# Defining Credit Hours

### From UAS Wiki

**Definition**

- See current academic catalog, "Academic Credit", just prior to course listings. UAS requires a minimum of 750 minutes of lecture for each credit, or twice that amount (1500 minutes) of lab to equal one credit and 4 times that for practicum or internship).

**Lecture:**Each one hour per week (full term) = one credit.

**Lab:**Each two hours per week (full term)lab = one credit.

**Practicum or Iinternship:**Each four hours per week (full term) = one credit.- This is a minimum and courses can go above this level, but not below it.

- This is a minimum and courses can go above this level, but not below it.

- Credits are represented by C (A+B)
- C= Credits
- A=Lecture hours, B=Lab hours
- D=Practicum or internship hours, if any: C (A+B+D).

- A straight lecture class would be 1 (1+0) or 2 (2+0), etc.

- A straight lab class would be 1 (0+2) or 2 (0+4), etc.

- A straight practicum or internship class: 1 (0+0+4) or 2 (0+0+8), etc.

- A combined lec/lab class can be any combination in whole numbers which follow the above rules. A few exceptions to the whole numbers are made for one-credit classes as 1 (.5+1).

- Samples: 2 (1+2), 3 (2+2), 3 (1+4).

**Calculating Credit Hours**

- There are two ways to calculate credit hours, depending on whether the class will run the full term, or is of shorter duration.
**Full Term Classes:**UAS semesters include 15 weeks of instruction. Simply use the numbers in parentheses as hours per week. A 3 cr (3+0) lecture needs to meet 3 hours per week as a lecture. A 3 cr (2+2) lec/lab needs to meet 2 hrs/wk as lecture plus 2 hrs/wk in lab.

**Short-Term Classes:**It can be easier to convert the 750 minutes to clock hours. Each 750 minutes is 12.5 full clock hours (750 / 60 =12.5); Use the numbers in parentheses as 12.5-hour increments overall. For example: A 3 cr (3+0) lecture needs to meet 37.5 clock hours as a lecture. A 3 cr (2+2) lec/lab needs to meet 25 clock hours as lecture plus 25 clock hours in lab.

- The numbers in parentheses convert as follows:

1 = 12.5 hrs 2 = 25 hrs 3 = 37.5 hrs 4 = 50 hrs

- Keep in mind a class must meet the total inside the parentheses

**Credit Hour Calculation**

**Credit Hours**1 cred lec = 750 min or 12.5 clock hrs 1 cred lab = 1500 min or 25.0 clock hrs (lec + lab) = academic credits

cr = hrs 1 = 12.5 2 = 25 3 = 37.5 4 = 50 5 = 62.5 6 = 75

**Examples:**(2 + 0) = 2 cr 25 hrs (0 + 2) = 1 cr 25 hrs (2 + 2) = 3 cr 50 hrs

**Distance-Only Courses**

- Courses offered only by distance can be calculated in accordance with the standard Carnegie unit of credit: Students are expected to put in two hours of outside effort for every one hour of class lecture.

- A Distance version of a standard 3-credit lecture class of 37.5 hours, would expect student engagement of 37.5 hrs x3, or 112.5 hours.

- Some distance course examples:

Lecture 3 credit (3+0) 37.5 + 0 = 112.5 hrs (37.5x3 + 0) Lecture/Lab 3 credit (2+2) 75 + 75 = 150 total hrs (37.5x2 + 37.5x2) Lecture/Lab 4 credit (3+2) 112.5 + 75 = 187.5 total hours (37.5x3 + 37.5x2)

**Transfer Credit Hours**

- When dealing with transcripts from other colleges and universities with a quarter credit hour system instead of a semester credit hour system, for transfer between quarter hour credits and semester hour credits:

**Semester to Quarter Hrs:**

- Semester hr x 1.5 = quarter hr.

- 1 semester hr = 1.5 quarter hr.

- Semester hr x 1.5 = quarter hr.

**Quarter to Semester Hrs:**

- Quarter hr x .67 = semester hr.

- 1 quarter hr = .67 semester hr.

- Quarter hr x .67 = semester hr.