Making course requests
The course request system for first-year students opens on Thursday, May 23, 2013 and closes June 19, 2013, at noon. It is available on your student e-services: www.depauw.edu/e. There are three parts to the course request process: First-Year Seminar requests, course requests, and academic interests. Full descriptions of First-Year Seminars and courses are available through the links in the menu at the left. Course requests are processed together after the June 19 submission deadline, not as they come in, so there is no special advantage to submitting your requests early. Take time to read through the registration materials and remember that you can revise your course requests after you have submitted them, up to the June 19 deadline.
1. First-Year Seminar Requests. You should choose 10 seminars you are interested in taking. The First-Year Seminar is a full credit course which counts toward the 31 courses required for graduation. Seminar requests are not ranked. Students in the Honor Scholar program do not need to complete seminar requests.Their seminars are already assigned.
2. Course Requests. The courses listed in Courses for First-Year Students are all appropriate for first-year students, though some do require prior study in the field. You should pick 10-15 courses you are interested in taking. Course requests are ranked.
3. Academic Interests. Use this form to tell us more about what you are interested in. Academic Interests are especially useful for explaining your course requests. Here are some common situations we encounter:
Pre-Med and Health Care Interests: The courses in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics and math that are commonly required for these fields are in high demand, so you need to list three or four of them among your top choices. But you don't want to be taking all math and science courses your first semester. If you indicate in your Academic Interests that you are interested in health care professions or a science major, then we'll know to put you in at least one and no more than two of these courses.
- AP scores. You probably will not know the results of your AP exams when you complete the course requests. In most cases you don't need to worry much about this. When we receive the AP scores in July we'll check your schedule to make sure you are not enrolled in a course that you will be getting credit for through the AP exam. In the case of the Calculus A/B and B/C exams, your test score may qualify you for placement in a higher level calculus class. If you definitely want to take a calculus course but are not sure where your AP scores will place you, just include MATH 151, MATH 152 and MATH 251 on your course requests. We'll put you in the right level when the AP scores come in. Be sure to say on your Academic Interests that you do want to take a calculus course.
- Language Placement. See the page on Language Placement.
In July we will be working on creating a schedule from your course requests. Early in August, your full schedule of classes will be available on your e-services account. During orientation, you and your academic advisor will meet to review your schedule in detail and make any adjustments you feel are necessary.