# Contact Hour Calculator

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

Required Contact Hours per Week

Academic Departments are responsible for ensuring each course section fulfills the minimum required contact hours per week.  Always review the Course Catalog or Curriculum Office tools to verify the credit ratio entered is correct.

Contact hours are defined as the total number of hours per week a student spends attending class or other instructional activities that count toward completing a course. UVU schedules by contact hours -- not by credit hours or by lecture hours alone.  Contact hours are calculated from the course credit ratio, where:

LEC hours  +  LAB hours  =  total Contact Hours per week.

 Formula If your credit ratio is 3:2:2 (3 credits, 2 lecture hours, 2 lab hours): Add lecture hours + lab hours = Total Contact Hours 2 + 2 = 4 Total Contact Hours Multiply total contact hours x 750 minutes (min req'd) 4 x 750 = 3,000 Total Minutes Divide total minutes by # weeks in semester 3,000 / 15 = 200 Minutes per Week Divide minutes per week by 60 minutes per hour 200 / 60 = 3.33 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