Module 1:  Academic Basics 

Credit Hours & Classes

What is a credit hour?

A credit hour equals the amount of time you spend in a class per week. Most classes are 3-4 credit hours, so you spend 3-4 hours in class each week.

To obtain a degree from Appalachian State, you will take a minimum of 120 credit hours.

As a student at Appalachian State, you will earn credit hours by taking classes in:

  • General Education

  • your Major,

  • your Minor or Concentration (if required by your major),

  • and possible Electives.

How many credit hours should I take each semester?

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.  

44 hours or about 15 classes

The remainder of your 120+ hours