Pass/No Pass Grading Option
Each division of the College may have designated letter grade courses in which a student may elect to receive Pass/No Pass (i.e., Pass/Fail). Grade option courses allow students to explore various fields of study and to broaden their knowledge, particularly in fields outside their major, without jeopardizing their grade point average. Both methods of grading require the student to complete all assignments, exams, and/or class projects.
Students who elect the pass/no pass option are required to choose the P/NP option on WebSMART. This decision is irreversible. See college schedule of classes for deadline.
Courses taken on a pass/no pass basis may or may not be applicable toward fulfillment of the major, the certificate or general education requirements. In addition, four-year colleges and universities vary widely in the number of units of “Pass” grades they will accept. Students should consult the catalog of the college to which they plan to transfer to determine what limitations apply.
The use of courses graded “Pass” to satisfy major or certificate requirements must be approved by the Division Dean, in consultation with members of the Division faculty. A maximum of 12 units toward an associate degree or 6 units toward a certificate may be earned.
Each division of the College may also designate courses in which all students are evaluated on a pass/no pass basis only. “Pass” grades earned in these courses are exempt from the 12/6 unit maximum described in the paragraph above.
Pursuant to Executive Order Executive Order 2020-02 students are able to exercise the Pass/No Pass grading option for ALL courses as of April 15, 2020. Because changing to a Pass/No Pass grade may have implications for transfer or other long-term, unforeseeable situations, such as future graduate school applications, and/or licensure requirements, students are strongly encouraged to meet with a counselor before changing a class to Pass/No Pass. Students are able to self-select the Pass/No Pass grading option via WebSMART. Faculty will then be able to see that a student has selected this option when entering the final grades for the course.