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.

1/3 Passed (P) Grade Limit

Passed grades may account for no more than one third of the total units completed at UC Berkeley, Fall Program for Freshmen (FPF), UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP), or UC Berkeley Washington Program (UCDC) toward the 120 overall minimum unit requirement.

Transfer credit is not factored into the limit. This includes transfer units from outside of the UC system, other UC campuses, credit-bearing exams, as well as UC Berkeley Extension XB units.