The below information may help you clarify your curriculum requirements when you are selecting courses during registration. If needed, you can also view a video tutorial produced by the registrar on operating the course registration self service portal.
*Important dates during the spring 2020 semester
The last day to withdraw from a spring 2020 full-semester course has been extended to April 24th. If you are considering withdrawing from a course, first speak with your advisor to discuss what implications this may have. If you decide to withdraw from a course, you will need to complete and submit the electronic form from the registrar’s site.
Registration for the summer and fall 2020 terms occurs during the week of March 23rd.
Understanding Catalog Years
Curricular requirements are frequently changed and updated from year to year, so to avoid frequent disruptions to students’ academic progress, students always follow the curricular requirements that were in place during their first academic year, also known as their catalog year. For example, students that begin in the fall 2018 or spring 2019 semesters are part of the 2018/2019 catalog year, more generally referred to simply as the 2018 catalog year. When reviewing applicable requirements, it is important to follow the requirements of the appropriate catalog year. You can view your catalog year on Self Service – Progress.
University Curriculum Courses
Be aware that whether a course counts as a University Curriculum (UC) course for you depends on when you take it (e.g., if you took a course that is currently a UC course, but it wasn’t a UC course when you took it, it will not count toward your UC requirements). You can click the appropriate catalog year below to view UC-designated courses for that year:
Like the UC, the CAS curricular requirements may be different depending on your catalog year. Click your catalog year below to see the CAS requirements that apply to you.
Rules Regarding Double-counting Courses
There are a number of different rules regarding when a single course can and cannot count toward multiple requirements. Depending on your preference, click to view these rules in either grid format or text format.
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.
Here is a listing of one-credit courses you may consider adding to your schedule.
First-year Course Selection Guides by Major
First-year course plans are primarily intended for incoming freshmen as a guide for selecting courses, especially if they are registering for courses on their own prior to arriving on campus. While these plans don’t have to be followed exactly, following them will ensure students are meeting requirements and taking the courses necessary to move onto higher-level coursework in each major. These guides, and much more information to aid students registering for their first semester of courses, can be found on the New Student Course Registration page.
Summer and Fall 2020 Undergraduate Registration Dates
- Week of Feb. 24: Summer and fall 2020 courses viewable online and students are notified of their registration dates
- March 23 – March 27: Registration appointments for undergraduate students
- March 30 – April 17: Summer and fall open registration for matriculated students
- April 18 – 26: Registration closed
- April 27 – May 19: Summer and fall open registration for matriculated students and non-matriculated students
- May 19 is the last day to add or drop a summer 1 2020 course
- May 20 – July 7: Fall registration closed for matriculated students
- June 1 – July 7: Summer 2 open registration
- June 4 – 28: Freshman registration on-campus during orientation and off-campus for August orientation students
- July 8 – August 28: Fall open registration
- August 28th is the last day to add or drop a fall 2020 course
Registration Appointments by Credits Completed:
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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.