C-D Term Registration
Welcome to the online course registration process for your C and D term courses. Follow the six steps below to learn about WPI’s degree requirements and all the details that you need to finalize and register for your courses officially. Please take time to watch the videos and tutorials included as they will provide valuable guidance.
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C/D term course registration will be Monday, December 3rd from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Wednesday, December 5th from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. You will be notified via the Registrar’s office regarding which group you are assigned to. The web will then re-open for all first year students on Thursday, December 6th, and students will have the opportunity at that time to add themselves to waitlists.
1 Course Registration Timeline
December 3: First year students–Group 1 will register. 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
December 5: First year students–Group 2 will register. 7 a.m. -4 p.m.
December 6: Bannerweb will re-open to all first year students to allow you to add yourself to waitlists if courses are full.
December 7: Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors will be able to go back on to register beginning at 7 a.m.
November 26: Major Change/Confirmation begins.
December 15: Major Change/Confirmation ends.
Registration for courses will be December 3rd and December 5th. Students will be notified by the Registrar’s office regarding their time of registration. Please make sure to create more than one plan for your C and D term courses just in case you don’t get into your first selections. Your Insight Advisor is available to assist you with your schedule.
2 Academics at WPI
The WPI academic year consists of four seven-week terms—two terms in the fall semester (A-Term and B-Term) and two terms in the spring semester (C-Term and D-Term). There is also an optional summer term (E-term). For exact term dates, see the undergraduate calendar.
You will be registering Monday, December 3rd or 5th for your C and D term courses.
You will select three courses for each term that are worth 1/3 unit each, adding up to one full unit per term. There are a few exceptions:
- PE classes are 1/12 unit
- Several departments offer 1/6 unit courses (i.e. music lessons, biology laboratories, several introductory courses)
These can be taken in addition to the three 1/3 unit courses (but only one/term).
General WPI Degree Requirements
Over your four years at WPI, you must complete the following requirements to earn your bachelor’s degree:
Humanities and Arts Requirement
You must take 6 courses in Humanities and Arts (HUA). This requirement enables you to explore the human experience through performance, analysis, the creative process, or cultural exploration. HUA courses consist of the following five disciplines:
- Art/art history, drama/theatre, and music (AR, EN/TH, MU)
- Foreign languages: Spanish, German, Arabic, Chinese (SP, GN, AB, CN)
- Literature and writing/rhetoric (EN, WR, RH, ISE)
- History and international studies (HI, HU, INTL)
- Philosophy and religion (PY, RE)
Of those 6 courses:
- You must take at least 3 courses from the same discipline (Depth component); at least one of these courses must be at the 2000-level or above.
- You must take at least 1 course in a different discipline (Breadth component); exclusive first year courses (e.g. Great Problems Seminars) with HU credit count here, as do AP credits in the HUA disciplines. See Step 3 of the course registration website to learn more about exclusive first year courses.
- You must take 1 inquiry seminar or practicum, as the last class to fulfill the HUA requirement. An inquiry seminar gives you an opportunity to explore a humanities-related problem and make personal connections in a small group setting; a practicum consists of a hands-on production or performance experience in music or drama.
- Only one AP course can be used toward the HUA requirement.
Exception: if you wish to study a foreign language, you must take all 6 courses in one language
You must take 2 courses in the Social Sciences, an area of study that deals with the behavior of individuals and groups as well as the functioning of the economic and political systems and institutions that shape and control our lives. The social sciences encompass the following disciplines:
- Economics (ECON)
- Environmental and Sustainability Studies (ENV)
- Political Science, Government, and Law (GOV)
- Psychology (PSY)
- System Dynamics (SD)
- Sociology (SOC)
- General Social Science (SS)
ID 2050, the course required of all students participating in an off-campus Interactive Qualifying Project Center (more information on the Interactive Qualifying Project below) also counts as a social science course.
Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP)
In your junior year, you will complete an Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP), a team-based project that examines the impact of science and technology on society. The IQP is the equivalent to three 1/3 unit courses, or one full credit unit. This can be completed on or off campus.
Major Qualifying Project (MQP)
In your senior year, you will complete a Major Qualifying Project (MQP), a team-based capstone project that enables you to gain real-world design or research experience in your major field. Like the IQP, the MQP is worth three 1/3 unit courses, or one full unit of credit.
