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  • When a college class has two versions, one of which is preceded by "fundamentals of" - what is the difference between the two versions?

    For example: If two different but similar/related college or grad school tracks each contain a HYDROLOGY class, but one track contains the "Fundamentals of Hydrology" class, and the other track contains a class simply named "Hydrology", and might even use the same book for both classes - how do the two classes differ.

    Not specifically to hydrology.  I've seen this for other subjects, like "Project Management" and "Fundamentals of Project Management" or "Inorganic Chemistry" and "Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry", etc.

    Is the difference the same across all subjects, or does it vary depending on the specific subject?  Is the "fundamentals of" class easier than the other version, or not necessarily? Would a fundamentals of class be more introductory, or require less math? Is one more geared towards functional or practical applications of the subject, and one version more theoretical than applied?

    Also, is one or the other more or less likely to be able to be substituted for the other in the event that a student decides to change majors or tracks, specifically if they are changing from a track that includes the "fundamentals of" to one that includes the other version of the class.  Or vice versa.  Are they more or less likely to be allowed to substitute the regular version of the class for the fundamentals one?  Or the other way around? Or is it not that simple?

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