Passed/Not Passed (P/NP) grading option

Technical courses

Any technical course that can be used to fulfill a requirement for your major must be taken for a letter grade. 

Humanities/social sciences

You may take most of your humanities and social sciences courses, including American Cultures, on a P/NP basis as long as you are in good academic standing. Students on subject to dismissal status may not take courses on a P/NP basis. Note: Courses taken to fulfill the colleges Reading and Composition requirement must be taken for a letter grade.

Free electives

You may take any free elective course on a P/NP basis (as long as you are not on subject to dismissal status).


  • Deadline to change grading option for a technical course that cannot be used to fulfill any requirements for your major: 11:59 p.m. (PST) on Friday of the fifth week of instruction.
  • Deadline to change grading option for an H/SS course: 11:59 p.m. (PST) on Friday of the tenth week.

Limit on P/NP units

Degree credit for courses graded Pass may not exceed more than 1/3 of the total units undertaken and passed on the Berkeley campus toward the B.S. degree in engineering.