Contact Hour Requirements

Academic Departments are responsible for ensuring each course section is within the minimum / maximum range for fulfilling Contact Hour and Hours per Week requirements, as defined by USHE and NWCCU accreditation standards.

Hours per Week

  1. Enter Credits, Lecture Hours & Lab Hours
  2. Select Minutes per Week
  3. Select Total Weeks
  4. Click Calculate

Always verify your credit ratio is correct. Refer to the Course Catalog for more information.

Formula
 
If your credit ratio is 3:2:4 (3 credits, 2 lecture hours, 4 lab hours):
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 
Add lecture hours + lab hours = Total Contact Hours
    
2
 
+
 
4
 
=
 
6
 
Total Contact Hours
 
Multiply total contact hours x 750 minutes (min req'd)
 
6
 
x
 
750
 
=
 
4,500
 
Total Minutes
 
Divide total minutes by # weeks in semester
 
4,500
 
/
 
15
 
=
 
300
 
Minutes per Week
 
Divide minutes per week by 60 minutes per hour
 
300
 
/
 
60
 
=
 
5.00
 
Hours per Week
                       
If your credit ratio is 3:3:0 (3 credits, 3 lecture hours, 0 lab hours):
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 
Add lecture hours + lab hours = Total Contact Hours
    
3
 
+
 
0
 
=
 
3
 
Total Contact Hours
 
Multiply total contact hours x 750 minutes (min req'd)
 
3
 
x
 
750
 
=
 
2,250
 
Total Minutes
 
Divide total minutes by # weeks in semester
 
2,250
 
/
 
15
 
=
 
150
 
Minutes per Week
 
Divide minutes per week by 60 minutes per hour
 
150
 
/
 
60
 
=
 
2.50
 
Hours per Week