2003-2004 UAF Catalog
Class standing is determined based on the total credits you've earned. Classifications are:
Transfer students are given class standing based on the number of transfer credits accepted by UAF. Non-degree students are registered without class standing. Graduate students are given the class standing of "graduate" only after being officially admitted to master's or doctoral programs.
Courses that may be used to satisfy general baccalaureate core requirements have course numbers ending with "X." For example, English 111X, Communication 141X and other "X" courses meet specific core requirements. See the requirements for the baccalaureate core for a listing of other specific core courses. Courses meeting the upper division writing intensive and oral communication intensive requirements for the baccalaureate core are identified in the course description of the catalog with the following designators: O -- oral communication intensive course W -- writing intensive course Two courses designated "O/2" are required to complete the oral communication intensive requirement.
Courses that may be used to satisfy specific degree requirements (e.g., humanities elective for the B.A. degree, or natural science elective for the B.S. degree) are identified in the course description section of the catalog by the following designators:
For example, you may use ANTH 309, Arctic Prehistory (3+0)s to satisfy the "social science elective" requirement for the bachelor of arts degree. Some courses, including all special topics and individual study courses, are not given course classifications.
If you're an undergraduate student registered for 12 or more semester credits, you are classified as a full-time student. In order to complete an undergraduate program in four years, you must earn 16 or 17 credits each semester. You may enroll in up to 18 credits per semester without special permission. To enroll in 19 credits or more, you need a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and an overload approval from your advisor.
Except in unusual circumstances, enrollment in the fall/spring semesters is limited to 1 credit per week. Enrollment in the three-week summer session is limited to 3-4 credits per week, and enrollment in the six-week summer session is limited to 6-8 credits per week.
Credits carried at any UAF unit are used to determine study load hours and full-time or part-time classification. Courses that are audited or taken for credit by examination are not included in the study load computation. Only semester-based correspondence study courses count in the study load.
All course grades are letter grades unless otherwise specified in the class schedule. The method of grading (letter or pass/fail) is an integral part of the course structure and is included in the course description. It is the same for all students taking the course. Instructors are expected to state their grading policies in writing at the beginning of each course. Grades appearing on academic records are as follows:
Your grade point average (GPA) is a weighted numerical average of the grades you earn in your courses at UAF. To compute your GPA, the total number of credits you have attempted is divided into the total number of grade points you have earned. Grade points are calculated by multiplying the number of grade points awarded, according to the chart below, by the number of credits attempted for the course. The following grades are figured in your GPA: A, B, C, D and F. Grades of I, DF, W, P, AU and CR don't carry grade points and don't affect your GPA.
Non-credit courses, transfer credits and credit by examination do not affect the GPA calculations. Once you complete your bachelor's degree, your GPA in future work is calculated only on the credits and grades earned since your degree was awarded. An exception to this is made if you're officially admitted to a second bachelor's degree program.
All grades (original and retakes) for a course completed at UAF are included on your academic record, but only the last grade earned for a course is computed in your GPA unless the course is one that can be repeated for credit.