Up to 30 courses designated by your major
You will take up to 30 additional courses to complete your major. You will be asked to confirm your major by the end of B-term during your first year. You will have many resources to help make this important decision, including your Insight Team and the Office of Academic Advising.
You must take 4 courses in Physical Education (PE). Each course is worth 1/12 credit unit, so in total you will receive 1/3 credit unit for completing all four courses.
We recommend that you complete your PE requirement during your first two years at WPI. Most students register for PE courses as a fourth course on top of the three standard courses per term.
If you are a member of Reserve Officer Training (ROTC), your Physical Training will count towards your PE requirement. With advance approval, students can also earn PE credit through participation in varsity or club sports.
Example of a Course Description
BB 2550. CELL BIOLOGY.
The goal of this course is to help students to develop a working understanding of the unifying concepts that define cell structure and function including replication, metabolism, regulation, communication and death. Applications in therapeutics, molecular medicine, and genetic engineering will be introduced. Classic and current research examples will provide practice in hypothesis generation and testing as well as making clear the importance of a working knowledge of cell biology to support advances in biotechnology and medicine. The course serves as the foundation of all fields of modern biology, and is recommended for all BBT and other life science majors. Recommended background: BB 1035 (Biotechnology) or equivalent.
Beneath the descriptions for some courses you will see a list of topics and other courses that you should consider taking first:
- Recommended background: Instructors will assume that you are knowledgeable of material from the recommended course or from other experiences.
- Suggested background: it would be helpful for you know content from topics or suggested courses, but not necessary. Instructors will not assume that you have taken these courses.
In the example above, “Recommended background” indicates that students should have a working knowledge of biodiversity, either from taking BB 1035 or an equivalent course, and that students should be able to use integral and differential calculus.
Course Registration Number
Each time a course is offered at WPI, it is assigned a unique 5-digit Course Registration Number (CRN). The number identifies a specific instance of the course related to a specific term, class meeting times, and instructor. This can be found through your bannerweb and also can be found in the planner. The CRN is what you will use to register for each course.
For example, in C-Term 2018, “BB 2550. CELL BIOLOGY” has a CRN of 20216. This specific course is taught in C-term 2018 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 12:00-12:50 with Professor Rulfs.
3 Exclusive First Year Courses
WPI offers several courses just for first year students.
Great Problems Seminars (GPS)
Do you want to go beyond learning the fundamentals? Do you want to make a difference in the world? While tackling some of the world’s most pressing problems, students who choose these classes will develop skills, knowledge and confidence valuable not only for the rest of your college career, but also for life. See what GPS alumni say about their GPS experience!
GPS courses are a two-term linked project experience taught by two faculty members. In the first term you will explore many facets of a great problem and then, in the second, work in a team with support of faculty to produce a solution, and show it off to the whole campus! Note that each course carries different credit. Click here to learn where the credit will count in your degree program.
Great Problems Seminars are available in either A-Term and B-term or C-term and D-term. Current course offerings include:
C and D-Term:
If you completed this form to sign up for the course, click here, you will be pre-registered, ensuring a spot in the class. If you did not, you can also register the following way.
Power the World
Every community faces energy problems. Solutions to these problems involve both positive and negative consequences. Fossil fuels currently dominate the energy landscape but have impacts that are becoming less and less acceptable. Renewable sources of energy, like wind and solar, are gaining traction but present a whole new set of challenges. This course investigates the depth and breadth of energy production, transmission, and use. It explores the technical, social, economic, and environmental effects and challenges of power generation.
This GPS carries 1/3 unit PH1000 credit and 1/3 unit HU1100 credit.
- Course numbers FY 1100 C01 (CRN 20530) and FY 1101 D01 (CRN 20531)
Living with Fire
Fire is an amazing tool that has accompanied the rise of humanity. In its domesticated form of combustion, it still provides many essential benefits to society. However, in its untamed form, it is a major threat that can have devastating consequences, as last seen in California in 2017. Globally, fires also impact air quality, ecosystem degradation, and climate change. Understanding the technical, ecological, and social aspects of fire in multiple contexts is crucial to protect people, property, and the environment and to unlock innovative solutions to sustainability challenges. In this project-based course, we will explore the various causes and consequences of fires and work to address pressing fire issues. Examples of such issues are the destructive impact of wildfires on urban areas and ecosystems, the persistent fires that continue to plague the developing world, and the many new fire problems arising from technical innovations.
This GPS carries 1/3 unit INTL credit and 1/3 unit SSPS credit.
