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 INTERNSHIPS 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

The following steps will serve as a temporary procedure for processing non-credit course creations until the new curriculum inventory management system is implemented in 2018-19:

  1. Personnel in charge of approving College curriculum (typically an associate dean) submits a completed syllabus to the Office of the Registrar at The body of the email must include the following:
    1. Subject code
    2. First term the course will be offered (must follow guidelines related to term registration)
    3. Section title (if applicable)
  2. OtR reviews syllabus to ensure information is present, faculty submission came from appropriate unit, and no information about the course offering is missing.
  3. OtR submits to Curriculum Council for consent agenda item (similar to expedited Cat II process on the agenda).
  4. Upon approval, OtR approves course through curriculum system and then builds course in student information system.
  5. OtR notifies faculty member of completion and term for which course can be offered.
  6. Faculty requests their academic unit to build these courses into the schedule.

You may access the non-credit course policy here.

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