ThatQuestionGuy

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My school has a stupid credit system where it assigns 1.0 for regular classes and 0.5 for P/F. When the secondary asks me to list " Semester Credits" should I list it as it is on my transcript (1.0) or list it as it is on AMCAS Semester Hours (4.0)?
 

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I'd go with 4.0, the AMCAS way. Though schools would probably figure out that you didn't take 1.0 credits of organic chemistry, I think it's just easier to bypass that and use the normal credit system. Esp. since lots of schools say clearly 8.0 semester hours of physics/genchem/bio/organic, it's easier to just do it that way since it's on your AMCAS anyway.

I've never heard of that system, it's weird! Out of curiosity, are all classes 1.0 credit no matter how often they meet? Like, my school has 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 credit and 4.0 credit courses based on how many classes per week it meets (and I think a couple 5.0's). Do seminar classes that are 1x/wk count the same in your GPA as a 3-lecture+1-lab class? What a headache for you!
 

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In a 1.0 credit per class system, 1 credit = 4 semester hours. I have the same system at my school.

A seminar would have to have the same number of hours as a regular 1 lecture course and would still count at 1.0 credits. Seminars that count as 1.0 credits though are usually all research courses (require research papers at the end, etc.), while much smaller seminars count as 0.5 credits (there are some exceptions probably).
 
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I'd go with 4.0, the AMCAS way. Though schools would probably figure out that you didn't take 1.0 credits of organic chemistry, I think it's just easier to bypass that and use the normal credit system. Esp. since lots of schools say clearly 8.0 semester hours of physics/genchem/bio/organic, it's easier to just do it that way since it's on your AMCAS anyway.

I've never heard of that system, it's weird! Out of curiosity, are all classes 1.0 credit no matter how often they meet? Like, my school has 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 credit and 4.0 credit courses based on how many classes per week it meets (and I think a couple 5.0's). Do seminar classes that are 1x/wk count the same in your GPA as a 3-lecture+1-lab class? What a headache for you!
Yes all classes are 1.0 even if there is a lab component. I think there are some classes (p-chem) where the lab component is an extra 0.5 or something but I've never taken one of those.

Thanks for your response