Which an Academic Year?

- 8 Classes (More Common in Public Universities)
- 24 Semester Hours (3 Semester Hours per
*Light *Class)
- (Arts) 3 Semester Hours Lecture
- (Light Science) 2 Semester Hours Lecture AND 1 Semester Hour Lab
- (Hard Science - Separate Laboratory) 1 Semester Hour Discussion AND 2 Semester Hour Lab
- Combined with (Hard Science - Separate Lecture) 3 Semester Hour Lecture

- 32 Semester Hours (4 Semester Hours per
*Heavy *Class)
- (Medium Science) 3 Semester Hours Lecture AND 1 Semester Hour Lab OR
- (Heavy Science) 2 Semester Hours Lecture AND 2 Semester Hours Lab

- 8 Half-Course (More Common in Private Universities)
- 32 Semester Hours (4 Semester Hours per Half-Course)

- (Arts) 4 Semester Hours Lecture
- (Medium Science) 3 Semester Hours Lecture AND 1 Semester Hour Lab
- (Hard Science) 4 Semester Hours Lecture AND 2 Semester Hour Lab
- Note: This workload is still treated as 4 Semester Hour Class and that's why changes have been made so that Laboratories may count as Quarter-Course (Half of a Half-Course) at some institutions.
- This type of Half-Course should be count as two classes.

Comparison: Class vs Half-Course

- Arts, Light Science
*Light *Class
- 3 Semester Hours Lecture = 3 Hours per Week by 16 weeks = 48 Hours Lecture

- Half-Course
- 4 Semester Hours Lecture = 4 Hours per Week by 12 weeks = 48 Hours Lecture

- There are no evidence to show that reading is more than just cramming for the final exam and/or writing term papers.
- Note that most students treat their Fall Semester's Reading Weeks as Winter Vacation.

- The strongest proof of equivalence between Light Class and Half-Course is Advanced Placement Classes with College Board recommendation of 3 Semester Hours, but are counted as Half-Course of 4 Semester Hours.

- Medium Science
*Heavy *Class
- 4 Semester Hours
- 3 Semester Hour Lecture = 3 Hours per Week by 16 weeks = 48 Hours Lecture
- 1 Semester Hour Lab = 3 Hours per Week by 16 Weeks = 48 Hours Laboratory

- Half-Course
- 4 Semester Hours
- 3 Semester Hour Lecture = 3 Hours per Week by 12 weeks = 36 Hours Lecture
- 1 Semester Hour Laboratory = 2.5 Hours per Two Weeks by 12 Weeks = 15 Hours Laboratory

Term Length

- Semester
- Community College tend to be 16 Weeks or 18 Weeks.
- Public Universities tend to be 15 Weeks or 16 Weeks.
- Private Universities tend to be 12 Weeks + 3 Reading Weeks.

- Quarter
- Community College tend to be 11 Weeks or 12 Weeks.
- Public Universities tend to be 10 Weeks.
- Private Universities tend to be 8 Weeks + 2 Weeks Reading.

- Trimester
- Community College tend to be 14 Weeks or 15 Weeks.
- Public Universities tend to be 12 Weeks or 13 Weeks.

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