If a student wishes to appeal his or her final grade in an engineering undergraduate or graduate level course, please refer to the College’s official grade appeal policy and procedures on the college's faculty and staff website.
Minimum Grades At minimum, pre-requisite courses require a grade of C- or higher to enroll in the subsequent course. Some majors require an even higher grade for pre-requisite courses. Some majors require minimum grades in certain courses, even if they are not pre-requisite courses. Check with you academic advisor regarding grade minimums for your major.
Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) You must maintain 2.250 semester and cumulative GPAs to maintain good academic standing in the College. In order to graduate with a BS degree, you must have a 2.250 cumulative GPA as well as a 2.250 Major GPA.
The overall University of Colorado GPA (also called Cumulative GPA) is computed as follows:
- Add up all the "quality points" for the courses you have taken. You can find the quality points earned for each course printed on your transcript in the far right column (you can print an unofficial copy of your transcript from MyCUInfo.colorado.edu).
- Divide the total number of quality points by the quality units to get your GPA. Courses with grade symbols of P, NC, *** , W, and I are excluded when totaling the credit hours that go into quality units.
- Tip: See the very end of your transcript for the total number of quality points, and quality units, going into your cumulative GPA.
Your Major GPA is calculated as follows:
- Add up the “quality points” for courses in your major (e.g., MCEN courses if you are a mechanical engineering major, PHYS courses if you are an engineering physics major, check with your advisor to learn which courses go into your Major GPA).
- Divide the total number of quality points by the total number of major-course quality units to get your Major GPA.
Grades of F earned for courses graded on a pass/fail option are included in the GPA. Incompletes that are not completed within one year are calculated as F grades in the GPA.
Tip: Your degree audit calculates and displays your “Cumulative GPA” and “Major GPA”.
The student should then prepare a College Petition, indicating what the student is requesting with a detailed explanation of the extenuating circumstance(s) beyond the student's control. Student's statement should include:
- Address why the course could not have been dropped prior to the 10th week final drop deadline
- A student who received an "Early Alert" message for the course, or who is not in Good Academic Standing, will need additional explanation regarding the late drop request (since such students would have been expected to act proactively and drop the course before the 10th week final drop deadline)
- Supporting documentation should accompany the petition; for example:
- For a health-related reason, students should submit a letter from the student's doctor (on letterhead stationery with signature) indicating the nature of the situation and how it impacted academics
- Students SHOULD NOT submit clinical reports or appointment memos since these materials do not specifically address how the situation impacted academics
After the student and academic advisor sign the petition, the entire package should be dropped off at the Engineering Dean's Office reception desk. Once the petition is reviewed by the College's Undergraduate Affairs Review Board the student will be notified of the decision.
Before dropping a class(es) resulting in part-time enrollment status (i.e., active enrollment in fewer than 12 credit hours in a semester), students should consult with their academic advisor to consider CEAS policies on academic standing, repeating courses, and the implications for financial aid/scholarships, on-campus housing eligibility, and student health insurance.
After the last day of classes, students should follow the campus Retroactive Withdrawal process if they wish to request a retroactive drop(s) or full withdrawal.
In general, the minimum passing grade for a course that is not specifically a prerequiste for another required course is D-. However, individual degree programs in the College may require higher minimum grades for specific courses in their curricula (and these courses may or may not be prerequisite courses).
Before withdrawing, students may wish to consult with their academic advisor to consider CEAS policies on academic standing, repeating courses, and the implications for financial aid/scholarships, on-campus housing eligibility, and student health insurance.