The basic formula of SC State University for calculating credit hours is as follows:
Credit is reckoned in semester hours. One fifty-minute recitation for fifteen weeks, or the equivalent in laboratory work, constitutes a semester hour.
The above information may be found online in the 2012-2014 Undergraduate Catalog at
Additional information is outlined below for the Music Unit as it is related to applied lessons, small ensembles, lecture courses, lab courses, and large ensembles.
One semester credit hour equals one hour of class instruction at least five hours, per week, of suggested practice time for a period of 15 weeks.
Students are instructed to practice a suggested minimum of one hour a week, per one credit hour of applied lesson instruction for 15 weeks in preparation for small ensemble courses. That hour thereby adds an additional one hour of practice time to the suggested minimal practice time for applied lessons.
One semester credit hour equals three hours of class instruction and three hours of outside class work preparation comprising reading assignments, course assignments, and projects, per week, for a period of 15 weeks.
One semester credit hour equals one hour of class instruction and three hours of class preparation per week for 15 weeks.
One semester credit hour equals five hours of class instruction per week for a period of 15 weeks.
A zero credit hour equals one hour of class attendance, performance, and a suggested six hours of practice time that are acquired via applied and small ensemble combined practice times, per week, for 15 weeks.
Transfer of Credit
Transfer of credit policy may be viewed online in the 2012-2014 Undergraduate Catalog at the following address: http://www.scsu.edu/files/Registrars_Office/20122014UndergraduateCatalog.pdf, pp. 13-16.
The institution-wide policy regarding transfer of credit from other institutions may be viewed in the SC State University’s 2012-2014 Undergraduate Catalog online at http://www.scsu.edu/files/Registrars_Office/20122014UndergraduateCatalog.pdf, pp. 16 & 47. Information regarding transfer students may be found on pp. 13-16
The SC State University Transfer Policy Document may be viewed on the South Carolina Transfer and Articulation Center (SC TRAC) webpage at http://www.sctrac.org by following the link ‘participating institutions.’
Transfer students play for a panel of at least two music faculty from the student’s area of applied concentration to determine the student’s applied level of performance. Transfer students must also complete a diagnostic music theory placement exam.
Academic Regulations for procedures used by the institution to make credit hour assignments for courses, programs, and other requirements consistent with the credit hour policy applicable to those offerings may be viewed online in the SC State University’s 2012-2014 Undergraduate Catalog at the following address: http://www.scsu.edu/files/Registrars_Office/20122014UndergraduateCatalog.pdf, pp. 43-51.