go to www.assist.org to confirm how each college’s course will be accepted at a particular four-year college or university for transfer credit.

The C-ID numbers system is useful for student attending more than one community college and is applied to many of the transferable courses students need as a preparation for transfer. Because these course requirements may change and because courses may be modified and qualified for or deleted from the C-ID database, students should always check with a counselor to determine how C-ID designation courses fit into their educational plans to transfer.

Students may consult the ASSIST database at www.assist.org for specific information on C-ID course designations. Counselors can always help students interpret or explain this information.