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What is CSULB’s Undergraduate Unit Limit on Repeating Courses?

Effective Fall 2009, undergraduate students may repeat 28 units over their entire CSULB undergraduate career of which a maximum of 16 units can be for Grade Forgiveness, in which the grade in the first attempt is excluded from the GPA.

Important Things to Know about Repeating Courses:

  • The unit limit for repeats is 28 units.
  • The unit limit applies to courses taken at CSULB ONLY.
  • Repeats recorded prior to Fall 2009 will not count toward the limit.
  • Only the units awarded for the original attempt count toward the 28 units.
  • Students may not repeat an individual course more than once without approval from the associate dean of their major course of study.
  • Students may repeat courses only if a D, F, WU, or NC was earned.  The course must be repeated at CSULB.
  • Students are not allowed to repeat a course in which they received a grade of A, B, C or CR (except for courses specified as repeatable for credit and upper-division courses in an undergraduate student’s major completed more than ten years prior to graduation).
  • No course for which a W was awarded counts toward the unit limit.
  • Undergraduate students who wish to attempt an individual course for a third time must obtain approval from the Associate Dean of the College that offers your program. Permission is granted only in rare instances.
  • Once a student reaches the 28 unit limit, the student will not be allowed to repeat any additional courses without an approved academic appeal. 

Refer to MyCSULB for a summary report providing the total units which have been applied to your Undergraduate Unit Limit.

For additional information, see Undergraduate Unit Limits Repetition of Courses.

How to Repeat a Course for Grade Forgiveness

Undergraduate students may attempt to repeat a course taken at CSULB for the purpose of excluding the grade from the grade point average (grade forgiveness) subject to CSULB’s Undergraduate Unit Limit as follows:

  • A maximum of 16 units can be applied for Grade Forgiveness.
  • The limit applies to courses taken at CSULB only.
  • Students may repeat a class at CSULB in which a grade of D, F, WU or NC was received.
  • Students may repeat an individual course only once for grade forgiveness.
  • Students must repeat exactly the same class for grade forgiveness.  If the class is no longer offered at CSULB, students must ask their department to approve a substitution using the Petition for Exception to Academic Policy
  • If the student earns a grade of A, B, C or CR on the second attempt, the first grade earned will be excluded from the GPA. However, if a grade of less than C is earned in second attempt, both grades will be averaged into the GPA (see Grades Averaged below).  The GPA will be adjusted automatically after the end of the term in which the class is repeated unless any of the following conditions apply, in which case the student must file a Petition for Exception to Academic Policy:
    • Class originally taken before the Fall 1988 term.
    • Class now has a different name or number than when originally taken.
    • Student is requesting to repeat a class that is designated “repeatable” in the CSULB Catalog under Repeatable Classes.
    • Student has reached the maximum CSULB Undergraduate Unit Limit.
  • If a grade of D, F, NC or WU is earned on the second attempt, both the original and subsequent grade will be calculated into the GPA (see Grades Averaged below); however, units earned will be applied only once and will count toward the 28 unit limit.
  • Students cannot use Grade Forgiveness if the original grade was the result of academic dishonesty.
  • Once a student reaches the 16 units for Grade Forgiveness and has not reached the maximum of 28 units, a repeated course will result in a grade averaged and calculated in the GPA.

For additional information, see Undergraduate Unit Limits Repetition of Courses.

Students pursuing second baccalaureates, credentials, certificates, master's or doctoral degrees may not repeat courses for grade forgiveness. Although these students may repeat courses for grades averaged, their courses are not subject to unit limits.

Grades Averaged

  • Once a student reaches the 16 units for Grade Forgiveness and has not reached the maximum of 28 units, a repeated course will result in a grade averaged and calculated in the GPA.
  • If a student reaches the maximum of 16 units of Grade Forgiveness, receives a grade of D, F, WU or NC in the second attempt, or receives advisor approval to attempt the course for a third time, the grades in all attempts will be averaged into the Grade Point Average.
  • Undergraduate students who wish to attempt an individual course for a third time must obtain approval from their academic advisor.
  • Once an undergraduate student reaches the 28 unit limit, the student will not be allowed to repeat any additional courses without an approved academic appeal.

 Students pursuing second baccalaureates, credentials, certificates, or master's or doctoral degrees may not repeat courses for Grade Forgiveness.  Although these students may repeat courses for grades averaged, their courses are not subject to unit limits.

Courses Taken First at Another Institution

A student may repeat a course taken at another institution provided that the course grade was D, F, WU, or NC and that appropriate CSULB department specifies an equivalent class at CSULB.  The student must complete a Petition for Exception to Academic Policy form and submit it with an official transcript from the institution where the course was originally taken. Only one repeat of the course is allowed for the purpose of grade forgiveness, and only the repeated grade and grade points will be used in the determination of grade point averages, provided the second grade was an A, B, C or CR.  If the repeat attempt at CSULB results in a grade of A, B, C or CR, the units will not count toward the 28 unit limit.  If the repeat attempt at CSULB results in a grade of D, F, NC or WU, the student may repeat the course one additional time but only for a grades averaged, and the units of the first attempt will now count toward the Undergraduate Unit Limit.

A grade received in a course taken at another institution may not be used to replace a grade in an equivalent course taken at CSULB in the calculation of GPA but may be used to replace it for other purposes, subject to approval by the appropriate authority at CSULB, such as an advisor in the major.