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Grades

Every instructor is required to assign a grade for each student enrolled in a course. The following grades are used to report the quality of a student’s work at UC Davis:

A excellent
B good
C fair
D barely passing
F not passing (work so poor that it must be repeated to receive recognition)
P passed (grade C– or better)
NP not passed
S satisfactory
U unsatisfactory
I incomplete (work is satisfactory but incomplete for a good cause)
IP in progress

The grades A, B, C and D may be modified by a plus (+) or minus (–).

Grade Points

Grade points are assigned each letter grade as follows:

A+ = 4.000 B– = 2.700 D = 1.000
A = 4.000 C+ = 2.300 D– = 0.700
A– = 3.700 C = 2.000 F = 0.000
B+ = 3.300 C– = 1.700 P/NP = n/a
B = 3.000 D+ = 1.300 S/U = n/a

Grade Point Average

The grade point average is computed on courses taken at the University of California. The value of grade points over units attempted determines your grade point average. The grade point balance represents the number of grade points above or below a C average. The grades IP, P, S, NP and U carry no grade points and are not included in grade point computations. Incomplete (I) grades are not included in the GPA at the end of the quarter, but are counted as F in determining if a bachelor’s degree candidate has earned the minimum 2.000 GPA required for graduation.

A student at UC Davis is expected to maintain a C (2.000 GPA) or better in all work undertaken in the university. If you fall below a C average, you are considered “scholastically deficient;” see Probation and Dismissal.

Passed/Not Passed (P/NP) Grading

Subject to regulation by the faculties of the colleges and schools, an undergraduate student in good standing may request to take specific courses on a Passed/Not Passed basis. Such requests must be submitted and confirmed before the 25th day of instruction.

The grade P is assigned for a grade of C– or better. Units thus earned are counted in satisfaction of degree requirements but are not counted in determining your grade point average.

The intent of this option is to encourage exploration in areas in which you have little or no previous experience by alleviating grading pressures. The maximum number of units graded P that will be accepted for degree credit is one third of the units completed in residence on the UC Davis campus. Consequently, at least two thirds of the units completed in residence at UC Davis and presented in satisfaction of degree requirements must be in courses taken for a letter grade.

In specific approved courses, instructors will assign only Passed or Not Passed grades. Such courses count toward the maximum number of units graded P allowable toward the degree. If you are planning to take courses on a P/NP basis, you should also familiarize yourself with the requirements of your particular school or college, which may have placed conditions or restrictions in addition to the university requirements. If you plan to attend graduate or professional school, you should consult with Pre-Graduate/Pre-Professional Advising Services regarding Passed/Not Passed grading.

If you elect the P/NP grading option for courses graded upon completion of a two- or three-quarter sequence (in-progress grading), a petition must be submitted before half of the time covered by the IP grading has elapsed. The P/NP grading will then be in effect for the entire course sequence.

If you receive a D or an F in a course, you may not repeat it using the P/NP option. If you receive an Incomplete in a course you took for a letter grade, you may not complete the course on a Passed/Not Passed basis.

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The Passed/Not Passed option should be used only for elective courses, not for courses taken to fulfill major requirements. An NP grade in a course required by the major could prevent graduation. When in doubt, check with your faculty adviser before electing to take a course on a Passed/Not Passed grading basis.

College of Biological Sciences. All courses used to satisfy major requirements must be taken on a letter-graded basis, unless courses are only offered on a Passed/Not Passed basis. Courses taken before Fall 2006 on a Passed/Not Passed basis will be accepted in fulfillment of major requirements.

College of Engineering. Students in the College of Engineering may not take any course used to satisfy a degree requirement, or any course offered by the College of Engineering on a P/NP basis. College of Engineering students are unable to select the P/NP option in SISWeb. Engineering students wishing to take a non-engineering course that is not needed to satisfy a degree requirement can obtain a P/NP petition in the Undergraduate Advising Office in 1050 Kemper Hall.

College of Letters and Science. Students  in the College of Letters and Science are subject to an additional limitation on the number of units that may be completed employing the Passed/Not Passed grading option; see Bachelor’s Degree Requirements for the college in the Undergraduate Education section. Graduating seniors and other students planning to undertake graduate or professional studies, should consult an adviser before electing for Passed/Not Passed grading in courses required for the major program.

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U)

The grade of S is awarded to graduate students for work in graduate courses that otherwise would receive a grade of B– or better and for work in undergraduate courses that otherwise would receive a grade of C– or better.
Graduate students, under certain circumstances, may be assigned grades of S or U, but units earned in this way will not be counted in calculating the grade point average. Petitions to elect S/U grading are available from the Graduate Studies Office and must be signed by your graduate adviser. Graduate students may petition to take no more than one course per quarter on an S/U grading basis. A graduate course in which a C, D or F grade is received may not be repeated with the S/U option.

In specific approved courses, instructors will assign only Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory grades. Such courses count toward the maximum number of units graded S allowable toward the degree, as specified by each degree program.

In-Progress (IP) Grading

For a course extending over more than one quarter (designated “deferred grading only, pending completion of sequence” in course descriptions), evaluation of student performance is deferred until the end of the final quarter. Provisional grades of IP are assigned in the intervening quarters and are replaced with the final grade at the completion of the sequence. In order to gain credit toward graduation, a student must successfully complete the entire sequence. For electing P/NP grading for a course graded in-progress, see Passed/Not Passed (P/NP) Grading, above.

