Non-credit courses allow students the opportunity to engage in non-credit academic experiences that are transcript visible. Colleges can offer students ways to engage in innovative experiences where students can earn recognition for a multitude of experiences (listed below) through transcript notations.

Standards for Non-Credit Academic Experiences

The OSU Faculty Senate Curriculum Council approved the following standards for these courses in April 2017:

  • A clear description of the course must be available via web and schedule of classes.
  • Instruction shall be sufficient in breadth and length to meet the course objectives, proficiencies, and competencies described.
  • Course syllabus and objectives/outcomes shall be included in the curriculum system for record keeping.
  • Curriculum Council approves non-credit offerings after they have the approval of the Office of the Registrar if the intent is for the offering to be listed on the non-credit transcript.
  • The Office of the Registrar (OtR) provides coordination and support for these standards.
  • Equitable reflection on the transcript among courses must demonstrate parity of the offering to ensure that outcomes are met.
  • Only academic units may originate courses and/or request course designators.
Template Syllabi

The Task Force developed template syllabi for the following non-credit learning opportunities: capstone experiences; internships; service learning; education abroad; undergraduate research; leadership experiences. The templates that follow serve as guides for course creation by each academic unit planning to offer one of these types of courses. Please use the corresponding template to submit your course information to the Office of the Registrar. Further, please see additional resources for competencies listed below.

Capstone Experience Guidelines and Template Syllabus

Education Abroad Experience Guidelines and Template Syllabus

Internship Experience Guidelines and Template Syllabus

Leadership Experience Guidelines and Template Syllabus

Service-Learning Experience Guidelines and Template Syllabus

Undergraduate Research Experience Guidelines and Template Syllabus


Capstone Experience

Education Abroad


Undergraduate Research

Course Numbering for NC Courses
Subject Code Number Standard Title Credits
OSU Subject Codes 001 SERVICE LEARNING 0
OSU Subject Codes 002 LEADERSHIP 0
OSU Subject Codes 004 INTERNSHIP 0
OSU Subject Codes 006 EDUCATION ABROAD 0








Any approved OSU subject code may be used. Example: ENGR 003. UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH (0)

Grades for Non-Credit Courses

There will be evaluative measurement of completion for non-credit courses. Two grades will be available for faculty to record:

SC = Successful completion

NSC = Non-successful completion

Instructors will enter a grade for each student enrolled in their course and submit grades during the structured grading period for each term.

Process for Creating Non-Credit Courses
  1. The faculty member wishing to create the non-credit course submits a proposal using the Curriculum Inventory Management system CIM
  2. Select type of course as 'non-credit' and liaison as 'liaison not required' in the proposal.
  3. Copy and paste the standard course description from 'Non-Credit Course Descriptions for the Catalog' (below) into the course description field. The description in the Catalog will be specific to the non-credit experience, not the course. The description in the syllabus should be specific to the course.
  4. Start workflow on the proposal once all required fields are complete.
  5. The proposal will be sent to the College Approver (typically an Associate Dean) for approval.
  6. A representative from the Office of Academic Programs & Assessment (APA) will review the proposal and syllbus to ensure it meets the requirements for the non-credit experience.
  7. Once approved by APA, the proposal is added to the consent agenda for Curriculum Council.
  8. Upon approval by Curriculum Council, the proposal will be sent to the Office of the Registrar (OtR) for input into Banner.
  9. The faculty member who originated the proposal will be notified once the course has been added to Banner and can then work with their academic unit to schedule the course.

You may access the non-credit course policy here.

Non-Credit Course Titles and Descriptions for the Catalog

Capstone: Create a culminating project appropriate to the discipline that integrates and applies knowledge and skills from throughout the academic program. In consultation with a faculty mentor, design the content of the capstone experience and the ways in which they reflect on their learning in the experience.

Education Abroad: Engage in an education abroad experience outside of the United States and its territories.

Internship: Provides basic personal and professional skills that can be used within and outside of a work setting. Through practice, this experience guides students in building and maintaining positive professional relationships, networking/mentoring relationships, and enhances students’ understanding of the connection between theory and practice in their respective disciplines.

Leadership: Provides students with basic personal and interpersonal leadership skills that can be used within and outside of a work setting. Through practice, the leadership experience help students explore motivation, decision-making, time management, power, team building, conflict, ethics, dealing with change, communication skills, and diversity issues.

Service-Learning: Engage in a service-learning or community engagement experience where skills and knowledge are applied to meet an authentic community-identified need. The experience will integrate meaningful community service with reflection. Through readings and discussions, critically reflect on the service in order to increase understanding of the discipline, gain a broader appreciation of the discipline, enhance a sense of civic responsibility, and strengthen connections with communities.

Undergraduate Research: Engage in research activities appropriate to the discipline; and through the research experience, acquire skills, techniques, and knowledge relevant to the field of study. In consultation with a faculty mentor, engage in research activity, and make and execute a plan for a project.

Experiential Learning Taskforce Members

Julie Greenwood, Chair, Academic Programs and Learning Innovation

Scott Paja, College of Engineering

Katie Gable, College of Agricultural Sciences

Brandi Fuhrman, Career Development Center

Prem Mathew, College of Business

Emily Bowling, Student Leadership & Involvement for Civic Engagement & Sustainability

Vicki Ebbeck, College of Public Health and Human Sciences

Matt Orr, OSU Cascades

Kryn Freehling-Burton, College of Liberal Arts

Sophie Pierszalowski, Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and the Arts

Linda Bruslind, College of Science

Caine Francis, OSU GO

Mary Chuinard, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Adam Shen, Academic Programs and Learning Innovation