Repeating Courses

One of the easiest ways to improve your GPA is by repeating courses, if you have any grades that are less than ‘C’ (‘CD, ‘D’, or ‘F’).

  • If you fail a required BSME course, you will have to repeat and pass the class to meet the degree requirement.  Even if a course is not required specifically, a repeat of a poor grade is probably warranted as well.  All current grades are included in GPA calculations regardless of course status as a degree required course or not.
  • Students may repeat a course no more than two times (3 total attempts allowed).  Special permission from your academic advisor, Financial Aid, the Dean of Students office is required to repeat a course a 2nd and final time (3rd attempt).  You may download the 3rd attempt form here.
  • Students may only repeat courses with a grade of CD or lower. Grades of ‘C’ or better are final.
  • The most recent grade is used in your GPA calculation even if it is lower than the previous grade (including failure after a previous passing grade and loss of credit).  Course attempts are repeats only if the exact same or equivalent (example: MA 1160 and MA 1161) course numbers are completed.  See an academic advisor if you believe you need a similar repeat (only applicable if a course is/was no longer offered after a poor grade in a course is earned, i.e. student did not have an opportunity to repeat).
  • You may transfer credit from another institution to replace a repeatable grade in a course as long as the requirements outlined in FAQ #5 are met. However, earned transfer credits are not included in any GPA calculations. Transfer replacements can impact your GPAs if the transfer replaces a previous grade of ‘CD’, ‘D’. or ‘F’.  Removal of poor grades from these calculations may cause GPAs to improve once transfer credits are entered. Please note once again, the repeatable grade is completely removed from the GPA calculation by the transfer, but the earned grade from the transferring institution will not be used to calculate Michigan Tech GPAs.
  • Prerequisite courses must be passed in order to continue to next course.  In most cases is is not advisable to move ahead in a course sequence if you have not earned a ‘C’ or better in a pre-req course, even though you may have passed the course.  Minimum GPAs are established that must be met in order to maintain good academic standing: University cumulative GPA ≥ 2.00, cumulative departmental GPA ≥ 2.00 (based on at least 16 credits, also required for graduation), current semester GPA ≥ 2.00.Concurrent pre-req courses may be taken at the same time.
  • Repeating courses may impact financial aid. Please visit the Student Financial Services Center to discuss a specific situation.