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Rausser College Academic Policies-Courses & Grades

 

The College offers two grading options, and transfer credits from a variety of other schools.  It's important to review our academic policies so that you can best plan your coursework.

Passed/Not Passed Grading Option

The Passed/Not Passed (P/NP) grading option is intended to encourage students to take electives without worrying about their grades. A grade of P corresponds to a C− or better. A C- or better is the minimum grade to pass a class for your major at Rausser. P/NP grades are not calculated into your cumulative GPA. All classes for your major must be taken for a letter grade.

Passed grades may account for no more than one-third of the total units completed at UC Berkeley, Fall Program for Freshmen (FPF), UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP), or UC Berkeley Washington Program (UCDC) toward the 120 overall minimum unit requirement. P grades earned during the Spring 2020 semester will not be counted against this 1/3 limitation. 

If you receive more than 12 units of NP grades, your registration may be blocked. You cannot take any of your major requirements on a P/NP basis. You may change your grading option from letter grade to P/NP or P/NP to letter grade until the Friday of the tenth week of classes.

Students are able to use a calculator on the Degree Progress Card on the My Academics page in CalCentral to determine how to maintain the minimum number of letter-graded units needed to graduate.

Spring 2020: The COVID-19 global pandemic required mid-semester changes to enrollment deadlines and grading policy. All graded classes were converted to passed/not passed with the option to revert to letter grade prior to final exams. Students were encouraged to retain the passed/not passed option. 

By setting the default for undergraduate courses to P/NP, we wish to convey that P/NP should be the norm, and we hope that students will change to a letter grade only if they require it for a specific purpose. In this midst of an international health crisis, when we have all been forced to change our teaching so dramatically on such a short timeline, letter grades should not have to be our central focus. We believe that P/NP grading for this semester is being adopted by many other universities.

The policy was constructed in collaboration with many partners, including COCI, the Berkeley campus Administration, and the Systemwide Academic Senate. COCI has also provided guidance to instructors.

All passing course work taken in Spring 2020 may be used for major and college requirements regardless of the grading option selected.

P grades earned in Spring 2020 will not be counted against this 1/3 limitation. 

Incomplete Grades

Should circumstances beyond your control prevent you from being able to finish your work in a course, a grade of Incomplete may be assigned by the instructor. Your work in the class up to that point must be of passing quality (at least of a C average) in order to receive an I grade.

If the instructor agrees to give you an I grade, you must make arrangements with the instructor for completion of the required coursework.  At the instructor's discretion, a deadline for completion of undergraduate student work can be imposed. If no such deadline is set by the instructor, the student must complete the required course work at least 30 days prior to the deadline for replacing the I grade (see table below.)

I Grade Received Course Work Completion Deadline Deadline for Replacement of I Grade by instructor
(Lapse Date)
Fall semester 30 days prior to the first day instruction of the following fall semester or the instructor-provided deadline, whichever is earlier First day of instruction of the following fall semester by
11:59 PM
Spring semester & Summer Sessions 30 days prior to the first day instruction of the following fall semester or the instructor-provided deadline, whichever is earlier First day of instruction of the following spring semester by 11:59 PM

Instructors are under no obligation to accept and grade work submitted after the deadline.

IMPORTANT: Do not re-enroll in the course in order to remove your I grade!

You are expected to meet these deadlines even if you are not enrolled in classes or if you are studying abroad. When you have finished the coursework, send it to the instructor 30 days before the incomplete is set to lapse. They will resolve the incomplete grade.

If you are unable to finish a course by the Course Work Completion deadline, you may request an extension of time.  All requests for extension must be made prior to the Course Work Completion Deadline listed above by submitting a Petition to Extend An Incomplete Grade.  Extensions must be approved by both the instructor and the Associate Dean of Instruction & Student Affairs.  Instructors are under no obligation to approve an extension past the original deadline.

A student may freeze up to two I grades so that they remain permanently on the record as Incompletes (they never lapse to an F or NP) by filing the appropriate petition before the Deadline for Replacement of I Grade. Late petitions will not be accepted.  Once an I grade has been frozen, the course or its equivalent can never be completed or repeated. Thus, a student may not freeze an I grade in a required course.  I grades may not be frozen once an I grade extension is granted.

