Grading Policies

The below grade letters and descriptions are the generic standard of the College of Optical Sciences for both undergraduate and graduate students. Individual instructors may have different standards that will be described in the course syllabi.

For Undergraduate Classes

  • A: Excellent – has demonstrated a more than acceptable understanding of the material; exceptional performance; greatly exceeds expectations.
  • B: Good – has demonstrated an acceptable understanding of the material; good performance; meets or exceeds expectations.
  • C: Average – has demonstrated a barely acceptable understanding of the material; adequate performance; meets minimum expectations.
  • D: Poor – has not demonstrated an acceptable understanding of the material; inadequate performance; does not meet expectations.
  • E: Failure – little to no demonstrated understanding of the material; exceptionally weak performance.

For Graduate Classes

  • A: Excellent – has demonstrated a more than acceptable understanding of the material; exceptional performance; exceeds expectations.
  • B: Good – has demonstrated an acceptable understanding of the material; adequate performance; meets expectations.
  • C: Average – has not demonstrated an acceptable understanding of the material; inadequate performance; does not meet expectations.
  • D: Poor – little to no demonstrated understanding of the material; exceptionally weak performance.
  • E: Failure – usually reserved for non-attendance.