Grading and Evaluation

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 on the basis of attendance, written work, and examinations. In all degrees and certificate program, 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 points earned for a period of study divided by the total number of units attempted during the period. 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

Credit is given for a grade (CR), but these credit units are not included in the GPA calculations. No credit is given for the following grades: no credit (NC), withdrawn (W), incomplete (I), audit (AU), repeated course (R), or no basis for grade (Y). These grades are not included in the GPA calculations.

A student may request a CR/NC grading option instead of a letter grade. The request should be filed to the Records Office at least 2 weeks before finals, and needs to be approved by the Director of Records or Dean. BS/BA students may have a CR or NC grade a maximum of two times in the entire program and only for general education courses. A regular graduate student may have CR or NC grades for foundation or special courses that are designed for those grades only.

Grade Definition
CR Credit
NC No Credit
W Withdrawn
I Incomplete
AU Audit
R Repeated
Y No Basis for Grade