If you do not meet the deadline to complete your coursework, your I grade will lapse into an F grade (or NP if the course was taken on a P/NP basis). 

Any undergraduate student with 12 or more units of I on their record may not register unless permission to do so is granted by the Assistant Dean of Instruction and Student Affairs. 

Spring 2020: Spring 2020 Incomplete grades will not be included in the 12 unit rule.  Incomplete grades earned in Spring 2020 will maintain the grading option selected by May 8, 2020. 

 

Repeating Courses

You may want to consider repeating a course if you received a deficient (NP, F, D−, D, or D+) grade in it. A grade of C- or better is required in all classes that fulfill a major requirement. There are some limitations on this measure:

  • The course must be the same UC Berkeley course you originally took.
  • If you took the course for a letter grade the first time, you must take it for a letter grade the second time.
  • If you took the course P/NP the first time, you may take it P/NP or for a letter grade the second time.
  • Your new grade will replace the original grade, although the original grade will remain on your transcript. The original grade will not factor into your GPA. 
  • You may not take a course for a third time and receive grade points. A course repeated more than once will not be included in your grade point average, but a passing grade in the repeated course will be accepted in satisfaction of requirements for the degree.
  • If you receive a grade of Incomplete upon repetition of a course, the grade of D+, D, D−, or F will continue to be computed in the grade-point average until the I grade is replaced.
  • If you enroll in a course in which you received an I grade, the I will lapse to an F. 

If you repeat more than 12 units of repeatable courses, both the new and the original grades will factor into your GPA. Keep in mind that some professional and graduate schools factor in repeated course grades when calculating undergraduate GPAs.

Spring 2020: If you repeated a course in which you previously earned a letter grade, earning a P grade in Spring 2020 would remove the previous letter grade from your GPA (if you are still within your repeat limit of 12 units and this is your second attempt at the course). All grades will remain on the transcript, per the standard repeat policy.

 

Transferring Coursework

You can translate AP, IB, and GCE test scores into units of credit at UC Berkeley; this process is handled by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The credit you receive from AP, IB, or GCE test scores may be applied to your degree progress, for example - if you wish to graduate early.

AP / IB Exam Equivalency Chart

All credit-bearing exams (e.g. AP, IB, GCE A-Level) submitted by freshmen and transfer students prior to their arrival to Berkeley are reviewed by the campus' Central Evaluation Unit as part of the initial transfer credit review. This Initial Transfer Credit review is generally completed by mid-October for students admitted to Berkeley in the fall semester, and mid-February for students admitted to a spring semester.

At that time, all transfer work eligible for unit credit towards the Berkeley degree should be posted to the Transfer Credit Report, available in CalCentral My Academics.

After the Initial Transfer Credit review is complete, please direct any questions or concerns about missing transfer work for unit credit and/or the Entry Level Writing, American History and Institutions, and American Cultures requirements to the Central Evaluation Unit by opening a case with Cal Student Central.

To see which exams satisfy major requirements, please see the  AP and Higher-Level IB Exam Equivalency Charts.

Your AP & IB credits must appear on your UC Berkeley transcript before they can be used to meet major requirements. While your major may accept AP exams to satisfy a major requirement, consult with your major advisor to discuss what impact this may have on you. Remember that substitution is optional and students more often struggle with the subsequent biology, chemistry, physics, and math courses if they don’t take the introductory courses at UC Berkeley. Pre-Med students: Please note that most medical and pre-health graduate programs do not accept AP & IB units for pre-med requirements. 

Junior Transfer Credit

UC awards graduation credit for up to 70 semester (105 quarter) units of transferable lower-division (freshman/sophomore) coursework from a community college. That means those units will be counted toward completion of your degree. Courses in excess of 70 semester (105 quarter) units will not receive unit credit but will receive subject credit and may be used to satisfy UC’s subject requirements. This does not pertain to coursework taken at a four-year institution.

Transfer course-work submitted by freshmen and transfer students prior to their arrival to Berkeley is reviewed by the campus' Central Evaluation Unit as part of the initial transfer credit review. This Initial Transfer Credit review is generally completed by mid-October for students admitted to Berkeley in the fall semester, and mid-February for students admitted to a spring semester.

