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Credit/No Credit Allowances by Major/Graduate Program

You have until 7:59 p.m. on Wednesday, September 29 (the end of add/drop) to change the grading basis of your Fall 2021 classes.

Each program has defined whether or not students are allowed to select Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) grading for major/support courses and requirements. These Credit/No Credit allowances can be found in the Cal Poly Catalog. For your convenience, these allowances have been copied directly from the 2021-2022 Cal Poly Catalog and listed below. Please be sure you are reviewing the Credit/No Credit allowances listed in the Cal Poly Catalog you are following. 

As of fall 2021, all COVID-19 Credit/No Credit allowances have been suspended. To reiterate, you will now be held to the Credit/No Credit limits outlined for your major or graduate program in the Cal Poly Catalog you are following.

Please speak with your advisor before making any grading basis changes. More on Credit/ No Credit.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What does taking a class "Credit/No Credit" mean?

Selecting Credit/No Credit grading means that you are choosing to complete the class on a pass/fail basis. The grade received (either "CR" for Credit or "NC" for No Credit) is not factored into your GPA.

Please Note: Units earned in a class for which the grade was "NC" do not count toward the satisfaction of degree requirements.

What grade must I earn to receive Credit if I select Credit/No Credit grading?

Undergraduate students will need a C- or above in order to receive a grade of Credit in a Credit/No Credit course. Graduate students will need a B- or above in order to receive a grade of Credit.

I don't remember which grading basis I selected when I registered for my classes. How can I review my grading basis selections?

You can review your grading basis selections in your Student Center.

In your Student Center, Select "Class Schedule" from the drop-down menu:

Select the "Class Schedule" option from the drop-down menu to the left of your Weekly Schedule.

Select "List View" as the display option.

In the "List View" of your schedule, you can find your grading basis selection for each class in the "Grading" section of the class listing:

The grading basis selection for a class can be found in the "Grading" section.

If I am taking a class for grade forgiveness, can I select Credit/No Credit grading?

No. If you are taking a class for grade forgiveness, you must enroll in the class on a graded basis.

I want to select Credit/No Credit grading. Will I be held to the normal 2.0 GPA requirement?

Yes. As stated in the Cal Poly catalog, an "applicant for a Credit/No Credit grade must have at least a 2.0 grade point average in cumulative Cal Poly work."

Will taking a GE course or a Minor course (that is normally a graded course) as CR/NC in fall quarter count towards typical Credit/No Credit limits?

Yes. Any Credit/No Credit-selected courses you complete during fall 2021 will count toward the following limitations:

  • The 16-unit overall limit of Credit/No Credit-selected courses you may take during your career at Cal Poly
  • The 4-unit limit of Credit/No Credit-selected courses you may take in GE courses
  • The maximum of one-third of Credit/No Credit-selected courses allowed in a minor.

Previous COVID-19 allowances will be honored, and courses taken during terms with COVID-19 allowances will NOT count toward the Credit/No Credit limitations listed above.

In previous quarters with COVID-19 allowances, I selected Credit/No Credit grading in the number of major/support units my major allowed. Will I be able to select Credit/No Credit grading for the same number of major/support units in fall 2021? Is there a cap on the cumulative total of major/support units I can take as Credit/No Credit?

During the quarters with COVID-19 allowances, you were allowed to continue selecting Credit/No Credit grading for the number of units your major or graduate program specified each quarter. There was no cap on the cumulative total of units you could take as Credit/No Credit (so long as that grading basis selection was permitted by your major or graduate program).

However, as of fall 2021, all COVID-19 Credit/No Credit allowances have been suspended. You will now be held to the Credit/No Credit limits outlined for your major or graduate program in the Cal Poly Catalog you are following.

In the Cal Poly Catalog I am following, my major indicates that I can take "Up to 4 Units" of major/support courses as Credit/No Credit. How do I know if I already used my major/support course CR/NC allowance?

This will depend on your major and the COVID-19 Credit/No Credit allowances they created.

Scenario 1: Your major created specific COVID-19 allowances from Spring 2020 through Summer 2021. You did not take a major/support course as Credit/No Credit prior to Spring 2020, thus you didn't use your normal major/support course allowance. You now have the option of taking "Up to 4 Units" of major/support courses as Credit/No Credit.

Scenario 2: Your major created specific COVID-19 allowances from Spring 2020 through Summer 2021. However, you DID take a 4-unit major/support course as Credit/No Credit prior to Spring 2020, thus you DID use your normal major/support course allowance.

