Reader's Guide to the Catalog
The College of Western Idaho's largest academic unit is its schools. Each school consists of smaller units called departments or programs. The academic year is divided into two 16-week semesters (fall and spring) and one 8-week semester (summer). Within each of those semesters, CWI offers shorter class sessions of the following lengths: 4 weeks, 5 weeks, and/or 8 weeks. Shorter class sessions are identified within Student Planning on individual course sections at the time of registration.
Catalog Expiration and Requirements Policies
College of Western Idaho (CWI) issues a new catalog for every academic year. The academic/catalog year begins in the fall, followed by the spring and summer semesters. Students seeking to earn a degree or certificate from CWI are subject to the following catalog policies:
- Students must satisfy program graduation requirements in a single catalog year, as requirements may change from one catalog to the next. All requirements for graduation outlined in the applicable catalog must be met before the degree or certificate is awarded. Students need to follow the catalog in its entirety–they may not elect to follow different catalogs for their college requirements, general-education requirements, and major requirements.
- Catalog rights do not exempt students from changes in course prerequisites. Students must follow the prerequisites stated in the course descriptions in the current catalog at the time of registration.
- CWI recognizes only one declared major; however, students may earn two or more degrees and/or certificates simultaneously, providing students complete the catalog requirements for each program.
- Students are evaluated based on the graduation requirements stipulated in the catalog at the time the student matriculates or enters the major.
While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this catalog, the College of Western Idaho has the right to make changes at any time without prior notice. This catalog is not a contract between the College of Western Idaho and current or prospective students.
CWI reserves the right to, at any time and without advance notice, withdraw or cancel courses and programs, change course program offerings and prerequisite coursework, change admission and registration requirements, and alter other regulations that could affect matriculated (degree-seeking) students at the time of graduation. Either the College or the program may find it necessary to update requirements for students who have been enrolled at CWI or in a particular program for a period of five years or more. Substitutions for discontinued courses or program requirements may be authorized or required by the proper college authorities.
Glossary Of Academic Terms
Definitions of common terms used throughout the catalog can be found on the Glossary page.
An archive of all past CWI catalogs can be found on the Past CWI Catalogs page. Please note that all catalogs prior to 2017-2018 are only available as PDF files.
How to Read Degree or Certificate Program Pages
Every program has the following information included in the catalog:
Program Description Page
Each program has a program description page that includes links to the individual catalog pages for information about the specific degree(s) and/or certificate(s) that are part of the program.
Individual Degree or Certificate Page
Each degree and/or certificate within a program will have its own catalog page which includes information about its requirements, recommended course sequence, and learning outcomes. You can access each section by clicking on the tabs underneath the header.
- This page tab lists all of the courses required to earn the degree or certificate.
- "Quick Facts" are included at the top of the Requirements tab and provide much of the same information found on the Available Programs tab of this page (e.g. Instructional School, Department, Program Code, Program Type, and whether a program is available fully online and eligible for federal financial aid).
Degree/Certificate Plan Tab
- This page tab lists the course sequence that is recommended by the program in order to complete the degree or certificate as quickly as possible. It is meant to provide an easy semester-by-semester registration guide for students to facilitate the completion of all course requirements and is based on the assumption that students will be enrolled full-time. Part-time students should work with their advisors to add additional semesters to accommodate their individual needs.
- Many of CWI's Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs are designed to build on knowledge obtained in the previous semester. Because of this, CTE programs often have prerequisite and/or corequisite courses that are accounted for within the Degree/Certificate Plan.
In most CTE programs, the required general education courses can be completed during any semester the student prefers, including summer semesters. Always verify requisites by viewing the individual course descriptions.
Learning Outcomes Tab
- This page tab lists the skills and knowledge that a student will possess upon successful completion of the degree or certificate requirements.
Z-degree Pathway Tab
- This page tab provides a pathway indicating the courses which utilize open education resources (OER) or low-cost textbooks that will count towards the fulfillment of degree requirements. The intention is that students who take courses designated as OER or low-cost options will save money on textbook costs.
How to Read CWI Course Descriptions
Every course has a description that consists of the following seven elements:
1. Course Prefix/Subject
The prefix indicates the department or academic unit offering the course. Refer to the Course Subjects tab for a complete list of course subjects.
2. Course Number
The following numbering system is used for all credit courses offered by the College of Western Idaho (CWI):
- Zero Level (000–099): Course content is considered below the college-freshman level. These courses may be referred to as developmental or remedial courses and are not applicable for graduation.
