Do some colleges only require 4 courses per semester?

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    Do some colleges only require 4 courses per semester?

    http://www.bu.edu/econ/ugrad/ba/index.html
    http://www.cs.bu.edu/ugradprogram/degreereqs.html#major

    I was looking at some of the majors at Boston University, economics and computer science. I noticed they only require students to take 32 courses to complete their bachelor's degree. Which of course is only 4 classes per semester over 4 years.

    Are a lot of colleges like this?

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    well, they might be 4 credit courses, which seems about right if that's the case. if it were 3 credit courses though, there is no way i would believe that a college would let you by with only 12 credits a semester and have you grad. in 4 years.

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    Isn't 12 credit hours the cutoff for full time student status as far as the federal goverment is concerned? I can't remember, it's been a while since I was in school full time. I never had less that 18 credit hours the entire time I was in school

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    You are a full time student if you take 12 credits a semester, yes. But most undergraduate programs require at least 120 credits to graduate.

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    Thats why it takes most people 5 years to complete their undergrad work instead of 4.

    For the next three years I'm taking 12 or 13 units a semister just to complete JC. It would be very hard to add another class every semestier and still maintain some level of sanity.

    Also remember that most classes require approx 2 hours of self study for every hour of lecture (bleh)

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    well i ran fine with 16 hours this semester, and im registered for 18 hours this spring semester, and i dont think I will have that much trouble with that(some would argue i am slightly insane anyway, which i would agree with).

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    Are you also trying to work full time EvBladeRunnervE?

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    At Harvard, students are required to have only 32 semester classes to graduate. On the other hand, the classes are generally the equivalent of 4 credit hours per week, although this varies from class to class. (Many classes meet only 3 hours a week.) But the amount of work is not necessarily proportional to the number of hours a week that a class meets. (Ask any freshman who has taken expository writing, which meets two hours a week, but requires more work than most classes freshmen are taking.) And of course, there are the infamous math 25 and 55, which meet for 3 hours per week but have 20-30 hour a week problem sets. ("Boot camp for math concentrators.")

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    I took 40 courses as an undergrad, but some of them didn't actually count towards my major, and that 40 also takes into account 1 credit lab courses and stuff.
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    It all depends on the school. I took 40 or 42 classes or something like that to graduate (173 credits). You had to take 16 credits to be considered full time at my school. (but I think 12 is the cutoff for most schools). But I was also taking 5 and 6 classes/semester. The most I took in one semester was 21 credits which was 6 classes (3 credits/class) and 3 labs(1 credit/class). However, I only worked part-time as a softball umpire during that time, so I had a lot of time to study.

    Also, since then, the school has gone to all 4-credit classes, so like my last couple semesters were pretty much 20-credit semesters.

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