Union College follows the semester system. Courses are expressed in semester hours, each hour consisting of one fifty-minute class period per week and traditionally two hours of study outside class. A laboratory period of two and one-half to three hours equals one class period.
An average of sixteen hours per semester over four years achieves 128 hours needed for a bachelor's degree. However, the minimum full-time course load or 12 hours meets the requirements of financial aid, immigration, social security and veterans authorities. To provide greater study time per course, students in the freshman development and academic probation programs are limited to tweleve hours, and the initial freshman load is sixteen hours. Registration for eighteen or more semester hours requires permission of the academic advisor and the division chair.