Unit of Credit

Western uses the semester hour as the basic unit of credit. The semester credits assigned to a course are based on the specific learning objectives and the expected outcomes. The University’s assigned semester hours are consistent with the Federal definition of a credit hour and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education’s minimum class times for credit courses. The minimum expectation for one semester credit is one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week approximately 15 weeks of seminars and lecture-based classes. An equivalent amount of work is required in laboratories, internships, practica, online, studio work and other academic work leading toward the award of credit hours.