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As part of The City University of New York’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, during the Fall 2020 semester, students shall have the option to convert some or all of the (B+ through F) letter grades they earn in their classes, to Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) grading, per the provisions below.

1.       During the Fall 2020 semester, all students enrolled in courses with the CR/NC policy shall have the option to convert some or all of the (B+  through F) letter grades they earn in these classes to Credit/No Credit grading.

2.       Students will be able to make this decision for eligible courses between December 24, 2020 and January 12, 2021. Once selected, the CR/NC option cannot be reversed.  Any changes to the dates of this opt-in window will be communicated in a timely fashion.

3.       If a student chooses to exercise this option for an eligible course, a passing letter grade (B+ through D-) will convert to ‘CR’ with credit for the class being awarded, while a failing grade (F) will convert to ‘NC’, with no credit awarded. Credit/No Credit grades will not impact the student’s GPA.

4.       Courses taken for a letter grade will continue to be included in the semester and general GPA, while courses taken for a Credit/No Credit grade will be excluded, just as is the case with such courses taken at a student’s home institution.

5.       If a student exercises the option of Credit/No Credit, the Credit (CR) grade will not negatively impact the student’s progress toward degree completion.

6.       Students with Credit/No Credit grades will be able to transfer those courses across colleges within CUNY, per current CUNY policy.

7.       The Fall 2020 CR/NC Policy shall apply to coursework completed on Permit and will not affect Board of Trustees Policy 1.14 – Policy on Coursework Completed on Permit.

8.       Students placed on academic probation by their institution at the start of the Fall 2020 semester who choose Credit/No Credit grades shall not be penalized with academic dismissal based upon their grades earned this semester.

9.       The Fall 2020 CR/NC Policy shall not affect the University standards of student retention and progress in accordance with Board of Trustees Policy 1.26.

10.   Before choosing this grading option for one or more of their classes, students shall consult with their academic and financial aid advisors regarding potential impact to their financial aid, licensure requirements, and graduate school admissions.

11.   Except for courses explicitly excluded by a College from application, the policy shall supersede and override all undergraduate and graduate program-level grading policies currently in effect at CUNY colleges and schools, including those related to required and elective courses within the major, minor, general education (Pathways), pre-requisite courses, honors courses, courses taken on permit and maximum number of credits that a student can earn with Credit/No Credit grades.

12.   The grade glossary, attached to each transcript, will be updated to include a notation denoting that all Fall 2020 grades, including CR or NC, were earned during a major disruption to instruction as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Courses Excluded from the CR/NC option for Fall 2020


Weissman School of Arts and Sciences

  • All courses in the Graduate program in Mental Health Counseling are excluded.
  • Graduate courses in Mathematics and Undergraduate courses at or above the 3000 level in Mathematics are excluded.
  • Foundations of Mental Health Counseling             9811       NRA
  • Clinical Instructions         9813       WTA
  • Ethical and Legal Issues for Mental Health Counselors     9814       CTRA
  • Psychosocial and Cultural Foundations of Counseling       9815       WTA
  • Psychopathology             9819       BMWA
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy     9821       NRA
  • Theories of Counseling  9828       DMWA
  • Mental Health Counseling Internship I    9830       BTRB
  • Mental Health Counseling Internship I    9830       BTRA
  • Research and Program Evaluation in Mental Health Counseling   9922       FPSY
  • Elements of Calculus II   3006
  • Calculus II            3010
  • Calculus III           3020
  • Elements of Calculus III  3030
  • Multi-variable and Vector Calculus            3050
  • Elementary Probability  3120
  • Introductory Computer Concepts             3300
  • Bridge to Higher Mathematics    4000
  • Problem Solving Seminar              4005
  • Proof Writing for Mathematical Analysis 4009
  • Mathematical Analysis   4010
  • Linear Algebra   4100
  • Multivariate Probability Distributions      4119
  • Mathematical Probability             4120
  • Introduction to Stochastic Processes       4125
  • Mathematics of Statistics              4130
  • Combinatorics   4150
  • Theory of Numbers         4200
  • Algorithms, Computers and Programming II         4300
  • Theory of Interest           4410
  • Actuarial Mathematics I 4420
  • Mathematics of Inferential Statistics        4430
  • Introduction to Financial Mathematics   4500
  • A Quantitative Introduction to Financial Instruments       9814
  • Software Engineering for Finance              9815
  • Fundamentals of Trading              9816
  • Numerical Methods for Finance 9821
  • Probability and Stochastic Processes for Finance I              9831
  • Linear and Quadratic Optimization Techniques   9842
  • Modeling and Market Making in Foreign Exchange            9866
  • The Volatility Surface     9875
  • Current Topics in Mathematical Finance 9881
  • Time Series Analysis        9893
  • Systemic Trading              9897
  • Emerging Markets and Inflation Modeling             9886


