To complete a degree within 8 full time semesters, a normal course load is 15 to 16 credit hours per semester. Students must enroll in 12 to 19 credit hours in any one semester with the following exceptions. 

Students with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher are permitted to take up to twenty-two credit hours (excluding physical education and applied music). Permission for additional physical education or music credit hours (up to twenty-four credit hours total) must be granted by the Office for Undergraduate Education. 

Students may not take fewer than 12 credit hours in any one semester. Exceptions for medical or other circumstances may be granted by the Office for Undergraduate Education in consultation with the Office for Accessibility Services. (See the partial withdrawal policy for underloads occurring after Add/Drop/Swap.)

Seniors in their final semester of study may underload (enroll in fewer than 12 credits) or overload (enroll in more than 19 credits). Both of these require permission from the Office for Undergraduate Education before the end of the Add/Drop/Swap period. Seniors may underload in their final semester of study because they are not required to enroll for more credits than are needed to complete the degree. Seniors in their final semester of study with less than a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average may take up to 22 credit hours excluding physical education and music (and no more than 24 credit hours total).

Students with outstanding incomplete course grades may not overload in credit hours in subsequent semesters.

All credit for academic work must be awarded in the semester in which the work is undertaken, including summer sessions, directed readings, and internships.

Approved: Curriculum, Assessment, and Educational Policy Committee, October 30, 2019