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Registration Instructions
All BIOL major courses at the 200-level or higher require departmental permission, which can be requested using our online form. Biology majors are required to meet with their assigned advisors before requesting permission for any major elective courses, to discuss long-term plans and ensure that they are on track to graduate on time. Given the current campus shutdown, all advising is being conducted remotely for the remainder of the semester.  All Biology majors were sent an email with their assigned advisor on February 11th, including their contact information, and received an email from that advisor between 3/19 and 4/1 with instructions on how to set up a remote advising appointment. If you are a Biology major and have not yet discussed Fall 2020 registration with your advisor, please do so as soon as possible, as you will not be able to request registration permission for Fall 2020 major electives if you have not been marked as advised. If you have reached out to your advisor but have been unable to set up a meeting, please forward your emails to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Non-Biology major students (including non-degree students) do not need to meet with an advisor before requesting permission to register.

 

For Fall 2020, the online registration permissions form will be available on Monday, April 27th, with priority registration permission available on 4/13 for honors students and 4/20 for Biology majors who are graduating in January 2021, May 2021, or September 2021. Registration permissions begin at 10:00 AM on each of the dates listed. Any requests submitted before these dates will be discarded, and students will have to resubmit on the appropriate date. Valid requests will be processed in the order that they are submitted.

 

In a change from previous semesters, the requirement to meet with an advisor will only be enforced for major elective requests, not for core courses (i.e. BIOL 300).  Biology majors should still meet with their advisor to discuss all planned courses prior to requesting permission, but if you have been unable to do so, you can still request permission for BIOL 300. No permission for major electives will be given to Biology majors who have not met with their assigned advisor. Biology majors who have met with their advisor will receive an email receipt of that meeting, including any courses that the advisor recommends and any other notes. If you have met with your advisor but did not receive an email receipt, please reach out to your advisor as soon as possible so that they can enter you into our system properly.

 

Please note that the date that you can submit the permission request form is not the same as your assigned registration date on CUNYfirst. All students may submit their requests on the date above regardless of their CUNYfirst registration date, and if you are given permission for a course, your seat in that course will be held until you are able to register or the permission expires. If you do not submit a permission request, you will not be able to register for any BIOL major courses at the 200-level or higher, regardless of when your registration date is.

 

Students requesting permission should do the following:

 

  1. Search through the Fall 2020 'Searchable Schedule of Classes' for the course number and section of the course(s) you are interested in taking (i.e. BIOL 38000, sec. 02).
  2. Fill out the Registration Permissions Form, listing the courses that you are interested in taking in order of preference.
    • If you are planning to take BIOL 300, please list as many lab sections as you can do, in order of preference.
    • If you are taking bio major elective courses, please indicate how many courses you need, with as many options as you can do, in order of preference.
    • If you need at least one course to be lecture or seminar, please mark the form accordingly.
    • We strongly recommend that you list more options than you need, in case some are full.
  3. If any of your prerequisite courses are not listed on your Hunter transcript, you must send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with an unofficial transcript showing that you have taken the necessary courses outside of Hunter.
    • If you have not taken the prerequisite courses, you will need to contact the listed instructor for the course.
      No permission will be given without an email from the course instructor explicitly stating that they are waiving the prerequisite.
  4. Please review the email receipt of your permission request to check for errors. If your request cannot be processed (e.g. you indicated that you need a seminar elective but only listed lecture electives as options), it will be held while we clarify and seats may fill up in the meantime.
    If you did not receive an email receipt of your permission form, that may indicate that your email address was entered incorrectly, which would also prevent you from getting our permission emails.
  5. You will receive an email once you have been placed in a seat.  Waitlisted students will be notified at a later date.
  6. If your request does not match our records, either in terms of honors status, declared major or prerequisites, the request will be discarded. You will need to resubmit the form once the issue has been resolved.
  7. No permission except for BIOL 300 will be given to Biology majors who have not met with their assigned advisor.

 

All valid forms will be processed, and seats given, in the order that they are submitted. If you are not a graduating major or honors student, your form will not be accepted before Monday, April 27.

 

The department is processing forms as they come in. If it has been a week and you have not received an email from us, please check whatever email accounts are listed in your CUNYfirst profile. If you have not heard from us on either of those accounts, you can email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to check on the status of your request. If you submitted your form within the past week, please be patient and do not contact us. We will get to your request as quickly as we can, and contacting us will simply cause the entire process to go more slowly.

Last Updated ( Friday, 10 April 2020 14:58 )