A comprehensive list of links to resources
for course information is available from Advising @ PSU.
Courses are offered through several delivery
systems: resident instruction (classroom and Web courses), Continuing Education,
and World Campus (formerly
Distance Education/Independent Learning).
Considerations When Planning a Schedule
A student may register for any course listed in the Schedule of Courses EXCEPT:
- A course that requires prerequisite or concurrent course(s) as indicated in the course descriptions in the Undergraduate Degree Programs Bulletin.
- A course that essentially duplicates the content of a course already taken for
credit (unless it is appropriate to repeat).
- A course that is full. (Priority may be given to
students with higher semester standing, those for whom the course is a
requirement, students enrolled in the Schreyer Honors College, and others with special needs.)
- A course that is under departmental control in order to reserve space for a specific population.
- 400-level courses, which are reserved for students beyond fourth-semester
standing or those with special permission. For policies and procedures, see Course Numbering System.
- 500-level courses, which are designed for graduate students and described in the Graduate Degree Programs Bulletin. However, it is possible for undergraduates in certain circumstances to schedule 500-level courses. For policies and procedures, see Course Numbering System.
- When admission would violate legal, Department of Defense, or special
A student who inappropriately schedules a course with restrictions may be disenrolled from the course. Before disenrolling a student from a course, the instructor must notify the student of this action in writing during the drop/add period for the semester or session (Academic Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual, C-5).
CONSIDERATIONS WHEN PLANNING A SCHEDULE
- Student's selection of major. Consider requirements of the University, college, major, option, and emphasis as stated in the Undergraduate Degree Programs Bulletin and in What Is General Education?, as well as in college and departmental program guides and recommended academic plans. A student's degree audit is helpful in determining unfulfilled requirements.
- Placement test results combined with a student's goals guide decisions about mathematics and chemistry course selections. Placement test results are available on the eLion Placement Test application. Placement in English is guided by the SAT-writing exam and the student's background. Selection of an appropriate world (foreign) language is determined by the amount of language a student has studied.
- Student interests and goals. When appropriate, consider combining a major with a minor
or an additional major or incorporating education
- Student's background, characteristics, and current circumstances.
Consider a student's academic preparation, strengths, weaknesses, life style,
work schedule, extracurricular demands, physical disability, or emotional
status (see Auditing/Visiting
a Course; Credit/Credit Load; Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Grading System; Time Management).
- Course demands. Different courses present different demands
on the student, e.g., the amount of reading, writing, computing, or memorizing
necessary, as well as the laboratory and studio time required. A well-planned
schedule should balance the kinds of work demanded. Students may be able to
learn more about a course by contacting the course instructor or department.
- Course characteristics. Different courses offer
different instructional environments. Even the same course may differ in format
by section and/or delivery system. Students should
consider which course characteristics are most effective in helping them to
learn: e.g., large class, small class, or online;
lecture or discussion; scheduled meeting times or self-paced; traditional
or technology-intensive; and types of projects, papers, and/or exams. Students
may be able to learn more about a course by contacting the course instructor
or department. Course suffixes serve as guides to some course characteristics (e.g., H is honors, W is writing).
- Credits that the student earned or plans to earn by other means,
such as transfer from another school, Advanced
Placement, College-Level Examination Program of the
College Entrance Examination Board, or Credit
for Educational Experiences in the Armed Forces.
- Course availability and prerequisites. Some courses are not offered
every semester, and some courses require special academic preparation. A tentative,
long-range plan should be established to allow for prerequisites and to accommodate
courses offered less frequently. Check Past Course Offerings in the Schedule of Courses or contact the department
offering the course to determine availability.
- Special-credit requirements for some programs and agencies (see Credit/Credit
- Student's long-range plan. Complete a Semester Planning Worksheet using a degree audit and Recommended Academic Plans, to consider how course selections and credit load affect a student's ability to attain his/her goals.
When planning for a semester/session, students should consider demands both in and outside of class. A grid for planning a weekly schedule can help students to evaluate their use of time. Penn State Learning provides tips for learning time management skills.In addition, a Time Management module is available in iStudy for Success!
For detailed instructions on scheduling courses, see Registration.
The University may make changes in policies,
procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. Please
consult a Penn State academic adviser for more detailed information.
This page is part of the University Undergraduate Advising Handbook, which is maintained by the Division of Undergraduate Studies, DUS@psu.edu.
Last Update: November 2011