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Failing a technical course on purpose

  1. Oct 6, 2015 #1
    I think I bit off more than I could chew and I'm struggling to keep up with my technical courses this semester. Thus, I'm thinking about just giving up on my probability class, since it's lower in priority than doing in well in my CS classes, as a CS major. The class is incredibly interesting, but I'm already really behind in all my tech courses and I fear crashing and burning all of them, which is why I'm considering this course of action. It's already past the drop deadline and I'll definitely be petitioning for a late drop, but assuming I can't get that, should I just take that class Pass/Fail and fail it on purpose without it affecting my GPA? How bad would a Fail look on my transcript for a technical? Should I bring it up when searching for internships next summer, and should I be worried about employers questioning it?
     
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  3. Oct 6, 2015 #2

    symbolipoint

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    Check with the attendance or counseling office or admissions & records office of the details to your second option (grade option change to Pass/NoPass, or whatever is near to this). Many institutions and employers may question an F grade.
     
  4. Oct 6, 2015 #3

    Choppy

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    I would strongly advise against it.
     
  5. Oct 8, 2015 #4

    jasonRF

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    I would recommend speaking with your advisor. As soon as they are available. She or he has most likely advised many students in exactly the same situation as yours, and they know you and the options available to you at your institution. I wish you the best.

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  6. Oct 8, 2015 #5
    My advice is to talk to your professor about this. A grade of F looks terrible and lowers your GPA. If the pass/fail option means the grade won't count in your GPA then the F will still look very bad. See what it will take to get a passing grade.
     
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