SAIC's courses follow a logical numbering and semester credit-hour system. Read on to learn how we determine numbers and credits and what it means to your course schedule.

Course Numbering

Courses at the 1000 through 4000 level are considered undergraduate courses while 5000- and 6000-level courses are reserved for matriculated graduate students.  Here is a breakdown of categories:

1000 and 2000 Introductory—no prerequisites and reserved for beginning students
3000 or 4000 Intermediate and advanced courses
5000 and 6000 reserved for matriculated graduate students

Participation in graduate-level classes for undergraduate student requires the signature of the instructor and the Director of Academic Advising.

Semester Hours

SAIC operates on a semester calendar and awards credit on a semester basis. Per U.S. Department of Education regulations, for each credit hour assigned to a course, the student must be expected to perform a minimum of three hours of student work per week throughout the semester. Accordingly, a 3 credit hour course requires nine hours of student work per week (three hours of student work for each credit hour assigned). Student work may take the form of classroom time, other direct faculty instruction, or out-of-class homework, assignments, or other student work.

For example, the typical 3 credit hour Liberal Arts course at SAIC meets once a week for a total of three hours of classroom time. In order to meet the required nine hours per week of student work, the student must be expected to perform at least six hours of out-of-class student work per week. The typical 3 credit hour studio course at SAIC meets once a week for a total of six hours of classroom time. In order to meet the required nine hours per week of student work, the studio student must be expected to perform at least three hours of out-of-class student work per week.

To determine the appropriate amount of classroom time required for each course, SAIC follows the standards established by its accrediting bodies. For example, for each credit hour assigned to a non-studio course and studio seminars, students must receive one clock hour of class time per week for 15 weeks. For each credit hour assigned to a studio course, students must receive two clock hours of class time per week for 15 weeks.