Wharton's SPIKE® - UGR Program Office
SPIKE Undergrad Program



All Wharton single degree undergraduate students must complete a minimum of 37 course units (CUs)1 and meet the curricular requirements described on this site and in the handbook. Students enrolled in a dual-degree or coordinated dual-degree program should check with their program advisor to learn about their unique requirements. For a Wharton single-degree undergraduate student, the standard course load is 4 to 5 CUs per semester.

The requirements of the Wharton single-degree curriculum are clearly delineated on the academic planning worksheet. Details about these requirements are available via the links below and in the handbook. Students are encouraged to see an academic advisor for any questions about the requirements of their academic program.

Economics & Math
3 required courses

Leadership, Teamwork, & Communication
1 required course

1 required course

Business Fundamentals
9 required courses

Societal Environment
Any 2 of the 3 offered courses will fulfill the requirement.

Organizational Environment
Any 1 of the 2 offered courses will fulfill the requirement.

Business Breadth
3 required CUs

Concentration (Business Depth)
4 required CUs

General Education Distribution
7 required CUs

Global Environment
3 required CUs

Unrestricted Electives
3 required CUs

Non-Business Electives
2 required CUs

Foreign Language Competency

1 While many colleges and universities list the weight of their courses in credits, Penn uses a course unit (CU) system. Most courses at Penn are worth 1 CU (with the exception of lab courses, which are typically worth 1.5 CUs, and mini-courses, which are worth 0.5 CU).