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Thursday, April 6, 2017

IMPORTANT: Special Registration Instructions for Barnard General Chemistry

From the Barnard Chemistry Department:

Barnard General Chemistry BC2001x is one of the largest and most popular intro science courses at Barnard, and we are regularly filled to capacity. It is our goal to be able to accommodate every student who wishes to take the course, and we will do everything we can to facilitate your needs. However, the size of the course (over 150 students) and the physical limitations of the laboratory which is a required component requires a very strict policy on enrollment and limits our flexibility. BC2001x is a unified lecture and laboratory course - you must be enrolled in a lab and recitation section. 

If you want to register in BC2001/2011/2012, please carefully review the following procedures. If these are not followed exactly your request will not be approved.


Procedures for adding General Chemistry BC2001x to your program:
The first rule of getting into Genchem lab is DON'T PANIC. The online system will tell you that every section is full. Ignore this warning and put yourself on a wait list ASAP as follows:







1 Add the main lecture BC2001x (5 points) to your program. This course is open enrollment (up to the enrollment cap) and does not require approval.



2 Add the pre-lab recitation section of BC2011 (0 points) on the day you wish to have lab. When you do this and click "register" during your assigned registration appointment, you will be automatically added to the wait list. All students are placed on the wait list for lab and recitation sections initially. We will come along and add you to the course if there is space permitting and if you have properly signed up for the other two courses.

3 Add the laboratory section of BC2012 (0 points) on the same day you requested a recitation section. When you do this and click "register" during your assigned registration appointment, you will be automatically added to the wait list. All students are placed on the wait list for lab and recitation sections initially. We will come along and add you to the course if there is space permitting and if you have properly signed up for the other two courses.













4 There is a limit to how many limited-enrollment"L" courses you can be simultaneously on the wait list for - this is set by the system and cannot be altered. Do not sign up for multiple sections of lecture/lab as you only will be considered for placement for courses properly paired up. If you somehow make it to more than one wait list for lab or recitation, you will only be placed in the one which is matched.

5 Our attendance policy requires you to attend every week of lab, and we start the opening week of classes. Carefully review your Fall personal schedule before signing up for a lab section, as we only allow excused absences under very limited circumstances.

Please note: The first thing the system will check when promoting names off of the wait list is proper enrollment in both BC2011/BC2012. If you do not appear on both waiting lists (BC2011 and BC2012) on the same day, you will never be admitted to the course!

If you have any questions:
Please don't hesitate to ASK the laboratory director, Dr. J (jalexand@barnard.edu). Please do NOT contact Prof. Rachel Austin (the primary instructor in the course) with questions about laboratory placement, as she will be unable to assist you.

FAQ:

Q:  What if I want to change lab/recitation sections after successfully registering?

A:  Please be aware that all sections of lab are full to capacity. We sympathize with the fact that many of you will adjust your programs after pre-enrollment, but the size of this course and the fact that we start the first day of class severely limits our ability to accommodate section changes. Students attempting to add BC2001x will receive priority in lab sections over students attempting to change sections.

Q:  Okay but what if I really, really want or need to change sections?

A: If you preregistered correctly for the course, you should already be enrolled in BC2001/BC2011/BC2012. To attempt to change sections of lab, you should enroll in the section of BC2011 recitation on the day you would like to switch to, and attempt to add the desired section of BC2012 lab. If there is space in the lab, you will be automatically added. If not, you will go onto the wait list. Do not drop your current sections of recitation and laboratory unless/until you receive confirmation from the system that your new section of BC2012 is approved.

Once you receive confirmation, either immediate or otherwise, that you have successfully added the new section of BC2012 you should immediately drop the old sections of BC2011 and BC2012. Other waitlisted students will thank you.