Undergraduate Student Handbook

Course Numbering System

Courses offered through Penn Engineering are numbered according to the following system. Note that many 500 level courses are available for undergraduates. Some require approval of the advisor and the course instructor.

400 level and below - Undergraduate credit only

500 level -Master’s and UG credit; PhD credit unless otherwise specified, Seniors can register w/o
permit unless otherwise specified.

600 level - Masters and Ph.D. credit, Undergraduate credit with permission by instructor

700 level - Seminar courses for Ph.D. students, Undergraduate and Masters credit with permission by iinstructor

800 level - Special topics courses for Ph.D. students, Undergraduate and Masters credit with permission by instructor

597 - Master’s Thesis (two to three units of research w/thesis)

599 - Master's Independent Study

899 - Independent study for Ph.D. credit

995 -PhD Dissertation (Registration after proposal approved)

999 - PhD Dissertation Research

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