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How do I calculate my GPA? What is a BCPM GPA?

A 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) is required for graduation from the university. However, some bachelor's degrees require a higher GPA, including those within the College of Health Sciences. Professional schools require high GPAs from their applicants.

*BCPM refers to your science GPA (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math).

  • Each letter grade carries a grade point value computed as the total credit hours earned in the course times the point value of the letter grade earned. For example, a student earning an A (point value of 4) in a 3-credit class would earn 12 grade points for the course. In its easiest form, an A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0.

  • The semester GPA is the sum of all grade points earned in a semester or term divided by credit hours earned.

  • Credit hours in courses with marks of X, W, S, or U are excluded from the GPA.

  • The average of all grades earned by a student is termed the cumulative grade point average.

For more information, see the UW Catalog or consult your advisor.

Example: Let's calculate the GPA for the following report card.

Report Card

Class

Credits

Grade

ENGL 1010

3

A

LIFE 1010

4

B

ECON 1010

3

C

CHEM 1000

4

D

 

Step 1:

Calculate the total credits and total points earned

Class

Credits

Grade

Points

ENGL 1010

3

A

3 credits X 4 points = 12

LIFE 1010

4

B

4 credits X 3 points   =  12

ECON 1010

3

C

3 credits X 2 points   =    6

CHEM 1000

4

D

4 credits X 1 points   =    4 

Total credits = 14

Total points = 34

 

Step 2:

Divide the total points by total number of credit hours. In this case, that is 34 points divided by 14 hours. 34÷14=2.4. The student has a 2.4 GPA for the semester.


 

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