semester hour


Definition of semester hour

: a unit of academic credit representing an hour of class (such as lecture class) or three hours of laboratory work each week for an academic semester

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To qualify, students have earned a minimum grade point average of 3.7 while enrolled in at least 12 semester hours. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "Naperville People in the News," 22 June 2018 The student must take a full course load of at least 12 semester hours of undergraduate credit with all academic courses impacting their grade point average. Houston Chronicle, "Cleveland’s Wood named to Mississippi College dean’s list," 7 June 2018 His Air Force training led to more than 80 semester hours of meteorological college credit. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "Hurricanes rocked Fox 4 meteorologist Alberto Romero's weather life," 16 Feb. 2018 In order to be considered for induction, students must have earned a minimum of 70 semester hours, with at least 32 semester hours earned at BW. 'sam' Boyer/special To,, "Library board bids farewell and says hello: Whit & Whimsey," 12 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of semester hour

1922, in the meaning defined above

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