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This has to be the stupidest question ever,but....

Posted by on Jul. 28, 2009 at 7:56 PM
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For college,how do credits work? Meaning what is a credit? Does one credit equal one class or what?Please don't laugh at my stupid question.I was afraid to ask the people at the school because I didn't want to look stupid.

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by on Jul. 28, 2009 at 7:57 PM

Typically I believe one finished semester of a class is one credit but it can very! Sometimes you have to take two semesters to get the 1 credit it all depends on the class!!

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by Bronze Member on Jul. 28, 2009 at 7:58 PM

A class is worth so many credits, usually 3 (I think). You need so many credits to graduate. Does that help?

by on Jul. 28, 2009 at 7:59 PM

Most degrees require a certian number of credit to graduate with a perticular degree. Like say teaching you might need 124 credits. Each class is assigned so many credits, usually determined by the number of hours the class is each week...like a math class might be 3 credits, because you meet m-w-f for one hour. Does that help?

by on Jul. 28, 2009 at 8:00 PM

All the classes I've taken have been 3-4 credits per class.

by on Jul. 28, 2009 at 8:00 PM

Different courses = different numbers of credits. For instance, I'm in nursing school...one class is 8 credits because that includes lecture, conference and clinicals. Other classes may have 1-3 credits. You need a certain number of credits to graduate depending on what program you're in. HTH

by on Jul. 28, 2009 at 8:02 PM

I will try. Credits dictate the "work" of the class and also how much its going to cost you. They generally range from 1-5 credits per class with the standard college class being around 4. For instance a one day a week class may be worth one credit while a standard three day a week class will be four credits. Full time in college is usually considered  someone taking 12 credits +. Also a degree will have a minimum credit requirement say 95 for an associates. The cost of a class is also by credits say $90 per credit. HTH.

by on Jul. 28, 2009 at 8:03 PM

Typically you need a certain amount of credits to obtain a degree or certificate- you should look it up and it may be different depending on the degree and school - usually each class will earn you 3 credits - a college may also use credits as a way of pricing - so for example if it is $100 per credit and you are taking a 3 credit class that class will cost you $300 (plus books, which i personally recommend trying to find used ones on the internet you will save yourself a TON of money just make sure it is the same edition) - this is more typical in a community college or certificate program...I would go to your schools website and look up tuition and it should give you how that particular school charges - good luck - p.s. i didnt think your question was stupid how would you know if you never had to before! :)

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by on Jul. 28, 2009 at 8:04 PM

When I went to college.  1 class was worth 3 credits, except for a few that were worth 2 credits.  I needed something like 120 or more credits to graduate, but that was a 4 year college.  Colleges usually charge you by the credit hour.  So, if you are taking 4 classes, then they would charge you for 12 credit hours.  

by on Jul. 28, 2009 at 8:05 PM

you have gotten some good answers.

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by on Jul. 28, 2009 at 8:08 PM

To put it as simply as I can:  Each degree requires a certain # of credits in each area of study. So you may need 27 credits in science classes. Each class is worth a certain amount of credits. So if each class is worth 3 credits youll need to take 9 science classes to meet that. I hope this all makes sense! Good luck!

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