Preregistration opens August 2 and lasts until August 16!
When you log into BiONiC and go to your student center, you will see that you have already been enrolled in at least one course: your Emily Balch Seminar. Click on "My Class Schedule" to see which ESEM you will be taking this semester -- remember that these placements are not able to be altered, but you should have been placed in one of your three choices. Those of you who still need to meet the Quantitative Readiness Requirement will also be automatically enrolled in another course: QUAN 001 (QSEM). Please keep in mind that if you are in QSEM, you may not enroll in any other course that requires QR as a prerequisite.
All first-year students will also need to enroll in a THRIVE seminar, the 10-week non-academic course that provides information and activities to help you get to know the college, yourself, and build community. You will find the THRIVE seminar through the Physical Education Department (PE 048), but keep in mind that there is no physical aspect to the course. Students who are the first in their families to go to college are eligible to fulfill this requirement through the semester-long academic course called Metacognition and the Transition to College. You’ll find that listed under General Studies (GNST 048). Note that it carries .5 unit of academic credit.
Finally, many international students will have been contacted about two courses (Writing 120 and Writing 130) that are workshops in essay writing for multi-lingual writers who have studied English as a foreign language and need more practice in writing academic papers. You can find those in BiONiC under “Writing Program.”
Beyond that, you'll get to select other courses to preregister for, up to a total of 4.5 academic credits, and to put a few alternate courses in your shopping cart. (Note that PE courses do not count toward this 4.5 unit limit. Also, besides THRIVE, you will not be able to register for PE classes until the first day of classes.) Take some time to look at departmental websites and browse classes on BiONiC. Be sure to read the descriptions of the courses by clicking on the highlighted section number of each course. This will provide you with additional information about the class, including any prerequisites and if it fulfills any college-wide requirements.
The initial preregistration opportunity will last until August 16. Then, at your advising appointment on Friday, September 1, you'll find that your Customs Week Adviser has reviewed your August preregistration and your shopping cart and is eager to talk with you about your interest in those classes. But your adviser will also be expecting you to have already come up with some new ideas, based on what you learned at the Academic Fair on Thursday August 31, what you've heard from other Bryn Mawr students, or what you've learned from sessions with your dean. Many students will be making some adjustments to their preregistration choices after meeting with their Customs Week Adviser, and it's that preregistration that will be used to determine initial course enrollments.
Remember, the information you need for navigating BiONiC is available in a couple of places: instructional videos on your Advising 2021 Moodle site and pages maintained by the Registrar’s Office, namely:
- Searching for Classes: https://www.brynmawr.edu/registrar/undergraduates/registration/searching-classes
- Registering for Classes: https://www.brynmawr.edu/registrar/undergraduates/registration/registering-classes-bionic
Additional help for preregistration questions will be provided through our Peer Mentor Skype hours (see Tuesday Newsletter for dates and times).