Grading, Evaluation, Grade Points, and GPA

A letter grade is used in evaluating the work for a course. Grade requirements are announced in the syllabus of each course, and grades are earned based on attendance, written work, and examinations. In all degree programs, the minimum passing grade to receive credit is “D”. Grade points are granted corresponding to a letter grade (see chart below) multiplied by the number of units of a course for determining students’ academic standing and awarding honors. The grade point average (GPA) is the total number of grade points earned for a period of study divided by the total number of units completed with letter grades during the same period.

Credit is given for a symbol-grade (CR); no credit is given for a symbol-grade (NC). These grades and related credit units are not included in the GPA calculations. A student may request a CR/NC grading option instead of a letter grade. BS/BA students may have a CR or NC symbol-grade for a maximum of two times in the entire program and only for general education courses. A regular graduate student may have CR or NC symbol-grades for foundation or special courses that are designed for those grades only.

The grading system is as follows:

Grade Definition Number of grade points per course unit
A Superior 4.0
A – 3.7
B + 3.3
B Above Average 3.0
B – 2.7
C + 2.3
C Average 2.0
C – 1.7
D + 1.3
D Passing 1.0
F Failure 0.0

No credit is given for the following symbols: withdrawn - W (it can be assigned only before 75% of teaching of a course has been completed); incomplete - I; repeated course - R; no basis for grade - Y; or in progress (IP). These symbols are not included in the GPA calculations.

Symbol Definition
CR Credit
I Incomplete
IP In Progress
NC No Credit
R Repeated
W Withdrawn
Y No Basis for Grade