Things to Know When Scheduling Your Courses

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  1. Academic credit hours are awarded when a student completes a course each semester. The number of hours per course usually reflects the amount of time spent in class in a typical week (i.e. a course meeting three times per week for 50 minutes is usually a 3-credit-hour course), but laboratory- or activity-based courses can vary. Students should expect to spend time outside of class reading required materials, completing assignments, and studying for exams.
  2. Most undergraduate degree programs at Drury require a minimum of 124 hours, but a few require more. Students need at least 12 academic credit hours per fall and spring semester to be considered full-time for financial aid, but most students will take between 15 and 17 academic credits each fall and spring in order to graduate in a reasonable amount of time (31 hours per year x 4 years=124 credit hours).
  3. Most students find two full-time responsibilities at one time overwhelming. Working 40 hours a week is usually not compatible with a schedule of 15 to 17 credit hours. National averages indicate that most students can handle 15-17 academic credit hours if they work 20 hours or less a week. Students should also factor in other time commitments like drive time if commuting to campus, service or social organizations, personal wellness, and sleep.
  4. At the time your first schedule is created, it is likely we will not have your final, official transcripts of prior college course work with completed grades or an official score report from International Baccalaureate (IB) or Advanced Placement (AP). Your schedule may need to be refined once those records are received by our Admissions Office. It is important for you to report all credits expected so we can help you plan appropriately.
  5. All day school students have a common set of requirements called Your Drury Fusion. This program fuses life and profession credentials with real-world experience and life-changing mentorship.
  6. Spread the courses required by Your Drury Fusion throughout your time at Drury, rather than trying to complete them in your first two years. This will allow you to explore areas of interest for possible majors and minors and complete needed prerequisites for higher-level courses.
  7. An ideal first-semester schedule should include:
    • Some requirements from Your Drury Fusion to provide a foundation for your liberal arts and sciences education and will meet degree requirements regardless of the major or minor you eventually select
    • A subject you have never had a chance to study, but find interesting
    • At least one class in an area of study you enjoy, as a way to check out a future major or minor
    • At least one class you look forward to taking
    • At least one class you expect to find challenging and another that will come more easily to you
  8. All students are required to complete at least one major area of study, two certificates (one can be replaced by a second major or minor), and must satisfy both life and profession credentials.
  9. Some academic majors are highly structured, while others are more flexible. This will be explained more fully on Fusion First Day. Programs with admission requirements (like Architecture, Business, and Education) or courses with prerequisites (like Music, Biology, Chemistry, and Math) have good reasons to encourage students to take particular classes in the first semester.
  10. Because graduating seniors must take very specific classes, they register first. Entering students can choose classes from a variety of areas, so they register last. As you accumulate credit hours, you will register earlier each semester. Please be prepared to be flexible when considering your schedule in your first few semesters. It is unlikely that you will get every class you want at exactly the time you want to take it, or that you can squeeze a full-time schedule into two or three days a week.