Scenario 3: Your major opted to allow for normal major Credit/No Credit allowances for at least one term from Spring 2020 through Summer 2021. During one of the terms in which normal major allowances were in effect, you took a 4-unit major/support course as Credit/No Credit. Because your major opted for normal major Credit/No Credit allowances instead of specific COVID-19 allowances, you used your normal major/support course allowance. 

 

This page was last updated on Tuesday, September 21, at 2:50 p.M.

Undergraduate Majors

Undergraduate Major CR/NC Allowance in Major/Support Courses
Aerospace Engineering Not Allowed
Agricultural and Environmental Plant Sciences Not Allowed
Agricultural Business Up to 4 Units Allowed (WARNING)
Agricultural Communication Not Allowed
Agricultural Science Not Allowed
Agricultural Systems Management Not Allowed
Animal Science Not Allowed
Anthropology and Geography Not Allowed
Architectural Engineering Not Allowed
Architecture Not Allowed
Art and Design Up to 4 Units Allowed (WARNING)
Biochemistry Not Allowed
Biological Sciences Not Allowed
Biomedical Engineering Not Allowed
Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering Not Allowed
Business Administration Not Allowed
Chemistry Not Allowed
Child Development Not Allowed
City and Regional Planning Not Allowed
Civil Engineering Not Allowed
Communication Studies Not Allowed
Comparative Ethnic Studies Not Allowed
Computer Engineering Not Allowed
Computer Science

Not Allowed

Construction Management Not Allowed
Dairy Science Not Allowed
Economics Not Allowed
Electrical Engineering Not Allowed
English Not Allowed
Environmental Earth and Social Sciences Not Allowed
Environmental Engineering Not Allowed
Environmental Management and Protection Not Allowed
Food Science Not Allowed
Forestry and Natural Resources Not Allowed
General Engineering Not Allowed
Graphic Communication Not Allowed
History Not Allowed
Industrial Engineering Not Allowed
Industrial Technology and Packaging Not Allowed
Interdisciplinary Studies Not Allowed
Journalism Up to 4 Units Allowed (WARNING)
Kinesiology Up to 4 Units Allowed (WARNING)
Landscape Architecture

Not Allowed

Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies Not Allowed
Liberal Studies Up to 4 Units Allowed (WARNING)
Manufacturing Engineering Not Allowed
Marine Sciences Not Allowed
Materials Engineering Not Allowed
Mathematics Not Allowed
Mechanical Engineering Not Allowed
Microbiology Not Allowed
Music Not Allowed
Nutrition Not Allowed
Philosophy Not Allowed
Physics BA

Not Allowed (for any major course with a lab component)

Physics BS

Not Allowed (for any major course with a lab component)

Political Science Not Allowed
Public Health Up to 4 Units Allowed (WARNING)
Psychology Not Allowed
Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration Not Allowed
Sociology Not Allowed
Software Engineering Not Allowed
Spanish Not Allowed
Statistics Not Allowed (for any course with a STAT prefix)
Theatre Arts Not Allowed
Wine and Viticulture Not Allowed

Graduate Programs*

Graduate Programs CR/NC Allowance on the Formal Study Plan
Accounting Not Allowed
Aerospace Engineering Not Allowed
Agricultural Education Not Allowed
Agriculture MS Not Allowed
Architectural Engineering Not Allowed
Architecture Not Allowed
Biological Sciences Not Allowed
Biomedical Engineering Not Allowed
Business Administration Not Allowed
Business Analytics Not Allowed
City and Regional Planning Not Allowed
Civil and Environmental Engineering Not Allowed
Computer Science Not Allowed
Curriculum and Instruction Not Allowed
Educational Leadership and Administration Not Allowed
Electrical Engineering Not Allowed
Engineering Management Not Allowed
English Not Allowed
Environmental Sciences and Management Not Allowed
Fire Protection Engineering Not Allowed
Food Science Not Allowed
Higher Ed Counseling and Student Affairs Not Allowed
History Not Allowed
Industrial Engineering Not Allowed
Mathematics Not Allowed
Mechanical Engineering Not Allowed
Nutrition Not Allowed
Packaging Value Chain Not Allowed
Polymers and Coatings Science Not Allowed
Psychology Not Allowed
Public Policy Not Allowed
Quantitative Economics Not Allowed
Special Education Not Allowed
Taxation Not Allowed

*Courses which are offered ONLY on a Credit/No Credit basis satisfy the unit requirement if a grade of Credit is earned. Graduate students may elect to take courses that are not part of their Formal Study Plan on a Credit/No Credit basis.

Certificate Programs

Certificate Program CR/NC Unit Allowance on the Formal Study Plan
Fire Protection Engineering Not Allowed

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