Grading Policy

The University of Arkansas has adopted changes to its Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 grading policy to mitigate the disruption caused by having to move all classes online due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Please review the full details of "Changes to Spring and Summer 2020 Grading Policy" from the Office of the Provost.

The Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences has compiled a DBCAFLS Guide to Spring/Summer 2020 Grading Policy to help our students make informed decisions about Pass/Pass D/No Credit options. Please find your program below, carefully examine your options and work with your faculty or academic advisor if you have any questions. 

Choose your department:

Please note: if you are planning on internships or graduate school or other type of additional schooling after graduating, we recommend that you consider the requirements of those programs.

 

Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness

Program

Requirements

Recommendations

Agricultural Business

Bachelor of Science

All concentrations (AGBSBS / ABMM, AGBSBS / AGEC, and AGBSBS / PRLW)

Departmental Core:

ACCT 2013 carries a prerequisite of “C” or better in MATH 2043 or higher (excluding MATH 2083) and a computing course (ISYS 1123 or AGEC 2903)

  • For students planning to take ACCT 2013 at the UA, we do not recommend students request a grade change for MATH or ISYS 1123 or AGME 2903 to Pass/Pass D/No Credit unless you are going to receive a “D” or “F” in the course
  • Any MATH or computing course with Pass D/No Credit must be retaken for a letter grade at a later time to show that a “C” or above was achieved in order to meet the prerequisites for ACCT 2013 at the UA.
  • Students are advised to consult with their academic advisor before requesting any grade change.

Agricultural Economics

Master of Science
(Thesis: AGECMS or AGECMS / ATLA)

No grades below “C” will be accepted for graduate degree credit.

  • If students are not satisfied with their letter grade, they have the option of having that grade (“C” or above) converted to Pass, but are advised to consult with their academic advisor first. If a student received a grade of “D or F”, we recommend that they convert that grade to No Credit.
  • The courses with No Credit must be retaken with a letter grade at a later time to show that a “C” or above was achieved.

Agricultural Economics

Master of Science

(Non-Thesis: AGECMS / AGBS or AGECMS / INAG)

No grades below “C” will be accepted for graduate degree credit.

  • If students are not satisfied with their letter grade, they have the option of having that grade (“C” or above) converted to Pass, but are advised to consult with their academic advisor first. If a student received a grade of “D or F”, we recommend that they convert that grade to No Credit.
  • The courses with No Credit must be retaken with a letter grade at a later time to show that a “C” or above was achieved.

 


 

Agricultural Education, Communications and Technology

Program

Requirements

Recommendations

Agricultural Education, Communication, and Technology

Bachelor of Science

Agricultural Education Concentration (AECTBS / AGED)

Obtain a “C” or better in the following pre-education courses: AGED 1123, CIED 3023/CIED 4023, and CIED 3033

  • We do not recommend switching any of these courses to Pass/Pass D/No Credit unless you are going to receive a “D” or “F” in the course
  • Any of these courses with Pass D/No Credit must be retaken for a letter grade at a later time to show that a “C” or above was achieved

 

Obtain a “C” or better in the following concentration education courses: AGED 3111, AGED 3133, AGED 3143, AGED 3162/3162L, AGED 4113, AGED 4231, AGED 4843, and AGED 4231

  • We do not recommend switching any of these courses to Pass/Pass D/No Credit unless you are going to receive a “D” or “F” in a course
  • Any of these courses with Pass D/No Credit must be retaken for a letter grade at a later time to show that a “C” or above was achieved

Agricultural Education, Communication, and Technology

Bachelor of Science

Agricultural Communications  Concentration (AECTBS / ACOM)

There are no grade restrictions on completion of program other than having a 2.00 or higher cumulative GPA to perform and internship and to graduate.

  • Acquiring Pass/Pass D/No Credit the option in any course would not impact completion of degree as long as a 2.00 or higher cumulative grade point average is achieved.
  • If students are planning on internships or graduate school or other type of additional schooling after graduating, we recommend they consider the requirements of those programs.

Agricultural Education, Communication, and Technology

Bachelor of Science

Agricultural Systems Technology  Concentration Management

(AECTBS / ASTM)

There are no grade restrictions on completion of program other than having a 2.00 or higher cumulative GPA to perform and internship and to graduate.

