The Academic Year consists of three terms (quarters) of approximately 11 weeks each. Although students may enter at the beginning of any term, it is advantageous to enter in the fall because of recommended course sequences in some academic programs.

Course is a subject or an instructional subdivision of a subject such as History of the U.S., English Composition, Dental Anatomy, Business Ethics, etc.

A Credit Hour normally represents three hours of the student’s time each week (1 hour in class, 2 hours outside preparation). This time may be assigned to work in classroom or laboratory or to outside preparation. The normal amount of scheduled time for a non-laboratory academic class is 50 minutes per week for each credit hour.

Laboratory and activity courses usually require more than one hour of class time each week.

Curriculum is an organized program of study arranged to provide definite cultural or professional preparation.

Full-Time Student is one registered for 12 or more credit hours per term.

Part-Time Student is one registered for 11 or fewer credits per term. However, students taking 6 credit hours or more are required to go through the full registration process.

Subject is a designated field of knowledge such as history, English, nursing, civil engineering technology, etc.

Year Sequence consists of three successive terms of subject material, such as Biology 211-212-213; History of the U.S. 201-202--203, etc.