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Grading

Grade Options and Standards

Undergraduate majors must take for letter grades (the pass/no pass option is not acceptable) all the courses required in their degree program. Required courses must be completed with grades of C– or better. Exceptions for honors students are noted under Honors in Geological Sciences.

Grading Criteria for Geology Courses

A+ Only used in rare cases when a student’s performance and grasp of material significantly exceeds all requirements and expectations for the course.

A Student demonstrates excellent grasp of material and strong performance across the board, or exceptional performance in one aspect of the course offsetting somewhat less strong performance in another.

B Student demonstrates good grasp of material and good performance on most components of the course.

C Student demonstrates adequate grasp of material and/or performance on significant aspects of the course, with some deficiencies.

D Quality of performance is at the minimal level necessary to pass the course, does not fully meet the course requirements. Subpar grasp of material on significant aspects of the course.

F Quality of performance does not meet the course requirements; unacceptable grasp of material and/or performance on significant aspects of the course.