P/NP or S/U Grading Options

Grading In Beginning Language Courses

To enforce Academic Senate Regulation 536 (ASR), a student who has completed a second or more advanced year of high-school-level course work in a foreign language in tenth, eleventh, or twelfth grade shall be awarded credit for Course 1 (or its equivalent) in that language only if he or she takes the course on a Passed or Not Passed basis. Enforcment of this regulation occurs in the sixth week of the quarter.

For more information, contact the Office of the University Registrar.

Passed/Not Passed (P/NP) Grading

An undergraduate student in good qualitative standing may request to take specific courses on a Passed/Not Passed basis. Such requests must be submitted and confirmed by the 25th day of instruction. Undergraduates may contact their dean's office for information regarding the requirements or restrictions of their particular college. College of Engineering students must contact the College of Engineering for authorization to take a course on a P/NP basis.

The grade of 'pass' is awarded to undergraduate students for work in courses that otherwise would receive 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.

Not more than one-third of the units taken in residence on the Davis campus and presented for graduation by an undergraduate student may be in courses taken on a Passed or Not Passed basis (DD Reg A545). For information regarding additional conditions and/or restrictions, consult your dean's office. If you plan to attend graduate or professional school, you may also wish to consult with Pre-Graduate/Pre-Professional Advising Services regarding Passed/Not Passed grading.

If you received a previous letter grade in a course, you may not repeat it using the P/NP option. However, if you took a course P/NP previously, you MAY repeat it for a letter grade.  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.

If you previously took the course for a letter grade, you may not change the grading basis of a course you are repeating on Schedule Builder.

For registration information regarding how to select pass/not passed grading for a course, see the Pass/Not Passed section of the Registration webpage.

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) Grading

The grade of 'Satisfactory' 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.

In accordance with Academic Senate Regulations, 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. Graduate students must contact Graduate Studies to request to take a letter graded course on an S/U grading basis. Petitions to elect S/U grading are available from Graduate Studies and must be signed by your graduate advisor for approval and submitted to the Office of the University Registrar for processing. 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.

If you previously received a letter grade in a course, you may not repeat it using the S/U option. If you receive an Incomplete in a course you took for a letter grade, you may not complete the course on a S/U basis. Please ensure the grade mode you have selected reflects letter grading. For registration information regarding how to select S/U grading for a course, see the S/U grading option.