Definition of Credit Hour

Sierra States University awards academic credits based on the Carnegie unit, which awards one unit of credit for each 50-minute class session per week. For each credit in undergraduate programs, students are expected to complete a minimum of two hours of academic work (study, preparation, etc.) outside of class each week. Courses in graduate programs require three or more hours of outside work each week per credit.  The policy on academic credits is based on those generally accepted in degree-granting institutions of higher education. A quarter at Sierra States University typically consists of 10 weeks excluding finals. One quarter credit hour equals 10 classroom hours of lecture, 20 hours of laboratory, and 30 hours of practicum. Students in all majors are advised to limit their job and social commitments in order to give their coursework adequate attention.