COVID-19 FAQ

Spring and Summer 2021

​The Neuroscience IDP has been approved to continue our pass/no pass policy from Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 into the Spring 2021 quarter and the Summer 2021 session. Please see the e-mail below that was sent for the previous quarter for more details, along with the FAQ sheets posted below. 

For Spring 2021, the deadline for students to change the grading basis for their courses without petition via MyUCLA is Friday of Week 9 (May 28th, 2021). 

For Summer Session A (June 21st – July 30th), students can change the grading basis for courses through Friday of Week 5 of the course (July 23rd) without petition via MyUCLA.

For Summer Session C (August 2nd – September 10th), students can change the grading basis for courses through Friday of Week 5 of the course (September 3rd) without petition via MyUCLA.

The policy that courses taken for departmental honors must still be taken for a Letter Grade will also continue (including NEUROSC 189H, 191H, 198A/B, and any upper division core or elective courses that you will create a departmental honors contract for). 

Please contact the Neuroscience advisors (neurosci@ucla.edu) with any questions about this policy. Best of luck this quarter!


Fall 2020

Dear Undergraduate Neuroscience Major and Minor Bruins,

I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy during this challenging time. I am writing with an update about the Undergraduate Interdepartmental Program for Neuroscience’s grading policy for the Fall 2020 quarter. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and remote instruction for Fall 2020, the Undergraduate Neuroscience IDP has decided to continue to accept Pass/No Pass grading, in addition to Letter grading, to satisfy the Undergraduate Neuroscience IDP Major and Minor requirements offered during the Fall 2020 quarter. Also for Fall 2020, students are allowed to change their grading basis for courses through Friday of Week 9 (December 4th) without petition via MyUCLA (though the normal fees assessed after Week 2 will apply).

Please keep the following in mind when deciding if you should change the grading basis of a course from Letter Grading to Passed/Not Passed:

  • Completion of a course with a grade of C or better is required to earn a Passed grade.
  • A grade of C- or below will earn a Not Passed and will not earn any unit credit to satisfy major/minor requirements.
  • For several Neuroscience Major and Minor requirements, what is required to earn a Passed grade is a HIGHER grading threshold than what is required when a course is taken for a Letter Grade. For example, a grade of C- (and sometimes below) may satisfy many Major or Minor requirements but a Not Passed grade will not earn any credit or satisfy major/minor requirements. *Please see detailed list, attached, for minimum grades for the Neuroscience Major and Minor.
  • Students in good standing may take up to 1 course P/NP in Fall, and up to 2 courses if they have not taken a P/NP course in the previous term (Spring or last enrolled regular term).

SPECIAL NOTE (Fall 2020 Honors Contracts + Letter Grade): Similar to spring quarter, students must still take their Honors contract courses for a Letter Grade as you must receive a B or higher to receive Honors credit. Please note that both College Honors (NEUROSC 189HC) contracts AND Neuroscience Departmental Honors contracts require a B or higher in the course. Specifically, for NEUROSC 189HC contracts, you must also receive a B or higher for your 189HC contract which is graded separately from the lecture. If you wish to continue with either your NEUROSC 189HC contract or Neuroscience Departmental Honors contract, please take your course for a Letter Grade and achieve a ‘B’ or higher to ensure you will receive Honors credit. From College Honors, “If a student wishes to ask for an exception for this, they would need to do a blue petition and submit to Honors with the reason for the request and a syllabus/course info attached as well.”

Also included in the attachment is a list of Frequently Asked Questions which include more details to consider when deciding whether to change your grading basis to Passed/Not Passed for Neuroscience Major and Minor Requirements for the Fall 2020 quarter.

If you have questions, please contact Neuroscience Academic Advisors, Jaclyn Robbin and Aftin Whitten at neurosci@ucla.edu. Please include your full name and UID number in all correspondence.  You can also refer to http://www.neurosci.ucla.edu/ for all Neuroscience IDP Major and Minor course requirement worksheets.

All the Best,
Dr. Stephanie White


COVID-19 FAQ

If you have not already, the Undergraduate Neuroscience Advising Office strongly recommends reading through the Registrar’s COVID- 19 FAQ website for key dates and information regarding student services, registration and financial aid. Below are examples of the types of questions that are featured: 

Can I order an official paper transcript?

Yes, official paper transcripts are available. Registrar staff has limited access to printing systems, so processing time is now two weeks (plus delivery time).

Are there late study list fees in fall quarter?

Late fees for add, drop, grading basis change, registration, study list, and variable unit change are listed here.

What should I do if I want to change my study list?

Manage (add/drop) spring classes as you normally would through MyUCLA, and follow established processes and deadlines.

What if I am having difficulty contacting my professor about issues related to online learning?

Submit a message using the MyUCLA Student Support COVID 19 Message Center topic.

Can I get a digital version of my textbook?

Yes. We have a large number of eBooks available on our website and all UCLA Store course readers are available in a digital format. Additionally, you can search all available eBooks from either of our eBook partners via our Textbook home page.


Resources 

CARES Grant Funding: https://financialaid.ucla.edu/cares-act-faq 

Resilience in your Student Experience – UCLA Rise Center: https://risecenter.ucla.edu/

Ashe Student Health & Wellness Center: https://www.studenthealth.ucla.edu/covid19