Overview - Explanation of Symbols Used

The departments of instruction are listed in alphabetical order. Course titles and descriptions are available at bowdoin.edu/classfinder. A schedule containing the meeting times of all courses will be issued before each period of registration. Note that major and minor requirements listed apply to students who matriculate in 2017-2018; other students must follow the major and minor requirements that were in place the year they matriculated.


[Bracketed Courses]: Courses that are not currently scheduled for a definite semester, but which have been offered within the past two consecutive years, are enclosed in brackets.

* On leave for the fall semester.

** On leave for the spring semester.

† On leave for the entire academic year.

MCSR: Course approved to meet the distribution requirement for Mathematical, Computational, or Statistical Reasoning.

INS: Course approved to meet the distribution requirement for Inquiry in the Natural Sciences.

ESD: Course approved to meet the distribution requirement for Exploring Social Differences.

IP: Course approved to meet the distribution requirement for International Perspectives.

VPA: Course approved to meet the distribution requirement for Visual and Performing Arts.

a: Course approved to meet the division requirement for natural sciences and mathematics.

b: Course approved to meet the division requirement for social and behavioral sciences.

c: Course approved to meet the division requirement for humanities.

Note: For a complete explanation of distribution and division requirements see the Curriculum section.

Prerequisite: Indicates conditions that must be met in order to register for the course.

Course Numbering

Courses are numbered according to the following system:

1000–1049 First-year seminars

1050–1099 Courses intended for the non-major

1100–1999 Introductory courses

2000–2969 Intermediate courses and seminars

2970–2998 Intermediate independent studies

2999 Intermediate collaborative study

3000–3999 Advanced courses and seminars

4000–4079 Advanced independent studies, advanced collaborative study, senior projects, and honors projects