The unit for counting credits is the semester credit hour. A semester credit hour is defined as one hour of class work a week or its equivalent in laboratory pursued for one semester. Enrollment in twelve or more semester credit hours is considered to be full-time student status; however, the usual recommended load for full-time semester hour students is five courses (15 to 18 semester credit hours). Except by special permission of the Vice President of Instruction, or designee, students will not be permitted to take more than 18 Semester Credit Hours (SCH). Prior approval of the Vice President of Instruction, or designee, may be requested if a student desires to enroll in more than 18 semester credit hours. The student must have maintained a grade point average of 3.0 and must have enrolled for at least 12 semester credit hours in the preceding semester. No more than seven (7) semester credit hours of academic work may be taken by a student each summer session. No more than one course can be taken in a mini semester. No more than nine (9) hours in an 8-week session.