Office of the University Registrar

Parallel Courses

In this quick guide

Parallel courses are two courses offered by a single department or unit that have identical or very similar content offered at different levels, such as graduate and undergraduate. They are not considered jointly-offered courses.

Therefore, separate course proposals are required for each course in the parallel set. Parallel courses must demonstrate a distinguishable difference between undergraduate and graduate components.

Parallel courses are not officially recognized by the University as a curricular relationship; however, this information is maintained for administrative purposes and should be included in the parallel course proposal(s). To learn more about parallel courses, please refer to the parallel course information page.

Including Parallel Course Information in a Course Proposal

Add in the Curricular Relationship section of your parallel course proposal.

Image of curricular relationship page, highlighting the "Offered Parallel With" field

Course proposal parallel course field

Tip: If you are creating new parallel course proposals at the same time or creating a parallel course proposal based on an existing course, consider using the “Duplicate” feature.

Image of new course proposal page, highlighting the "Duplicate" link of the right-hand menu

Duplicate course

The new duplicate proposal will be pre-populated with all of the course details from the proposal you duplicated.

Update the new duplicate proposal with the appropriate information (change course number; add a justification, administrative contact, offered parallel with course, and syllabus), and then submit the proposal for approval.

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