Credit Hour Policy

Courses offered under the early semester calendar at the University of Puget Sound are computed in units of credit.  In order to receive the baccalaureate degree from University of Puget Sound, a student must earn a minimum of 32 units. For purposes of transferring credit, one unit is equivalent to six quarter hours or four semester hours. Courses are approved by the faculty Curriculum Committee on the basis of a unit offered over a 15 week semester.

Guidelines for course scheduling define time frames within the 15 week semester:

  1. For three day per week courses:  Monday-Wednesday-Friday courses generally begin on the hour and end 10 minutes before the next hour.
  2. For two day per week courses:
    1. Tuesday-Thursday courses begin and end in 80-minute blocks. 
    2. Monday-Wednesday or Monday-Friday or Wednesday-Friday at 2-3:20 p.m. is also available for 80-minute classes.  Although there will be no 80-minute classes at 3-4:20 p.m., 4-5:20 p.m. is available for courses with multiple sections. 
  3. For four day or five day per week courses:
    1. The Tuesday and/or Thursday sessions that accompany Monday and/or Wednesday and/or Friday sessions at 9 a.m., Noon, or 3 p.m. are shifted by thirty minutes to fit within one of the 80-minute Tuesday/Thursday time blocks that begin at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. or 3 p.m.  
    2. Tuesday and/or Thursday sessions that are part of four or five-day-per-week classes may, at the instructor’s request, be assigned the entire 80-minute time period.
  4. One-day-per-week, three-hour classes are limited to 300- and 400-level courses and graduate courses. 
    1. Although a particular three-hour time slot has not been designated for seminar courses, starting times are available at the 3 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m., and 6 p.m. time slots, provided that the course is not a single section of a required course.
    2. A department may wish to schedule a three-hour class on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.  In addition to having only one non-teaching day per semester, scheduling on Tuesdays or Wednesdays allows the seminar to meet during the week of Reading Period.

Faculty expectations are that students will devote a minimum of 10 hours per week to a one-unit course, inclusive of time in class and outside of class, for each week of the 15-week semester.  Examples of activities considered in the calculation of out-of-class time include, but are not limited to, time spent reading, studying, preparing for class, attending performances, lectures, or presentations related to the course, attending laboratory, studio, or rehearsal sessions, discussing the material with other students, or completing course-related assignments.

The Curriculum Committee, a standing committee of the Faculty Senate, reviews curriculum on a five-year cycle inclusive of new or revised course offerings. Course Proposal Forms include affirmation of anticipated course hour expectations, Course Revision Forms include a check on in-class and out-of-class  hours per week, and the Department and Program Curriculum Review self-study questions ask for affirmation of course hour expectations and explanation of any departures from this policy.

Academic Standards Committee approved February 27, 2013; Curriculum Committee approved March 7, 2013; Faculty Senate approved March 11, 2013.