Academic Policies

Program of Courses

A normal schedule for regularly enrolled students in the College is four 4-credit courses per semester. This permits completion of the 32 courses (128 credit hours) required for graduation in eight semesters. Full-time students are expected to take four years for the degree. A few accelerate. Others occasionally find it necessary to make up work during the summer. Taking extra credits is not considered a means of speeding up the timetable for attaining a degree, but rather a means for enriching an academic program; there is no additional charge for credits used for this purpose. Only students with a “B” average or better in one semester are permitted to take more than 19 credit hours during the next semester. This is referred to as an “overload.” (An overload consisting of six full courses, or 24 credit hours, is not permitted.) First-semester freshmen are not permitted to take more than 3 credit hours over their four regular courses. For full-time students, fewer than 14 credit hours is termed an “underload,” and enrollment in at least 12 credit hours is required. Both overload and underload programs must be approved by the students' dean, normally through the College Center for Advising Services.

The enrollment policy in effect for students admitted prior to the fall of 2013 stipulates that if credits in excess of the normal 16 credit hour course load are used for the purpose of accelerated graduation or completion of graduation requirements, a retroactive tuition adjustment will be assessed for those credits that count towards degree requirements. The assessment is generally made in the students' final semester. Additional financial aid resources are not available.

See Enrollment Policy for more information.

College Course Numbering System

001–099Noncredit courses*
100–199Introductory courses—usually at the first- and second-year level; no graduate credit
200–299Courses at the third- and fourth-year level that may also carry graduate credit
300Study abroad
301–399Experimental courses, independent courses, courses toward degree with distinction or honors
400–489Graduate courses at the master’s level or the first year of graduate study; open to undergraduates by special permission
490–499Master-level reading or research courses
500–589Advanced or specialized graduate courses—usually at the doctoral level
590–599Doctoral-level reading or research courses

*Noncredit course fees: All persons attending noncredit courses must pay fees as announced for these courses. If they are organized outside the normal academic framework, noncredit courses may not be covered by the usual blanket undergraduate full-time tuition.

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