Prepare for Registration

Steps to Prepare

1. Check your enrollment appointment (i.e., “pick time”).

Make sure you are looking at the correct term [View Tutorial].

2. Check to see if you have any holds.

If you have a hold, check the details for resolution instructions [View Tutorial]. If you have an advising hold, it is not from the psychological sciences department.

3. Select classes and fill your shopping cart.

  • Advisement Report. Run your Advisement Report to determine which graduation requirements you have not yet met [View Tutorial]. Use the Advisement Report Worksheet to help walk you through reading the report.
  • Undergraduate Catalog. Check course descriptions and plan ahead to meet prerequisites.
  • Search for Classes. Use this main search function to add courses to your Shopping Cart [View Tutorial]. Take advantage of the Additional Search Criteria to search by general education requirement. Be sure to check for time conflicts, prerequisites, and special notes.
  • Dynamic Class Search. Use this search function to see more course information at a glance [View Tutorial]. Be sure to check for reserved seats, which are only visible in this search tool.
  • Psychological Sciences Courses. Check the current course offerings and instructor-specific course descriptions.
  • Schedule Builder. Create a schedule based on desired classes and your personal schedule (e.g., breaks for work) prior to your pick time [View Tutorial].
  • Academic Planner. Plan future semesters based on your Advisement Report [View Tutorial].

Things to consider when planning your course load:

  • Students need to enroll in at least 12 credits to have full-time status. However, students should plan to take an average of 15 credits per semester to graduate in eight semesters.
  • Consider spreading out courses that you find especially challenging. For example, if you found PSYC 1100 to be very challenging, consider taking your two Area II PSYC courses in two different semesters. When taking PSYC 2100WQ/Q, avoid taking other particularly intense courses such as another W or Q course. Use other courses such as general education courses, related courses, or electives (any course that does not fulfill a specific requirement and only contributes to overall credits needed) to help balance your schedule.
  • Some PSYC courses are only offered once per year or every other year, so be sure to plan ahead.

4. Meet with your advisor if you have questions.

Plan to meet with your advisor early in the semester (before Columbus Day in the fall and before St. Patrick’s Day in the spring). Schedule an appointment several weeks in advance, as appointment times fill up quickly. If you are unable to meet with your advisor before your pick time, enroll using your best judgment and verify your selections during your appointment.

5. Enroll on your enrollment date.

Classes fill up quickly, so be sure to enroll as soon as it’s your pick time. If you encounter any difficulties, please refer to the Registration Difficulties page for troubleshooting tips.

Additional Information for Freshmen and Sophomores

During your first three to four semesters:

  • Take PSYC 1100 (General Psychology I) and PSYC 1103 or PSYC 1101 (General Psychology II)
  • Take a First Year Writing course: usually ENGL 1010 (Seminar in Academic Writing) or ENGL 1011 (Writing Through Literature).
  • Take an introductory statistics course, which is a prerequisite for PSYC 2100WQ/Q (Principles of Research Methods in Psychology). A 1000-level Q STAT course such as STAT 1100Q or STAT 1000Q will fulfill this prerequisite.
  • Take a variety of prerequisites for 2000-level or above courses in PSYC or in related areas.
  • Explore and confirm your interests. The general education and psychological sciences major requirements fulfill about 72-103 credits of the 120 credits need to graduate. That leaves approximately 17-48 credits of electives. (Electives are any course that does not fulfill a specific requirement and only contributes to overall credits needed. They can be any course of your choosing.) Completing general education requirements during this time can useful; however, developing future goals and gaining confidence in them early in the undergraduate experience may be more valuable.