Fall 2021 Registration Guidelines
Class of 2024
Rising sophomore registration: Sunday, April 25, 2021
Step One: Prepare for Registration
Meet with Your CGS Academic Advisor
Schedule a mandatory advising appointment with your CGS academic advisor to discuss the appropriate CGS courses and electives for the fall semester. Your advisor will give you your Academic Advising Code which you will use to unlock the registration tool on the Student Link. We recommend unlocking the registration tool as soon as you receive your Academic Advising Code. Refer to the registration instructions if you need help in using the Academic Advising Code to unlock the registration tool.
Before your meeting, do your research using the following tools:
- Pathways to a BU Degree and Degree Advice: Review the academic requirements for your intended major
- Undergraduate Bulletin: Learn about program and course offerings in all of the schools and colleges at BU
- Students who wish to apply an Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or any other examination scores should consult with their CGS academic advisor. Please refer to Boston University’s Admissions website for further information.
The following AP/IB scores award credit for the noted CGS sophomore courses and HUB units:
|AP/IB Credit||Corresponding CGS Course||HUB Unit(s)|
|AP Biology (Score of 4)||NS 201 (Biology 1)||SI1 (Scientific Inquiry 1)|
|AP Biology (score of 5)
IB Biology Higher Level (score of 5 or above)
|NS 201 (Biology I) and NS 202 (Human Ecology/Global Ecology)||SI1 and SI2 (Scientific Inquiry I and Scientific Inquiry II)|
|AP Environmental Science (score of 4 or 5)||NS202 (Human Ecology/Global Ecology)||SO1 (Social Inquiry I)*|
|IB Philosophy Higher Level (score of 5 or above)||HU 201 (History of Western Ethics I) and HU2xx (Elective credit only)||PLM (Philosophical Inquiry and Life’s Meaning)|
Note: Students who are exempt from CGS NS 202 must enroll in at least one CGS course in semester II of sophomore year.
Step Two: Note Your Registration Date and Time
Check the Student Link to confirm you are in compliance for registration. Upon logging in, go to the Personal tab, followed by selecting Compliance Status; failure to meet the requirements will prevent you from registering. For more information, please read the Requirements for Registration.
Registration for rising sophomores opens on Sunday, April 25, 2021. The University Registrar assigns your registration time, which is determined by the last digit of your BUID number. See below for your assigned time. The time is Eastern Standard Time in the United States.
|Last Digit of BUID#:||Start Time:|
Step Three: Plan Your Spring Schedule
Plan Your Required CGS Courses
Consult the CGS Required Courses guide and discuss with your CGS academic advisor during your advising appointment. The class numbers for fall 2021 CGS courses are listed below.
- Humanities: CGS HU 201 (Philosophical Inquiry and Life’s Meanings, Ethical Reasoning, Critical Thinking)
- Natural Science: CGS NS 201 (Scientific Inquiry I, Quantitative Reasoning I, Critical Thinking)
- Social Sciences: CGS SS 201 (Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Writing-Intensive Course, Research and Information Literacy-effective fall 2021)
- All of your CGS course sections must start with the same letter. This indicates that all of your CGS courses are on the same team.
- When you use the Student Link Planner to plan your fall 2021 classes, you will have a mock-up of your fall 2021 class schedule and you’ll be ready for registration. Refer to the registration instructions for guidance on using the Planner tool. The planner does not reserve seats in the classes. It is a tool to plan a schedule.
- The button labeled “Continue Search From” at the bottom of the screen when searching for a course means there are more courses on the next page.
- Remember to plan multiple options! Your first choices may not be open. Choosing multiple options will save you from having to search multiple times on registration day.
- Availability on the CGS teams is determined by your registration time assigned by the BU Registrar’s Office.
Plan Your Electives
- Remember, no time conflicts! Make sure the times of your electives and CGS courses do not overlap.
- Be sure to hit the “Continue Search from” button at the bottom of your search results to view all sections being offered.
- Note that some courses will require multiple sections (i.e. a lecture plus a discussion). If more than one is needed, the Student Link will note this next to a blue pushpin at the beginning of the course listing. Make sure to write down available times for all required sections. Please note that your elective classes do not need to start with the same letter as your CGS course sections.
- Remember to plan multiple options! The first class you choose may not work with your CGS required courses and choosing multiple options will save you from having to search multiple times on registration day. Use the Planner option in the Student Link to create a draft of your schedule. Refer to the registration instructions for guidance on using the Planner tool.
Step Four: Register for Classes
If you’ve used the Planner option, you can simply add the classes from your planner to your schedule when registration opens for you. Refer to the registration instructions for guidance if you need it.
If the class(es) on your Planner are full or closed, you should register for your back-up options. Note: If the course is flagged, then open seats shown are not available.
- Career Information: Make an appointment at the Center for Career Development, 100 Bay State Road.
- College of Arts and Sciences (100 Bay State Rd., rm. 401): Academic Advising, 617-353-2400
- College of Communication (640 Comm.Ave., rm. 123): Student Services, 617-353-3471
- College of Engineering (44 Cummington Mall, rm. 107): Carmel Barrau, 617-353-6447
- PreLaw Program (100 Bay State Rd., 4thfloor): 617-353-4867
- PreMed/Health Sciences (100 Bay State Rd., 4thfloor): 617–353-4866
- Questrom School of Business (595 Comm. Ave.): Sally Ward, 617-353-2650
- Sargent College (635 Comm. Ave.): Roz Abukasis, 617-353-2713
- School of Hospitality Administration (928 Comm. Ave., rm. 307) Molly-Kate Carven
- Wheelock (2 Silber Way, rm. 243): Liz Vassallo, 617-353-1580