Every course number at Northeastern University consists of two parts:

  • A subject code
  • A four-digit number

For example, in the course number ECON 1115, ECON is the subject code (indicating economics), and 1115 is the four-digit

The four-digit number indicates the course level.

0001–0999 Orientation and basic
No degree credit
1000–1999 Introductory level (first year)
Survey, foundation, and introductory courses, normally with no prerequisites and
designed primarily for students with no prior background
2000–2999 Intermediate level (sophomore/junior year)
Normally designed for sophomores and above but in some cases open to freshman
majors in the department
3000–3999 Upper-intermediate level (junior year)
Designed primarily as courses for juniors; prerequisites are normally required, and these
courses are prerequisites for advanced courses
4000–4999 Advanced level (senior year)
Designed primarily for juniors and seniors; also includes specialized courses such as
research, capstone, and thesis
0001–0999 Orientation and basic
No degree credit
5000–5999 First-level graduate
Courses primarily for graduate students and qualified undergraduate students
with permission
6000–6999 Second-level graduate
Generally for master’s and clinical doctorate only
7000–7999 Third-level graduate
Master’s- and doctoral-level courses; includes master’s thesis
8000–8999 Clinical/research/readings
Includes comprehensive exam preparation
9000–9999 Doctoral research and dissertation