Grades FAQ

All required Core and Elective courses for the degree must be taken for a letter grade. Students must obtain a “B” or better in courses taken for the degree. If you receive a “B-” or lower in a Core or Elective class, or you take it on S/U grading, it does not fulfill your requirements. If you receive a “D” or “F”, you may be able to repeat the class, but UCSD does not allow you to repeat a class in which you have a “C-” or better.

Low grade in an elective

To make up for a “B-” or lower grade in an elective:
The class with a “B-” or lower grade will not count towards your elective requirement. You will need to take another approved elective and receive at least a “B” grade. If you were taking the elective to satisfy one of the required elective areas, then choose within that elective area.

Low grade in a core class

To make up for a “B-” or lower grade in a core class:
  • You will need to take an approved additional graduate course and receive at least a “B” grade.
  • The make-up course cannot be double-counted for two purposes, such as making up for two core classes or making up for a core class and also counting as an elective.
  • Please choose from the list of pre-approved make-up classes below, or submit a petition in advance to propose an alternative class. You do not need to petition to use one of the pre-approved options.
  • Make-up classes should have substantial overlap with the core class. Typically the classes will be aimed at graduate students in other disciplines, and may have a different emphasis and a different selection of topics or applications.
  • Some of these classes have prerequisites or enrollment restrictions. You will need to check if you have the prerequisites, and you may need to contact the course instructor or their department to clear prerequisites or enrollment restrictions. The Curriculum Committee does not have authority to do this.
  • These are not approved as substitutions in lieu of taking the core classes. They are only approved as make-up classes if you receive a grade of “B-” or lower in the required core class.
  • The quarters in which classes are offered may vary each year. Many departments post planned course schedules for the full school year in advance; check this when planning your schedule.

Low grade in BENG 202 / CSE 282

The following are approved to make up for a “B-” or lower grade in the core class BENG 202 / CSE 282:

  • CSE 202. Algorithm Design and Analysis. (Usually offered Fall, Winter, and Spring.)
  • CSE 280A. Algorithms in Computational Biology. (Usually offered in Winter.)

Low grade in BENG 203 / CSE 283

The following are approved to make up for a “B-” or lower grade in the BISB-track core class BENG 203 / CSE 283:

  • CSE 250A. Principles of Artificial Intelligence: Probabilistic Reasoning and Learning. (Usually offered in Fall.)
  • CSE 280A. Algorithms in Computational Biology. (Usually offered in Winter.)
  • MED 263. Bioinformatics Applications to Human Disease. (Usually offered in Winter.)

Low grade in Math 283

The following are approved to make up for a “B-” or lower grade in the core class Math 283:

  • Math 280A. Probability Theory. (Usually offered in Fall.)
  • Math 281A. Mathematical Statistics. (Usually offered in Fall.)
  • Math 282A. Applied Statistics. (Usually offered in Fall.)
  • CSE 250A. Principles of Artificial Intelligence: Probabilistic Reasoning and Learning. (Usually offered in Fall.)
  • CSE 254. Statistical Learning. (Usually offered in Winter.)
  • CSE 255. Data Mining and Predictive Analytics.
  • ECE 250. Random Processes. (Usually offered in Fall and Winter.)
  • ECE 271A. Statistical Learning I. (Usually offered in Fall.)
  • ECE 272A. Stochastic Processes in Dynamic Systems.

Low grade in BNFO 285

The following are approved to make up for a “B-” or lower grade in the core class BNFO 285:

  • CSE 254. Statistical Learning. (Usually offered in Winter.)
  • CSE 255. Data Mining and Predictive Analytics
  • Math 287D. Statistical Learning. (Usually every other year.)
  • CSE 250A. Principles of Artificial Intelligence: Probabilistic Reasoning and Learning. (Usually offered in Fall.)
    or either follow-up course CSE 250B,C. Please be aware that CSE 250B,C requires CSE 250A as a prerequisite. If you wish to take CSE 250B,C, it is your responsibility to clear the prerequisite(s). Contact the course instructor or department; the BISB Curriculum Committee does not have authority to clear the prerequisites.
  • ECE 286. State-of-the-Art Topics in Computational Statistics and Machine Learning.

Another option:

  • COGS 185. Advanced Machine Learning Methods.
    This is not pre-approved since it is an undergraduate class, but it may be suitable in some cases. You will need to petition the Curriculum Committee in advance to use it.

Low grade in MED 264

No make-up classes have been approved yet to make up for a “B-” or lower grade in the BMI-track core class MED 264. You will need to submit a petition to the Curriculum Committee with proposed make-up classes.

“U” grade in seminars or ethics

To make up for a “U” grade in a seminar (BNFO 281, BNFO 283, or MED 262) or ethics class (SOMI 226 or BIOM 219), repeat the class an additional quarter and get an “S” grade.