  • Acquiring Pass/Pass D/No Credit the option in any course would not impact completion of degree as long as a 2.00 or higher cumulative grade point average is achieved.
  • If students are planning on internships or graduate school or other type of additional schooling after graduating, we recommend they consider the requirements of those programs.

Agricultural Education, Communication, and Technology

Bachelor of Science

Agricultural Leadership  Concentration (AECTBS / AGLE)

There are no grade restrictions on completion of program other than having a 2.00 or higher cumulative GPA to perform and internship and to graduate.

  • Acquiring Pass/Pass D/No Credit the option in any course would not impact completion of degree as long as a 2.00 or higher cumulative grade point average is achieved.
  • If students are planning on internships or graduate school or other type of additional schooling after graduating, we recommend they consider the requirements of those programs.

Agricultural Education, Communication, and Technology

Master of Science (AEEDMS) and

Doctor of Philosophy (AFLSPH / AECT)

Graduate students will NOT be permitted to request P/PD/NC for courses taken during the spring or summer 2020 semester/sessions

  • AECT graduate students should communicate directly with their instructors and their academic advisors if they have questions or special needs regarding their individual course grades

 


 

Animal Science

Program

Requirements

Recommendations

Animal Science

Bachelor of Science Pre-professional concentration (ANSCBS / PPRF)

 

 

Obtain a “D” or better in each of the ANSC Core courses.

  • We recommend that students not accept the Pass/Pass D/No Credit grade for a core course.
  • Any of these core courses with No Credit must be retaken for a letter grade at a later time to show that a “D” or above was achieved.
  • We recommend that students not accept the Pass/Pass D/No Credit grade for any course listed as a required course for admission into a professional school they anticipate applying to.
  • We recommend that students retake any course required for admission into a professional school for which they made a grade of “D” or “F”.

Animal Science

Bachelor of Science Animal Science concentration (ANSCBS / ANSC)

Obtain a “D” or better in each of the ANSC core courses.

  • We recommend that students not accept the Pass/Pass D/No Credit grade for a core course.
  • Any of these core courses with No Credit must be retaken for a letter grade at a later time to show that a “D” or above was achieved.

Animal Science

Bachelor of Science Equine Science concentration (ANSCBS / EQSC)

Obtain a “D” or better in each of the ANSC core courses.

  • We recommend that students not accept the Pass/Pass D/No Credit grade for a core course.
  • Any of these core courses with No Credit must be retaken for a letter grade at a later time to show that a “D” or above was achieved.

Animal Science

Master of Science  and Doctor of Philosophy (ANSCMS and ANSCPH)

Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.85 to remain in the ANSC graduate program.

  • We recommend that graduate students who receive a letter grade of “B” or“C”, not petition to have this grade changed to “P” unless accepting the actual grade will reduce their cumulative GPA below 2.85. 

 


 

Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences

Program

Requirements

Recommendations/Reasoning

Crop Science Bachelor of Science

and Environmental, Soil, and Water Sciences Bachelor of Science

(CPSCBS and ESWSBS)

None of the courses in either program require a “C” or better in a pre-requisite course

  • Students are encouraged to keep their letter grades for A, B, and C, particularly if considering graduate school or professional school (dentistry, medical, veterinary, law, etc.) in the future
  • Students are encouraged to speak with their academic advisor prior to requesting a grade be changed to P/PD/NC

Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences

Master of Science  and Doctor of Philosophy (CSESMS and CSESPH)

Graduate students will NOT be permitted to request P/PD/NC for courses taken during the spring or summer 2020 semester/sessions

  • The rationale is that graduate students should be able to manage time more effectively and work independently so that the pivot to online instruction should not have negatively impacted grades

 


 

Entomology and Plant Pathology

Program

Requirements

Recommendations

Entomology

Master of Science (ENTOMS)

All graduate students must receive a grade of “C” or above in all courses

  • Students are encouraged to keep the letter grade. If they are not satisfied with the grade, they should consult with their advisor before deciding to change it to a “Pass”.

