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Credit/No Credit Allowances by Major/Graduate Program

You have until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 12, 2021 to change the grading basis of any of your Winter 2021 classes.

Each department has created its own policy to define whether or not students are allowed to select Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) grading for major/support courses and requirements. Credit/No Credit grading allowances have been specified for both undergraduate majors and graduate programs. Winter 2021 and Spring 2021 CR/NC allowances are listed below.

If a class fulfills both a major/support and a GE requirement, it will be subject to the Credit/No Credit allowances of the major. Speak with your advisor before making any grading basis changes. More on Credit/ No Credit.

 

Previous term info. has been saved for your records. You can no longer make grading basis changes to previous term classes.

 

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.

You have until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 12, 2021 to change the grading basis of any of your Winter 2021 classes.

I am planning on attending a postbaccalaureate program in the future. Will selecting Credit/No Credit grading now negatively impact me when I apply to a master's or Ph.D. program?

Some postbaccalaureate programs penalize students for a grade of CR. If you are planning on applying to a postbaccalaureate program, you should carefully consider the implications of selecting CR/NC grading.

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.

If I am pursuing an Individualized Change of Major Agreement (ICMA), can I select Credit/No Credit grading?

If you are pursuing an ICMA, you should be aware of any GPA requirements the new major has imposed. Taking a course CR/NC may not fulfill said GPA requirements.

In addition, if your ICMA is approved, you will be held to the CR/NC allowances of your new major. Therefore, if you took a course CR/NC in your previous major, but that grading basis selection violates the new major's CR/NC allowances, the Office of the Registrar will convert the course to the letter grade earned.

You are highly encouraged to speak with your academic advisor before selecting Credit/No Credit grading.

If I select Credit/No Credit grading in a major or support course, but my major states that such a selection is "Not Allowed," will the course be converted to a letter grade?

Yes. If your major does not allow CR/NC grading in major/support courses, your grade will be converted to the letter grade assigned by your instructor.

This conversion will occur whether you earned a CR or a NC grade. 

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

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."

However, at this time, the Office of the Registrar is NOT holding students to the 2.0 GPA requirement.

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

Any Credit/No Credit-selected courses you complete during winter 2021 or spring 2021 will NOT be counted 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.

During winter 2021 and spring 2021, you will be able to select any GE courses for Credit/No Credit grading; you are highly encouraged to speak with your academic advisor before selecting Credit/No Credit grading for GE courses.

Additionally, during winter 2021 and spring 2021, you will be able to select any minor courses for Credit/No Credit grading.

 

This page was last updated on Tuesday, January 19, at 11:30 A.M.

Undergraduate Majors

Undergraduate Major Winter 2021 Cr/nc allowance in major/support courses Spring 2021 CR/NC Allowance in Major/Support Courses
Aerospace Engineering Up to 8 Units Allowed* Up to 8 Units Allowed*
Agricultural and Environmental Plant Sciences No Limit No Limit
Agricultural Business Normal Major Allowances** Normal Major Allowances**
Agricultural Communication No Limit No Limit
Agricultural Science No Limit No Limit
Agricultural Systems Management Not Allowed* Not Allowed*
Animal Science Not Allowed* Not Allowed*
Anthropology and Geography No Limit No Limit
Architectural Engineering Not Allowed* Not Allowed*
Architecture No Limit No Limit
Art and Design Normal Major Allowances** Normal Major Allowances**
Biochemistry No Limit No Limit
Biological Sciences No Limit No Limit
Biomedical Engineering Up to 8 Units Allowed* Up to 8 Units Allowed*
Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering Not Allowed* Not Allowed*
Business Administration Not Allowed* Not Allowed*
Chemistry No Limit No Limit
Child Development No Limit No Limit
City and Regional Planning No Limit No Limit
Civil Engineering

Up to 8 Units Allowed*

  • *CE/ENVE 200, 400, 466, 467, 500, and 599 cannot be taken CR/NC (must be graded)

Up to 8 Units Allowed*

  • *CE/ENVE 200, 400, 466, 467, 500, and 599 cannot be taken CR/NC (must be graded)
Communication Studies No Limit No Limit
Comparative Ethnic Studies No Limit No Limit
Computer Engineering Up to 8 Units Allowed* Up to 8 Units Allowed*
Computer Science

Up to 8 Units Allowed*

  • *CSC 491, 492, 497, 498, 596, 597, and 599 cannot be taken CR/NC (must be graded)

Up to 8 Units Allowed*

  • *CSC 491, 492, 497, 498, 596, 597, and 599 cannot be taken CR/NC (must be graded)
Construction Management No Limit No Limit
Dairy Science Not Allowed* Not Allowed*
Economics Not Allowed* Not Allowed*
Electrical Engineering Up to 8 Units Allowed* Up to 8 Units Allowed*
English No Limit No Limit
Environmental Earth and Social Sciences Up to 4 Units Allowed* Up to 4 Units Allowed*
Environmental Engineering Up to 8 Units Allowed* Up to 8 Units Allowed*
Environmental Management and Protection Up to 4 Units Allowed* Up to 4 Units Allowed*
Food Science Up to 16 Units Allowed* Up to 16 Units Allowed*
Forestry and Natural Resources Up to 4 Units Allowed* Up to 4 Units Allowed*
General Engineering Up to 8 Units Allowed* Up to 8 Units Allowed*
Graphic Communication Up to 4 Units Allowed* Up to 4 Units Allowed*
History No Limit No Limit
Industrial Engineering Up to 8 Units Allowed* Up to 8 Units Allowed*
Industrial Technology and Packaging Not Allowed* Not Allowed*
Interdisciplinary Studies No Limit No Limit
Journalism Normal Major Allowances** Normal Major Allowances**
Kinesiology No Limit No Limit
Landscape Architecture

