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How many credits make up a 4yr undergraduate degree?

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How many credits make up a 4yr undergraduate degree?

As the title states, how many credits are needed for a four year undergraduate degree?

I've seen some degrees as low as 30 credits and some in excess of 30, which is it? Why do some degrees contain more credits than others?

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For four year undergrad degree's, the amount of total credits needed tends to be 120.

The degree may have more credit's if it's an honor's degree, for example.
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Xtreme2001 wrote:
Aug 6th, 2008 9:38 pm
As the title states, how many credits are needed for a four year undergraduate degree?

I've seen some degrees as low as 30 credits and some in excess of 30, which is it? Why do some degrees contain more credits than others?

Thank you!
Different universities use different system to count how many credit hours you took - 120 credits (30/year) is the norm in Canada though you might see 60 units or 30 credits as well.
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IntegrationByParts wrote:
Aug 6th, 2008 9:44 pm
For four year undergrad degree's, the amount of total credits needed tends to be 120.

The degree may have more credit's if it's an honor's degree, for example.
cahk wrote:
Aug 6th, 2008 9:50 pm
Different universities use different system to count how many credit hours you took - 120 credits (30/year) is the norm in Canada though you might see 60 units or 30 credits as well.
maybe that's for BC only.

U of T needs 20 credits to graduate. obviously you need to meet your program requirements as well.
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some University would say:
120 credits
40 courses
20 full credits
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Different universities use vastly different systems. Generally it boils down to 5 courses per semester, 8 semesters.
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UofT has 20 credits, you generally take five over a span of four years. Some courses, year-long are worth 1.0 credits, whereas half-year (one semester) credits are 0.5.

Sigh, I wish Engineering had full-year courses. You'd get a better and truer appreciation of the material. Rather than, "Today we're going to 2.2, 2.3 and 2.4". Then when there's two minutes left till class is over, "OK, we got two minutes -- let me start 2.4".
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a 4 year undergrad degree is attained through 4 years of 100% course load.
At York, that is 120 credits. It varies with other schools, but essentially, it is 4 years of 100% course load.
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help_questions wrote:
Aug 7th, 2008 12:30 am
a 4 year undergrad degree is attained through 4 years of 100% course load.
At York, that is 120 credits. It varies with other schools, but essentially, it is 4 years of 100% course load.
When I was at Queen's a couple of years ago, for a B.A. (Honours) they only required 19 credits, IIRC. That adds up to 5.0/year for the first 3 years, then only 4 in 4th year... but I think the way they did it was unusual.
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20 credits at U of T. One course either 1 credit or 0.5 credit
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