- Course numbers FY 1100 C02 (CRN 21047) and FY 1101 D02 (CRN 21439)
During C term, take an engineering adventure back to 19th-century Worcester and join an exciting role-playing game. With anxiety running high, residents at a mass meeting express their concerns over the heavily polluted Blackstone River and the spread of disease from its human and industrial waste. How should Worcester deal with this challenge from an engineering & social perspective? What human factors must be considered? How do you apply simple engineering principles from different disciplines? With whom should you form alliances to help promote your recommendation? How do you build an engineering model on a limited budget to showcase your solution? During D term, apply your newfound knowledge to propose a solution to an engineering challenge today in a developing country. This course carries 1/3 unit HU1100 credit and 1/3 unit ES2000 credit.
Humanitarian Engineering: Past and Present
During C term, take an engineering adventure back to 19th-century Worcester and join an exciting role-playing game. With anxiety running high, residents at a mass meeting express their concerns over the heavily polluted Blackstone River and the spread of disease from its human and industrial waste. How should Worcester deal with this challenge from an engineering & social perspective? What human factors must be considered? How do you apply simple engineering principles from different disciplines? With whom should you form alliances to help promote your recommendation? How do you build an engineering model on a limited budget to showcase your solution? During D term, apply your newfound knowledge to propose a solution to an engineering challenge today in a developing country.
This course carries 1/3 unit HU1100 credit and 1/3 unit ES2000 credit.
4 Choosing the Right Courses
Now that you have some information about WPI’s general degree requirements, it’s time to look at requirements for your intended major and begin thinking about what courses you should take in C and D-Terms. You can also view all of the academic tracking sheets for your desired major(s) here.
Using Your Course Planning Worksheet
- Select and print out the Course Planning Worksheet for your major of choice from the list below. If you are undecided, select the undecided option. If you are considering a double major, see the section below ‘About pursuing a double major’.
List of Majors:
BIOINFORMATICS AND COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY
BIOLOGY & BIOTECHNOLOGY
ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING
- This sheet outlines specific degree requirements relevant to your intended major and provides guidance on courses you should take during your first year at WPI. Read through the recommendations and also keep in mind WPI’s general degree requirements from Step 2, and special first-year courses from Step 3.
- Print this course planning worksheet, and begin filling in your desired courses on page #2 once you have read the “advice for your major”.
- Go to the second page of the Course Planning Worksheet and complete the template. Here is a listing of AP and IB Credit Information.
What you need to know
About Choosing a Math Class
Which Math Course Should I Continue With?
- If you took MA 1020 during A and B terms, you may want to consider MA 1120 during C and D terms. This semester long calculus II with preliminary topics course is worth 1/3 credit unit.
- Depending on which course you began with in A and B terms, you will continue along in the Calculus sequence. For example, if you began with MA 1021 in A term and MA 1022 in B term, and pass them both, you will continue with MA 1023 in C term and MA 1024 in D term. Please look at your course planning worksheet and tracking sheet to determine which Math course is recommended. If you did not pass a previous math course, we encourage you to consider retaking the course.
About Choosing a Science Class
Students considering a major in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Civil or Environmental Engineering should continue with chemistry. CH 1010 and CH 1030 are offered in C term and CH 1020 and CH 1040 are offered in D term. Other majors can choose between chemistry, biology and physics.
Students beginning with MA 1021 or higher may choose physics as their first science, depending on your major recommendation. There are two versions of mechanics (PH 1110/PH 1111) and electricity and magnetism (PH 1120/PH 1121). PH 1111 and PH 1121 are recommended for students beginning the calculus sequence in MA 1023 (Calc III) or higher and who have had a high school physics course (not physical science but physics). For students who do not have high school physics, it is recommended that you select PH 1110/PH 1120.
BB 1001 and BB 1002 are intended for non-life science majors and will not count toward a major distribution requirement for Biology majors. BB 1025, BB 1035 and BB 1045 are recommended first courses for BB and other life sciences majors.
There are three levels of introductory computer science. CS 1004 is intended for non-majors who will take few, if any additional CS courses. CS 1101 is the standard introductory course. Please use your course planning worksheet as a guide to determine which CS course you will need to select for your major, if applicable.
