A semester in BSME lasts 15 weeks (14 weeks of classes and 1 week of exams). Each BSME course meets 3–4 hours a week for a total of 45–60 contact hours per semester. (Note: 1 contact hour equals 60 minutes.)
BSME courses are designed so that credits will be transferable to American and Canadian colleges and universities. Typically, one BSME course transfers as either 3 or 4 semester hours, depending on an evaluation of course material done by the home institution. You should seek advice in this regard from the Registrar’s Office at your college or university.
Upon completion of work at BSME, the BSME North American Office will send an official transcript to the Registrar’s Office at your home institution (unless you direct us differently). Transcripts will be issued by St. Olaf College. BSME courses may be taken as Graded or Audit, and transcripts will reflect either letter grades A-F or Audit.
You may find, at a later date, that you need additional transcripts (if you apply to graduate school, for instance). The BSME North American Office can provide official transcripts for $5 per transcript. Please contact us for more information.
Additional Remarks About Credit Transfer
BSME uses course units to describe its courses rather than “credit hours” or “semester hours.” This is in concert with the St. Olaf system of counting courses toward graduation. We encourage each home institution to make its own evaluation of our courses relative to local requirements and credit levels. That being said, some description of what is done at other institutions might be useful. Most schools on a semester system give 3 or 4 semester hours per BSME course. Those on a quarter system give 4 or 5 quarter hours per BSME course. Those schools that use the course unit system (like St. Olaf) give 1 semester course unit for each BSME course. At St. Olaf, for reference, 35 courses are required to graduate, and one BSME course transfers as exactly one St. Olaf course.