There are a few things to keep in mind when you register for classes. Not all classes will be available to you—if you haven’t fulfilled the prerequisites (sometimes called “prereqs”), don’t have the required class standing, or (in some cases) aren’t a student in a certain school or department, you may not be able to register.
What you should know about prerequisites and components
- Be sure to register for all class components
Many classes have multiple parts, such as a lecture and a lab or discussion section—these are known as the components of the class. When you register, be sure to register for all required components. (The registration system will lead you through the process.)
- Fulfill the prerequisites
Some classes have prerequisites—requirements you have to fulfill before you can register for the class, such as taking another class first. You’re responsible for making sure you’ve met the prerequisites before you register for a class, and you won’t be able to register for a class if you haven’t fulfilled all prerequisites.
You can check the prerequisites for a class you’re interested in. Although there are many choices you can make in this search, we recommend the following:
- Institution: Choose “Bloomington.”
- Term: Choose the term you’re interested in searching.
- Course Subject: Choose “select subject,” then pick the subject and letter from the list (for example, “CSCI-B”) and choose “select.”
- Course Number: Choose “is exactly” and type the number of the class you’re interested in (for example, “401”).
- Choose “Search.” You’ll see a list of all sessions of the class you’ve chosen. (In our example, you’ll get the listing for CSCI-B 401, Fundamentals of Computing Theory.)
- Choose “Details” for the class session you’re interested in. You’ll see information for the class, including any prerequisites.
- Get permission to take a class
Some classes require you to get permission from the instructor or department before you can register for them. You’ll need to contact the department that offers the course to ask for permission to take the class. If the department approves, you will then be allowed to register for the class.
After you’re approved, log into One.IU to view your class permissions in the Student Center. If you see “Add,” you can add the class regardless of enrollment limits. If you see “If space,” you can add the class only if there are seats available.
- Check your class standing
Some courses are available only to students who have reached a particular class standing—for example, a class may be open only to juniors and seniors. Your class standing is determined by the number of academic credit hours you’ve completed within your program. Note that if you’ve changed degree programs, some of your previous credit hours may not apply to your current class standing.
If you haven’t reached the required class standing, you may still be eligible to register. Contact the school or department to ask for permission to take the class.
If you have questions about your class standing, check with your academic advisor.
Class standing Credit hours completed Freshman 0–29 Sophomore 30–59 Junior 60–89 Senior 90+ Graduate N/A Professional N/A
- Check for school restrictions
Some schools and departments will allow only students who are officially enrolled in their programs to register for their classes. If you’re not a student in the school or department, contact them to ask for permission to take the class.