The purpose of the Pass/No Credit option is to allow you to
take courses outside of your normal curriculum or minor program
which you might otherwise not consider taking because of grade
Please note that the Pass/No Credit option is not
available to graduate students or nonmatriculated
Subject to the limitations listed below, undergraduate
students may elect to take courses on a pass or no credit
basis, for which the grade is either “P” (Pass) or “NC” (Fail).
Grade points will not be assigned for these courses and the “P”
or “NC” will not be reflected in the grade point average. “NC”
is a failing grade and can be cause for academic action.
A student may take up to 4 courses as Pass /No credit.
Courses that can be taken pass / no credit are:
- Free electives
- Two courses in the science core unless explicitly
required by name
- Two courses of the HASS Core that are not part of the
depth sequence or used to meet the communication intensive
The Pass/No credit cannot be used for:
- Courses required by name in the student’s major, required
professional/technical/multidisciplinary/science elective, or
similarly designated subsets of courses (except where
explicitly stated otherwise) to be applied toward the
student’s program curriculum,
- Courses used towards the minor
- Courses at the 6000 level
Again, the Pass/No Credit option is not
available to graduate students or non-matriculated
Submission procedures and deadlines
If you wish to take a course with the Pass/No Credit
designation, you must file an approved Pass/No
Credit Form, with the Registrar's before deadline date
specified in the academic calendar.
Similarly, if you have elected to take a course on this
basis, you must choose to drop the Pass/No Credit
designation by filing a
Remove Pass/No Credit Designation Form by the same
Please refer to Rensselaer's academic
calendar for specific dates by which you must add or remove
Pass/No Credit designations.