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Credit Value and Course Numbers
The Semester Hour
The credit value of courses is expressed in semester hours. Lecture courses are designed to require approximately the same number of hours of class time per week as the semester hours of credits they are assigned. Laboratory based courses are designed to require three times the number of hours of lab time per week as the semester hours of credits they are assigned. A course that combines lecture and lab components requires a mix of these requirements based upon their distribution of semester hours of credit between lecture and lab.
Each course taught at the College is identified by a code of letters and numbers (i.e. WELD 125). The letters are an abbreviation for the program within which they are found. The three digit numbers indicate the semester in which students would enroll during their studies. Courses numbered 100 through 149 are usually taken in the first semester; courses numbered 150 through 199 are usually taken in the second semester; courses numbered 200 through 249 are usually taken in the third semester; and courses numbered 250 through 299 are usually taken in the fourth semester.