Plant Pathology

Master of Science (PLPAMS)

All graduate students must receive a grade of “C” or above in all courses

  • Students are encouraged to keep the letter grade. If they are not satisfied with the grade, they should consult with their advisor before deciding to change it to a “Pass”.

Entomology

Doctor of Philosophy (AFLSPH / ENTO)

All graduate students must receive a grade of “C” or above in all courses

  • Students are encouraged to keep the letter grade. If they are not satisfied with the grade, they should consult with their advisor before deciding to change it to a “Pass”.

Plant Pathology

Doctor of Philosophy (AFLSPH / PLPA)

All graduate students must receive a grade of “C” or above in all courses

  • Students are encouraged to keep the letter grade. If they are not satisfied with the grade, they should consult with their advisor before deciding to change it to a “Pass”.

 


 

Food Science

Program

Requirements

Recommendations

Food  Science

Bachelor of Science

All concentrations (FDSCBS / FDSC, FDSCBS / FDCU, FDSCBS / FDTN)

Obtain a “C” or better in the following courses: MATH 1203 and MATH 1213 (pre-requisite requirements for other required math classes are a grade of “C” or better in these courses)

  • We do not recommend switching any of these courses to Pass
  • Any of these courses with Pass D/No Credit must be retaken at a later date and earn a grade of “C” or better to satisfy the pre-requisite for other required math classes

A passing grade must be achieved in remaining courses for degree completion

  • Acquiring a Pass/Pass-D/No Credit option would not impact completion of degree provided a minimum of 2.000 cumulative grade point average is achieved.
  • Any courses with a grade of No Credit must be retaken at a later time for a passing grade to be accepted towards degree completion

Students completing a minor should contact an advisor within the minor program for advice regarding grade requirements for completion of the minor

  • We do not recommend switching any course needed for completion of a minor to Pass/Pass-D without first receiving recommendations from an advisor for that program

Students pursuing pre-professional programs should contact an advisor for their pre-professional program for advice regarding grade requirements for admission into professional school

  • We do not recommend switching any course needed for completion of a minor to Pass/Pass-D without first receiving recommendations from an advisor for that program

Food  Science

Master of Science (FDSCMS)

No credit toward degree completion for any grade of “D” or “F”

  • Any courses with a grade of Pass-D/No Credit must be retaken at a later date and earn a grade of “C” or better to be accepted towards degree completion

Food Science

Doctor of Philosophy (FDSCPH)

No credit toward degree completion for any grade of “D” or “F”

  • Any courses with a grade of Pass-D/No Credit must be retaken at a later date and earn a grade of “C” or better to be accepted towards degree completion

 


 

Horticulture

Program

Requirements

Recommendations

Horticulture, Landscape, and Turf Science

Bachelor of Science (HLTSBS)

All majors must receive a grade of D or above in all required courses to graduate

  • We do not recommend switching any course to pass/pass D/ no credit unless you are going to receive an F in that course.
  • The Student should be cognizant that most graduate or professional programs or fields that require licensing or accreditation do not consider courses on a pass/fail basis when applying.

Horticulture

Master of Science (HORTMS)

and Horticulture

Doctor of Philosophy (AFLSPH / HORT)

All graduate students must receive a grade of C or above in all required programs to graduate

  • We do not recommend switching any course to pass/pass C/no credit unless you are going to receive a C in that course. The student should consult their graduate committee before making this decision.
  • The master’s student should be cognizant that PhD or professional programs do not consider courses on a pass/fail basis when applying.

 


 

Poultry Science

Program

Requirements

Recommendations

Poultry Science

Bachelor of Science (POSCBS)

Obtain a “C” 2.0 CGPA or better in the undergraduate curriculum

  • We recommend following the Spring 2020 Grading Policy with the consultation of your academic advisor.

Poultry Science

Bachelor of Science (POSCBS)

pursuing Pre-professional or Pre-veterinary programs

Minimum admission requirements for professional or graduate school.

  • We do not recommend switching any course to Pass/Pass D/No Credit unless you are going to receive a “D” or “F” in a course
  • A letter grade can be requested from the admitting graduate/professional program for a course where a Pass is received.

Poultry Science

Master of Science (POSCMS)

and Doctor of Philosophy (POSCPH)

Obtain a “B” 3.0 CGPA or better in the graduate curriculum.

