Graduate Catalog 2004-2005
Unit of Credit
The unit of credit is the semester hour, which is ordinarily earned by one hour of recitation or lecture a week per semester. Grading Policies Depending upon the amount of outside preparation required, two or three hours of laboratory work carry the same credit as one hour of recitation or lecture.
The following system of marks is used in reporting and recording a graduate student's proficiency in courses:
A - excellent 4.0 points
B - acceptable 3.0 points
C - below standard 2.0 points
D - failure 1.0 points
F - failure 0.0 points
WF - withdraw failing 0.0 points
A course taken for graduate credit in which the grade of D or F is received may not be used to meet degree requirements or to meet the minimum credit hour requirements for a graduate degree. Some academic departments prohibit the use of courses with C grades for degree requirements; students should consult the student handbook in their program area.
Some courses are graded on an S/U (satisfactory/unsatisfactory) basis and are so indicated in the individual course descriptions. A grade of S is equivalent to a letter grade of B or higher. If a graduate course has been approved for S/U grading, a graduate student is not eligible to receive a letter grade in that course.
Grades for courses numbered 699 and 799 are reported as IP (in progress) until the completed thesis or dissertation is approved when the final grade of S (satisfactory) is substituted.
Students and instructors do not have an option concerning the grading system for a graduate course. Each graduate course is approved for either letter or S/U grading. Unlike undergraduate grading, it is the University's decision, not the student's option, which determines the grading system to be used in graduate-level courses.
Graduate students who take undergraduate courses are graded according to the undergraduate grading system. Such students receive a letter grade unless they register to be graded on an S/U basis. Regardless of the grading option, undergraduate courses taken by graduate students are not calculated in the graduate GPA.