The unit of measurement of University course work is the semester
hour. It ordinarily represents one lecture hour per week for one
semester; however, a sequence of two or three laboratory hours
is considered to be the equivalent of one lecture hour. Semester
hours are also referred to as credit hours or credits.
The usual course load for a Francis Marion University student
is 15 to 17 hours per semester. With the approval of the student's
department chair or dean, a student who earned a grade point average
of 3.0 during the preceding regular semester (while completing
15 hours or more) or has a 3.0 cumulative grade point average
may obtain permission to take more than 17 hours in one semester.
In addition, seniors who are within 19 hours of graduation and
who have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average may also obtain
No student who has earned fewer than 15 hours at Francis Marion
University will be permitted to carry an overload. Transient and
correspondence courses and any resulting overload must be approved
prior to enrolling in the course(s).
The maximum course load permitted for Late Spring Term is one
course, with a maximum of four hour credit. The maximum course
load for First Summer Term or Second Summer Term is seven semester
Students with grade point averages of less than 2.0 may be required
to carry reduced course loads.
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