To make appropriate progress toward graduation, students should take four courses per semester. Students must take 33.5 units in total to graduate. A normal courseload is 4 to 4.5 units in a semester.
The minimum course load to be considered a full-time student is 3.5 units; taking fewer than 3.5 units may endanger a student's financial aid and will make a student ineligible for NCAA athletic competition. However, a student who takes only 3.5 units per semester will fail to make adequate progress toward degree completion, which may endanger financial aid and athletic competition eligibility.