GRADES AND GRADE POINTS
Grades are awarded for University of Alabama undergraduate courses according to the following table of letter grades and values:
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Policy on grading. In undergraduate courses at The University of Alabama, passing grades are “A+,” “A,” “A-,” “B+,” “B,” “B-,” “C+,” “C,” “C-,” “D+,” “D,” and “D-.” The “F” and “I” (“Incomplete”) grades cannot be modified with a “+” or “-.” Four grade points are given for each hour of “A”; three for each hour of “B”; two for each hour of “C”; and one for each hour of “D.” The plus sign added to a grade raises the points awarded by one-third point per hour. A minus sign lowers the points awarded by one-third point. For example, each hour of “C+” earns two and one-third (2 1/3) grade points. Where departmental or other regulations require a minimum grade in a course or courses (for instance, the requirement to complete all prerequisites with grades of at least “C”) a minus sign shall be appended to the minimum grade: that is, a “C” indicates “any kind of C.” The syllabus for each individual University of Alabama undergraduate course specifies the criteria upon which work in the course will be graded. NOTE: A cumulative grade point average of 4.0 is the highest GPA an undergraduate can receive.
In all freshman composition courses, the following grades may be reported: “A+,” “A,” “A-,” “B+,” “B,” “B-,” “C+,” “C,” “C-,” and “NC” (“No Credit”). The “NC” grade is not included in the computation of the student’s grade point average. A grade of “C-” or higher is required in all freshman composition courses and is a prerequisite for advancement to another English course at The University of Alabama.
In introductory math courses the following grades may be reported: “A+,” “A,” “A-,” “B+,” “B,” “B-,” “C+,” “C,” “C-,” and “NC” (“No Credit”). Specific math courses where a grade of “NC” may be reported are MATH 100, MATH 103, MATH 110, MATH 112, and MATH 115. The “NC” grade is not included in the computation of the student’s grade point average. A grade of “C-” is required in math introductory courses and is a prerequisite for advancement to another math course at The University of Alabama.
In computing the number of credit hours attempted, each enrollment in a course is counted (any required course in which an “F” is earned must be repeated and passed; again, hours in freshman composition for which “NC” was reported are not included in GPA computations). In some academic divisions, a student who has obtained the dean’s permission may repeat a course for which he or she has already earned credit. Each enrollment is counted in the number of credit hours attempted and in the computation of the grade point average; however, only the final enrollment may be applied to the requirements for the degree.
Incompletes and failures. If a grade of “F” is earned in a required course, the student must repeat the course and earn a passing grade in order to receive credit that will be applied to the requirements for the degree. Grades of “I” (“Incomplete”) must be removed within 12 months of the end of the term in which they were awarded but prior to the student’s graduation, or the grade of “I” will be changed to “F.” The “I” may not be used as a means to re-enroll in a course during a subsequent semester. A grade of “I” may not be used to satisfy a prerequisite requirement.
Pass/fail option. A student who is in good academic standing may request permission to receive a grade of “P” (“Pass”) or “F” (“Fail”) for a course, instead of the conventional “A+,” “A,” “A-,” “B+,” “B,” “B-,” “C+,” “C,” “C-,” “D+,” “D,” “D-,” or “F.” A grade of “P” does not affect the grade point average; however, a grade of “F” received in a course that the student has chosen to take under the pass/fail option is computed in the grade point average. Use of the pass/fail option is subject to the following regulations:
- The student must be a sophomore, junior, or senior with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher in order to use the pass/fail option.*
- Only elective courses may be taken pass/fail.
- A maximum of four courses or 12 credit hours (whichever comes first) may be taken pass/fail while a student is earning an undergraduate degree.
- Only one course each fall semester, spring semester, and summer term may be taken pass/fail.
- Once the deadline to add a course has passed, a student may not rescind the decision to take a course with the pass/fail option.
- A transfer student must have completed at least 15 credit hours at The University of Alabama with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher in order to use the pass/fail option.