Full-time students may carry 16 credits per term. Students beyond freshman year may take up to 18 credits with the major department adviser's approval. For more than six courses or 18 credits in one semester, the dean’s permission is required.
Pass/No Credit Option
To encourage exploration and experimentation in curricular areas, the faculty recommends that juniors and seniors take one course per semester (or during intersession or summer sessions) on an index-free basis (e.g., the grade is not computed in the index). Students may not take more than four courses for pass/no credit.
Courses required either by core curriculum or by the student’s major department, minor or area of concentration may not be elected on this basis. Students may have the first three weeks of the term to indicate that they wish to take this option, or before the fourth class during a summer session or intersession course. No changes, either to Pass/No Credit or back to letter grade, may be made after that time. Grades assigned are P or NC (Pass or No Credit).
Certain courses, indicated in the department offerings as 2 or 3 credits, are for guided independent study. Because the requirements for the additional credit change the scope or depth of the course, students must register the option at the time of registration. Several introductory courses provide opportunities for interested students to do independent work. Some advanced courses encourage students to work independently on individual research.
A student who receives an unsatisfactory grade in a course specifically required for the degree, for the major or for a certificate program may request departmental approval to repeat the course. Although the grade of F is the only one for which credit is not given, departments may require a grade of C or better for satisfactory completion of certain departmental requirements. In such cases, the chair may permit the student to repeat a course in order to demonstrate mastery of the subject. Both the original grade and the second grade will appear on the transcript. Credit will be given only once for the course and the most recent grade will be calculated in the index.
Matriculated students may audit courses with the consent of the instructor and the permission of the dean. Non-matriculated students pay the regular tuition for this privilege. No credit is given for audited courses and no records are kept.