## "Credit Hours" vs "Credits"

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### "Credit Hours" vs "Credits"

I was just looking at my transcript and wasn't sure about something.

When calculating your GPA for med school, you multiply the grade you got in a course by the number of credit hours, right? Well on my school's transcript the number of credits is not the same as the number of hours for science classes, due to the additional hour or two spent in lab.

For example, I got an A in Bio II and it says:

Credits- 4.5
Equated Credits- 4.5
Hours- 6.0

So...is the number of "credit hours" I multiply by 4.5 or 6.0? I'm guessing its the former but I'm not sure.

AND, when I divide by the total number of credit hours is it going to be the 4.5 or 6.0 value?
nn073619
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They way the system works is something like this, A=4 points B=3 points C=2 points D=1 point. My school doesn't do the + - system. So if you got an A you multiply the number of hours the class is worth by 4. In your case, you take however much an A is worth at your school and multiply it by 6.
Last edited by jnicholas87 on Sat Dec 01, 2007 3:21 pm, edited 2 times in total.
jnicholas87
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You use credits.

1 hour spent in lab is not equal to one credit. Usually 2-4 hours of lab is equated to one credit. Generally, 1 lecture hour is equal to 1 credit.

But again, that's largely irrelevant. Med schools will use the credits that's assigned to each course.
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Yes, I agree w/ blooteeth.

Just ignore the hours.
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