Grading for A.B. and B.E. Candidates
Students taking courses for either the A.B. or B.E. degree are assigned grades ranging from A (for excellent) to E (not acceptable for degree credit). A “plus” or “minus” appended to a grade indicates a level slightly greater or lesser than the norm for that category. Grade point values are A = 4; A- = 3.67; B+ = 3.33; etc. The following guidelines offer general criteria for evaluation and grading, with “plus” or “minus” designations indicating that in the opinion of the instructor, the student has performed at a level slightly higher or lower than the norm for the category.
A: Excellent mastery of course material
B: Good mastery of course material
C: Acceptable mastery of course material
D: Deficient in mastery of course material
E: Serious deficiency in mastery of course material.
A.B. candidates must maintain an average of 2.0 in courses for the major. B.E. candidates must maintain a grade average of C+ or better for the 9 courses required for the degree. No more than 2 courses may have a grade less than C. Students who fail to maintain a C+ average in any term are placed on probation.
B.E. candidates are required to meet standards, in addition to earning a minimum grade point average of 2.33:
- No more than three (3) courses with grades below C, where C- is below C, will be counted towards the B.E. degree
- This number of 3 will be computed from all courses taken to satisfy B.E. requirements, excluding the prerequisites to the major in engineering sciences
Grading for M.E.M., M.S., and Ph.D. Candidates
With the exception of the thesis/dissertation for M.S. and Ph.D. candidates, the grade assigned at the completion of any graduate-level course is one of the following:
HP (High Pass): distinctly superior work (equivalent to A, A-)
P (Pass): good work (equivalent to B+, B, B-)
LP (Low Pass): work deficient but acceptable for graduate credit (equivalent to C+, C, C-)
CR (Credit): satisfactory work (in courses, where HP, P, or LP grade assignment is inappropriate; not intended as alternative to HP, P, or LP; equivalent to Passing)
NC (No Credit): unsatisfactory work, not acceptable for graduate credit (equivalent to D, E)
No few than 14 courses in total, with no few than 12 P or HP grades, may be submitted in satisfaction of M.E.M. degree requirements.
No more than one LP grade for every 6 courses may be submitted in satisfaction of M.S., or Ph.D. degree requirements.
Any student who earns LP or lower in courses that satisfy degree requirements receives a letter of warning from the director of his or her graduate program. A detailed statement on the Student Probation Policy is available from the registrar.