In general, a student must complete 120 semester hours to receive a Bachelor's degree. Because of this requirement, 60 semester hours usually mean that the student is halfway through a degree program.
The number of semester hours assigned to each class is determined by the amount of time a student spends in the classroom each week. So, if a student spends 3 hours in class each week, then that class is worth 3 semester hours. In order to graduate in 4 years, a student must typically take between 15 and 17 credit hours each semester, according to Indiana University East.