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What is the "Credit/No Credit" option?

A student can request "Credit/No Credit" (CR/NC) grading for a class; go to Request Credit/No Credit. A "CR/NC" grade will not affect the studentís GPA. The student will receive "Credit" or "No Credit" according to the tables below:

Credit/No Credit for Undergraduate Students

Earn Grade

Issued

A, B, or C

Credit (CR)

D, F, or WU

No Credit (NC)

Credit/No Credit for Graduate Students For course levels: 100 and 200

Earn Grade

Issued

A, B, or C*

Credit (CR)

D, F, or WU

No Credit (NC)

* A few classes in the Graduate College of Education award Credit for "A" and "B" grades only.

Credit/No Credit for Graduate Students For course levels: 300, 400, 500, and 600

Earn Grade

Issued

A or B

Credit (CR)

C, D, F, or WU

No Credit (NC)

"CR/NC" Restrictions

In certain majors a student may not take required courses for "CR/NC." Check with your program department for college and departmental restrictions on grading options.

Undergraduate student have the following CR/NC limits:

  • 24 total units

  • 12 upper-division units

  • 8 units per semester

These limits include classes taken under the previous pass/fail option. The student may exceed the limits only with the following CR/NC classes:

  • Classes taken outside CSULB

  • Classes offering CR/NC grading only

  • Credit earned by examination only

Students may not reverse their decision and request a letter grade after the deadline for adding classes unless they declare a new major after that deadline and the new major requires a letter grade for the class in question. Under this option, the change must be requested no later than the last day of instruction. The grading option may not be changed retroactively after the end of the semester.

How to Audit a Class

To audit a class -- attend without receiving a recorded grade or academic credit -- the student must meet the following requirements:

The student may not reverse this decision and request a letter grade after the deadline for adding classes.

If the student believe a grade was given in error, the student should notify the instructor. Changes to final grades can be made only on the authority of the instructor and only in the following cases:

  • computational or recording error

  • evaluation of additional assignments or examinations to satisfy an "Incomplete" contract

  • the results of a grade appeal - refer to Grade Appeals in the current University catalog

All requests for grade changes must be initiated within one term after the initial grade has been issued.