Grading Policies


The GSBS uses a letter grade system from A to WF. All grades are converted to points in computing grade point averages (GPA). Instructors may NOT choose to add a plus or a minus to the grade. Substituting another course for one completed with a low grade is not permitted. Work completed at another graduate school is not transferrable to the GSBS programs.

Grade Point Chart

Grade Point Grade Interpretations
A 4 Excellent; meets degree requirements
B 3 Good; meets degree requirements
C 2 Below average; fails to meet requirements for core courses. Core course must be retaken.Average; meets requirements for elective courses and non-core courses.Average; meets requirements for post-baccalaureate program requirements.
D 1 Below average; fails to meet program requirements. Course must be retaken.
F 0 Failing; does not meet degree requirements. Course must be retaken
I 0 Incomplete; given only when a student's work is satisfactory in quality but, due to reasons beyond their control, has not been completed. It is not given in lieu of an F. The instructor assigning the grade will stipulate in writing at the time the grade is given the conditions under which the “I” was given and how it can be removed. It is the student's responsibility to obtain a grade change form from the GSBS main office and to obtain signatures from the appropriate parties involved. In the event that the “I” remains on the student's record for a year without completion, it will automatically be replaced with an F. Withdrawal from the institution will not waive this policy nor will it change the conditions under which the “I” may be removed.
W 0 Withdrawal; given for a course officially dropped before the deadline set in the academic calendar or if a class is dropped after the deadline but the student has a passing grade at the time of withdrawal.
WF 0 Withdrawal/Failing; given for a course dropped after the deadline set in the academic calendar, when the student's work is not passing at the time the course is dropped or when the student is required by the dean to drop the course for failure to attend.

Grading Scale

The following scale applies to all courses at the GSBS.

  1. 100-90 = A
  2. 89-80 = B
  3. 79-70 = C
  4. 69-60 = D
  5. 59 and below = F

Students Covered By This Policy

These grading policies apply to students enrolled in the courses necessary to complete the requirements for the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences and the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate at the GSBS. These policies do not cover the course work done for the other degree programs in which the student may be enrolled.