Grade Standards

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:

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.