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Semester Credit Hour

Definition of Semester credit hour:


A “semester hour” is a unit based on time spent per week as in-class time.  A 3-hour course would meet for three hours each week in the classroom (ten minutes are allowed to travel to the next class).   Faculty members expect students to work an average of two hours outside of class for every hour spent in the classroom.   Therefore, if a student were to take the standard 15-hour course load, the student would be expected to spend approximately 15 hours in the classroom and approximately 30 hours outside of the classroom, for an average total of 45 hours of classroom work, study, writing, research, etc. each week.  For a 15-week semester, this translates into 135 hours of work per semester per course and 675 hours per semester for a full course load.