Courses of grades D or F are considered no credit by the Graduate School.

  • We do not recommend switching any course to Pass/Pass D/No Credit.

 


 

School of Human Environmental Sciences

 

Program

Requirements

Recommendations

Apparel Merchandising and Product Development Bachelor of Science

(AMPDBS)

There are no grade restrictions on completion of program

  • Acquiring pass/pass D/no credit option in any course would not impact completion of degree as long as 2.00 or higher cumulative grade point average is achieved.
  • “If you are planning on internships or graduate school or other type of additional schooling after graduating, we recommend that you consider the requirements of those programs.”

Birth through Kindergarten Bachelor of Science (BRKDBS)

 

Obtain a “C” or better in the following BRKD concentration courses:

NUTR 1213, HDFS 1423, HDFS 2403/2401L, HDFS 2433, HDFS 2473/2471L, HDFS 3333, HDFS 3453, HDFS 4313, HDFS 4332/4332L, HDFS 4342/4342L, HDFS 4373, HDFS 4383, HDFS 4463, HDFS 4763, HDFS 4773, CIED 3023, CIED 3103, CIED 3113, HIST 3383,   SCWK 3633, SPED 4413, SPED 4493, and CIED 499V

  • We do not recommend switching any of these courses to Pass/Pass D/No Credit unless you are going to receive a “D” or “F” in the course
  • Any of these courses with Pass D/No Credit must be retaken for a letter grade at a later time to show that a “C” or above was achieved

Human Development and Family Sciences Bachelor of Science (HDFSBS)

Obtain a “C” or better in the following HDFS core courses: HDFS 1403, HDFS 2433, HDFS 2483, HDFS 2603, HDFS 3423, HDFS 3443, HDFS 3453, HESC 4423, HDFS 4451, HDFS 4483, HDFS 4493, HDFS 4463, HDFS 4473

  • We do not recommend switching any of these courses to Pass/Pass D/No Credit unless you are going to receive a “D” or “F” in the course
  • Any of these courses with Pass D/No Credit must be retaken for a letter grade at a later time to show that a “C” or above was achieved

Human Nutrition and Dietetics Bachelor of Science (HNADBS)

 

 

 

  • We do not recommend switching any of the below courses to Pass/Pass D/No Credit unless you are going to receive a “D” or “F” in the course
  • Any of the below courses with Pass D/No Credit should be retaken for a letter grade at a later time
    • Core courses:
    • NUTR 1201, 1213, 2113/2111L, 3003, 3203, 3213, 3603, 4001, 4103, 4213, 4223, 4243, 4263, and 4273. As well as HOSP 2611, 2603, and 3653.
    • Other courses:
    • BIOL 2213/2211L, BIOL 2443/2441L, CHEM 2613/2611L, CHEM 3813 and BIOL 2013/2011L.

Food, Nutrition, and Health Bachelor of Science (FNAHBS)

 

  • If you are a pre-professional student, we do not recommend switching any of the below courses to Pass/Pass D/No Credit unless you are going to receive a “D” or “F” in the course
    • Core courses:
    • NUTR  1213, 2113/2111L, 3103/3101L,  3213, 4001, 4103, 4213, 4223, 4243, 4303, and 4403. As well as HOSP 2611.

Hospitality Management  Bachelor of Science (HOSPBS)

 

Obtain a “C” or better in the following concentration hospitality courses:  HOSP 1301, 1603, 2603, 2611, 2633, 2653, 3603, 3602L, 3623, 3653, 4643, 4653, 4693 and NUTR 1213.

  • We do not recommend switching any of these courses to Pass/Pass D/No Credit unless you are going to receive a “D” or “F” in the course
  • Any of these courses with Pass D/No Credit must be retaken for a letter grade at a later time to show that a “C” or above was achieved.

Master of Science in Human Environmental Sciences (HESCMS) 

All concentrations

Maintain a cumulative GPA of ≥3.0

  • We do not recommend switching any of these courses to Pass/Pass D/No Credit unless you are going to receive a “D” or “F” in the course. The student should consult their graduate committee before making this decision.
  • The master’s student should be cognizant that PhD or professional programs may not consider courses on a pass/fail basis when applying.