Course offerings for the current and upcoming semester are available here.
Students should be mindful when registering for courses and make sure that they meet all the prerequisite requirements before registering for a class. Course prerequisites are available here. For students needing help using the course search system, there is an online help page here.
The registration system will block students from registering for a course that is restricted to specific majors, colleges, or class year. If student try to register for a course that is restricted, they will receive an error message. A complete list of error messages is available here. The only way for students to register for these courses is to go to the department or person that has imposed the restriction. Nearly every restriction has been set by the department that is offering the course. For example, if a student is trying to register for a restricted history class, he or she must contact the Department of History. The academic advisors in the Dean’s Office will not be able to assist students in overriding the restriction.
The steps below help guide students who are having trouble determining what courses to register for in an upcoming term. Students should set aside an hour or more for course registration to give themselves ample opportunity to understand the options and make informed decisions.
Download and print the following tools. (It’s very helpful to either print them out to take notes or open each item in a different browser tab. To open a new tab in Internet Explorer or Firefox on a PC, press the “Ctrl” and the “T” keys simultaneously. For Safari or Firefox on the Mac, press the Command key [looks like a clover] and the “T” key simultaneously.)
MyPaws Degree Audit
Found on MyNEU. Click on the “Self-Service” tab and then click on the Degree Audit link. Run an audit for the desired major.
Review your Degree Audit
There is a lot of information to absorb in the audit, so take time in reading it. First, identify the requirements which are not complete. These sections are notated by a ” – ” in the left margin, as shown here for the Social Science Level 1 requirement:
Each of the courses in this list is eligible to complete the requirement. Click on any course number to get a course description. Please pay careful attention to the prerequisites!
Even if the registration system doesn’t block the course, professors or departments may remove students from the class or ask them to leave during the first week of classes if they do not meet the required prerequisites.
- First, choose the appropriate term.
- Choose the option for “Banner Student Schedule.”
- Review the search instructions and search based on needs. Either restrict the search to one particular subject area that’s needed for the major, or search for a needed core requirement by first selecting all subject areas and then from the “Attributes” text box, choose the right core requirement.
Compare the remaining requirements from the degree audit to the course offerings in the upcoming terms.
- Using the course offerings loaded in the web browser from step 3, explore the different listings and how they relate to the classes needed.
- Use the core listings to look for a core requirement (Double check which core list to use).
- There are often multiple courses that can fulfill a specific requirement, especially when it comes to the core requirements. Unfortunately, not every class listed on the degree audit is offered every term. Please keep this in mind when planning for future terms. To help in the decision-making, the course description usually lists which term(s) a class is offered. Ultimately, the course offerings decision is made by the department offering the class. So as an example, for a question about a course offered by the Department of Economics, call the Economics department.
Make a list of choices
When looking at the course offerings pages, there are a few important bits of information.
The most important bit of information is the CRN or Course Registry Number. It is a five-digit number that is unique to this class at this specific time with that professor. The CRN immediately follows the title of the course. In this example, it’s 11849. This is the number needed to type into the registration system to register for the class.
Open and Closed Sections
At the bottom right area of the example is the remaining seats listing. This is up-to-date as of the time the page loaded. If there are 0 remaining seats in a course, this almost always means the course really is closed and neither the department nor the professor can sign students into the course.
- A list of preferred courses should include six to eight courses for the fall or spring semesters, and three or four classes for the summer “mini-mesters.”
- Write down the course number and CRN for each class. The actual time spent in the registration system will only be about five minute when this information is handy while registering.
When it comes time to register, log into MyNEU, click the “Self-Service” tab, and then on course registration. When the new window opens, choose the correct term for registration, making sure to choose the option for Undergraduate Semesters.