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