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Repeated Course/GPA Scenarios

Below are various grading examples designed to illustrate how repeated courses can affect your GPA (grade point average). To understand these examples, you must remember these basic rules about repeats:

  1. When you repeat a course, the second attempt AND ALL SUBSEQUENT ATTEMPTS are used in calculating your GPA.
    The first attempt still appears on your transcript, but it is no longer used in calculating GPA.

  2. The last grade earned for a course "stands": it is always used in calculating your GPA, even if the grade is lower than a previous attempt's.
    For example, if you earn a D in ENGL 1010 on your first attempt, but an F on your second attempt, the F replaces the D in GPA calculation even though the D is a higher grade.

    Further, the last attempt can determine whether or not you have met a degree requirement.
    If you earn a C on your first attempt of ENGL 1010, but an F on your second attempt, not only does the F replace the C in GPA calculation, but it affects your English requirement as well. Because the F was the last grade earned and ENGL 1010 requires a C as the minimum passing grade, you would have to retake the course since the last attempt, F, is now your standing grade for this required course.

  3. As a rule, you can receive credit hours for a course only one time.
    For example, if you take a 3-hour course 3 times and pass it twice, you will receive only 3 hours credit, not 6. (Some courses are exceptions to this rule, but these are noted in the course description sections of the catalogs.)

Example 1 - Two attempts

Here, the student completes two attempts of BIOL 1120:

      1. Fall 2010 - D
      2. Summer 2012 - A

Notice the changes to the student's transcript and GPA after the second attempt.

Fall Term 2010 – First attempt
Course     Grade Credit Hours Quality Points  Repeat Indicator
BIOL 1120       D 3.00  3.00 E (Excluded)
BIOL 1121       B 1.00  3.00  
CHEM 3301       B 1.00  3.00  
CHEM 3310       C 3.00  6.00  
COMM 2381       A- 3.00 11.52  
SOCI 1111       B+ 3.00  9.99  
Term Totals          
    Earned    GPA    Quality GPA
    Hours    Hours    Points  
Current Term:   11.00    11.00      33.51 3.04

Under Fall 2010, BIOL 1120 is now “Excluded” and is not calculated in the term GPA or the cumulative GPA. It is not included in Earned Hours, GPA Hours, Quality Points, or the GPA. The Current Term GPA had been 2.60 (36.51 Quality Points / 14 GPA Hours) but now changes to 3.04.

 

Summer 2012 – Second and final attempt
Course     Grade Credit Hours Quality Points  Repeat Indicator
BIOL 1120       A 3.00  12.00 I (Included)
ENGL 1010       B 3.00  9.00  
Term Totals          
    Earned    GPA    Quality GPA
    Hours    Hours    Points  
Current Term:    6.00    6.00      21.00 3.50

The final attempt of BIOL 1120 is “Included” and is calculated in the term GPA and the cumulative GPA. It is included in Earned Hours, GPA Hours, Quality Points, and the GPA.

Example 2 - Three attempts with a failing grade on second attempt

Here, the student completes three attempts of SPAN 1010:

      1. Spring 2010 - D
      2. Spring 2011 - F (fails)
      3. Summer 2012 - C

Notice the changes to the student's transcript and GPA following the second and third attempts.

Spring 2010 – First attempt
Course     Grade Credit Hours Quality Points  Repeat Indicator
COMM 2381       D+ 3.00  3.99  
ENGL 1010       B 3.00  9.00  
PHIL 1101       C 3.00  6.00  
SPAN 1010       D   3.00  3.00 E (Excluded)
Term Totals          
    Earned    GPA    Quality GPA
    Hours    Hours    Points  
Current Term:    9.00    9.00      18.99 2.11

SPAN 1010 is “Excluded” and is not calculated in the term GPA or the cumulative GPA. It is not included in Earned Hours, GPA Hours, Quality Points, or the GPA. The Current Term GPA had been 1.83 (21.99 Quality Points / 12 GPA Hours) but now changes to 2.11.

 

Spring 2011 – Second attempt
Course     Grade Credit Hours Quality Points  Repeat Indicator
BIOL 1010       C 3.00  6.00  
ENGL 2202       B- 3.00  8.01  
SPAN 1010       F 3.00  0.00 A (Included in GPA)
THEA 1030       C   3.00  6.00  
Term Totals          
    Earned    GPA    Quality GPA
    Hours    Hours    Points  
Current Term:    9.00    12.00      20.01 1.66

The second attempt of SPAN 1010 is “Included in GPA” and is calculated in the term GPA and the cumulative GPA. It is included in the GPA Hours and the GPA. (Since it is an “F” grade, it has no Quality Points or Earned Hours.)

 

Summer 2012 – Third and final attempt
Course     Grade Credit Hours Quality Points  Repeat Indicator
BIOL 1020       B 3.00  9.00  
SPAN 1010       C 3.00  9.00 I (Included)
Term Totals          
    Earned    GPA    Quality GPA
    Hours    Hours    Points  
Current Term:     6.00    6.00      15.00 2.50

The final attempt of SPAN 1010 is “Included” and is calculated in term GPA and the cumulative GPA. It is included in Earned Hours, GPA Hours, Quality Points, and the GPA.

