FIT follows the State University of New York (SUNY) policy on credits and hours, which is a variant of the traditional “Carnegie Unit.” In lecture courses, one semester credit hour equals one hour of classroom instruction and two hours of outside study for each class session. A typical threecredit lecture course at FIT meets three hours a week for 15 weeks for a total of 45 hours, and six hours a week of outside study.
In lab/studio courses, one semester credit hour equals two hours of classroom instruction (and one hour of outside study). A typical three-credit lab/studio course at FIT meets six hours a week for 15 weeks for a total of 90 hours.
Full-time students must complete all requirements for their degree within four years from the original date of matriculation; part-time students must complete all requirements within eight years from the original date of matriculation. After the period expires, students must reapply through Admissions and have their credentials reevaluated.
Courses taken ten or more years ago are subject to reevaluation and must be approved by the appropriate department chairperson or academic dean in order for students to receive credit toward their degree. REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ASSOCIATE DEGREE To qualify for the Associate in Applied Science degree, candidates must be matriculated (officially admitted to degree status); satisfactorily complete the credit and course requirements prescribed for their majors, related areas, and general education; achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 for all work completed; receive the recommendation of the faculty; and submit an application for graduation with fee