Common Course Numbering
To ease transfer of credits among the 34 community and technical colleges in Washington State, many courses are titled and numbered the same at all colleges and designated with an “&” (e.g. ENGL& 101 ). Common Course Numbering is designed to help you, the student, know that a course you have taken at one Washington school is the same at another Washington school and the course will transfer easily. Courses without an “&” still transfer under the Direct Transfer Agreement. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office, (360) 538-4121.
Learning at Grays Harbor College is delivered in a variety of class formats.
Face-to-Face: These courses are conducted in a traditional classroom with students required to attend in-person on- campus sessions.
Online: Courses are conducted entirely online and have no face-to-face requirement. All online courses use the CANVAS Learning Management Suite as the virtual classroom.
Hybrid: In these courses students are required to meet in person, as well as online. CANVAS, or another web-based tool is used for the online component.
ITV: Courses are taught via interactive television, typically consisting of video and audio transmission, allowing instructors and students to see, hear, and respond to each other in real time. Interactive TV courses are between two or more locations.
Enhanced: Courses are taught on a traditional schedule, but also offer some additional activities using alternative learning experiences to replace some in person attendance.
Having a range of options in how courses are accessed by students has been shown to accommodate different learning styles, allowing students more flexibility to fit a college education into their busy lives.
A prerequisite is a requirement that a student must meet prior to enrolling in a particular course. For example, if a student wants to take ENGL& 101 , (s)he must have received a “C-” or better in ENGL 095 or placed at the ENGL& 101 level on the placement test. Prerequisites are listed with the individual course descriptions in the catalog and quarterly schedule of classes. If enrolling in a college-level course (numbered 100 or above), it is assumed that the student has appropriate reading, writing, and mathematical skills even though prerequisites may not be listed. These skills are considered successful: completion of READ 090 , ENGL 095 , and MATH 098 , or receiving placement scores above those levels.
Prerequisites for a particular course may be waived with permission of the instructor of that course. Students must obtain an entry code or signature from the instructor to have the prerequisite waived.
Some courses that do not list prerequisites may list requirements that are recommended instead. This information is provided by the instructor as a way to explain the skill level they expect students to have prior to enrolling in a course.
If a student does not meet recommended preparation requirements, she/he will not be stopped from enrolling in the class. However, considering this information carefully before selecting classes is important for student success.
Credit for Independent Study may be permitted under special circumstances. When an instructor agrees to supervise independent study that allows the student to pursue topics above and beyond regular course offerings. Courses are numbered as 290 series courses. An instructor may also agree to supervise an independent study for a regular course offering. A “Course Contract for Independent Study” must be completed by the student and the instructor and approved by the appropriate division chair and Vice President for Instruction.
Special Topics 199 and 299 are regular courses designed to deal with unique subjects or timely topics. These topics may be offered in any discipline, typically on a one-time basis. The purpose of these courses is to provide students with the opportunity to explore specialized subjects within a chosen field of study. Special Topics courses may vary from one to five credit hours. Prerequisites are determined on a course-by-course basis. Credits are variable. Special Topics 199 and 299 courses are not acceptable for fulfilling distribution requirements for any degree. They serve as general electives only.