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Spring 2020 Enrollment Calendar

Spring 2020 Class Standing Pre-enrollment Period Add/Drop Starts
Graduate students and
professional schools
October 30 (Wed) – November 1 (Fri) January 14 (Tue)
Seniors November 4 (Mon) – November 6 (Wed) January 14 (Tue)
Juniors November 6 (Wed) – November 8 (Fri) January 15 (Wed)
Sophomores November 11 (Mon) – November 13 (Wed) January 16 (Thu)
First-Years November 13 (Wed) – November 15 (Fri) January 17 (Fri)

Important Dates

Fall 2019

September 12 is the last day to add a class, and October 24 is the last day to drop a class or change grade options. Starting October 24, withdrawal from courses is by petition only. If approved, a "W" will appear on the official transcript.

Spring 2020

February 4 is the last day to add a class, and March 17 is the last day to drop a class or change grade options. Starting March 18, withdrawal from courses is by petition only. If approved, a "W" will appear on the official transcript.

Enrollment Overview

MATH 1110 and 1120 are expected to fill up completely during the pre-enrollment period, but spaces will open up due to drops. Look for openings when the add/drop period starts January 14–17.

MATH 1106, 1910, 1920*, 2130, 2210, 2220, 2930, and 2940 are courses that may fill up briefly during pre-enrollment or the add period, especially on the first day for first-year students or sophomores. More spaces will be added so students can self-enroll on Student Center and meet their math requirements, so check again later in the day.

We do not keep waiting lists for individual sections of a course, and most MATH courses will not have a waiting list because students will be able to self-enroll in Student Center with a little patience. Refer to Limits and Waiting Lists below for a handful of exceptions.

*NOTE: Space in the 11:15 lecture of MATH 1920 is somewhat limited. If you can adjust the rest of your schedule to make room for the 9:05 lecture, please do so.

When a Class is Full

For the most current information on course availability, check Student Center**.

If you are unable to pre-enroll in a course initially, check again at least once before your pre-enrollment period ends. Spaces may be added or students may change their pre-enrollment to another class and leave an opening. If you are unsuccessful during pre-enrollment, try again when your add period starts in August or January. Students make a lot of changes to their schedules during the early part of the add period. Sections may open and close several times a day due to adds and drops, and there are usually some drops after the first class meets. You are welcome to attend one or two classes while you wait for an opening. If you don’t find an opening after checking a few times (over a few days if during the add period), you should ask for help if the course is required for your degree.

If you are interested in a specific time, you may find an opening if you check several times throughout the add period; however, you should only be attending the section that appears on your schedule in Student Center**, and your schedule should be settled before the add deadline. 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, late afternoon, or evening class if they are available. If it's possible to fit an available section into your schedule, then you should do so. If not, ask for help. Understand, however, that you may not get your ideal schedule.

**Your official enrollment schedule can be found in Student Center. If you are using Scheduler or another scheduling tool for planning purposes, take care not to use your plan as a personal calendar unless you first update it to match your official schedule.

Limits and Waiting Lists

Information will be posted here throughout the pre-enrollment and add/drop periods.  Check back for updates.

MATH 1710 (Statistical Theory and Application in the Real World) — Enrollment is limited to 25 students per discussion. If you are unable to add MATH 1710, you might consider another introductory statistics class, such as AEM 2100, ILRST/STSCI 2100, or PAM 2100.

MATH 3110 (Introduction to Analysis) — Students who wish to take MATH 3110 but were unable to pre-enroll or who are enrolled but need to change lectures must add themselves to the MATH 3110 waiting list (not in Student Center), which will open in January. Students on the waiting list should be actively considering other options.

MATH 4210 (Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos, also MAE 5790) — Graduate students, professional students, and seniors may enroll in MATH 4210 / MAE 5790 through Student Center up to a limit of 40 students.  All others must add themselves to the MATH 4210 waiting list (not in Student Center), which will open in January.  Any student who is unable to pre-enroll in MATH 4210 / MAE 5790 should be actively considering other options. Enrollment will be limited to: graduate students, professional students, and seniors; juniors by permission only.

MATH 4710 (Basic Probability) — Students may pre-enroll in MATH 4710 through Student Center up to a limit of 70 students.  All others must add themselves to the MATH 4710 waiting list (not in Student Center), which will open in January.  Any student who is unable to pre-enroll in MATH 4710 should be actively considering other options.

Who to Contact for Help

Course instructors cannot give you permission to enroll unless the course is listed in the catalog as “permission of instructor.”

Contact Heather Peterson for assistance with most 1000-/2000-level courses or Michelle Klinger for assistance with MATH 1300, 1340, and courses numbered 3000 and above. If you send email, please include your name, college, class standing, and any other 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. 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.

Selecting the Right Course

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

Independent Study

Students who wish to enroll in 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 project. The Spring 2020 on-line independent study form will be available when undergraduate pre-enrollment begins on Monday, November 4.