In various universities I've looked at, there are some course prefixes that seem common, e.g.:
- CSC: Computer Science
- BIO: Biology
- MTH and MAT: Mathematics
I have also seen four-character prefixes, and there have been times when a prefix is wildly different than what I would expect. I would imagine this would make it hard to read transcripts from universities you are unfamiliar with.
Is there a standard, or suggested standard, that exists for these abbreviations? Or are they ad-hoc decided by each university, and their consistency is a coincidence?
For comparison, there are some widespread classification systems (for libraries, not courses), both originating in the US:
- The Dewey Decimal Classification system, which has problematic facets in history and is entirely composed of the digits 0-9.
- The Library of Congress Classification system, which uses 26 distinct classes each named after a capital letter in the Latin Alphabet, and includes abstract classes like "General Works".
Edit 4: Taking the advice from @AzorAhai-him- (thank You for the edits, they were quite illustrative) I'll mention I am currently in and have grown up in the USA, but I am more than open to suggestions/comments from other nations (including those with other national languages), as education is a fully human practice and I think there is value in hearing from diverse sources on this issue. In short: Surely every country with a system for higher education needs to refer to its courses in some way, and I for one would like to know if there's a standard out there I'm unfamiliar with.