Registration for Fall 2019 begins Monday, but the familiar process has a new look this semester.
In Spring of 2017, the New Mexico State Legislature signed a law requiring universities in the state share the same subject prefix and number as lower-division courses at community colleges, the hope being to streamline the process for transfer students.
This registration round will be the first since implementing new course numbers and prefixes — lower-division course numbers will be 1000- and 2000- instead of in the hundreds.
According to Pamela Cheek, associate provost for Curriculum and Assessment, because of the new system students will see a difference in prefixes within a department for lower-division course and upper-division, graduate and professional courses.
Below are some things Cheek said students should look out for:
- Renumbering can make a course look like a different course. For example, before the changes General Psychology was PSY 105, it is now PSYC 1110: Introduction to Psychology. She warned students to double check they are not taking the same course twice, just under a new name. Students can compare old and new numbers or titles on the advisement website.
- New prefixes can make it hard to tell which courses belong to which departments or programs. For example, ENVS 101: The Blue Planet has been renumbered as GEOL 1120: Environmental Geology. Upper-division prefixes will remain the same. Students can visit the advisement website for a list of subject prefixes.
Cheek said the time at which students can register has also changed in hopes to make student’s lives easier — instead of waiting until midnight to register, the window now opens at 7 a.m.
Transcripts will also now include an explanation of the change in numbering and what it all means, Cheek said. She added that it’s important for students to double-check their courses using the advisement website resources and checking with an advisor.
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