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Courses that Count Towards Excessive Hours Limit

Courses that count toward the excessive hours limit are those courses attempted at A&M-Corpus Christi or any Texas public institution of higher education. The following types of credit hours will count toward the excessive hours limit:

  • Hours earned in courses in which a grade is earned on the transcript
  • Major courses
  • Dual degree courses
  • Minor courses  
  • Certificate courses
  • Teaching certification courses
  • Hours in distance and off-campus courses
  • Repeated courses
  • Courses dropped after the official census date
    • The census date is normally the twelfth class day in the spring and fall semesters, and the fourth class day in the summer semesters. (These dates are indicated on the Academic Calendar.)  You must drop a course prior to the close of the census date, or that course will count toward your excessive hours limit.

The following types of credit hours are exempt and will not count toward the limit:

  • Hours earned after a baccalaureate degree
  • Hours earned through examination (without registering for a course)
  • Hours earned by the student at a private institution or an out-of-state institution
  • Hours earned by the undergraduate ten or more years before beginning a new degree program under Academic Fresh Start
  • Hours from developmental courses or interventions, workforce education courses, or other courses that would not generate academic credit that could be applied to a degree at A&M-Corpus Christi
  • Hours earned by the undergraduate before graduating from high school and used to satisfy high school graduation requirements
  • Hours not eligible for formula funding
Please contact your academic advisor if you have questions about the status of your excessive hours limit.