Grade Requirements

In the 2020-21 academic year, UC Santa Cruz made some temporary changes to grading requirements to provide more flexibility for students. Click here for information about temporary changes to our grading policies for students who were enrolled in 2020-2021.

The General Catalog includes the complete policy on grading requirements. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind:

  • A "C" (2.0) or higher is required to fulfill general education or major requirements, or to satisfy a prerequisite. Keep in mind that grades of C- or less won't count for these!
  • Some majors require grades above C/2.0 to satisfy major qualification requirements. Check your major's General Catalog program statement to be sure you understand what grades you need to qualify to declare.
  • You can repeat a course in which you earn a grade lower than C (2.0) for grade improvement, with some limitations
  • You earn credits toward your 180 credit requirement for classes in which you earn grades of D- or higher. No credit is awarded for F, NP, W, or I grades.
  • You must have a minimum 2.0 GPA to graduate.
  • There are limits on how many courses you can take on a P/NP basis.
  • For more extensive information, see the UCSC General Catalog and The Navigator