As you make plans for completing the requirements of your degree at Ball State, you will need to make sure that you are earning and accumulating credit hours.

The terms credits, hours, and credit hours are used interchangeably to describe a unit of academic work equal to 50 minutes of instruction per week.Thus, a 1 credit-hour course typically meets for 50 minutes, once a week, for 15 weeks with the addition of a final exam period. The most common number of credit hours for a course is 3.

There are several options at Ball State that provide you with alternative ways to earn credit. One of the most common ways that students earn college credit outside of the university setting is through the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) program. Other alternate ways to earn credit include: transferring creditdepartmental examsplacement examsonline classes, and studying abroad. You can learn more about alternate ways to earn credit by speaking with your academic advisor.