The institutional process for assigning credit hours to courses, in accordance with federal regulations, is based on at least the minimum academic activity for students to achieve intended learning outcomes as verified by evidence of student achievement.
Wheaton College’s unit of credit is the semester course. This is defined as one-fourth of a normal program of academic work for one semester (four courses) and, for purposes of evaluation, may be considered the equivalent of four semester hours of credit. The typical undergraduate degree program requires completion of 32 course units.

A typical Wheaton course consists of 3 hours of direct faculty instruction with an expectation for 9 hours of out-of-class academic activity each week for approximately 16 weeks, including a final exam period, for one semester.

For classes offered in other formats leading to the award of academic credit, an equivalent amount of academic activity is required.