IECC operates on the semester system, with classes earned in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Credits are earned to indicate that the student has fulfilled all the requirements of a course. Credits may be earned at the college, transferred from another college, or in some instances, awarded for knowledge and skills previously acquired outside the formal instructional process.
A semester hour is the unit used to measure credit, with one (1) semester credit hour equaling one (1) hour per week of lecture activity or two (2) hours per week of lab activity, over a sixteen-week (16) period.
Full-time students are enrolled in at least twelve (12) credit hours per semester in the fall or spring terms or six (6) hours in the summer term. (Students receiving financial aid should check with the Financial Aid Office for specific full-time/part-time guidelines affecting monetary awards.) A student is classified as a sophomore after earning thirty-two (32) semester hours or more of credit.
A normal course load is 16 credit hours in the fall and spring semesters. A student who wishes to carry an overload (more than twenty credit hours in the fall or spring) must obtain the appropriate college official's permission prior to registration. Students enrolled in remedial courses may not be permitted to take an overload. The granting of the overload permission will depend on the student's scholastic record.
Under certain circumstances, waivers or substitutions for associate degree requirements will be granted if the waiver or substitution serves to assist the student in meeting specific curriculum requirements.