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Course Offerings

The most current listing of courses can be found in the Graduate Announcements, located on the Registrar's website.

Explanation of Course Listings

The list of courses offered under each program includes for each course the catalog number, title of course, credit in semester hours, class and laboratory hours per week and the description of the course. It is the responsibility of the student to check with his or her department for verification of the scheduled offerings.

Graduate credit can be earned only for courses numbered 6000 or above. Each 6000-level course carries an equivalent 4000-series undergraduate level course. The 4000/6000-series courses are taught concurrently in the same classroom setting.

Courses numbered in the 3000 and 4000 sequence are primarily for advanced undergraduates but are offered also for graduate credit when they carry the corresponding 6000-level number. Students who receive graduate credit in such courses must do extra work of an appropriate nature as determined by the department and are graded according to graduate standards. Courses numbered 7000 or above are restricted to graduate students and certain qualified Clemson University seniors.

The 7000-level courses are designed primarily for the degrees that emphasize professional practice rather than research. A secondary listing of a course in parentheses denotes that this course is cross-listed with another program.


These courses serve special needs for graduate students. They do not count toward a graduate degree, and no letter grades are given.

GS 7990. Comprehensive Studies, 1–15 credits (1–15 and 0)

Independent Studies in Preparation for Comprehensive Examinations. Credit hours to be determined by the department head or program chair. A letter grade is not given, but satisfactory completion is indicated by a grade of “Credit.”

GS 8000. Research Proposal Development Seminar, 1 credit (1 and 0)

Principles and Techniques for the Preparation of Research Proposals. Graded on a credit/no credit basis. Does not count toward a graduate degree. Prerequisite: Second year or graduate standing in current major.

Course Prefixes

This list of course offerings is arranged alphabetically and includes the course prefix used in the Clemson University Graduate School Announcements.

Accounting ACCT Graduate Studies GS
Agricultural Education AGED Graphic Communications GC
Agricultural Mechanization & Business AGM Health Care Genetics HCG
Animal & Veterinary Sciences AVS Health HLTH
Anthropology ANTH Health, Education & Human Development HEHD
Applied Economics APEC Historic Preservation HP
Architecture ARCH History HIST
Art ART Horticulture HORT
Art & Architectural History AAH Human Centered Computing HCC
Astronomy ASTR Human Resource Development HRD
Athletic Leadership AL Humanities HUM
Audio Technology AUDIO Industrial Engineering IE
Automotive Engineering AUE Integrated Pest Management IPM
Biochemistry BCHM Landscape Architecture LARCH
Bioengineering BIOE Language LANG
Biology BIOL Law LAW
Biomolecular Engineering BMOL Literacy EDLT
Biosystems Engineering BE Management MGT
Chemical Engineering CHE Marketing MKT
Chemistry CH Master of Business Administration MBA
City & Regional Planning CRP Master of Health Administration M H A
Civil Engineering CE Materials Science & Engineering MSE
College of Architecture, Arts & Humanities CAAH Mathematical Sciences MTHS
College of Engineering & Science CES Mechanical Engineering ME
Communication Studies COMM Microbiology MICRO
Computer Science CPSC Middle-Level Education EDML
Construction Science & Management CSM Music MUSC
Crop & Soil Environmental Science CSEN Nursing NURS
Digital Production Arts DPA Nutrition NUTR
Early Childhood Education EDEC Packaging Science PKSC
Economics ECON Pan African Studies P A S
Education ED Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management PRTM
Educational Counseling EDC Philosophy PHIL
Educational Foundations EDF Physics PHYS
Educational Leadership EDL Planning, Design & the Built Environment PDBE
Electrical & Computer Engineering ECE Plant & Environmental Sciences PES
Elementary Education EDEL Plant Pathology PLPA
Engineering & Science Education ESED Policy Studies POST
English ENGL Political Science POSC
Entomology ENT Political Science (USC) POLI
Environmental & Natural Resources ENR Psychology PSYCH
Environmental Engineering & Science EES Public Administration PADM
Environmental Science & Policy ENSP Real Estate Development RED
Environmental Toxicology ETOX Religion REL
Executive Leadership & Entrepreneurship ELE Rhetorics, Communication & Information Design RCID
Experimental Statistics EXST Rural Sociology RS
Family & Community Studies FCS Secondary Education EDSC
Finance FIN Sociology SOC
Food Science FDSC Spanish SPAN
Food Technology FDTH Special Education EDSP
Forestry FOR Systems Engineering SYSE
Forestry & Natural Resources FNR Theatre THEA
French FR Vocational-Technical Education VTED
Genetics GEN Wildlife & Fisheries Biology WFB
Geography GEOG Women's Studies WS
Geology GEOL
German GER