Course Load and Selection

Full-time student status is at least 12 credit hours in a semester or term.

The maximum course load during a semester for full time tuition is 18 credit hours.

Part-time student status is 11 credit hours or fewer in a semester.

All credits, in one semester, regardless of course delivery format, are added in figuring full- or part-time status.

All summer sessions combine to form one semester.

Students may not enroll in more than 9 credit hours of accelerated courses concurrently. 

Students planning a course load during accelerated, evening, or summer terms should be aware of the intensive condensed time frame for academic content during the short-term sessions.

Students must meet special course restrictions and required prerequisites established by academic departments when selecting classes.

Course Numbering System

Courses #001-099 are preparatory to college-level work, may carry credit hours applied to total hours earned for graduation and fulfill only general elective credit.

Courses #100-199 are introductory courses or sequences of courses, with no departmental prerequisites, that introduce basic skills, techniques, concepts, or questions of the field.

Courses #200-299 continue the introduction to the field beyond the 100-level or introduce the field by focusing on a major area in the field. Such courses may not have departmental prerequisites but are designed for students with some college experience.

Courses #300-399 are advanced courses that depend on previously learned knowledge and skills in the discipline or a maturity of skills in critical thinking. In such courses, students are asked increasingly to employ the tools of the discipline in response to basic questions. Ordinarily these courses have prerequisites or require junior standing.

Courses #400-499 require students to do more independent work, often involving the creation or synthesis of knowledge using previously learned skills, and these courses usually are designed for the major.

Courses #500 and above are graduate level/credit courses. A student must be in a graduate program to earn graduate credit for these courses.