When selecting your undergraduate courses, first you must ensure that the courses you choose will ultimately allow you to receive the degree you want. The Calendar contains the general rules; check to make sure you do not have too many 100‑series courses or too few 300‑ and 400‑series courses. Our website (and usually the Calendar as well) only lists current Calendar numbers of courses. A few change each year, but the old courses are treated as equivalent for programs and prerequisites. Similarly details of programs change each year and allowance is made for changes taking place after you start them.
You should try to map out your entire program fairly early. Naturally you can – and almost certainly will – change your mind on some things, but this will allow you to avoid several pitfalls. First you should check to see that you have included all the prerequisites and corequisites for the courses you want. To leave the maximum flexibility, it is wise to get such courses in as early as possible in your program. Flexibility becomes especially important with 300‑ or 400‑series courses that may have small enrolments or are popular and may be difficult to get into.
When you are planning your courses for later years, keep in mind that professors do go on sabbatical (usually once every seven years). Often when this happens their courses, especially the advanced level courses, may not be offered. If you are really anxious to take a particular course and are planning on doing so in fourth year, you might ask the professor if (s)he is considering being away that year. If this is the case, you could take the course in your third year and avoid disappointment.
If you have attempted to choose your courses, but you still have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us in the CSB Undergraduate Office for advice.