Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2021

HOPE and Zell Miller STEM Courses

Georgia House Bill 801 was implemented to incentivize students to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) coursework and ultimately STEM careers by providing a 0.5 point HOPE and Zell Miller GPA boost for select STEM courses.

Beginning with the Fall 2017 semester, certain introductory courses in STEM fields have been approved to receive an additional 0.5 point per credit hour for students who earn a B, C, or D grade in these courses. HOPE and Zell Miller STEM courses are identified on the semester course schedule and in catalog course descriptions.

This credit addition affects only the HOPE and Zell Miller GPA. It will not appear on a student’s transcript, and it will not be used in calculating academic standing; eligibility for the Dean’s List or President’s List; eligibility for various honors organizations; or eligibility for graduation or graduation honors.

Transfer courses will be given the GPA bump if and only if a course was approved as a HOPE and Zel Miller STEM course at a participating Georgia institution and was taken in or after the Fall 2017 semester. Transfer courses from non-participating institutions that equate to Georgia College STEM courses will not receive additional GPA points at Georgia College. Students interested in transferring credit from another Georgia institution should consult that institution to determine if a course will carry the STEM bump at that institution.