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 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 grade points earned for a period of study divided by the total number of units completed with single letter grades during the same period.

Credit is given for a grade (CR); no credit is given for a 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. The request should be filed with the Registrar’s Office at least 2 weeks before finals, and needs to be approved by the Program Director. BS/BA students may have a CR or NC 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 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
CR Credit Not Applicable
NC No Credit Not Applicable

No credit is given for the following symbols: withdrawn (W), incomplete (I), repeated course (R), no basis for grade (Y), or in progress (IP).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
W Withdrawn
I Incomplete
R Repeated
Y No Basis for Grade
IP In Progress