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. 

Madison Spratto is the news editor at the Daily Lobo. She can be contacted at or on Twitter @Madi_Spratto.