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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 permission.

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 hours.

Students with grade point averages of less than 2.0 may be required to carry reduced course loads.

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