# what does "one 3-semester unit course" mean? ?

1) A total of 64 semester units of college level coursework is required for admission -------how many years does it take to complete 64 semester units

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A 'semester unit' is a single credit granted by a college or university that uses the semester schedule. Some schools use "quarters" where there are THREE quarters per academic year, rather than two semesters.

A full load of semester credits would be 12 credits... same for quarter credits... HOWEVER, a full year (in most cases) for a semester-using college is 30 credit hours. At a quarter-using college, it is 45 credits.

SO, 64 semester units would be two full years of classes - with an average of 16 credits per semester.

If you go/went to a college that uses quarters, you would have to complete just over two years - with 96 quarter credits. It's the same amount of time, they are just calculated differently.

So to answer your bolded question above, "one, 3-semester unit" course is a single 3-credit class from a college that uses semesters.

Source(s): My first college used quarters. When I transferred to a semester college, I learned the math, quickly!!
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