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Add/Drop Guide

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Having difficulty adding or changing a math class? Please read on to learn about enrollment restrictions, what to do when a class is full, and who to contact for help. Unless the course is listed in the catalog as “permission of instructor,” the instructor can not give you permission to enroll.

For guidance in selecting an appropriate course, please consult First Steps in Math, your faculty advisor, or director of undergraduate studies Xiaodong Cao.

Add/Drop Calendar: Fall 2017


Fall 2017 Class Standing Add/Drop Starts Last Day to Add Last Day to Drop
or Change Grade Option
Graduate and professional students August 15 (Tuesday) September 5 October 17
Seniors August 15 (Tuesday) September 5 October 17
Juniors August 16 (Wednesday) September 5 October 17
Sophomores August 17 (Thursday) September 5 October 17
Freshmen August 21 (Monday) @ 3:30 p.m. September 5 October 17

After October 17th, students may petition to withdraw from a course through November 17th. If approved, a "W" will appear on the transcript.

Enrollment Restrictions

  • Most lectures of MATH 1110 (Calculus I) will be limited to 32 students and all lectures of MATH 1120 (Calculus II) to 30 students. Spaces will open up during the early part of the add/drop period as students adjust their schedules, so keep looking if you don't immediately find a spot. (Even 15 minutes could make a difference early on.) Entering freshmen whose intended majors do not have a math requirement or whose interests are strongly aligned with the arts, languages, humanities, or social sciences are strongly encouraged to discuss other enrollment options with a faculty advisor before taking calculus their first semester.

  • MATH 1300 (Mathematical Explorations) is limited to 40 students. The pre-enrollment restriction (Arts & Sciences students only) has been lifted. Spaces that open up due to drops are available on a first-come, first-served basis to students in all colleges. If you are a senior looking to fulfill a math requirement and are having trouble enrolling in MATH 1300, please consider your other options sooner rather than later. Contact Xiaodong Cao if you need help finding a suitable available course.

  • MATH 1710 (Statistical Theory & Application) is limited to 25 students/discussion. Students who are unable to add MATH 1710 should consider AEM 2100, ILRST/STSCI 2100, or PAM 2100. (See also First Steps in Math: Introductory Statistics.)

  • MATH 2230 (Theoretical Linear Algebra and Calculus) is limited to 60 students. If you are unable to enroll, contact Xiaodong Cao to discuss proper placement.

  • For most courses at the 3000-level and above, enrollment limits do not change after the add period starts; however, spaces often open up due to drops after the class meets one or two times. Students are welcome to attend class the first week while waiting for a spot. Demand is particularly high for MATH 3320 or 4710; please contact Michelle Klinger right away if you need either course.

What to do when a Math class is full

If the section you want is full on Student Center and other sections are available, you may need to adjust the rest of your schedule to make room for an available math class, or you may need to reconsider taking an early morning or evening class if they are available.  If the entire course is full (and not listed above as restricted), the Math Department will likely raise the enrollment caps soon. Check Student Center again a little later. After a day or two, if you still don’t find an opening, you should consider your other options or ask for help if you are unable to enroll on your own in a required class.

In the early part of the add/drop period, students make a lot of changes to their schedules, so sections may open and close several times due to adds and drops. If you are interested in a specific time that is currently closed, you may find an opening if you check several times throughout the day; however, if you can, you should enroll in an available section that fits your schedule and attend that section while you look for something better to open up.

Who to Contact for Enrollment Help

Contact Heather Peterson for assistance with 1000-/2000-level courses, excluding MATH 1300, or Michelle Klinger for assistance with MATH 1300 and 3000-level courses and above. If you send email, please include your name, college, class standing, and any details you think may help us prioritize your request.

The Mathematics Department will assist you if you are unable to resolve a conflict between a required math course and another required course for your degree; however, if changing your first-year writing seminar or PE class is possible and will resolve the conflict, then you should resolve the conflict on your own rather than seeking an accommodation for your math class.

Independent Study

Students who wish to take MATH 4900 (research) or MATH 4901 (reading course) must fill out an independent study form after meeting with the proposed faculty supervisor to discuss the goals and expectations of the projec