Grade FAQs


Q: What happens if I receive a grade below C- in one of my major courses?

A: If this is the first time you have taken the course, you must contact the Microbiology Coordinating Advisor who will post permission for you to register for and retake the course. 

Q: What if I receive a grade below C- for a second time in the same course?

A: Contact the Microbiology Coordinating Advisor who will explain to you how to petition the Microbiology Department Curriculum Committee. The committee will review your case and determine the conditions under which you will be given permission to retake the course. 

Q: I’m not doing well in my microbiology class. What should I do?

A: If you are not doing well in a class, you should speak with the instructor as soon as possible. Most instructors want to help students understand the material and do well. (Do not wait until near the end of the class to ask for help.) Some tips:

  • When you ask for help, have some specific questions you would like the instructor to answer rather than a general question. For example: instead of "Would you please explain bacterial metabolism to me?" ask about some specific  points of bacterial metabolism you do not understand.

  • Do not expect the instructor to re-present an entire lecture or class presentation for you. Again, asking about specific points you did not understand is a better use of your time and the instructor's.

  • If you have questions concerning a study guide, first attempt to answer all the questions in the guide on your own. Ask the instructor about points you are confused on.

  • Ask the instructor for any tips that have helped other students as they studied for the course.

If you continue having trouble with courses in general, you may want to see if you can get some study tips. The Walter E. Dennis Learning Center (part of the Younkin Success Center) is one place to start looking for help:

Q: I took a microbiology course last semester and I believe that my grade is incorrect. What should I do?

A: First you should contact the instructor of the course. If there has been an error in your grade, the instructor will file a Grade Change form with the Registrar’s Office. If you do not believe that your grade problem was resolved correctly, you may contact the Chair of the Microbiology Department at 614-292-2301.