Office of Undergraduate Advising & Academic Services

Course Load & Grading Options

What is a normal course load?

A normal course load for a full-time undergraduate student consists of four or five academic courses (12-17 units). All full-time students must be registered for a minimum of 12 units.

What is the pass/fail grading option?

Some courses are offered only on a pass/fail basis. Students have the option to take one course each semester that is offered on a letter-grade basis as a pass/fail course in addition to courses offered only pass/fail. Business students sometimes take a course pass/fail to lighten their workload or if they are experiencing academic difficulty, but can definitely pass the course. The total number of credits earned on a pass/fail basis may not exceed 24 credits, excluding those courses that are graded pass/fail only. A course taken on a pass/fail basis MAY only be used as a free elective WITHIN THE BUSINESS MAJORS.

Even when students complete a course on a pass/fail basis, the instructor will assign a regular grade. If the student has earned a grade of A, B, C or D (plus or minus), a grade of “P” will be listed on the transcript, the credit hours are earned as free electives, but no grade is calculated in the GPA. If you receive a grade of F, it will be recorded as a failing grade on the transcript and the failing grade is calculated in the GPA. Please remember that a course taken on a pass/fail basis may only be used as a free elective within the business majors.

You may change your grading status at any time using your UDSIS account up until the academic penalty deadline. You should always check with your advisor before you change a class to pass/fail.

What does it mean to audit a course?

Students have the option to enroll in any course as an auditor or listener. Auditing or listening means that you are registeredfor a course, but you will not receive any credit hours towards your degree nor will a grade be calculated in your GPA. Class attendance is required, but you do not have to complete assignments or take exams unless you want to. Registration as an Auditor is counted the same as registration for credit for the purpose of determining course load and tuition. A final grade of “L” will appear on the transcript, but again is not calculated in the GPA. Professors have the option to submit a grade of “LW” or listener withdrawn if you stop attending the class.

Business students sometimes choose this grading option when they want to attend a course to obtain the course material, but do not need to earn the credit hours towards their degree. This is also a good option for a business student experiencing academic difficulty. If you are in danger of failing a course, but will have to take it again this is a good opportunity to keep attending the course to help better prepare you to retake it.

You may change your grading status to auditor at any time using your UDSIS account up until the academic penalty deadline. You should always check with your advisor before you change a class to audit.

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