No Limit*

  • *LA 203, 204, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, and 461 cannot be taken CR/NC (must be graded)

No Limit*

  • *LA 203, 204, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, and 461 cannot be taken CR/NC (must be graded)
Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies No Limit No Limit
Liberal Studies No Limit No Limit
Manufacturing Engineering Up to 8 Units Allowed* Up to 8 Units Allowed*
Marine Sciences No Limit No Limit
Materials Engineering Up to 8 Units Allowed* Up to 8 Units Allowed*
Mathematics No Limit No Limit
Mechanical Engineering Up to 8 Units Allowed* Up to 8 Units Allowed*
Microbiology No Limit No Limit
Music Not Allowed* Not Allowed*
Nutrition Up to 16 Units Allowed* Up to 16 Units Allowed*
Philosophy No Limit No Limit
Physics BA No Limit No Limit
Physics BS No Limit No Limit
Political Science No Limit No Limit
Public Health No Limit No Limit
Psychology No Limit No Limit
Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration No Limit No Limit
Sociology No Limit No Limit
Software Engineering

Up to 8 Units Allowed*

  • *CSC 491, 492, 497, 498, 596, 597, and 599 cannot be taken CR/NC (must be graded)

Up to 8 Units Allowed*

  • *CSC 491, 492, 497, 498, 596, 597, and 599 cannot be taken CR/NC (must be graded)
Spanish Up to 4 Units Allowed* Up to 4 Units Allowed*
Statistics No Limit No Limit
Theatre Arts No Limit No Limit
Wine and Viticulture Not Allowed* Not Allowed*

*If a class fulfills both a major/support and a GE requirement, it will be subject to the CR/NC allowances of the major. Speak with your advisor before making any grading basis changes.

**This major has opted NOT to allow additional CR/NC allowances; however, this major already allows a certain number of major/support courses to be taken CR/NC. Speak with your advisor before making any grading basis changes. 

Graduate Programs

Graduate Programs Winter 2021 cr/nc allowance on the formal study plan Spring 2021 CR/NC Allowance on the Formal Study Plan
Accounting Not Allowed Not Allowed
Aerospace Engineering Up to 8 Units Allowed Up to 8 Units Allowed
Agricultural Education Not Allowed Not Allowed
Agriculture MS Not Allowed Not Allowed
Architectural Engineering Not Allowed Not Allowed
Architecture Not Allowed Not Allowed
Biological Sciences No Limit No Limit
Biomedical Engineering Not Allowed Not Allowed
Business Administration Not Allowed Not Allowed
Business Analytics Not Allowed Not Allowed
City and Regional Planning No Limit No Limit
Civil and Environmental Engineering Not Allowed Not Allowed
Computer Science

Up to 8 Units Allowed*

  • *CSC 491, 492, 497, 498, 596, 597, and 599 cannot be taken CR/NC (must be graded)

Up to 8 Units Allowed*

  • *CSC 491, 492, 497, 498, 596, 597, and 599 cannot be taken CR/NC (must be graded)
Curriculum and Instruction No Limit No Limit
Educational Leadership and Administration No Limit No Limit
Electrical Engineering Up to 8 Units Allowed Up to 8 Units Allowed
Engineering Management Not Allowed Not Allowed
English No Limit No Limit
Environmental Sciences and Management Not Allowed Not Allowed
Fire Protection Engineering Not Allowed Not Allowed
Food Science Up to 8 Units Allowed Up to 8 Units Allowed
Higher Ed Counseling and Student Affairs No Limit No Limit
History No Limit No Limit
Industrial Engineering Not Allowed Not Allowed
Mathematics No Limit No Limit
Mechanical Engineering Not Allowed Not Allowed
Nutrition Up to 8 Units Allowed Up to 8 Units Allowed
Packaging Value Chain Not Allowed Not Allowed
Polymers and Coatings Science No Limit No Limit
Psychology Not Allowed Not Allowed
Public Policy No Limit No Limit
Quantitative Economics Not Allowed Not Allowed
Special Education No Limit No Limit
Taxation Not Allowed Not Allowed

*MS Kinesiology students, please speak with your Graduate Coordinator about CR/NC allowances.

*MS Engineering with Specialization in Water Engineering students, please speak with your Graduate Coordinator about CR/NC allowances.

Certificate Programs

Certificate Program Winter 2021 Cr/NC Unit Allowance on the formal study plan Spring 2021 CR/NC Unit Allowance on the Formal Study Plan
Fire Protection Engineering Not Allowed Not Allowed

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