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Developmental and Remedial Courses

Courses MATH:0100 and MATH:0300 carry no degree credit. Students who take these courses, or courses equivalent to them at another college or university, may not count semester hours from these courses toward the 120 semester hours required for graduation.

Although these courses carry no degree credit, grades awarded in them are used in computing grade point averages, and the hours count toward semester loads for all official purposes (e.g., full-time and half-time status, maximum schedule, minimum semester hour requirement, reasonable academic progress, and so forth).

A student's degree audit gives the correct number of hours taken toward the 120 semester hours required for the degree by subtracting any hours from courses without degree credit. However, a student's permanent record (official transcript) includes these hours in "hours earned" even though they do not count toward the 120 semester hours required for graduation.

 

Duplication

Duplication is charged when a student takes a course more than once (repeats the course). Credit toward graduation is not earned for the repeated course. The following guidelines outline the policies: Other colleges may have other policies.

Duplication Guidelines

1. Ordinarily, the course number, not the title, determines duplication. A department may change a course title but still consider the course as duplicating earlier versions. However, when a department drops a course and adds a new course that uses the same number, duplication is not charged. Questions about the status of a course should be directed to the department or to Graduation Analysis.

2. In evaluating duplication, all numbers of cross-listed courses are considered the same number.

3. At the time courses are transferred, the Office of Admissions determines if transfer course work duplicates work already completed. The Office of Admissions also will provide information on duplication before a student takes a course; contact the Office of Admissions for more information.

4. Duplication will be charged if a student takes a course which has been identified as equivalent to a course for which the student has transfer, AP, CLEP, or IB exam credit. Consult the Office of Admissions for transfer course equivalencies, or check the transfer course database in ISIS.

5. Duplication of courses taken at The University of Iowa is determined at the time of final graduation analysis, and any hours of duplication are deducted from the total hours earned toward graduation.

6. Although duplicated courses carry no degree credit, grades awarded in them are used in computing grade point averages, and the hours count toward semester loads for all official purposes. Grade reports and the permanent record include duplicated hours in "hours earned" even though these hours do not count toward graduation.

7. Departments sometimes identify a course as "repeatable;" that is, the course may be taken more than once with credit toward graduation awarded each time. If a course has not been marked as "repeatable" by the department offering the course, duplication will be charged.

8. Duplication is not charged when a student chooses to exercise the Second-Grade-Only option.

 

Regression

Departments and programs sometimes identify courses as part of a particular learning sequence that requires a progression from one course to the next.

Regression occurs when a student takes a course that is earlier in such a sequence after a later course in the sequence has already been taken and passed.

Regression is identified only at the time of final graduation analysis, and hours of regression do not count toward graduation. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of situations where regression might occur.

Different colleges have different rules concerning regression. Most regression sequences are noted in MyUI.  Questions should be addressed to the appropriate academic advisor, to the department in question, or to the college.

 

Second-Grade-Only Option (SGO)

A maximum of 3 courses may utilize the Second-Grade-Only Option.

Click here for more information.

 

Pass/Nonpass (P/N) and Satisfactory/Fail (S/F) Courses

A maximum of 30 semester hours of credit from all sources (UI and transfer) with a grade of P (pass) or S (satisfactory) is accepted toward the 120 semester hours required for graduation. A maximum of 15 semester hours of P and a maximum of 15 semester hours of S credit from The University of Iowa is accepted.

See Grading section for additional P/N and S/F policies.

 

Independent Study

A maximum of 9 semester hours of credit from independent study (this DOES NOT include Guided Independent Study) is accepted toward the 120 semester hours required for graduation. Practicum and internship hours are not included in the 9 s.h. limit.  Independent Study sections can be identified in ISIS with an “0IND” section number.  Students may request a waiver of this policy from the Academic Standards Committee.  Waivers will be granted only with support from the student's advisor.