Jan 17, 2022  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]


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Grading System

Meaning of Letter Grades

Grade Description
A Excellent, superior achievement
B Good, exceeding all requirements
C Average, satisfactorily meeting all requirements
D Poor, passing
F Failing or withdrawal while doing failing work
I Incomplete
NR Not reported
S Satisfactory
U Unsatisfactory
W Withdrawal

In the case of Foundations courses (ENGL 1300 , MATH 1300 , READ 1300 ), and Senior Honors Theses, an “in progress” grade may be awarded. (See Grade Explanations below for information about “in progress” grades).

Grade Assignment

Grades are awarded in courses in which students are officially enrolled after the last day to drop or withdraw from a course without receiving a grade. This date is indicated in the Academic Calendar  for each enrollment period.

Grade Explanations

  1. Passing grades for which semester hours of credit are awarded are A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, and S. (Pharmacy students should refer to the College of Pharmacy  section.)
  2. The grades of S (satisfactory) and U (unsatisfactory) may be awarded in certain specified courses.
  3. The temporary grade of I (incomplete) is a conditional and temporary grade assigned when students for non-academic reasons beyond their control have not completed a relatively small part of all requirements for a course.

The student must:

a.    be currently passing the course or have a reasonable chance of passing the course, in the judgment of the instructor;

b.    contact the instructor immediately regarding the reasons that prevent the student from completing the course, final assignment and/or final examination;

c.     initiate the request for an I grade within 90 days of the posting of the course grade;

d.     make arrangements with the instructor to complete the course requirements, if assigned;

e.     understand that the only way to have an I grade changed to a passing grade is to fulfill course requirements in accordance with the conditions specified by the instructor;

f.      understand that the grade of I may be changed only to another letter grade. If the student does not complete the course requirements in the time allotted (a maximum of one year) the I grade will convert to an  F grade and will be noted as a lapsed incomplete on the student’s transcript. An I grade once lapsed to an F grade may not be changed to a grade of W; and

g.     not re-enroll (re-register) for the courses in which their grade is currently recorded as an I. Even when the conditions for fulfilling the course requirements include participation in all or part of the same course in another semester, the student must not re enroll (re register) for the course.

As stated under Fulfillment of Grade Requirements for a Degree, all grades of I shall be computed as grades of F for purposes of calculating a student’s cumulative grade point average.

After the course work is completed by the student, the instructor will submit a change of grade form to change the I grade to the grade earned.

  1. The grade of W is assigned to a course only after the last day to drop or withdraw without receiving a grade by the official census date (see Academic Calendar ), and before the final day to drop or withdraw (generally four weeks prior to the last day of classes in a fall or spring semester). Students are responsible for initiating action to drop or withdraw from classes. Students who fail to do so will be retained on the class rolls even though they may be absent for the remainder of the semester. In such instances a grade of F (or U in S/U graded courses) will be awarded unless the conditions for a grade of I have been met.

Grade Point Average

Grade points are awarded as follows for each semester hour in which students receive a grade.

Grade Points Awarded for Each Grade

Grade Points
A 4.00
A- 3.67
B+ 3.33
B 3.00
B- 2.67
C+ 2.33
C 2.00
C- 1.67
D+ 1.33
D 1.00
D- 0.67
F 0.00

The grade point average is the quotient obtained by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the number of semester hours in which students receive a letter grade. Grades of S, U, I, and W are not assigned grade point values and are not used in the computation of the grade point average.

A change in grade (other than I, incomplete) will affect the academic status of the semester in which the grade was earned and all subsequent semesters. Students should be aware that a change of grade from I will affect the cumulative grade point average effective the semester the incomplete is earned and all terms including the semester the I is completed (or changed to F or U).

Decimals beyond two places are truncated, not rounded, in computing the grade point average.

Cumulative Grade Point Average

The cumulative grade point average is based upon all work taken at the University of Houston, including courses that are repeated, for which grade point values are assigned.

A repeated course, including courses repeated during a summer session, is equivalent to a new course both in the determination of classification and in computing the cumulative grade point average.

Fulfillment of Grade Requirements for a Degree

The cumulative grade point average shall be used to determine the fulfillment of grade requirements with the following differences:

  1. The grade of I shall be computed as F.
  2. Upon approval by the dean of the college of the student’s major, a maximum of six semester hours, eight in the case of laboratory courses, taken during the first 30 semester hours of undergraduate course work at the university may be eliminated from the computation. The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will not eliminate any semester hours of undergraduate course work from the computation of the graduation grade point average for a bachelor’s degree.
    1. Neither these grades nor the courses for which they were awarded are removed from the student’s official academic record.
    2. These eliminated courses shall not be used to fulfill any degree requirement.
    3. Grades may not be eliminated for courses subsequently repeated.
    4. These exceptions shall be used only to allow a student to achieve the minimum grade point average for graduation.

Final Grade Reports

Students may view and/or print grades by logging into their myUH account at https://my.uh.edu.

Instructors submit final grades through myUH. During the final exam period for each term, grades are posted every three hours and are viewable after posting.

Students are encouraged to contact the instructor of record or submit written requests to the department chair whenever questions arise concerning a grade received in a course. Grade appeals must be made within 90 days after the posting of the grade.

Scholastic Requirements

A minimum of a 2.00 (average grade of C) minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) is required for graduation, undergraduate and post baccalaureate students are expected to maintain a 2.00 or higher GPA throughout their academic career. Students who do not maintain a minimum 2.00 GPA are subject to scholastic action in any term in which one or more semester credit hours are attempted. Please consult the Graduate Catalog for maximum graduate course load information.