Module 1: Academic Basics
Credit Hours & Classes
What is a credit hour?
Most classes are 3-4 credit hours, so you spend 3-4 hours in class each week either in-person or online. In self-paced online courses, you will spend about 3 hours reviewing course content for a 3 credit hour course.
To obtain a degree from Appalachian State, you will take a minimum of 120 credit hours.
Note: For every hour of in class or online work, your faculty may be expecting you to study, read, or work on projects for 2-3 additional hours a week.
Take 15-16 hours each semester to graduate in four years if you are a first-year student. Transfer students should also consider taking 15-16 hours each semester in order to progress efficiently towards graduation.
Note: 12 hours is considered full-time in fall or spring. If you need to progress towards your degree taking less than 12 hours a semester, you should consult with your academic advisor.
How many hours do I take?
As a student at Appalachian State, you will earn credit hours by taking classes in:
your Minor or Concentration (if required by your major),
and possible Electives.