How to Determine How Many Classes to Take
Your work schedule, your other outside responsibilities and your individual strengths and/or weaknesses as a student should be factored into determining the number of classes you enroll in each semester.
Remember that for each hour you spend IN class you will have up to 2-3 hours of preparation work OUT of class. These are recommended course loads.
- If you work 30 – 40 hours or more/week, consider taking no more than one or two classes, or up to 5 credits per semester.
- If you work 20 – 30 hours/week, consider taking no more than 2-3 classes, or up to 6-9 credits per semester.
- If you work 10 – 20 hours/week, consider taking no more than 3-4 classes, or up to 9-12 credits per semester.
- If you work less than 10 hours/week, consider taking 4 or more classes, or up to 12-15 credits per semester.
Understanding the Catalog
The Catalog is designed to assist students in academic and career plans. Our Degree Planners provide the following information:
- Minimum Program Entry Requirements
- Recommended Course Sequence and
- Program Outcomes.
On each program page you will find a vital information regarding your program as well as information about who the Program Advisors are and the courses required for completion of the program. Some programs require students to complete all minimum entry requirements before beginning the program courses while others allow students to take program courses while completing the entry requirements.
Students are strongly encouraged to work closely with their Pathway Advisors and their Program Faculty to determine which courses to register for and when. Associate in Arts (AA) degree students, Health Broad Field AS degree students, and students who intend to transfer are strongly encouraged to work with the Advising Center to plan for registration.
View the Catalog and Degree Planner
Using DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System) or Degree Audit Portal (uAchieve Self-Service) to help plan for registration
There are a couple of useful tools available to students via eServices that provide students with the opportunity to track their coursework and progression towards completing degree requirements and graduation. The first option is DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System) which allows students to review program requirements and track courses that they have already completed or still need to complete in order to fulfill all degree requirements. For more information about DARS and a tutorial on how to read a DARS report, go to
View Degree Audit Report.
The second option is a new platform called uAchieve Self-Service, which students can access by clicking on the Degree Audit Portal link in eServices. By accessing their audit through the Portal, students can:
- View their degree audits to determine which classes are required for their declared major, keep track of what they have already completed, and to help select appropriate courses to register for each semester
- Run “what if” audits to determine how completed coursework would apply to a different major
- Understand how previous college coursework transferred in, as well as how AP and CLEP credits apply to their major
For more information on how to use uAchieve Self-Service, review these tutorials: