Resources for New Students

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Below are a number of resources to help you register for your first semester of courses, which you will do beginning on July 6th.  Registering for courses takes some planning and preparation; before you begin to register, you’ll need to know what courses you need to take, how to navigate the registration system, and where to find resources.

Use the links below as a checklist of everything you need to review and complete to be ready to register for classes.

*Note you must complete your math, English, and foreign language placement exams before you can register for a full schedule. Click here for a short video on how to access placement tests and interpret the results. 


Registering for Math, English, and Foreign Language Courses

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All College of Arts and Sciences students are required to take the math, English, and foreign language placement exams.  In order to register on July 6th, you need to complete your placement exams no later than June  30th.  Placement exam information and instructions are available on QStart.

View the math placement grid to see which math course you should register for, based on your major and your math placement exam score.

For English, you will have self-selected between EN 101 and EN 101I following your placement exam.  If you chose EN 101I, your score will display on your record as a 3.  If you selected EN 101, it will show as a 4.  If your score indicates a 6, you also have the option to consider EN 103H.  EN 103H fulfills the requirement for both EN 101 and EN 102; students who complete it, since they are taking only one English course instead of two, will select an additional UC course in place of the second course.  Speak to an advisor if you’d like more information about this option.

The foreign language placement exam indicates which language course you should enroll in (for example, if your French placement exam score indicates “FR 102,” you should register for FR 102).


Understand the Structure of a Quinnipiac Degree Program

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Before beginning to register for classes, it is important to be aware of the various components you’ll need to focus on during your four years to complete your degree.  Students in the College of Arts and Sciences will need to complete four categories of requirements to graduate, including:

  • The University Curriculum (UC) – this is the general education program required for all Quinnipiac students, where you will take coursework from the 4 broad academic disciplines of the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and fine arts.  The University Curriculum requires 46 credits, more than a third of your total credit requirements.
  • College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) requirements – in addition to the UC requirements above, CAS students complete additional requirements of the College.  The requirements depend on whether you are completing a bachelor of arts (BA) or bachelor of science (BS) program.  You can learn more on CAS360’s Degree Requirements page.
  • Major requirements – the specific requirements of your major.
  • Free electives – a varying number of free electives are required in every CAS program.  All students must complete at least 120 credits to graduate; free electives (any courses of your choosing) help you reach 120 credits.  Many students use some of their free electives to complete minors, double majors, or other programs.

In any given semester, your schedule will likely be comprised of courses to meet multiple of these requirement categories.  You can view this information visually on CAS360’s Degree Requirements page.


First Semester Course Selection Guides – Fall 2020

Select your major below to review the courses recommended for your first semester, along with additional information (note that these are only guides to provide standard information; recommendations for your specific circumstance may be different, and you’ll work with an advisor to determine exactly what you need).

Behavioral Neuroscience Law in Society
Biochemistry Mathematics
Biology Philosophy
Chemistry Political Science
Criminal Justice Psychology
Economics Sociology
English Spanish
Game Design & Development Theater
Gerontology Undeclared (Liberal Arts)
History Undeclared (Science)
Interdisciplinary Studies- Education Students interested in environmental studies or science


Decide How You Want to Complete Your First-Year Seminar Requirement

Students starting at Quinnipiac during the fall 2020 semester have two options to complete the first-seminar requirement during their first semester:

  1. Take a section of FYS 101.  FYS 101 is a seminar-style course that explores a topic or idea from various academic disciplines and perspectives.  Each section has a unique topic – you can view all the sections and the topic they cover here.
  2. Take a University Curriculum (UC) elective course.  You can view a complete list of all UC courses offered at Quinnipiac in the university catalog, however be aware not all those courses are offered during the fall 2020 semester.  At the bottom of this page, you can also view a list of UC courses offered in the fall 2020 semester that have no prerequisite requirements.


Understand Your AP and Other Transfer Credits

Advanced Placement Credits

Quinnipiac awards course credit for most AP exams, depending on your score.  You can view the complete list of AP exams, minimum score requirements, and the credit awarded at Quinnipiac here.  Be aware you must submit your official AP score transcript (not simply your high school transcript) to be awarded Quinnipiac credit for AP exams.

Note that AP scores from the 2019/2020 academic year may not be released until mid-July 2020, so they might not be available by July 6, when you register for fall courses.  In this case, you should make your best estimate about whether you will receive the minimum score to receive credit when selecting courses.  If your AP score ends up being different than what you estimated, contact during the summer to have your schedule adjusted.

In all cases, be sure to communicate with your advisor about completed and estimated AP credits you will receive.

Transfer Credits

If you have received college-level credit from any other institution, be sure to have that institution submit your official transcript to Quinnipiac.  This includes any dual enrollment courses you completed, in which case the college or university (not your high school) transcript must be submitted. Similarly, be sure to submit any other transcript or score report information that may transfer as course credit, including score reports for IB (HL only), CLEP, or A-level exams.


One-credit courses

Standard tuition allows students to take 16 credits in a semester, so we encourage students to consider a 16th credit when possible.  By taking 16, instead of 15 credits, each semester, students accumulate extra credits to utilize when they may need or want to take a smaller course load – for example, when they study abroad in a program that allows only 12 credits, when they withdraw mid-semester from a course, or when they register for only 12 credits during a semester of varsity competition or an internship.  You can review the list of 1-credit courses here.

How to Use Self Service to Browse and Register for Courses

Self Service (accessed through MyQ) is the system you’ll use to add and drop classes from your schedule.  This video tutorial walks you though the basics of how to utilize the system.

Understand Which Format Courses Will be Offered In

Most courses in CAS are offered in the QFlex model (ongound and online delivery) but some are online only. Most online only courses are synchronous (with established meeting days and times). A small number will be offered asynchronously (no set meeting times).  When you browse for courses on Self Service, both course types will be designated as “WEB” in lieu of a room number.  Synchronous courses will indicate a meeting day/time, while asynchronous courses will not indicate a meeting day/time. Many labs in the natural sciences are online but will feature ongound enrichments. If you are registered for those courses, you will receive additional information close to the start of the term.

Do You Want to Change Your Major?

If you would like to change your major at any point during the summer, simply email your request to the Office of Admissions ( and they can help facilitate your request.  In addition, you should email the College of Arts and Sciences ( so they can connect you with the faculty advisors from your new department.

Registration Information for Honors Students

Students in the Honors Program have some specific requirements, including during their first semester.  You can view information about the program, first-semester requirements, and program contact information here.

Having Trouble Registering for a Course?

There are a number of reasons Self Service may not let you register for a course.  Consider if any of the following issues apply:

  • The course may already be full – search to see if any other sections of the same course are still available.
  • Time conflict – make sure you’re not trying to register for a course that meets at the same time as any other course already on your schedule.
  • Prerequisite not met – some courses require a prerequisite (e.g., you cannot register for FR 102 if you have not had FR 101).  Some courses have other similar requirements (e.g., some are only available to students with junior or senior standing).  Check the course description, which should indicate all prerequisites and restrictions.
  • Corequisite required – some courses, like lab sciences, require you to register for both the lecture and the lab simultaneously; the system won’t allow you to register for just one of them.
  • Placement exams not complete – some courses will be unavailable if you have not completed your 3 placement exams (math, English, and foreign language).
  • There is a hold on your account – holds may be placed on your account for a number of reasons, including not having paid a bill by the due date, not having submitted required medical records, and other issues.  If a hold has been placed on your account, you may not be able to register for any courses until you meet with the relevant office.
  • If you are unable to get into a section of EN 101, please register for section 99.  That is a waitlist option and administrators will work to get you into an actual section.

If none of the above suggestions explains or solves the issue, please contact the chair of the department offering the course (a full list of departmental chairs can be found in the university catalog).  If you can’t determine the appropriate contact, email and your message will be forwarded appropriately.

Looking for University Curriculum Courses?

The table below lists University Curriculum (UC) courses available for the fall 2020 semester, categorized by their disciplinary area (natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and fine arts) that have no prerequisites, and thus all freshmen are eligible to take them (although some of them may be full).

*In addition to the below, students entering with transfer credits (including AP and IB credits from high school) may be eligible for additional UC courses that do have prerequisite requirements.  You can view the complete listing of courses that count toward your UC requirements here, including lists of courses that meet each of the four disciplinary areas.


AN 104 Bones, Genes and Everything In Between: Intro to Biological Anthropology 3
AN 104L Bones, Genes and Everything In Between: Intro to Biological Anthropology Lab 1
BIO 101 General Biology I 3
BIO 101L General Biology I Lab 1
BIO 105 Introduction to the Biological Sciences I 3
BIO 105L Introduction to Biological Science Lab 1
BIO 128L Global Health Challenges Lab 1
BIO 128 Global Health Challenges: A Human Perspective 3
BIO 150 General Biology for Majors 4
BIO 150L General Biology for Majors Laboratory
BMS 117 The Human Organism 3
CHE 101 Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry I 3
CHE 101L Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry I Lab 1
CHE 110 General Chemistry I 3
CHE 110L General Chemistry I Lab 1
PHY 101 Elements of Physics 3
PHY 101L Elements of Physics Lab 1
SCI 102 Earth Sciences 3
SCI 102L Earth Sciences Lab 1
SCI 105 Chemistry and Nutrition 3
SCI 105L Chemistry and Nutrition Lab 1
SCI 161 Nutrition: An Investigative Experience 3


AN 101 Local Cultures, Global Issues: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
AN 103 Dirt, Artifacts and Ideas: Introduction to Archaeology 3
AN 220 Anthropology of Development 3
AN 233 Practicing Archaeology 3
CJ 101 Crime and Society 3
EC 111 Principles of Microeconomics 3
PO 101 Issues in Politics 3
PO 131 Introduction to American Government and Politics 3
PS 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
SO 101H Honors Introduction to Sociology 3
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology 3


EN 220 The Short Story as a Genre 3
EN 223 Hippies, Punks and Rude Boys 3
EN 265 Survey of African-American Literature 3
EN 280 The European Tradition in Literature I 3
HS 111 The Rise of the West 3
HS 112 The West in the World 3
HS 122 Modern World History 3
HS 131 U.S. History to 1877 3
HS 132 U.S. History Since Reconstruction 3
HS 209 Twentieth-Century Europe 3
HS 210H Honors Contemporary America 3
HS 210 Contemporary America 3
HS 230 The Rise of Modern Science 3
HS 231 The World of Tudor/Stuart Britain 3
HS 241 African-American Experiences to Reconstruction 3
LE 101 Introduction to the American Legal System 3
PL 101 Introduction to Philosophy 3


AR 102 Art History: Ancient Through Medieval 3
AR 103 Art History: Renaissance Through Contemporary 3
AR 104 Survey of Non-Western Art 3
AR 140 Basic Visual Design 3
AR 158 Photography I 3
AR 175 Special Topics in Art History 3
AR 210 The Creative Process 3
AR 241 Color Theory 3
AR 242 Cartooning 3
AR 250 Studio Art: Special Topic 3
AR 251 Studio Art: Drawing (AR303) 3
AR 252 Studio Art: Painting (AR304) 3
AR 254 Studio Art: Printmaking 3
AR 262 Studio Art: Watercolor 3
AR 263 Studio Art: Collage 3
DR 101 Understanding Theater 3
DR 140 Stagecraft 3
DR 150 Performance Fundamentals 3
DR 160 Acting I 3
DR 181 Improvisational Acting 3
DR 200 Special Topics 3
DR 220 Voice and Movement 3
DR 230 (uc) Directing I 3
DR 257 Design for the Theater 3
DR 260 Acting for Film/TV 3
DR 286 Comparative Drama/ Play Analysis 3
DR 342 Costume Design 3
DR 380 Theater Administration 3
FTM 102 Understanding Film 3
MU 110 Private Music Lessons 1
MU 130H Honors Understanding Music 3
MU 130 Understanding Music 3
MU 150 American Popular Music: From the Blues to Hip Hop 3
MU 190 Quinnipiac University Singers 1
MU 191 Hamden Symphony Orchestra at Quinnipiac 1
MU 194 Jazz Ensemble 1
MU 200 Special Topics 3
MU 250 Music and Disabilities 3