Credit Hours and Course Load
All courses are recorded in terms of academic credit hours. Generally, one credit hour of instruction is equivalent to one 50-minute class period per week for 16 weeks. Courses that include laboratory work specify the number of lab hours that are required weekly. For self‑paced courses or those that involve field experiences, credit hour value is not determined by the number of class meetings.
Students who register for 12 or more credit hours per semester are considered to be full‑time students. The normal semester load for full‑time students is 12 to 18 credit hours; however, some programs require more.
Students who register for fewer than 12 credit hours per semester are considered to be part‑time students.
Classification of Students
Students who have earned fewer than 29 credit hours of satisfactory academic work are classified as freshmen. Those who have accumulated 30 or more credit hours are classified as sophomores.
A full-time course load is 12 through 18 credit hours during a regular semester, and 6 through 12 during an eight-week summer session. Students exceeding 18 hours in a regular semester or 12 hours in a summer session require approval by the vice president for Student Affairs, and will be assessed additional tuition and/or fee charges.