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