The Department of Entomology requires students on an assistantship to carry a full credit load (see following section on Academic Status). Maintenance of the established credit loads and responsibility for the consequences of a graduate student's change of course load rests with the student. The course load is a factor in determining whether a graduate student is classified as a full-time or part-time student, has met residence requirements, and is eligible to hold a fellowship, scholarship, assistantship, or departmental or program appointment. Students holding fellowships, traineeships, or other awards based on academic excellence are required to carry 9 to 12 credits each fall and spring semester.