Courses Requiring at Least "C" Grades

Students are required to earn a minimum of a C grade in each course designated by the major as a C-required course. There will be at least 15 credits of C-required courses designated for each baccalaureate degree major and 7 credits for each associate degree major.

Identifying C-Required Courses

In the Undergraduate Degree Programs Bulletin, C-required courses are designated by the following symbol and footnote: "[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44." The symbol, [1], may be listed with each C-required course in the major (see Example 1) or it may accompany a heading to indicate that all courses listed under the heading are C-required (see Example 2).

Example 1

PRESCRIBED COURSES (32 credits)
CHEM 110 GN(3)[1], CHEM 111 GN(1), CHEM 112 GN(3)[1], CHEM 113 GN(1), MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-2)
BIOL 110 GN(4)[1], BIOL 220W GN(4)[1], BIOL 230W GN(4)[1], BIOL 240W GN(4)[1] (Sem: 1-4)

Example 2

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 47 credits[1]

On a degree audit, C-required courses are designated by the statement "C OR HIGHER GRADE REQUIRED," which is either listed with a course or group of courses (see Example 3) or provided in the category heading (see Example 4).

Example 3

1) TAKE ALL OF THE FOLLOWING
**C OR HIGHER GRADE REQUIRED**
COURSE LIST: CHEM 110 OR 106, 112 MATH 140

Example 4

**C OR HIGHER GRADES REQUIRED IN ALL MAJOR/OPTION COURSES**

If a student takes a C-required course and a grade of D or F is reported, the student's degree audit will not indicate that the requirement has been fulfilled.

Academic Difficulty in a C-Required Course

Because C-required courses are considered to be critical courses in a major, if a student earns a grade of D or F in one or more of these courses he/she may want to consider the reason for this unsatisfactory performance. If his/her performance relates to a lack of interest and/or ability, he/she may want to consider the appropriateness of this major. Consultation in the Division of Undergraduate Studies is available for students who have concerns about their curricular choice.

Students who are earning below a C in a C-required course might want to consider late drop (if possible) since the course would have to be repeated if a grade of D or F were earned.


[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.


Reviewed: August 2013
Last Update: May 2008

Reference(s): Senate Policy 82-44

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