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Fall Term Registration Guidelines

Fall Term Registration Guidelines

Submit your course preferences here.

Your fall term courses will be selected by faculty advisors and provided to you at Summer Orientation. Your courses will be based in large part on your course preferences. Please follow the these steps:

  1. Read the course selection suggestions below.
  2. Review the full list of fall term courses available for first year students.
  3. Learn about the explorations curriculum.
  4. If you plan to take Chemistry or Spanish, complete the placement/proficiency exams.
  5. Reference the College Catalog for information on graduation and major requirements.
  6. Submit your course preferences here.

If you have questions regarding registration for fall term classes, contact Professor Kim Lewis at or 205-226-4769.

Planning Your Fall Term Schedule

Choosing courses for your 1st year of college is different from choosing courses in high school.  You have a much larger set of courses to choose from and the BSC graduation requirements allow for much greater flexibility.  Once you arrive at BSC, you will work with a faculty advisor to select courses.  Ultimately, the choice of which courses to take is yours.  We will help you make choices that fit your interests and goals, and satisfy the graduation requirements.  You will soon learn that your faculty advisor is one of several important sources of academic information, support and guidance. 

In short, the basic requirements for a Bachelor's degree include completing 32 units, two of which must be Exploration term units; satisfy the Explorations Curriculum general education course requirements; and complete the requirements of a major. In order to facilitate a successful transition to college-level academic work, you will be scheduled for three courses during your first term. Given that 30 fall/spring term units are required for graduation, completing three courses during your first term keeps you on track to graduate in four years.  It is anticipated that after a successful first term, you will typically complete four units each fall and spring term. The full requirements for graduation can be found here.

Choosing Your Courses

As you begin to think about the courses you wish to take during your first year, keep the following in mind:

  • Ensure that your first term is successful by three units, the minimum course load for full-time status. The BSC curriculum is based on units, where 1 unit = 4 semester hours. Units are indicated in parentheses after the course name.
  • Prepare you for college level work by taking an Exploration in Scholarship (ES) course. The Explorations in Scholarship courses are specifically designed for and limited to first-year students. You are required to take one Explorations in Scholarship course during your first year, either in the fall or spring term. Be sure to include a few ES courses when indicating your course preferences.
  • Build your writing and critical thinking skills by taking EH 102 Seminar in Critical Thinking and Writing. Roughly half of the first-year students will take EH 102 in fall term, the other half will take EH 102 in spring term. Some of you will be placed in EH 208 Intermediate Writing based on test scores and your admission essay. EH 102 or EH 208 satisfies the writing skills requirement in the Explorations Curriculum and guides you in basic writing and reasoning skills that are essential to doing well in other courses.
  • Broaden your knowledge by taking courses in disciplines you have not studied.
  • Prepare for global citizenship, graduate school, and numerous honor and awards by taking a foreign language. You may even want to consider selecting the Spanish-business paired courses (SN 221 and BA 201) or Spanish for health professionals (SN 290) for career preparation in business and health careers.
  • Explore possible majors by taking introductory courses in several different disciplines.

You will notice that some courses have a two letter code after the course name. These course designations are code for courses that fulfill requirements in our general education program, which is called Explorations. The Exploration in Scholarship (ES) course referred to above is one of them.

When you understand the codes, you will recognize how the courses they are linked to are designed to give you the tools, skills, and knowledge not only to be successful at BSC but to be prepared for life after undergraduate study. In fact, don't focus on the codes--focus on what they stand for. Here is the quick explanation:

  • QA courses help you master skills in quantitative analysis
  • SM courses teach you not only to understand, but to apply scientific methodologies
  • IA courses provide you with a range of approaches to solve interpretative problems
  • GP courses facilitate your ability to situate yourself within a global perspective
  • CI courses help you understand competing interests within a smaller community
  • WR courses enhance what you learned in EH 102 or 208 by focusing on writing in your major
  • CE courses guide you in an outlet for creative expression, and
  • ES courses model the skills, habits, and scholarly behaviors that will be essential to your academic success here and later on.

You can get a sense of the variety of courses that fill each requirement in the posted list of Explorations Designations. But there will be plenty of time for that and plenty of room in your schedule for other courses. Every course has something valuable to offer you. Do as the program title suggests: Explore.