Example 3 - Three attempts with a passing grade on second attempt

Here, the student completes three attempts of CHEM 3511:

      1. Fall 2010 - F
      2. Spring 2011 - D
      3. Summer 2011 - B

Notice the changes to the student's transcript and GPA following the second and third attempts.

Fall 2010 – First attempt
Course     Grade Credit Hours Quality Points  Repeat Indicator
ENGL 1010       B+ 3.00  9.99  
HIST 2010       B 3.00  9.00  
CHEM 3501       F 1.00  0.00  
CHEM 3511       F 3.00  0.00 E (Excluded)
NUTR 2202       C 3.00 6.00  
Term Totals          
    Earned    GPA    Quality GPA
    Hours    Hours    Points  
Current Term:    9.00   10.00      24.99 2.49

CHEM 3511 is “Excluded” and is not calculated in the term GPA or the cumulative GPA. It is not included in Earned Hours, GPA Hours, Quality Points, or the GPA. The Current Term GPA had been 1.92 (24.99 Quality Points / 13 GPA Hours) but now changes to 2.49.

 

Spring 2011 – Second attempt
Course     Grade Credit Hours Quality Points  Repeat Indicator
CHEM 3511       D 3.00  3.00 A (Included in GPA)
FREN 2010       B 3.00  9.00  
Term Totals          
    Earned    GPA    Quality GPA
    Hours    Hours    Points  
Current Term:     3.00     6.00      12.00 2.00

The second attempt of CHEM 3511 is “Included in GPA” and is calculated in the term GPA and the cumulative GPA. It is included in GPA Hours, Quality Points, and GPA, but is not included in Earned Hours due to the results of the third attempt (below) of the course. When a course with a passing grade has been repeated, the earned credit for that attempt is deducted from the Earned Hours.

 

Summer 2011 – Third and final attempt
Course     Grade Credit Hours Quality Points  Repeat Indicator
CHEM 3511       B 3.00  9.00 I (Included)
HIST 2020       B+ 3.00  9.99  
MUS 1030       B- 3.00  8.01  
Term Totals          
    Earned    GPA    Quality GPA
    Hours    Hours    Points  
Current Term:     9.00     9.00      27.00 3.00

The final attempt of CHEM 3511 is “Included” and is calculated in the term GPA and the cumulative GPA. It is included in Earned Hours, GPA Hours, Quality Points, and the GPA.

Example 4 – More than three attempts

Here, the student completes four attempts of CHEM 3511:

      1. Fall 2010 - F
      2. Spring 2011 - D
      3. Summer 2011 - D+
      4. Fall 2011 - B

Notice the changes to the student's transcript and GPA following all attempts.

Fall 2010 – First attempt
Course     Grade Credit Hours Quality Points  Repeat Indicator
ENGL 1010       B+ 3.00  9.99  
HIST 2010       B 3.00  9.00  
CHEM 3501       F 1.00  0.00  
CHEM 3511       F 3.00  0.00 E (Excluded)
NUTR 2202       C+ 3.00 6.99  
Term Totals          
    Earned    GPA    Quality GPA
    Hours    Hours    Points  
Current Term:    9.00   10.00      25.98 2.59

CHEM 3511 is “Excluded” and is not calculated in the term GPA or the cumulative GPA. It is not included in Earned Hours, GPA Hours, Quality Points, or the GPA. The Current Term GPA had been 1.99 (25.98 Quality Points / 13 GPA Hours) but now changes to 2.59.

 

Spring 2011 – Second attempt
Course     Grade Credit Hours Quality Points  Repeat Indicator
CHEM 3511       D 3.00  3.00 A (Included in GPA)
FREN 2010       B 3.00  9.00  
Term Totals          
    Earned    GPA    Quality GPA
    Hours    Hours    Points  
Current Term:     3.00     6.00      12.00 2.00

The second attempt of CHEM 3511 is “Included in GPA” and is calculated in the term GPA and the cumulative GPA. It is included in GPA Hours, Quality Points, and GPA, but is not included in Earned Hours due to the results of the subsequent repeats of the course. When a course with a passing grade has been repeated, the earned credit for that attempt is deducted from the Earned Hours.

 

Summer 2011 – Third attempt
Course     Grade Credit Hours Quality Points  Repeat Indicator
CHEM 3511       D+ 3.00  3.99 A (Included in GPA)
MUS 1030       A 3.00 12.00  
Term Totals          
    Earned    GPA    Quality GPA
    Hours    Hours    Points  
Current Term:     3.00     6.00      15.99 2.66

The third attempt of CHEM 3511 is also “Included in GPA” and is calculated in the term GPA and the cumulative GPA. It is included in GPA Hours, Quality Points, and GPA, but is not included in Earned Hours due to the results of the subsequent repeat of the course.

 

Fall 2011 – Fourth and final attempt
Course     Grade Credit Hours Quality Points  Repeat Indicator
CHEM 3511       B 3.00  9.00 I (Included)
MATH 1420       A 3.00 12.00  
FREN 2020       B+ 3.00  9.99  
HIST 2020       B 3.00  9.00  
Term Totals          
    Earned    GPA    Quality GPA
    Hours    Hours    Points  
Current Term:    12.00    12.00      39.99 3.33

The final attempt of CHEM 3511 is “Included” and is calculated in the term GPA and the cumulative GPA. It is included in Earned Hours, GPA Hours, Quality Points, and the GPA.

 

 

 

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