Pass/No Pass Classes

P/NP (Pass/No Pass Classes) “formerly known as Credit/No Credit”

Courses may be offered in either or both of the following categories:

  1. Courses in which all students are evaluated on a “Pass/No Pass” basis; and
  2. Courses in which each student may elect upon registration, or before the end of the 24th school day of the semester for semester-length courses, to take the course on a Pass/No Pass” basis.

A student electing to be evaluated on the “Pass/No Pass” basis will receive both course credit and unit credit upon satisfactory completion of the course. In computing a student’s grade-point average, grades of “Pass/No Pass” are omitted from the calculation. A Pass grade is granted for performance that is equivalent to the letter grade of “C” or better. A student who fails to perform satisfactorily will be assigned a “No Pass” grade.

The student is held responsible for all assignments and examinations required in the course. The standards of evaluation are identical for all students in the course.

Procedures for Pass/No Pass Grading

Students must file a “Request for a Pass/No Pass Grade” in the Counseling Center before the end of the 3rd Monday of the semester for semester-length courses. For courses of less than a semester’s duration, requests must be filed according to the specific deadlines set for each term by the Vice President of Instruction. Please see the Add/Drop Deadlines page on our website for more information. For courses where a combination grading system is available (letter grading or Pass/No Pass grading), a letter grade will be assigned unless a request has been filed. Once a request has been filed, no additional change in the grading system will be permitted.

In courses in which Pass/No Pass is authorized, the “P” grade is granted for performance that is equivalent to the letter grade of “C” or better.

Pass/No Pass grades and units earned will be recorded on the student’s grade report and permanent record. These units will not be used in computing the student’s grade point average but will be considered a part of the student’s cumulative unit total. Units attempted in which a grade of “NP” is recorded shall be considered in progress probation and dismissal procedures.

All units earned on a Pass/No Pass basis in accredited California institutions of higher education or equivalent out-of-state institutions shall meet community college curriculum requirements. 

Courses Eligible for Pass/No Pass Grading

(not recommended for courses used within a major)

Applied Technologies Division: All Business, Business Administration, Computer Science, Management, and Energy Technology except 1025, 1125, and 1500. All Industrial Education Safety except 1125, 1500 1532, 1552, 2000, 2058, 2061, and Petroleum Technology courses listed in the catalog. All Court Reporting courses except 1131, 1132, 1133, 1134, 1141, 1142, 1143, 1144, 1151, 1152, 1153, 1154, 1161, 1162, 1163, and 1164. WELD 1560.

IES courses, with the exception of IES 1500, are automatically offered as Pass/No Pass with the option to be taken for a standard grade (A, B, C, D, F, W). Students electing to take an IES course for a standard grade must fill out a “Request for Standard Grading” form and submit to the Counseling Center before the census date of the course. These deadlines can be found on the Add/Drop Deadlines page on the website.

English Language Arts Division: All courses listed in the catalog except ENGL 1725, ENGL 1750, ENGL 1775, ENGL 2650, ENGL 2700, and ENGL 2750.

Learning Support Division: All courses listed in the catalog except LRSK 0911.

Liberal Arts Division: All courses listed in catalog.

Science and Mathematics Division: All life science except Biology 1510 and 2257, all physical science except CHEM 1520 and all mathematics courses listed in the catalog; all PHED courses except: PHED 1505, 1506, 1507, 1508, 1509, 1510, 1511, 1515, 1524, 1534, 1535, 1539, 1643, 1644, 1649, 2505, 2506, 2507, 2508, 2509, 2510, 2511, 2514; and Health Education 1059 and 1510.

Social Sciences Division: All courses listed in the catalog except all ADMJ, PSYC 2205, and SOC 2038.