Zicklin School of Business

  • All required Zicklin Undergraduate business courses including Zicklin courses that are part of the pre-business core, business core courses, and the required courses in the BBA majors will be excluded.
  • ACC 2101              Principles of Accounting
  • ACC 2203              Principles of Managerial Accounting For Non-accounting Majors
  • ACC 3000              Financial Accounting I
  • ACC 3100              Financial Accounting II
  • ACC 3200              Cost Accounting
  • ACC 3202              Accounting Information Systems (for Accounting Majors)
  • ACC 4100              Financial Accounting III
  • ACC 5400              Principles of Auditing
  • BPL 5100              Business Policy
  • BUS 1011              Business Fundamentals: The Contemporary Business Landscape
  • CIS 2200               Introduction to Information Systems and Technologies
  • CIS 2300               Programming and Computational Thinking
  • CIS 3100               Object Oriented Programming I
  • CIS 3110               Object Oriented Programming with Java
  • CIS 3120               Programming for Analytics
  • CIS 3400               Database Management Systems
  • CIS 3500               Networks and Telecommunications I
  • CIS 3550               Cybersecurity
  • CIS 3920/STA 3920           Data Mining for Business Analytics
  • CIS 4350               Information Technology Audit
  • CIS 4400               Data Warehousing for Analytics
  • CIS 4800               Systems Analysis and Design
  • CIS 5800               Information Technology Development and Project Management
  • ECO 1001             Microeconomics
  • ECO 1002             Macroeconomics
  • ECO 3100             Intermediate Micro-Economics
  • ECO 3200             Intermediate Macro-Economics
  • ECO 4000             Statistical Analysis for Economics and Finance
  • FIN 3000               Principles of Finance
  • FIN 3610               Corporate Finance
  • FIN 3710               Investment Analysis
  • FIN 4610               Advanced Corporate Finance
  • FIN 4710               Advanced Investment Analysis
  • IBS 4200               Foreign Markets, Cultures, and Institutions
  • IBS 5750               International Competitiveness
  • LAW 1101            Fundamentals of Business Law
  • MGT 3120            Fundamentals of Management
  • MGT 3121            Service Operations Management
  • MGT 3300            Management: A Behavioral Approach
  • MGT 3500            Business Decision Models
  • MGT 3710            Introduction to Supply Chain Management
  • MGT 3730            Business Process Analysis
  • MGT 3800            Management and Society
  • MGT 3950            Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • MGT 3951            Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities
  • MGT 3962            Family Enterprise Dynamics
  • MGT 3971            Multicultural Entrepreneurial
  • MGT 4400            Human Resource Management
  • MGT 4500            Cases in Operations Management
  • MGT 4551            Service Operations Strategy
  • MGT 4880            Management of Multinational Corporations
  • MGT 4952            Designing for Innovation
  • MGT 4961            Entrepreneurial Experiences
  • MGT 4962            Family Business Management
  • MGT 4963            Entrepreneurial Start-ups
  • MGT 5985            Entrepreneurship in the Wild
  • MKT 3000            Marketing Foundations
  • MKT 3400            International Business Principles
  • MKT 3520            Advertising and Marketing Communications
  • MKT 3600            Marketing Research
  • MKT 3605            Consumer Behavior
  • MKT 4123            Marketing Web Analytics and Intelligence
  • MKT 4410            International Trade Operations
  • MKT 4420            International Marketing Research and Management
  • MKT 4555            Internet Marketing
  • MKT 4561            Marketing Analytics
  • MKT 5750            Marketing Strategy
  • OPR 3450             Quantitative Decision Making for Business I
  • QNT 2020             Foundations of Predictive Analytics and Decision Modeling
  • RES 3000              Real Estate Law
  • RES 3100              Real Estate Principles
  • RES 3200              Real Estate Finance and Investment
  • RES 3400              Real Estate Capital Markets
  • RES 3900              Real Estate Development
  • STA 2000              Business Statistics I
  • STA 3000              Statistical Computing
  • STA 3154              Business Statistics II
  • STA 4155              Regression and Forecasting Models for Business Applications
  • TAX 3300              Federal Income Taxation
  • Graduate/Executive Courses Excluded from CR/NC
  • All Zicklin graduate and executive courses are excluded




The following tables list the grades that are used at Baruch College and show how they are calculated to determine the grade point average (GPA), or index.

See explanation of how to compute your GPA 


Letter Grades and Grade Point Equivalents

Baruch uses a 4.0 grade point average scale to determine a student’s academic standing.


Grade Point Equivalent
Percentage Equivalent


F0.0below 60.0


Excellent (A, A-).
Very good (B+, B, B-).
Average (C+, C).
Poor (C-, D+, D).
Failure (F).

Additional Grades

The following grades are also used on the transcript. A definition of each of these grades appears below.


Given only when the student has earned an average term grade of 50 percent or better for work already completed, but the term’s work is incomplete and the instructor agrees that the reason for the lateness is valid. Completed assignments must be handed in to the instructor so that the grade can be resolved by the end of the final examination period of the subsequent semester, or it becomes a grade of FIN, the equivalent of F.


Pass/fail option is only allowed to students in the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences–read Pass/Fail option in the Undergraduate Guide to Academic Policies and Procedures. This grade is also used when a student completes a non-credit bearing course and certain internship courses. The P grade is not included in GPA calculation.


Assigned to students who officially drop a course after the refund period and prior to the completion of two-thirds of the semester.


Course must be repeated until minimum proficiency is attained.


Only for nondegree students (an auditor or listener in the class). No credit granted.


Credit earned (transfer credits, military service, or exemption credit). Grades in these courses are not included in computation of the scholastic index or in computing class standing.


An intermediate grade assigned after the first of a multi-semester Honors sequence course to signify work in progress. The Y grade is not included in calculating the grade point average. Each Y grade is replaced by the earned letter grade when the sequence has been completed.


Pending. Assigned when a student's coursework is under review by an academic committee for possible infraction of academic integrity standards.


Administrative withdrawal, given when a student fails to document compliance with New York State Public Health Law 2165 regarding measles, mumps, and rubella within 30 days of the start of the semester (45 days for international students). Non-punitive.


Assigned to students who officially drop a course and incur tuition liability. Non-punitive and does not appear on transcript.


Assigned to students who never attended and did not officially withdraw.  Non-punitive.


Withdrew unofficially.  Student attended at least one (1) class session.  A WU may not be assigned if a student has taken the final examination.



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