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 course in the Interim (half or full unit), four units in the spring semester, and four units in the summer (no more than two courses simultaneously). 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 load exceeding four units, 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.
These course load policies count transfer courses toward the maximum allowed for a given term.
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 or approval for the overload, as stated above.