Incomplete Grades

The grade of I may be assigned when a student’s work is of passing quality and represents a significant portion of the requirements for a final grade, but is incomplete for a good cause as determined by the instructor; good cause may include current illness, serious personal problems, an accident, a recent death in the immediate family, a large and necessary increase in working hours or other situations of equal gravity.

In courses listed in the General Catalog as being letter graded, “passing quality” means “of D- quality or better.” This standard holds in such courses whether or not the student has elected to take the course on a Passed/Not Passed or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis. For courses listed in the General Catalog as being graded on a Passed/Not Passed or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis only, the completed work must be of a quality consistent with a grade of Pass or Satisfactory, respectively.

You may replace an I grade with a passing grade and receive unit credit (and grade points if the instructor assigns a letter grade) provided you satisfactorily complete the course work as specified by the instructor. In order to change your records, you must obtain a petition from the Office of the University Registrar and present it to your instructor for completion and mailing.

An I grade must be replaced with a letter grade (or P or S grade) before the end of the third succeeding quarter (excluding summer sessions) of the student’s academic residence, or the grade will revert to an F (or NP or U). If a student’s degree is conferred before the expiration of the time limit for an I-grade conversion, the graduated student shall have until the end of the third quarter succeeding the quarter in which the I grade was assigned to replace the I grade. If the grade is not replaced by then, the I grade will remain on the student’s record.

You may not re-enroll for credit in a course for which an I grade has been assigned. An undergraduate student whose record shows more than 16 units of I grades will be subject to disqualification. A graduate student who accumulates more than eight units of I grades will be subject to probation.

Incomplete grades will not be included in your grade point average at the end of a quarter. However, at the time of graduation, any remaining I grades are included when your grade point average is computed in order to determine whether you have achieved the 2.000 average required for the bachelor’s degree. An Incomplete grade, in these computations, has the same effect as a grade F, NP or U, depending on which option you have exercised. Therefore, it is recommended that students not delay the clearance of incomplete grades so as not to jeopardize graduation.

Retroactive Grade Changes

All grades except I and IP are final when filed by an instructor at the end of the quarter. No final grade except I may be revised by examination or the submission of additional work after the close of the quarter.

If a clerical or procedural error in the reporting of a grade by the instructor can be documented, you may request a change of grade with a petition available from department offices. The request must be made by the fifth week of the following quarter.

Grade changes for "clerical" errors (such as incorrect addition of points), upon documentation, are automatically granted. Requests to interchange P, NP, S or U grades with normal letter grades based upon student need (such as to allow graduation or to meet entrance requirements for professional school) do not involve clerical or procedural errors and are automatically denied. Thus, students should exercise the Passed/Not Passed or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading options with caution.

Students are reminded of their responsibility to be aware of the procedures and regulations contained in the General Catalog and the Registration Guide, to verify their class schedules, and to familiarize themselves with the expectations of their instructors. No changes, except completion of an I grade as noted above, can be made to the student's record once he or she has graduated.

Repeating Courses

Undergraduate students may only repeat courses in which they received a D, F or NP. Courses in which students received a grade of D or F may not be repeated on a P/NP grading basis. (Courses in which a grade of NP was received may be repeated on a P/NP grading basis.)

Degree credit for a repeated course will be given only once, but the grades assigned for both the first and second time a course is taken will appear on the student’s transcript. In computing the GPA of undergraduates who have received a grade of D, F or NP, only the grade and corresponding grade points earned the second time a course is taken will be used, up to a maximum of 16 units for all repeated courses. After the 16-unit maximum is reached, the GPA shall be based on all grades assigned and total units attempted.

Repeating a course more than once requires approval by the appropriate college dean. Departments may restrict the repetition of a course if it is a prerequisite to a course the student has already completed with a grade of C– or better.

Graduate students, with the consent of the appropriate graduate adviser and the dean of Graduate Studies, may repeat any course in which they received a C, D, F or U, up to a maximum of 9 units for all courses repeated. Courses in which a grade of C, D or F has been earned may not be repeated on an S/U basis. Courses in which a grade of U as received may be repeated on an S/U basis.

Degree credit for a repeated course will be given only once, but the grades assigned for both the first and second time a course is taken will appear on the student’s transcript. In computing the GPA of graduate students who have received a grade of C, D or F, only the most recently earned grade for each course and corresponding grade points will be used, up to a maximum of 9 units for all courses repeated. After the 9-unit maximum is reached, the GPA shall be based on all grades assigned and total units attempted.

Mid-Term Grade Standing

Students wishing to know their grade at the mid-quarter should ask the instructor. Those who have deficient grades (D, F or NP) are urged to confer with their advisers.

Final Grades

Grades are generally available about three weeks after a quarter has ended. You can check your grades through SISWeb; see http://sisweb.ucdavis.edu.

Transcripts

A record of each student's academic work at UC Davis is retained permanently by the Office of the University Registrar. Copies of your official transcript may be obtained from the Office of the University Registrar by submitting a transcript request form with the associated fee. Transcript requests should be made at least two weeks in advance of the time needed. For more information on how to request a transcript and transcript fees, see the Office of the University Registrar website at http://registrar.ucdavis.edu.

Transcripts of all work done through UC Davis Extension or concurrent enrollment must be requested directly from the UC Davis Extension Office, 1333 Research Park Drive, Davis, CA 95616. Transcripts of work completed at another campus of the university or at another institution must be requested directly from the campus or institution concerned.

NS; ENWS (Enrolled—No Work Submitted) Grading

See the Faculty Guide for this grading.

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Updated: May 30, 2013 3:48 PM