- One Hundred Level (100–199): Course content taught at the college-freshman level.
- Two Hundred Level (200–299): Course content taught at the college-sophomore level.
3. Course Title
This indicates the official title of the course.
The College of Western Idaho (CWI) grants credit for college work based on the national standard of the Carnegie Unit. The following table gives the number of hours required per credit per semester:
|Course Type||Hours of Class Time||Hours of Homework||Credits|
5. Semester(s) Offered
The semester code indicates the semester(s) during which the course is typically offered:
- Fall: Usually offered in the fall semester
- Spring: Usually offered in the spring semester
- Fall/Spring: Usually offered in the fall and spring semesters
- Fall/Summer: Usually offered in the fall and summer semesters
- Spring/Summer: Usually offered in the spring and summer semesters
- Fall/Spring/Summer: Usually offered in the fall, spring, and summer semesters
- Varies: Not offered consistently (contact the department offering the course for more information)
The list of requisites specifies any prerequisites and/or corequisites using the following abbreviations:
- PREREQ: Prerequisite (must be completed prior to gaining access to another course).
- COREQ: Corequisite (must be completed concurrently with another requirement or course).
- PRE/COREQ: Pre/Corequisite (must be either completed prior to the course or taken concurrently with the course).
- PERM/INST: Permission of the instructor is required to enroll.
- PERM/CHAIR: Permission of the department chair is required to enroll.
- PERM/DEAN: Permission of the dean required is to enroll.
7. Weekly Contact Hours
Each course description is followed by a sequence of three numbers that indicate the number of lecture hours per week that the course meets, the number of lab hours per week that the course meets, and the total number of credits a student earns by completing the course. Please note that variable credit course descriptions display weekly contact hours based on the lowest amount of credits for which the course can be offered.
IMPORTANT: Regardless of how long an individual section of a course runs, the weekly contact hours displayed in the course description are based on a 15-week semester; the 16th week of a semester is for final examinations and is excluded from contact hour calculations.
College-Wide Course Numbering
Some course numbers are standardized throughout the College, indicating a particular type of course. Each standard course number is defined below:
___P: PLUS MODEL COURSEs (NUMBER OF CREDITS VARIES)
CWI offers "plus" courses in English, Mathematics, and Biology. Plus courses require a corequisite course that provides additional support for students who do not meet the prerequisite(s) for the required course. For example, a student that needs to take MATH 143 College Algebra to fulfill a program requirement but did not place directly into MATH 143 can register for MATH 143P College Algebra and MATH 142 College Algebra Plus instead. MATH 142 is a 2-credit support course that is a corequisite of MATH 143P, both of which have lower placement requirements than MATH 143. When a student successfully passes the "plus" version of a course (i.e., MATH 143P), their requirement to take MATH 143 is considered met. NOTE: All "P" versions of regular courses are considered equivalent to the non-P version of the same course with regard to program requirements and prerequisites in other courses.
199: Special Topics (1–5 credits)
This course number is designed to permit the offering of special topics appropriate to a program within a department. Regular or frequently recurring topics are not offered under this title. The course may be repeated as new topics are presented. Special topics courses are not typically articulated with four-year institutions; these credits often transfer as elective credits.
293: Internship (number of credits varies)
Internship credits are earned in supervised fieldwork specifically related to a student’s major. To enroll in courses numbered 293, a student must have department approval. Students are required to complete an Internship Registration Form, which must be submitted in person at a One Stop Student Services location, emailed to the Registrar's Office through the student's myCWI email, or sent via fax or mail (legible, valid photo ID must be included for all faxed or mailed forms).
296: Independent Study (number of credits varies)
With department approval, students may earn credits in independent study, usually through directed reading or by completing a special project. Before enrolling for independent study, a student must obtain the approval of the department chair and dean, acting on the recommendation of the instructor who will be supervising the independent study. An independent study cannot be substituted for a course regularly offered at CWI nor can independent study credits be used to improve a grade in a course the student has already taken. Students are required to complete an Independent Study Registration Form, which must be submitted in person at a One Stop Student Services location, emailed to the Registrar's Office through the student's myCWI email, or sent via fax or mail (legible, valid photo ID must be included for all faxed or mailed forms).
2023-2024 Edition Information
- The 2023-2024 edition was first published on April 3, 2023.
- Notable catalog updates made since the original catalog publication include:
- April 18, 2023: the Instructional Support Fee was added to the Special and Incidental Fees table following approval by the CWI Board of Trustees.