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Credit Hours, Contact Hours, and Course Load

Each course listed in the course description section of this Academic Bulletin and Student Handbook is followed by a notation for the number of semester hours credit it carries. Normally, the number of semester hours earned is based on the number of class, laboratory or shop hours spent under the supervision of the course instructor per week for the semester.

Usually one (1) semester hour credit is given for each hour of class per week, or for each two hours of laboratory or shop per week.

Contact hours are the number of actual clock hours a student is in attendance during one week. Students enrolled for 12 or more credit hours are classified as full-time students. Students enrolled in less than 12 credit hours are classified as part time.