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Semesters and Credit Hours

Credit Hour: A credit hour is a unit of credit for a course, and is usually based on the number of hours per week in class. Most classes are three credit hours; however, some may be worth more or less. Typically, a four-year degree (bachelor’s) requires 120 credit hours.

Semester: The period of time or term that a student takes a group of courses. ABAC offers three semesters: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

To graduate in four (4) years with a baccalaureate degree, a full-time student should take 15-18 credit hours per fall and spring semester or 30 hours per academic year (Fall/Spring/Summer). Taking 12 credit hours in a semester is considered full-time, but will increase students’ time and cost to earn a degree. Students should plan to study a minimum of two (2) hours per week for each one-hour credit taken. Enrolling in 15 credit hours would require a minimum of 30 hours of study time each week.