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Academic Progress & Records - Grades

How to Repeat a Course

You may repeat a course only if you received a grade of D+, D, D-, F, or NP.

You Earned a Grade of Criteria for Repeating
What your Transcript will Reflect
D+, D, D-, or F, and have taken the class only once You must take the class for a letter grade

Both grades will show on your transcript, but only your most recent grade will be calculated into your GPA.

Note: If you have repeated more than 12 units of credit, this does not apply. See examples below.

NP, and have taken the class only once before You can repeat the course for either a letter grade, if allowed in the course, or on a passed/not passed basis.

P/NP grades do not calculate into your GPA, but if you have repeated the course on a letter graded basis, that grade will calculate into your GPA.

Note: If you have repeated more than 12 units of credit, this does not apply. See examples below.

12-UNIT REPETITION LIMIT: If you repeat courses in which you received a D+, D, D-, or F, the units are counted only once and only the most recently earned grades and grade points are used for the first 12 units repeated. In case of further repetitions, the grade-point average is based on all grades assigned and total units attempted.

REPEATING A GRADE OTHER THAN A D, F, NP, OR U:  If you repeat a course in which you received a grade other than a D, F, NP, or U, the course will count as part of your class schedule for the semester and the grade you earn will be listed on your transcript. However, the grade will not be included in your GPA, and the course units will not count toward graduation unless unless the course description in the UC Berkeley Catalog  states "course may be repeated for credit."


Example #1: You have never repeated any course work.

Fall 2008: Math 1A, received an F

Spring 2009: Math 1A, must be taken for a letter grade, you earn a B

The B will be used to calculate your GPA


Example #2: You have already repeated Math 1A once.

Fall 2007: Math 1A, received an F

Spring 2008: Math 1A, received a D

Fall 2008: You take Math 1A. The grade earned from your third attempt will be calculated into your GPA only if you have received prior approval from your dean.


Example #3: You have already repeated 12 units of course work

Fall 2006: Took Math 1A - F (4 units), Anthro 2AC - D (4 units), Hist 4A - F (4 units)

Spring 2007: Took a semester off

Fall 2007: Repeated Math 1A, received a B, Anthro 2AC, received a C, and Hist 4A, received an A

The B, C, and A grades would calculate into your GPA.

Spring 2008: Took Math 1B, received a D

Fall 2008: Re-took Math 1B, received a B

Since you had already repeated 12 units of course work, before you repeated Math 1B, both the B and the D grades will calculate into your GPA.


For the complete policy, please refer to the UC Berkeley Catalog.

This page was last updated on Thursday, June 23, 2011