About choosing humanities and arts classes
There were German and Spanish placement exams during new student orientation to help place you in the right course in the sequence. If you were not able to take one of these placement exams but you are interested in German or Spanish you should connect with the Department for where to begin. Elementary and Advanced Spanish courses are offered in the C and D Terms. Elementary German III and Intermediate German are offered in C and D terms.
If you are interested in English (EN), History (HI), International Studies (INTL) or Music (MU) for a humanities course, consider both 1000 and 2000 level HUA courses as a starting point. Check the recommended background.
About pursuing a double major
Students interested in pursuing a double major should look at both sets of course recommendations, and select common courses. If they are in conflict – a rare event – follow the advice of the major you are most interested in currently. If you need additional assistance, you can set up a time to meet with your Insight Advisor or an advisor within the Office of Academic Advising in Daniels Hall.
About selecting backup courses
Courses will fill up quickly. We recommend that you prepare several scheduling options for either the same course, or alternative courses as back-up options. There are many scheduling options for our introductory chemistry, physics and calculus courses. If you discover when registering that your selection is full, you can add yourself to the course waitlist beginning on December 6th, and register for a different section that is open to complete your schedule in the meantime.
Note: Waitlists have a limit. Once a course has a significant waitlist (number depends on the course) you will not be able to add yourself to the waitlist as it is extremely unlikely that enough seats would become available to allow you to add the course. More information will be provided in Step 6 on when and how to sign up for course waitlists, and what happens next.
5 Creating your Course Schedule
Using the WPI Planner
- On the first tab, select the class subject area you are interested in (ex. Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences). Note: Great Problems Seminars are listed under First Year.
- Once you select the subject, the available courses will appear. As you select courses, they will appear in the box at the bottom right.
- On the second tab, Time, you can eliminate times of day you do not want classes. Note: This may limit your course options, so use this one sparingly.
- The third tab, Schedules, shows all the possible schedules that can result from your course selections. Make sure you are looking at the correct term, and look to see if there is any overlap between class times. You can change the term you would like to take the course by clicking on the term bubbles.
Find and Write Down Your CRN’s
Now it’s time to identify the CRN’s of the classes you plan to register for in Step 6 and add them to the Course Planning Worksheet.
- You should select three courses for C-Term and three courses for D-Term. It is also a good idea to identify some back-up schedules in case your first choices are full when you go to register.
- NOTE: If you are registering for courses in CH, MA or CS, you will need more than 1 CRN as there are lecture courses and labs, and sometimes conferences, and you must register for all parts of the course.
- For CH1010 or CH1020, you need 3 CRNs, one for the lecture, one for the lab and one for the conference.
For any of the Calculus courses (MA1021-1024), you will need 2 CRNs, one for the lecture and conference, one for the lab.
For CS1101 you will need two CRNs, one for the lecture, one for the lab. You can find the CRNs for the associated labs and conferences in Banner Web by clicking ‘Look up Classes to Add’ under the registration tab. From there follow the prompts.
- You can also select a Physical Education course, and 1/6 unit music courses, as an additional fourth course in addition to your three courses. This is common for first year students.
- At the top of the Schedules tab, you will see two boxes, one labeled “Grid” and another labeled “Detail.” Click the “Detail” box to see a listing of selected courses with information including course name, CRN, professor, location, and meeting days and times.
- Write down the course names and CRN’s in the chart on the second page of your Course Planning Worksheet.
- ROTC Members: please select your Military Science course in addition to your three courses. Your Physical Training will count towards your physical education requirement, so you do not need to select PE courses.
- Move on to Step 6 to register for your classes.
6 Registering for your Courses
Now that you have completed all steps, you are ready to register for your courses via Banner Web. You should have the following information on hand:
- Your Course Planning Worksheet containing preferred courses and CRN’s.
- Your Bannerweb login information.
Watch the tutorial below for an overview of how to register for classes via Banner Web.
What you need to know about course waitlists
Please be reminded that if you are on a waitlist for a course, and if you are next on the list, you will receive an email from the registrar’s office informing you that a seat has become available. You will have 72 hours to claim the seat. If you do not respond within 72 hours, the seat will be offered to the next person on the waitlist and your name will be removed from the waitlist. Another great reason to check your WPI email regularly!
If you are offered a seat from the waitlist, and are already registered for three other courses, you will have to drop a course before you can register for the one you were waitlisted in. Do this thoughtfully, because if the course you drop also has a waitlist, you will not be able to change your mind and reclaim the seat you had. You will have to join the waitlist for that course.
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