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User Guide

Semester System

Courses of study at BYU–Hawaii are offered, and credit for satisfactory completion is granted, on a semester basis. The calendar starts in September and goes through June. It features 15-week fall and winter semesters (full-time is 12 credits) and a compressed 9-week spring semester in which students will take 8 credits to be full-time. With the 2017 academic calendar model, students will be on a four-year graduation plan.

Course Numbering System

Courses are numbered according to the following system:

Below 100 Pre-college Level Courses
100 and 200 Courses primarily for freshmen and sophomores
300 and 400 Courses primarily for juniors and seniors

Credit-Hour Designations

One semester hour of credit represents a minimum of one hour of instruction per week in a semester or in spring semester one semester hour of credit equals one hour and 40 minutes.

Classification of Students

Students are classified for registration in degree-granting programs and for other academic purposes as follows:

Credit Hours Earned Classification
0—29 Freshman
30—59 Sophomore
60—89 Junior
90 and over Senior

Abbreviations and Symbols

The following abbreviations and symbols are used in the course listings:

All course # with an "R" - Repeatable Courses
All course # with an "L" - Lab Courses

The following abbreviations are used following the credit hour designation on some courses to indicate when the course is offered:

F - Fall Semester
W- Winter Semester
S - Spring Semester

Course Abbreviations

Accounting (ACCT)
Anthropology » see Cultural Anthropology (ANTH)
Art (ART)
Asian Studies (ASNS)
Astronomy (ASTR)
Biology (BIOL)
Business Management (BUSM)
Career Development (CRDEV)
Chemistry (CHEM)
Chinese (CHIN)
Communication (COMM)
Computer and Information Sciences (CIS)
Computer Science (CS)
Criminal Justice (CRMJ)
Economics (ECON)
Education (EDU)
Elementary Education (ELED)
Emergency Management (EMGT)
English (ENGL)
English as an International Language (EIL)
Entrepreneurship (ENTR)
Exercise and Sport Science (EXS)
Film Studies (FILM)
Finance (FIN)
Forensic Science (FORS)
French (FREN)
Geography (GEOG)
Geology (GEOL)
Hawaiian (HAWN)
Hawaiian Studies (HWST)
Health (HLTH)
History (HIST)
Home Economics (HEC)
Honors (HON)
Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM)
Humanities » see Integrated Humanities (HUM)
Information Systems (IS)
Information Technology (IT)
Intercultural Peacebuilding (IPB)
Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS)
International Teacher Education (ITEP)
Japanese (JPN)
Linguistics (LING)
Maori (MAOR)
Mathematics (MATH)
Music (MUSC)
Oceanography (OCEN)
Pacific Island Studies (PAIS)
Physical Science (PHSC)
Physics (PHYS)
Political Science (POSC)
Psychology (PSYC)
Public Management (PMGT)
Religion (REL)
Samoan (SAMN)
Secondary Education (SCED)
Science (SCI)
Social Work (SOCW)
Spanish (SPAN)
Special Education (SPED)
Student Development (STDEV)
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Theatre (THEA)
Tongan (TONG)
World Languages (WLNG)