Academic Catalog

Course Numbering System

The following course numbering system provides a detailed explanation regarding course number designations. When in doubt about the transferability of a course, always consult a counselor. Students are responsible for reviewing prerequisites and repeatability as noted in course descriptions. Where there is a conflict between the catalog statements and published curriculum sheets, the latter will take precedence. New courses and programs may be added throughout the year.

A degree-applicable credit course is a course that has been designated as appropriate to Foothill College degrees, which has been recommended by the College Curriculum Committee and approved by the district governing board as a collegiate course meeting the needs of students.

  • Courses numbered 1-49 are typically approved for transfer to the University of California (UC).1
  • Courses numbered 1-99 are typically transferable to the California State University (CSU).1
  • Courses numbered 100 and above are typically not transferable.1
  • Courses numbered 1-199 are typically degree-applicable to the associate degree.2
  • Courses numbered 200-299 are non-degree-applicable and include prerequisites for required courses that lead to the associate degree.
  • Courses numbered 300-399 are upper division courses for the Foothill baccalaureate degree program.3
  • Courses numbered 400-499 are non-credit, adaptive learning, or other areas that do not apply to the associate degree.
  • Community services courses are fee-based, and are scheduled and publicized separately from the state-supported courses identified in this catalog.

There are some exceptions to this rule; therefore, students should consult with a counselor and/or access to verify course transferability.


There are some exceptions to this rule; consult the course listings in this catalog to determine which courses between 1-199 are non-degree-applicable.


Prior to the 2016-17 academic year, courses numbered 300-399 were workshop, review and other courses offered to meet special collegiate needs of a community nature.