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How to Enroll! Preference Selection and Registering for BIOL.

Registration for BIOL discussion section for ALL STUDENTS (incoming first-years and rising/current upper-level students) will open TBD and will close TBD. Importantly, there are TWO forms you must fill out to secure your seat in BIOL this Fall – one for BIOL 101 and one for BIOL 102. Please refer to the Preference Selection Instructions included below.

Here are the discussion section offerings for BIOL 101 and BIOL 102 this Fall:

*To be posted soon!*

What is Preference Selection? At this point, you have most likely added the course to your schedule (or intend to do so when OCS re-opens), but this does NOT sign you up for your REQUIRED weekly 50-minute discussion section. In order to sign up for section, we will hold Preference Selection, during which you indicate your preference for discussion section times. You will want to do this for BOTH BIOL 101 and BIOL 102, if you are taking both BIOL 101 and BIOL 102 this Fall (see Note below, if you are unsure whether you should take both BIOL 101 and BIOL 102 this Fall).

NOTE: BIOL 101 and BIOL 102 are non-overlapping back-to-back half-semester modules; typically students take them in one semester, followed by BIOL 103 and BIOL 104 the following semester so as to complete the year-long BIOL sequence. If you intend to follow this trajectory, you MUST fill out the Preference Selection form for both BIOL 101 and BIOL 102, and you must indicate the same order of preferences for both.

OCS re-opens on TBD. So, there is not a way to add the course to your schedule until then, if you haven’t yet done so; but you should still be able to participate in preference selection for both BIOL 101 and BIOL 102 before you can add the course on September 3rd.


——Instructions for Preference Selection—–


*Be advised that BIOL101 and BIOL102 are each HALF semester courses with BIOL101 occurring during the FIRST half of the semester and BIOL102 occurring during the SECOND half of the semester.

Enrollment in BIOL 101 and BIOL 102 may be capped in Fall 2022. We will use a process called “Preference Selection” to give first priority to students of Sophomore standing or higher. All students taking BIOL 101 and BIOL 102 must register for class using preference selection regardless of class standing. Once all students that are second-year or higher have secured their seat in a discussion section, preference selection will distribute the remaining seats to first-year students via a lottery system.

If you are interested in taking BOTH BIOL101 and BIOL102 this Fall term, you must rank your discussion sections for BOTH modules in the SAME order of preference to ensure that your section schedule is consistent for the Fall semester. If you do not indicate the SAME exact order of preference for both BIOL101 or BIOL102, you run the risk of not being able to take both courses this fall.

In addition, please be advised to answer the questions indicated in preference selection only if they apply to you. For instance, if you are an athlete and thus have a schedule that restricts you from attending certain discussion section times, please let us know in the comments section on the preference selection site.

Please see the following link to register for BIOL101 and BIOL102 via Preference Selection (you’ll need to scroll down to find BIOL 101 & BIOL 102):

*Site to be posted once created*

Again, preference selection will open on TBD and TBD. On TBD, students will be notified if they have secured a seat in class. On TBD, class enrollment will also re-open to allow any student to register for the remaining spots in class.

If you received a seat in discussion section, you will see the word “Confirmed” on your online course selection (OCS) worksheet under your class registration for BIOL101 and BIOL102. If you unseat yourself from your assigned discussion section and decide to sign up for a section that is full, you will be placed on the waitlist for that specific section. As a result, you will not be guaranteed a seat in discussion section and may be unable to take BIOL101 and BIOL102 during the Fall term.

If you did not receive a seat in discussion section, you will still see that you are registered for the class but unassigned for a discussion section.  If this is the case, and you still want to take the class this Fall term, sign up for a remaining empty spot in a discussion section (if available) or put yourself on a waitlist in OCS for a discussion section on the off-chance another student decides to drop the class during shopping period.

If you are not able to take BIOL101/102 during the Fall term due to the enrollment cap and preference selection, do not worry!  We strongly emphasize that this should not be a point of stress. Each module is taught in both Fall and Spring to reduce class size and increase flexibility in student schedules. If you are unable to take BIOL 101/102 in the Fall term of your first year, we encourage you to start one of the other introductory math or science courses that you might also need to complete. The BIOL101/102 modules are typically uncapped in the Spring term. Thus, you can begin the BIOL sequence in Spring and conclude the series in the following Fall term. We assure you that you will not fall behind your course studies if you choose to start the BIOL sequence later than the Fall term.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Professor Hartman: amaleah.hartman@yale.edu

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