Undergraduate Student Handbook

Course Load

A normal course load is 5 courses. No student should register for fewer than 4 courses. Students may not register for less than 4 course units (cu) nor more than 5.5 cu without submitting the Faculty Advisor Sign-off form which may be obtained in 109 Towne. In general, students with a grade point average below 3.0 are not permitted to take more than 5.5 cu.

First-semester students are not permitted to register for more than 5.5 cu. The maximum course load for second semester may be increased only after the grades for first-semester are posted (usually beginning of January).

Upper class students are not permitted to pre-register for more than 5.5 cu during advanced registration. Students may only register for more than 5.5 course units at the start of the new semester after grades and course load from the previous semester are available. A request to increase the course load must be received prior to the add deadline, typically two weeks after the start of the semester. Requests to raise course units must be made each semester.

In rare cases, students may request a course load of 7 cu. Such students must submit a Petition for Action which justifies the need to take an excessive course load. In a majority of cases, petitions will not be approved unless the student demonstrated the ability to successfully complete a 6.5 cu semester at a good academic level.

Students on probation are limited to a maximum of 4.5 cu.

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