Choosing Courses

Table of Contents

  • Essential Dates for 2015-2016
  • Air Force ROTC
  • BIOL 101-102 and 103-104 Advising FAQs
  • English and ENGL 114-130
  • Freshman Seminars
  • Chemistry: Changes to Introductory Chemistry Courses, Beginning Fall 2015
  • Math Department FAQs for calculus advising and preregistration
  • Naval ROTC
  • Science and QR courses without prerequisites
  • Where to Find Information on Courses
  • Course Selection Period
  • Thoughts on Sophomore Year and Beyond

Essential dates for 2015-2016

The fall 2015 term begins on Wednesday, September 2, 2015. If you are a freshman or a s ophomore, your fall term schedule is due in your residential college dean’s office on the same day: by 5:00 on September 16, 2015.

The spring term begins on Tuesday, January 19, 2016. Your spring term schedule is due in your residential college dean’s office by 5:00 on

  • Wednesday, September 16, 2015, if you’re a freshman
  • Wednesday, September 16, 2015, if you’re a sophomore


Scholarships are open to both freshmen and sophomores who excel in academics and display leadership potential.

BIOL 101-102 and 103-104 Advising FAQs

English Introductory English courses (ENGL 114 through 130) are offered in two categories:

  1. English for Freshmen
  2. English for Freshmen and Sophomores

English for Freshmen (ENGL 114 and 115) is designed for the majority of freshmen to help them develop their skills as writers of college-level prose or as insightful readers.

English for Freshmen and Sophomores (ENGL 120 through 130) is designed for sophomores who have taken English for Freshmen and for freshmen who already feel confident doing intensive, college-level course work in literature and writing.

English introductory course section availability (updated daily during course selection period) 

How to register for ENGL 114 after preregistration has closed

Freshman Seminars (updated daily during course selection period)

Chemistry: Changes to Introductory Chemistry Courses, Beginning Fall 2015

Please click here for a full description of the changes to the general chemistry requirement implemented in AY 2015-2016.

Math Department FAQs for calculus advising and pre-registration (including placement information and lottery information)


First year-students may apply for enrollment in the nonscholarship College Program and then compete for scholarships at the completion of their freshman year.  If selected for the Scholarship Program students receive full tuition, academic fees, a stipend for textbooks, and a monthly subsistence allowance that increases annually.

Science (Sc) and QR Courses without Prerequisites [under construction]

  1. List of Science (Sc) courses without prerequisites: click here
  2. List of QR courses without prerequisites: click here
  3. New Sc courses designed to be accessible to non-majors:
  • PHYS 112a, Practical Electronics
  • E&EB 145b, Plants and People

Course Selection Period (“Shopping Period”)

Online course selection is available at the Registrar’s Office Web site.

Reminder: Classes conducted during the first two weeks of the term are regular classes with readings and homework. Be prepared to complete assignments and to participate in each class that you “shop.”

Be courteous during course selection period. Don’t enter or leave a classroom after class has started or before it has ended. If you must do either, it is polite to discuss your need at the beginning of class with the instructor.

Where to Find Information about Courses

In addition to the information in Yale College Programs of Study, updated course information and many course syllabi are accessible through Yale BlueBook and the Online Course Information (OCI) system. Once you begin choosing courses, you will be able to look at course evaluations for some of the classes you are considering.

Thoughts on Sophomore Year and Beyond

  • “Sophomore year is the last time to really explore. As a sophomore you can just enjoy your classes and at the same time think about which direction you might want to go in life.”
  • “It’s OK if you don’t have your entire life planned by now. Most will change their minds anyway.”
  • “Look ahead to junior and senior years because there are some provisions like studying abroad and class load in senior year that should be taken into account.”
  • “Every year plot out a schedule for the next year.”