UCSC Undergraduate Grading Policies

The Navigator 2012-14

Students entering before fall 2001 please see appendix F.


Enrollment

When students enroll, letter grading is the default. The Pass/No Pass option is available only to students in good academic standing. Students may change the grading option up until the 15th day of instruction.

Withdrawal

After the last day to drop a course, students may withdraw from a course whether enrolled for a letter grade or for Pass/No Pass grading. The Academic and Administrative Calendar lists deadlines for withdrawing from a course. After the deadline, students may only withdraw from a course for documented medical or emergency reasons.

Grades

If enrolled in a course for a letter grade, students will receive a grade of A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D, F, W (Withdraw), I (Incomplete), or IP (In Progress). If enrolled in a course for Pass/No Pass, students will receive a grade of P (Pass), NP (No Pass), W (Withdraw), I (Incomplete), or IP (In Progress).

Evaluations

Beginning fall 2010, undergraduate evaluations are provided at the option of the faculty. In each course for which you receive a grade of D or better (or P), an evaluation of your academic performance may be submitted.

UCSC Grade PointAverage

For all students, a UCSC GPA is calculated from UCSC courses, courses taken through the Education Abroad Program, and courses taken on another UC campus in an intercampus exchange program. The first course taken at UC Extension through Concurrent Enrollment after matriculation at UCSC will be calculated towards the GPA. Additional courses taken through UC Extension will not be calculated in the GPA. The UCSC GPA is displayed on the official transcript. Courses taken through the Domestic Exchange Program are not calculated in the UC or the UCSC GPA.

UC Grade Point Average

All students have a UC GPA calculated from courses taken for a letter grade at UCSC, at other UC campuses, and through the Education Abroad Program. The first course taken at UC Extension through Concurrent Enrollment after matriculation at UCSC will be calculated towards the GPA. Additional courses taken through UC Extension will not be calculated in the GPA. The UC GPA is not on the official transcript but is available on MyUCSC when checking grades from a previous quarter. Your UC GPA must be at least 2.0 in order for you to graduate. Courses taken through the Domestic Exchange Program are not calculated in the UC or the UCSC GPA.

Satisfying Requirements

Departments may require that some or all courses used to satisfy the major must be taken for a letter grade.

A course graded D or F cannot be used to satisfy a course prerequisite or to satisfy major or general education requirements. Any course graded P is equivalent to a C or better and can be used to satisfy general education requirements.

Incompletes

The notation I (Incomplete) may be assigned when work for a course is of passing quality but is not complete. Prior arrangements must be made with the instructor for a grade of I. To remove the Incomplete, the student must file a petition and the completed course work by the deadline on the last day of the following quarter. If an I is not removed by the deadline, it will lapse to F or NP, depending on the grading option in effect. The F and the NP will appear on official transcripts, along with the removal of incomplete notation.

Repeats

Undergraduates may repeat courses in which they earn a D, F, or No Pass. Courses in which a D or F is earned may not be repeated on a Pass/No Pass basis. Courses in which a grade of No Pass is earned may be repeated on the same basis or for a letter grade. Students may only repeat a maximum of 15 credits for courses in which a grade of D or F was received. In computing the GPA for these repeats, only the grade and corresponding grade points earned the last time the course was taken will be used. After the 15-credit maximum is reached, the GPA will be based on all grades assigned and total credits attempted. Repetition of a course more than once requires the approval of your college. Credit is not awarded more than once for the same course, but the grade assigned each time the course is repeated will be permanently recorded on the official transcript.

Graduation Requirements

No more than 25 percent of the UCSC credits applied toward graduation may be graded on a Pass/No Pass basis. This includes any credits completed in the Education Abroad Program or on another UC campus in an intercampus exchange program. Departments may require that some or all courses used to satisfy the major must be taken for a letter grade.

Students must complete all requirements for the major with a grade of P, C (2.0), or better. See the section on Catalog Rights regarding graduation requirements in effect for each student.

All undergraduates, regardless of when they entered UCSC, must meet the minimum UC GPA requirement of 2.0 in order to receive a degree from UCSC.


Revised 10/10/12