Grading Options

pass grading option - spring 2020

For the Spring 2020 term only, the Pass Grading Option deadline is May 12, 2020.

Courses taken in Spring 2020 with the Pass Grading Option will not be counted toward the 13-unit degree maximum.

Students electing the Pass Grading Option who:

  • Earn a grade of C or higher will receive the PS (pass) grade, which is not calculated into the GPA. This grade can be used for courses in most majors as well as for minors, Core courses and electives. A PS grade will also satisfy prerequisites.
  • Earn a grade of D+ or D will receive the CRD (Credit) grade, which will earn credit but will not be calculated into the GPA. The CRD grade may not be used for major or minor courses or to satisfy prerequisites. It may be used for University electives and most Core courses (excluding Core 1, 2, and 9).
  • Earn a grade of F or FX will receive the NCR (No credit) grade, which will not earn credit and not be calculated into the GPA. The NCR grade will not satisfy any requirements.

Pass Grading Option DocuSign Form - Spring 2020

Pass Grading Option Details - Spring 2020

Catalog Reference - Pass and Auditing Options

Pass and Audit options can be selected through the end of the withdrawal period for each term. Refer to the Academic Calendar for deadlines.

Pass Grading Option

Students may request to enroll in certain undergraduate courses with the Pass (PS) grading basis. The Pass (PS) option is intended to provide students with the opportunity to explore a broad range of coursework, with no effect on the cumulative grade point average (GPA) provided that they earn a minimum grade of C (2.00) in the courses for which they have requested this option.

The Pass Option is subject to the following conditions:

  • Students who earn a minimum grade of C (2.00) will have a grade of PS (Pass) assigned for courses in which they have selected the Pass (PS) grading option. Students who earn a grade of D+ (1.33) or below will have the appropriate regular letter grade (D+, D or F) assigned.
  • Regular letter grades of D+, D or F earned for courses in which the Pass (PS) option is selected are calculated into and affect the cumulative grade point average (GPA). Grades of PS (Pass) are not calculated into and do not affect the cumulative GPA.
  • A maximum of 13 units of coursework graded PS (Pass) may be applied toward an undergraduate degree.
  • The Pass (PS) option is not available for courses required for completion of a student’s declared major, minor, or Honors College coursework.
  • Students may request the Pass (PS) grading option for free electives and Core courses (including those that require a minimum C (2.00) grade) that are not required for their major or minor.

To request the Pass (PS) option, students must submit a Change of Schedule form to the Registrar’s Office before the withdrawal deadline for the term or session. Forms can be submitted in person (Enrollment Services Center, Room 223), or via e-mail or fax (; 410-704-2006). Students who request the Pass (PS) option are advised on the conditions outlined above by Registrar’s Office staff at the time the request is made.

Auditing Option

To audit a course, permission of the instructor is required. AU is the grade given for the course, the units will not apply toward the degree.

Submit a completed Change of Schedule form, including the instructor's signature, to the Registrar's Office in the Enrollment Services Center, Room 223 before the end of the term withdrawal deadline.

To rescind this option, the same procedure applies, including the instructor's signature.