Credit/D/Fail

UBC allows students to take a limited number of elective courses, which are normally graded on a percentage basis, for either “Credit” (a grade of 55% or higher), “D” (at least 50 but less than 55%), or “Fail” (less than 50%).

If you choose to take a course as Cr/D/F, your instructor will not know.

The Credit/D/Fail (Cr/D/F) grading policy was created to:

  • encourage students’ exploration of subject matter outside their program of study
  • emphasize learning and academic exploration of the new and unfamiliar
  • expose students to a broader based curriculum

For more information about the policy (including award and scholarship implications), see the Academic Calendar and the Enrolment Services Credit/D/Fail website.

FAQ

  • You cannot apply Credit/D/Fail grading to your Writing and Research Requirement
  • You cannot apply Credit/D/Fail grading to your Literature Requirement
  • You cannot apply Credit/D/Fail grading to your Science Requirement
  • You cannot apply Credit/D/Fail grading to the course that satisfies the Language Requirement (though you could apply it to a pre-requisite course)
  • You cannot apply Credit/D/Fail grading to your Specialization (Major/Minor/Honours) Requirements
  • You cannot apply Credit/D/Fail grading to your Outside Requirement. This includes electives outside your specialization(s) used towards this requirement. You can see how many total credits must be outside your specialization(s) by looking at the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts table of credits required outside major/specialization.
  • You cannot apply Credit/D/Fail grading to your Upper-Level Requirement. This standing will remove the course from your Upper-Level box on Degree Navigator. You can see how many total credits must be taken at the upper level by looking at the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts table of credits required at the upper level.

When choosing courses to take for Credit/D/Fail you must ensure that they are not or will not become a requirement for your degree, specialization(s), professional accreditation, or future professional program. For example, if you're contemplating a future application to education, medicine, dentistry, or other professional programs, consult those programs for advice.

Courses that are part of a BFA program may not be taken for Credit/D/Fail.

A maximum of 12 credits towards “electives in any discipline” or “electives in any course” on Degree Navigator are eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. These credits CAN be courses within your major discipline, but may not be counted towards your Major requirements.

Degree Navigator is programmed to only accept Credit/D/Fail courses towards electives for which this standing is permitted. Check your Degree Navigator report after you’ve registered in a Credit/D/Fail course to make sure the credits are counting like you thought they would.

The Enrolment Services Credit/D/Fail website walks you through how to register in a course as Credit/D/Fail and when/how you can switch between percentage grading and Credit/D/Fail.