A full-time student is one who is enrolled in at least three units in any given fall or spring semester. The normal student load consists of no more than four units in the fall semester, one in the Interim, and four in the spring semester. Students with a 3.000 cumulative grade point average may choose to take more than four units during one of the semesters in each of the sophomore, junior and senior academic years. In certain cases, the chief academic officer may approve a fifth course, either a half or full unit, for a student with an average below the minimum grade point average (as stated above) or for a student who wishes to take more than four units in the spring semester who has already taken more than four units in the previous fall semester.
First-year students cannot take more than four units in either semester.
Departments that require five units a semester because of state or professional accrediting requirements should seek a routine exemption from the chief academic officer for the program. Students in such programs will still require the minimum grade point average for the fifth unit, as stated above.
A student is allowed to take only one course, either a half or full unit, during the Interim semester.