All courses offered by Rend Lake College are identified by a prefix followed by a four-digit number (excluding Community Education classes).
Prefix - This indicates the broad subject area of the course; i.e., mathematics.
First Digit - This indicates the level of the course
Second Digit - This refers to the general curricular division
Last Two Digits - These indicate the sequential order of that course within the program
Freshman-level courses, for the most part, begin with the digit "1" followed by three more digits. Courses generally recommended for second-year studies begin with the digit "2" followed by three digits.
The second digit may be interpreted thusly:
1 - Academic (Pre-Baccalaureate and Occupational)
Traditional academic courses equivalent to the first two years (lower-division) of baccalaureate study and the academic courses in occupational curricula.
2 - Technical and Applied (Pre-Baccalaureate and Occupational)
Courses are postsecondary technical or applied in nature. Although most courses were designed primarily for AAS degrees and occupational certificate programs, technical courses in certain fields (e.g., graphic arts, drafting, surveying and child care) are acceptable in specific AA/AS degrees.
3 - Community Education
4 - Remedial Education
Courses are designed to remedy basic skill (i.e., reading, writing and arithmetic) deficiencies of high school graduates. Course credit is non-transferable and does not count toward associate transfer degrees.
5 - General Studies
Courses are very broad in nature and are designed to meet individual student goals for personal improvement and self-understanding. Course credit is non-transferable and does not count toward associate transfer degrees.
6 - Vocational Skills
Courses provide vocational skills training that is not part of occupational certificate or AAS degree programs. Credit is non-transferable and does not count toward associate transfer degrees.
7 - Adult Basic Education
Courses are designed to bring non-high school graduates to a competency of eighth-grade equivalency. Credit is non-transferable and does not count toward any degree or certificate.
8 - Adult Secondary Education
Courses are designed to bring non-high school graduates to a competency of 12th-grade equivalency. Course credit is non-transferable and does not count toward any degree or certificate.
9 - English as a Second Language
Courses are designed to assist non-native English speakers to speak, read, write and understand the English language.
The third digit in the four-digit sequence indicates prerequisites or degree of difficulty in an ascending order. In general, the fourth number will indicate first-semester work if it is an odd number and second-semester work if it is an even number. The purpose of such a numbering system is to facilitate record keeping and to provide an easy means of identifying various courses as to their degree of difficulty, general curriculum, etc.