At that time, all transfer work eligible for unit credit towards the Berkeley degree should be posted to the Transfer Credit Report, available in CalCentral My Academics.

Students with transfer coursework from a non-California Community College should allow for a few more weeks for the College to review for satisfaction of degree requirements.

After the Initial Transfer Credit review is complete, please direct any questions or concerns about missing transfer work for unit credit and/or the Entry Level Writing, American History and Institutions, and American Cultures requirements to the Central Evaluation Unit by opening a case with Cal Student Central.

Spring 2020: If you are taking coursework through another institution in Spring 2020 (i.e. through Concurrent Enrollment or instead of being enrolled in Spring 2020 at UC Berkeley) and that institution has moved to a P/NP-default or P/NP-only grading model, P grades earned will be accepted for all degree requirements.

At this time, students should be advised to request that transcripts be sent electronically (if the transfer institution needs an email address, they should use busops@berkeley.edu). We are continuing to post transfer credit via this method.

A reminder that we cannot receive transcripts from students via email, they must come directly from the transfer institution. Alternatively, if an advisor receives an official transcript, they could send a pdf to busops@berkeley.edu.

If an electronic option is not available, we suggest that students postpone the request to send until after Shelter in Place is lifted. At this time, there is no one available to scan hard copy transcripts in Sproul due to Shelter in Place. And it might not be advisable for documents to linger with mail services. My hope is that as we know more about the extent of our time away from campus, and how in person services will be handled, we'll have better guidance on when to send so that action can be taken closer to the time when documents can be accepted by mail.

Intercampus Visitor

The Intercampus Visitor Program allows undergraduates enrolled at one UC campus to apply to another as an intercampus visitor for one term. Permission to participate in this program is granted on a very limited basis and only for valid academic reasons. Apply at Cal Student Central in 120 Sproul Hall.

 

Dual Enrollment

Students may not enroll simultaneously in UC Berkeley’s Rausser College of Natural Resources and in another institution, except during the summer. If you can demonstrate unusual circumstances that may require concurrent enrollment, reach out to your advisor and submit a Dual Enrollment request here before enrolling in the other institution. Incoming freshmen and transfer students are not allowed to apply for dual enrollment in their first semester. Students approved for concurrent enrollment during regular semesters must also remain enrolled in a minimum of 12 units on campus.

 

Cross-Registration Programs with Other Schools

Berkeley has cross-registration programs with California State University, East Bay; Mills College; San Francisco State University; Sonoma State University; Holy Names University; John F. Kennedy University; and Dominican University. With the approval of your advisor and the Office of Instruction and Student Affairs, you may register and pay your fees at UC Berkeley and be exempt from tuition and fees at the host campus. You may enroll for only one course per semester at the host campus.

In addition to these established programs, a program created by California State Senate Bill (SB) 1914 makes it possible for any Berkeley student to attend a class each semester at any campus of the California State University or Community College systems. Under these programs, students from the other institutions can also attend classes at Berkeley. Please note that students participating in the SB 1914 exchange program may be subject to a $10 administrative fee, depending on the institution. For more information, go to Cal Student Central in 120 Sproul Hall or call Special Registration at (510) 642-1988.

UC Berkeley Extension Credit

UC Berkeley Extension courses with numbers below 200 and preceded by an XB (such as XB132) are equivalent to courses offered at UC Berkeley. They satisfy the same requirements and the credit is counted as equal to the same course taken at Berkeley. UC Extension courses with numbers below 200 preceded by an X alone may be considered for the fulfillment of requirements on a case-by-case basis. Check with your undergraduate advisor before enrolling in such a course.

Note: UC Berkeley Extension courses do not count toward residency requirements.

All UC Berkeley–matriculated undergraduate students (except those in dismissal status and those who have already completed a UC Berkeley undergraduate program) will automatically have all XB coursework included with grade points on their Berkeley campus transcript. XB coursework completed prior to fall 2005 is not eligible for the transfer of grades or grade points to the Berkeley campus transcript. Note that if you are registered exclusively at UC Extension, you are not considered a Berkeley student, even if you are applying your credit toward a Berkeley degree.