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Pass - No Pass

Pass - No Pass (formerly Credit - No Credit)

Pass/No Pass encourages students to explore academic areas outside a major field.

  1. Courses in the student's major field may not be taken under the Pass/No Pass policy except as all designated in Apprenticeship Programs, Criminal Justice, Fire Technology, Human Development, Pharmacy Technology, Registered Nursing, Women's Studies, Work Experience, and through credit by examination or assessment.
  2. Every university has a limitation on the number of courses/units that can be taken for Pass/No Pass and applied to graduation and may require General Education taken Pass/No Pass to be retaken for a letter grade. Universities prefer that students have letter grades in English, mathematics, speech, and critical thinking courses. Courses that meet major requirements must be taken for a letter grade. Also, Pass/No Pass grades could have a negative effect on scholarships and international students. In addition, students who plan to pursue graduate or professional studies later are advised to be selective in opting for courses on a Pass/No Pass basis.
  3. If the student is unclear about requirements, it is best to consult with a counselor before using the Pass/No Pass option. Except as in item number one above, a maximum of 6 Pass/No Pass units may be carried during any one semester.
  4. A maximum of 12 Pass/No Pass units is allowed for any degree program. This does not include units taken under credit by examination or assessment, or in Human Development, Pharmacy Technology, Vocational Nursing, Women's Studies and Work Experience.
  5. Pass/No Pass petitions are available at the Admissions and Records Offices at Santa Ana College, and must be submitted between the first and fifth week of the fall and spring terms or thirty percent (30%) of the term, whichever is less.  Pass/No Pass status cannot be changed back to a letter grade. A&G petition will not be approved.
  6. Pass indicates a grade of "C" or better

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