*Enrollment on a Satisfactory/No Credit Grading Basis
There are situations where you might want to change the grading basis for a course or courses. Most courses are automatically graded with a letter (A, B, C, etc.), but some courses qualify for what is known as S/NC (Satisfactory/No Credit) grading.
A BCOE student in good standing may elect to change the grading basis of course from letter grade to S/NC.
However, the S/NC grading system for a BCOE student…
- cannot be used for any course that fulfills a major requirement or a natural science breadth requirement
- can be used for a maximum of eight units (or two classes) of humanities and social sciences breadth requirements
Earning an “S” grade in a course earns credit for the course. Earning an “NC” grade does not earn credit for the course. Changing the grading basis to S/NC means that the S or NC grade does not calculate in your GPA. The S/NC has no effect on your GPA.
(Please note that some graduate schools/professional schools will treat an NC grade like an F.)
*The UCR Academic Senate and the BCOE Executive Committee returns to pre-pandemic regulations regarding the S/NC policy effective fall 2022. See your advisor for a detailed explanation of the reason that as of fall 2022, you can ONLY S/NC up to eight units of Humanities or Social Sciences courses that fulfill a breadth requirement. BCOE advising will deny any enrollment adjustment form to change the grading basis for any ENGL Composition, MATH, Science, or Engineering course from a letter grade to S/NC. BCOE Advising will deny a BCOE Online Petition request to change the grading basing for any ENGL Composition, MATH, Science, or Engineering course from a letter grade to S/NC without a compelling academic reason. Any Writing Across the Curriculum course used to fulfill ENGL 1C must have a letter grade.
*Students must earn the equivalent of a “C” grade in order to earn an “S”
*A ”S” meets the major requirement and prerequisite for future course(s)
*An ”NC” means you did not earn credit for the major requirement and you will likely need to repeat the course
Note: If you can earn a “C”, BCOE strongly recommends that you do not change the grading basis to S/NC.
It is likely that a future opportunity will review the S in a less favorable light than the C.
Changing the grading basis is a final decision.
Expect BCOE to deny petitions to revert the grading basis back to a letter grade after final grade determinations indicate that you performed better than anticipated.
S/NC grading basis deadlines here.
Follow these instructions to change the grading basis of a major course before the deadline:
BCOE Student Advising will review your form and give you a response within five business days.
Here are the important links you will need.
Send e-mail by following the directions here
See your advisor at drop-ins: Advisor Availability
Review the Registrar's Enrollment adjustment instructions and form