How to Register for Courses

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Video Overview: How to Register for Your Courses

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Constructing A Course Schedule

  1. Determine which courses to take. Refer to the email you received from your academic advisor. It will tell you which courses you should register for to complete your degree requirements. In general, courses should be taken in sequence. For example, if you are currently taking CHEM 2, you should take CHEM 10 the following semester. 
     
  2. Consult the Schedule of Courses at http://registrar.ucmerced.edu/go/schedule to ensure that the courses you want to take will be offered.
     
  3. Begin constructing your schedule. Note the following:
    • Most courses have multiple components, such as lecture, discussion, and/or lab. Be sure to include all of the required components.
    • Select lecture times first, then discussions and/or labs for each course.
    • Record the 5-digit CRN for each component of each course.

Courses can have multiple components such as lecture and discussion
Screenshot: Most courses have multiple components, such as lecture (LECT) and discussion (DISC)

Screenshot of class schedule
Screenshot: Most courses have multiple components, such as lecture (LECT) and discussion (DISC)

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Steps to Course Registration

  1. Log on to the student portal my.ucmerced.edu and click on MyRegistration in the Student Services drop-down menu.

    Choose myRegistration
    Screenshot: Log on to my.ucmerced.edu, then select the myRegistration link.
     

  2. To register for courses, select Register/Add/Drop Classes.

    Registration
    Screenshot: Select Register/Add Drop Classes
     

  3. Select the appropriate term, then enter one CRN in each box under Add Classes Worksheet. You must input all associated CRNs (lecture, discussion and/or lab) for a course at the same time. Click Submit Changes.

    Screenshot: You must input all associated CRNs (lecture, discussion and/or lab) for a course at the same time
     
  4. Verify that you successfully registered for each course. If you have successfully registered for a course, "Web Registered" will be displayed in the Status column.

    Web Registered
    Screenshot: If you have successfully registered for a course, "Web Registered" will be displayed in the Status column.
     

  5. If you encounter errors, pay close attention to the status on the far left.

    Errors appear on far left
    Screenshot: Registration errors will appear under the far left "Status" column.

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Registering for Math 5

MATH 5 is a hybrid course which means that students will only be attending their chosen discussion sections. In order to register for MATH 5, you must register for both a course CRN and a corresponding discussion section CRN. Disregard the “TBD” for the lecture time.

Math 5
Screenshot:  To register for Math 5, enter both a course CRN and a corresponding discussion CRN.
 

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Viewing Your Schedule

  1. After successfully registering for your classes without any holds or errors you can see an overview of your schedule. Select the Student Schedule tab at the bottom of the screen.
     

    Screenshot: Select
    Student Schedule to see detailed information about your classes.
     
  2. In the Student Schedule view, you can see detailed information about your classes, including the days, times, locations, instructors and more. Next, select Student Schedule By Week to sort your schedule by day and time.


    Screenshot: View of Student Schedule. Next, select Schedule by Week to see sort your schedule by day and time.
     

  3. In the Student Schedule by Week view, you can enter any date and you will see your class schedule for the week in which that date falls. If you enter a date that falls on a weekend, you will see your schedule for the prior week. 


    Screenshot: View of Student Schedule by Week.

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Video Overview: Common Registration Errors

Coming soon.

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Common Registration Errors

 

Linking Error

You may get a "Linked Course Required" error if you have not enrolled for all parts of a course. For example, a course lecture (LECT) may be linked to a corresponding lab (LAB) and discussion (DISC). You must enroll in all components of a course at the same time.

Tips to avoid this error:

  1. You must enroll in all parts of the class (lect, discussion, lab, etc.)
  2. For each lecture, there are a list of discussions that you can enroll in, choose one discussion section that is open.
    Here is an example: 
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    Screenshot: You may get a linking error if you do not enroll in all components of a course (i.e., LECT and DISC)
     
  3. There are some courses (i.e., Phys 008, Chem 002 and Phys 009) that have paired discussions and labs. For each lecture, you will need to enroll in a paired discussion and lab section. Here is an example: 


    Screenshot: Lectures (LECT) may be linked to paired discussions (DISC) and labs (LAB)

 

Major Restriction Error

You may get a "Major, Minor or Concentration Restriction" error if a course you are trying to add requires you to be declared in a certain major.  You should choose another course or contact your advisor for assistance.

Tips to avoid this error:

  1. Find out which courses are restricted by major in the course schedule at registrar.ucmerced.edu/go/schedule. Select the hyperlinked CRN for a course to view course details.


    Screenshot: Select the hyperlinked CRN to view course details
     

  2. The course detail view will show any major restrictions:


    Screenshot: Course detail view will describe major restrictions

 

Prerequisite Error

You may get a "Prerequisite Not Completed" error if the course you are trying to register for requires you to complete another course first.


Screenshot: Prerequisite requirements can cause registration add errors

Tips to avoid this error:

  1. To see prerequisites for a specific course, select the hyperlinked CRN in the course schedule found at  registrar.ucmerced.edu/go/schedule. You can also view the University Catalog for course prerequisites. Contact your academic advisor if you need assistance.

    Screenshot: Select the hyperlinked CRN to view course details
     
  2. The course detail will show any prerequisites required for a specific course:

    Screenshot: Course detail view will describe prerequisites

 

Time Conflict Error

You may get a "Time Conflict" error if you are trying to register for two courses scheduled at the same time, or if the final exam time for one course is the same time as another. Remember, a time conflict may be with a lecture, discussion, lab or final exam.

Tips to avoid this error:

  1. Try to register for another open section of the same course, or register for a different course.
  2. You can complete a Time Conflict Override Form. Be sure to contact your academic advisor if you have any questions.

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