Catalog and Curriculum

The Academic Catalog is the primary source of information for student curriculum requirements. All students are subject to the Academic Regulations as listed in the Catalog and are governed by the program requirements (majors, minors, options, certificates) set by their catalog term.

The Academic Calendar lists registration deadlines for regular (11-week) and non-traditional (term extension, 5A, 5B, super term) courses.

Curriculum policies primarily apply to faculty/staff, with the exception of the Catalog Rights Policy which governs a student’s graduation requirements. Curriculum policies not listed on the APA website are enforced by the Office of the Registrar and exemptions are at their discretion.

Non-credit courses are transcripted learning experiences governed by the non-credit policy. Academic units have non-credit courses approved through an abridged curriculum proposal process.

Access curriculum changes for OrACRAO using our historical proposal system (CPS) or newest curriculum tool, CIM. Support for curriculum tracking is provided by the Catalog Coordinator.

Catalog Rights Policy

The Policy

For an explanation of the policy and procedural guidelines for catalog year implementation, see the official policy in the catalog.

Catalog Term Obsolescence

At the time of graduation, all students, including transfer students, must use a catalog that is not more than 10 years old. A student may petition to the head advisor of their college for any extension of a catalog greater than 10 years from their expected graduation term.

Catalog Term in the Curriculum Record

The catalog term of the curriculum record governs the catalog year used to evaluate baccalaureate core and university degree requirements in MyDegrees. The term here should reflect the term of the student’s admission and matriculation at a particular student level or their term of readmission at a particular student level. For Degree Partnership Program students, the first term the student is admitted to OSU will be the matriculation date and will determine the catalog year for institutional and baccalaureate core requirements.

Also, changing degree type (e.g., BA to BS degree) does not necessitate a change in the curriculum record unless that degree type was not available in that college and major at the original time of matriculation.

Field of Study Catalog Term

The 'field of study' is a major, minor, option, or certificate. Each field of study can carry a different catalog term from one another and from the curriculum catalog term. The field of study catalog term is determined by the term in which that particular field of study was officially declared by the student and entered into Banner. However, if the student is pursuing a major and option, the major and the first option associated with that major must have the same catalog term. If the option being declared did not exist at the time of the major declaration, then the major catalog term must be moved forward to the term the new option was declared. Subsequent majors/minors/options/certificates will be assigned a catalog term based on the term they were declared.

Students can choose to move their field of study catalog year forward by consulting with their academic advisor. The student's advisor can submit a program change with the new catalog year information in the comments. Catalog terms can be moved forward in time, but not backward, (with the exception of moving the first option back to synchronize it with the major).

For specific examples, refer to the attached document.


Curriculum policies

Prerequisite Policy

Course prerequisites and corequisites are established by curriculum proposals and enforced by Banner. Refer to the information on prerequisite enforcement.

  • No prerequisites or corequisites may be deleted from or added to a course or section without an approved curriculum proposal. Prerequisites for a section must be in place before registration for the term begins.
  • Prerequisites and corequisites may not be switched or changed without an approved curriculum proposal.
  • All sections of a course must use the same prerequisites and/or corequisites that have been approved for that course.
  • Departments may add prerequisites or corequisites to the X99 or blanket course section Comments field of the online Schedule of Classes prior to registration. These may be enforced by the instructor; they are not enforced by Banner Registration.
  • Undergraduate prerequisites for graduate-level courses cannot be enforced by Banner.
  • Recommendations may be deleted without an approved curriculum proposal. Once deleted, they may not be reinstated without a curriculum proposal. Email your request to the Catalog Coordinator.
  • Recommendations may only be added with an approved proposal.

Course Number Reuse Policy

Six-Year Moratorium on the Re-Use of Course Numbers

If a non-credit or academic credit-bearing course is discontinued, that course number may not be re-used within six years of the last time that course was offered at Oregon State University. Any exceptions to this rule are solely at the discretion of the University Registrar.

OrACRAO Curriculum Tracking

OrARCRAO Curriculum Tracking

Curriculum changes approved by Faculty Senate Curriculum Council are implemented according to the Catalog Year Policy. Proposals are submitted by academic units through the university's proposal system and are approved by Curriculum Council throughout the academic year (September to June).

New program proposals for majors and certificates approved prior to 2011 were reviewed and processed on paper. Contact the Office of Academic Programs and Assessment (APA) for assistance locating a historical proposal.

Proposals approved between 2011 and June 2020 are recorded in the archived Curriculum Proposal System (CPS). Curriculum Inventory Management (CIM) began a soft rollout in October 2019 but course proposals were approved in the CPS through June 2020.

Contact the Catalog Coordinator if you have questions.