# Can someone explain SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS* to me

#### doctorastro

So I'm a bit confused on what Semester Credit Hours means. A school I want to apply to has a requirement of, 4 (3 hours of lecture, 1 hour of lab) for Physics. Does this mean in a 3 quarter physics lecture series, I can take 1 quarter of lab and fulfill this requirement?

#### LizzyM

##### the evil queen of numbers
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Typically that means 3 hours per week of lecture and 1 hour of lab per week for 15 weeks. Two semesters = 30 weeks, 3 trimesters or quarters = 30 weeks.

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#### KnightDoc

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So I'm a bit confused on what Semester Credit Hours means. A school I want to apply to has a requirement of, 4 (3 hours of lecture, 1 hour of lab) for Physics. Does this mean in a 3 quarter physics lecture series, I can take 1 quarter of lab and fulfill this requirement?
I'm not really sure what you are asking. In a typical set up in a school with a fall and spring semester, most classes either meet for 3 50 minute sessions (or two 75 or 80 minute sessions) each week, and you get credit for 3 hours. In a science class with a lab, your either get 4 hours credit for the class to take into account all the time you spend in the lab, or the lab is credited separately for 1 hour, even though you spend a lot more than 1 hour per week in the lab plus whatever class time is devoted to it. It has nothing to do with quarters. Make sense?

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#### GreenDuck12

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So I'm a bit confused on what Semester Credit Hours means. A school I want to apply to has a requirement of, 4 (3 hours of lecture, 1 hour of lab) for Physics. Does this mean in a 3 quarter physics lecture series, I can take 1 quarter of lab and fulfill this requirement?

I get what you’re talking about. You need to look at the conversion of quarter hours to semester hours. The AMCAS guide explains how to do this. I don’t think one quarter will be sufficient but you can call the school to ask. Remember, quarter hours are less than semester hours because a year long sequence is 12 quarter hours but only 8 semester hours.

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#### Screamapillar

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Try taking a look at your transcript. I know when I graduated I was confused about this stuff, especially since my school makes all classes worth 1 credit, whether it has a lab or met 5 times a week (languages). On your transcript, probably at the bottom there will be a key. Thats where I saw each class is worth 5 "quarter hours", which translates to roughly 3 1/3 semesters.

#### gonnif

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So I'm a bit confused on what Semester Credit Hours means. A school I want to apply to has a requirement of, 4 (3 hours of lecture, 1 hour of lab) for Physics. Does this mean in a 3 quarter physics lecture series, I can take 1 quarter of lab and fulfill this requirement?
In this particular case, you would three quarters of lecture and three quarters of lab

1) For purposes of AMCAS 1 quarter hour = 0.67 semester hours.
2) For purposes of prereq requirements at individual medical schools, if you are a quarter system and have taken the “normal” sequence of courses at your UG for introductory bio, chem, physics or organic it will most likely suffice for fulfilling prereqs.
3) for the above courses usually come with year long lecture (2 semesters or 3 quarters) as well as year long lab

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