- Category: General Academic Info.
A bachelor's degree requires a minimum of 130 semester credit hours. For a student who presents no transfer credits, this will require four regular academic years to complete a bachelor's degree as shown in the typical example below:
School Year Credits/Semester No. of Semester Total for Year 1st 18 2 36 2nd 18 2 36 3rd 18 2 36 4th 18 2 36
Total Semester Credits: 144
The period may be shortened if a student utilizes inter-semester sessions. If a student for some reason is unable to carry the normal load of classes for one or more semesters, or fails to complete required courses when scheduled, the course may be prolonged beyond the four years. [tab:Course Numbers]
- 100-199 Courses usually taken during freshman year: lower division
- 200-299 Courses usually taken during sophomore year: lower division
- 300-399 Courses usually taken during junior year: upper division
- 400-499 Courses usually taken during senior year: upper division
Courses ending with numbers 1, 2, or 3, for example CHEM 121, 122, and 123 are sequence courses and must be taken in that order. Upper-division requirements for the degree are met by courses numbered 300 and above.