Hello and welcome to “Quick Question,” the jcomm advising podcast. Today’s quick question is about pass/no pass credits. Is it true I only have 12 pass/no pass credits?
Yes, it’s true but…and you knew there had to be a “but,” didn’t you? Answers to advising questions are rarely one-word answers. This 12-credit limit is based on one, very large assumption. It assumes you’re going to graduate with EXACTLY 180 credits.
Where does the number 12 come from? Well, a bachelors of arts or science degree requires at least 180 credits. Out of that 180, 168 credits need to be taken graded. 180 minus 168 is 12.
So does this mean you can’t have more than 12 pass/no pass credits? No, you can. However, if you do, you have to graduate with more than 180 credits. If you want to take 4 classes (or 16 credits) pass/no pass, you must complete at least 184 credits.
The very first Quick Question podcast was about pass/no pass credits so we won’t go into a lot of detail about the logistics of pass/no pass credits right now. You can listen to that first episode through the Quick Question website. Building on that though, you should know if you take a course pass/no pass and you end up not passing it, those credits don’t count against your 12-credit limit. In other words, if you’ve never taken anything pass/no pass before and you choose to take MATH 111 pass/no pass, and at the end of the term, you discovered you earned a “no pass,” you still haven’t taken anything pass/no pass. You still have 12 credits at your disposal. And yes, all of this is still based on the assumption you’ll graduate with exactly 180 credits.
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