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Hana Hou: Repeating a Course

The chart below will help you decide if you need to repeat a course that you did not do well in. Remember that this is just a GUIDE and you should speak to an advisor if you have any questions or concerns.

You MUST repeat a course if any of the following apply: You MAY WANT TO repeat a course if any of the following apply: You DO NOT HAVE TO repeat a course if any of the following apply:
  • You receive an "F" in a course that is the only option to satisfy a general education, pre-major, or major requirement. Examples include: EN 101, EN 102, COM 101, etc.
  • You do not receive at least a "C" in a course that is a pre-requisite for a required course. Examples include: EN 101, EN 102, COM 101, CH 203 and lab for Biology or Forensic Science majors, etc.
  • You feel confident you can get a higher grade if you retake the course.
  • You want to increase your GPA.
  • The course is not a pre-requisite course, but provides a strong foundation for your future.
  • The course is elective credit and is not a pre-requisite for any other required courses.
  • You have other options in order to fulfill requirements. For example, you can take PH 103 to fulfill your general education requirement instead of having to repeat PH 100.

Other things you need to know:

  • Credit is awarded ONLY ONCE, but you pay each time you take a course.
  • BOTH the original grade and the second grade will be recorded on your transcript, so retaking a course does not "wipe out" the fact that you did not do well in it the first time.
  • The BEST GRADE will be used in computing your cumulative grade point average.
  • The credit/no credit option is not allowed for repeated courses.