Registration Woes

I understand you want to meet with me to go over courses for registration. Unfortunately, due to high demand I must preform basic triage by ascertaining who really needs to meet with me and who can figure out their questions on their own. I am not trying to dissuade you from talking to me, just trying to ensure you have done your homework first, as the vast majority of questions can be answered by the links below. Therefore, I have put together a ‘how to’ guide to help you on your way to figuring out your courses and registration.

First, you can get the list of courses that are being offered in the summer, fall, or winter semesters through this link:

Second, once you have the list of courses that are available to take, you can compare that list to your audit to ascertain what you require to complete your degree.  IMPORTANT: Your audit is the most important document you have at Carleton, as it tells you how your doing and what you need to do to graduate. If you don’t know what your audit is, how to get it, how to read it, or what everything on it means, follow the links close to the end of this email and they will help you understand.

Third, please pay special attention to the requirements for advanced science faculty electives, approved arts and social science courses, and science continuation courses. For each of these requirements there is a link below. You will have to click on the link and then scroll down until you see that title. The difference between ‘continuation’ and not is that continuation courses are second year or higher. You will have several choices to make about which arts/social sciences and science elective courses to take. I can’t help you make those choices, they are dependent on your interests, course availability, and what prerequisites you have already.

Fourth, once you have a list of courses that you think will fulfill all your requirements for the semester/year/degree, you can run a ‘Hypothetical Courses’ to determine whether they will meet your degree requirements (follow the link below). You can even assign hypothetical grades to determine how your GPA would change.

Fifth, there is general registration assistance and general registration information available at the links below.

The undergraduate calendar (for the year that you entered Carleton) has all the rules and regulations that govern your degree requirements. Read it as it answers almost all questions.

Sixth, if any of the following criteria still apply (you have specific questions you have been unable to find answers to after fully completing steps 1-5, if you have failed/dropped/didn’t take a course that is a prerequisite for many of the courses you should be taking this year, if you are coming in with transfer credits that put you in an usual situation, if you hope to replace one course for another in your degree requirements, if you are contemplating switching majors, or if you have other specific concerns), then please email them to me. 

Please be very specific in your email about:

  • the problems you are having
  • what solutions you have tried
  • what error messages you are getting regarding registration
  • what courses this pertains to
  • whether or not you have the prerequisites
  • etc

I will then attempt to address your questions via email. You can also approach Ruth Hill-Lapensee <RuthHillLapensee@Cunet.Carleton.Ca> with questions.