Core Course Registration

How Core Course Registration Works

Students are sent email messages from the Admissions office inviting them to register for Online Bear Tracks. Students can begin Online Bear Tracks at the end of March, which includes completing their My Academics tasks. Following completion of their My Academics tasks in Online Bear Tracks, advisors register students in the first semester core course(s) required by their major department in addition to math, writing composition and a first-year seminar course. All new freshman are recommended to take 15 credits per semester to keep on track with graduating in four years.

An advising directory for new freshman is included in the Online Bear Tracks program. If you have questions as you work through My Academics, please reference the directory to contact the advisor of your major for assistance. Advising contacts are also provided for students whose major is Undeclared.

Students can add general education and elective courses and make other necessary or preferred adjustments to their schedule after their core course schedule is complete and they have met with their academic advisor.

Be sure to complete Online Bear Tracks and the My Academic tasks as soon as possible so we can get you into your desired courses.

Core Course Registration for Undeclared (General Studies) Students

There is no pre-established "core" set of courses for the Undeclared student.  Instead, you will have the opportunity to select from one of seven Exploratory Tracks, each containing a diverse array of courses.  This can initially feel like a daunting task, so we want you to first watch a short video about the Exploratory Studies Program (ESP) and review additional information and videos about the various Exploratory Tracks.  There is a link to each Exploratory Track at the top of the ESP web page

After you complete your Academic Interest Questionnaire (AIQ) as part of the My Academics tasks in Online Bear Tracks, we will use your responses to register you in classes that will satisfy your general education requirements while you explore a variety of disciplines.  You will gain a firm foundation in core areas as you narrow your academic focus and decide on a major.

Your AIQ is your opportunity to tell us which courses you are most interested in taking during your first semester of college.  You will be able to speak with an advisor and adjust your schedule after your core course registration is complete.