Most courses offered in the College of Arts and Science may be repeated. If a course was failed the last time it was taken, credit is awarded when the course is repeated with a passing grade. Passed courses may be repeated only once; failed courses may be repeated any number times.
The most recent grade in a course replaces the previous grade in determining credit, computing the grade point average, and verifying the completion of degree requirements and progress toward the degree under the following conditions:
- Exactly the same course (same department and course number) must be completed. (A very small number of differently numbered courses as approved by the faculty, and as designated in the departmental course listings, may be substituted under this policy.)
- The course must be repeated on a regularly graded basis. This limitation applies even if the course was originally taken on a pass/fail basis.
- The course may not be an independent study or directed study course.
Courses taken in the College of Arts and Science may not be repeated elsewhere for grade replacement, nor may courses taken elsewhere be repeated in the College of Arts and Science for grade replacement.
No matter the outcome of the repeat, all grades earned are shown on the transcript. Students are cautioned that while repeating a previously-passed course for grade replacement may improve their cumulative grade point average, it may also lead to a problem in meeting hours requirements.
It is the responsibility of the individual student to avoid duplication in whole or in part of the content of any course counting toward the degree. Such duplication may result in the withdrawal of credit.
In most instances, enrollment in a course similar to one already completed but with a different course number will result in the award of no credit for the second course. Such courses will have no effect on the grade point average. Information on cut credit/no credit can be found in the course descriptions of the Undergraduate Catalog.
Special Information About Math Credit
In order to accommodate varying levels of progress, the Department of Mathematics has divided its calculus coursework into two sequences (plus MATH 140). The courses in these sequences cover the same material but at different rates of speed, and therefore overlap in content and credit. This means that switching from one sequence to another may result in withdrawal of credit:
Students who earned math credit:
- through Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate in one sequence and then complete a course at Vanderbilt from another sequence that duplicates this credit will lose the relevant Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate credit.
- by transfer in one sequence and complete a course at Vanderbilt from another sequence that duplicates this credit will lose credit from the Vanderbilt course.
- at Vanderbilt in one sequence and complete a course at Vanderbilt from another sequence that duplicates this credit will lose credit from the second Vanderbilt course.