2011-2013 Undergraduate Catalog

Academic Affairs, cont'd

Grade Points (Grade Point Average)

In order to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Arts and Sciences, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Rehabilitation degree a student must earn a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in (a) all courses attempted at Montana State University Billings; (b) the academic major; and (c) the academic minor. For BA/BS Teaching Options, students must earn a minimum grade point average of 2.65.

In order to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Business, a student must earn a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in (a) all courses in the College of Business; and (b) all courses attempted at Montana State University Billings.

In order to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree, a minimum grade point average of 2.65 must be earned in (a) all courses attempted at Montana State University Billings; (b) the academic major; (c) the academic minor; and (d) the Professional Teacher Education Core.

In order to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Human Services degree, a student must earn a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in (a) all courses attempted at Montana State University Billings; and (b) all coursework completed for the Human Services major.

Grade Reports

Students’ grades are available on the web at www.msubillings.edu.  Students who wish to have their grades mailed must leave a self-addressed stamped envelope at the Office of Admissions and Records.

Mid-term Grade Reports

Mid-term grades will be issued to all freshmen students.  Instructors of classes with freshmen will be required to notify each freshman student, in writing, of the student’s mid-term grade before the official last day to drop classes (7th week, 35th class day).

How to Calculate the Grade Point Average

Each grade is worth a predetermined number of grade points as indicated above.  Total grade points are established by multiplying the number of credits of a course times the number of grade points of the grade received.

The grade point average is determined by dividing the number of grade points earned by the number of course credits attempted.  In computing the number of grade points earned, each letter grade is assigned a certain grade point value per credit hour as follows:

Each credit hour of A.................. 4 points
Each credit hour of B.................. 3 points
Each credit hour of C.................. 2 points
Each credit hour of D.................. 1 point
Each credit hour of F................... 0 points

Effective Fall 2005 for transfer and re-admitted students, in accordance with Board of Regents policy, all campuses of the Montana University System will use the following values when determining grade point averages.

A............................ 4.0
A-........................... 3.7
B+.......................... 3.3
B............................ 3.0
B-........................... 2.7
C+.......................... 2.3
C............................ 2.0
C-........................... 1.7
D+.......................... 1.3
D............................ 1.0
D-........................... 0.7
F............................. 0.0

Grade point averages calculated before Fall Semester 2005, using the values noted above, will not be recalculated, using the new weights or values.

The new values should not be applied retroactively to grade point averages already calculated for students in the Montana University System.  Decisions about those students’ academic performance, including satisfactory progress, admission to limited enrollment programs, graduation and financial aid eligibility, have been made, using the grading scale in place at the time of those decisions.  The decisions should not be invalidated because of a subsequent change in grade point average calculations.

Examples

WRIT 101 is a 3 credit course.  If a grade of “B” was received, multiply 3 credits times 3 grade points for a total of 9 grade points (3 credits x 3 grade points = 9 grade points).

PSYX 100 is a 3 credit course.  If a grade of “C” was received, it would produce an additional 6 grade points (3 credits x 2 grade points = 6 grade points).

Add the 9 grade points from WRIT 101 and the 6 grade points from PSYX 100 for a total of 15 grade points.  Then, divide the total grade points (15) by the total number of credits (6) to determine the grade point average for the two courses.  In this case, the grade point average is 2.50 (15/6 = 2.50).  Remember, the total grade points divided by the total credits attempted equals the grade point average (GPA).

Academic Honors

In recognition of scholastic achievement, the University makes public at the close of each semester an honor roll of undergraduate students who earn 12 or more credits which are not of a Pass/No Pass nature and who earn a grade point average of 3.50 or better.

Minimal Academic Progress

Students are in good standing at Montana State University Billings as long as they have a 2.00 grade point average (GPA) although additional requirements may have to be met in specific fields (see, for example, Teacher Education).

NEXT: Academic Probation


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