The Spring Semester is here! We’ve posted FAQs on our website to help students get ready for the start of the semester. Here’s additional information specific to juniors.
You will be expected to finalize all course selections by the end of the day January 29, when the add/drop functions in BiONiC are turned off. It is crucial that you take the time now to make sure that you are taking classes that will allow you to make appropriate progress towards your degree AND that you are correctly registered for those classes.
As a junior, you have the responsibility to review your registration bearing in mind the following:
1. Major: You should have consulted with your major adviser during preregistration, whether in person or by email if you were abroad. If you have made any changes to your schedule that affects your major, you should consult with your major adviser as part of the Confirmation of Registration process and ask your adviser to update your online major work plan. Please also plan to consult with your major adviser if you have concerns about your ability to be successful in any course in your major. If your major adviser is on leave or if you don’t know who your major adviser is, consult the chair of your department.
2. College-wide requirements, including PE, distributional requirements and total credits: Students are required to complete PE by the end of their sophomore year and all college-wide requirements by the end of their junior year. They should also be on track to complete 24 units of credit by the end of their junior year. The Registrar’s Office works with students to monitor completion of degree requirements within BiONiC, and if you have questions about these degree requirements, you should consult the Registrar in the Lower Level of Guild. If you have questions about PE, you should contact MaryAnn Schiller, the office manager in the PE department. If you have concerns about how to meet your remaining distribution requirements or make up credits, you should consult your dean during the first week of the semester.
3. Course placement: You should be taking courses for which you have the appropriate preparation. If you are unsure about whether you have the appropriate preparation, please consult the course description in BIONIC, the syllabus you received, and the professor for the course. Because of differences in the course numbering system, we recommend that all students enrolled in courses at Swarthmore or Penn consult their professors to make sure they are prepared for the course. If you still have questions after consulting the faculty, you should consult your major adviser (if the course relates to your major) or your dean.
4. Correct registration: Your BiONiC registration should include all the courses you are planning to take and no courses you are not planning to take. If you are having any problems correcting your registration, please consult the Registrar’s Office.
If you do need to see your dean, you may come to walk-in hours for a five- minute consultation, or call 610-526-5375 to set up a fifteen-minute appointment.
Walk-in hours are posted online.
Once you have reviewed the registration according to the instructions above, you are done! You have finalized your class selection and self-confirmed your registration.
Taking a few minutes to review your registration now can save a lot of time and prevent a lot of anxiety later in the semester!
Wishing you a good start to a semester of learning in your classes and beyond them,