Spring 2021 Registration and Course Selection Information

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.



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:

2015/2016               2016/2017               2017/2018               2018/2019               2019/2020               2020/2021

*Click here for a listing of UC science courses for non-science majors.

CAS Curriculum

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.

2015/2016               2016/2017               2017/2018               2018/2019               2019/2020               2020/2021

*Click here to see a graphic illustrating UC and CAS requirements.

*Click here for a graphic illustrating the learning outcomes and additional information about the University Curriculum disciplinary areas.

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.

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.

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.

J-term and Spring 2021 Undergraduate Registration Dates

Your specific registration date and tie will be assigned by the registrar. You will receive an email when that information is available. Dates are assigned according to completed credits: click here for the details as published by the Registrar’s Office. The full academic calendar is available 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.