Monday, August 19, 2019

Add/drop available Aug 20-22

The next add/drop period is August 20-22, 2019.  
As long as you obtained your adviser's permission to register for fall classes back in the April registration period (or since then), you don't need any new permission to add/drop now.

Not sure if your adviser gave you permission to register?  Check by logging into Student Planning via myBarnard.

If you don't have permission to register, you'll see this notification in the upper-righthand corner:

If you do have permission to register, no notification!

If you think you should have permission but don't, be in touch with an adviser or dean ASAP before your next registration time.

Find your individual registration times on myBarnard

Register as usual by logging into Student Planning via myBarnard.

There will be additional add/drop periods in August and September (you'll see these if you look up your registration times on myBarnard)

The final add/drop/"shopping" period will be Sept 3-13, 2019

Final Registration Deadline is Friday, September 13, 2019.

Keep track of these and other deadlines via the Senior Class Deadlines gBear calendar.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Changes to Psychology dept course offerings & how to Psych to fulfill requirements

News you can use about Psychology Department Course Updates:

1. The 3-credit Psych Research Methods course is no longer being offered.  
Looking for an introductory lab and haven't taken any more advanced Psychology labs?  Consider taking PSYC BC1010 Introductory Laboratory in Experimental Psychology* (1.5 credits) either along with or after PSYC BC1001 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits) lecture.  This combination of lecture + lab will give you a total of 4.5 credits, which will satisfy the Foundations Lab Science

2.  The other lab and lecture categories have been simplified
Below are details from the Psychology Department website.  Visit the site for more info, FAQs, and contact info for further questions

The Department of Psychology offers the following courses that can be used towards fulfilling the College Science Requirement:
Introductory Laboratory Course
  • PSYC BC1010 Introductory Laboratory in Experimental Psychology
Group 1 Courses
  • PSYC BC2107 Psychology of Learning; BC2106 Psychology of Learning Lab
  • PSYC BC2115 Cognitive Psychology; BC2114 Cognitive Psychology Lab
  • PSYC BC2110 Perception; BC2109 Perception Lab
  • PSYC BC2119 Systems and Behavioral Neuroscience; BC2118 Systems/Behavioral Neuro Lab
Group 2 Courses
  • PSYC BC2125 Psychology of Personality; BC2124 Psychology of Personality Lab
  • PSYC BC2129 Developmental Psychology; BC2128 Developmental Psychology Lab
  • PSYC BC2138 Social Psychology; BC2137 Social Psychology Lab
  • PSYC BC2156 Clinical Psychology; BC2155 Clinical Lab

For students satisfying the Nine Ways of Knowing GER requirements:
There are TWO OPTIONS:
1.) take PSYC BC1010*, with PSYC BC1001 Introduction to Psychology lecture (or its equivalent), followed by one topical lab/lecture combination from Group 1 or 2 (listed above); OR
2.) take two topical lab courses concurrently with their corresponding lectures (listed above).
*NOTE: BC1010 is not required, however, if taken it must be completed prior to all other higher level PSYC labs; and a student must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in BC1001, or its equivalent. 

For students satisfying Barnard's Foundations requirements:
Same as above, but only one laboratory course is required with the two lectures. Again, lectures must be from different groups. 

  • Be aware that some laboratory courses are offered each semester, and some only once per year. 
  • You can take a course to satisfy a GER requirement (in this case, a psychology laboratory) for a P/D/F grade. This is a College rule, and not a Departmental one.
  • Psychology Laboratory Attendance Policy
    • You must attend every laboratory meeting. You are allowed only two excused absences.
    • You may not arrive late. You may not depart before you complete the day's procedure.
  • Refer to the College Catalogue for more information on Requirements for a Liberal Arts Degree.
Please contact the Department Administrator with any questions.

Friday, August 16, 2019

WebAdvisor & Student Planning will be unavailable Saturday and Sunday, August 17-18

BCIT is doing needed upgrades to the course registration software over the weekend, so WebAdvisor and Student Planning will be unavailable this Saturday 8/17 7:00am through Sunday 8/18 5:00pm.  We anticipate that everything will be up and running (and, we hope, improved!) in plenty of time for the next registration/add/drop period: August 20-22.

As the semester approaches... how about checking your Degree Audit?

Planning to graduate in May 2020?  Now's a good time to double-check that you're on track to complete all of your requirements by the end of the spring 2020 semester.  Planning to graduate in Feb 2020?  Definitely the time to confirm!

Step 1: Open up both your Degree Audit on myBarnard and your Unofficial Transcript via Student Planning

Check the Student Planning/myBarnard/Registration printable guide (requires myBarnard/gBear login to view) for instructions if you don't remember how to view your Degree Audit online.

See previous blog post for how to check remaining credits on your Transcript.

Step 2: Check for some important stuff

    On your Unofficial Transcript

    1. Are all the classes you took listed, and are all the grades on your transcript?
    2. Are all external credits you expect -- previous college credit, summer credit, AP/IB credit, study abroad credit, etc. -- listed? 
    3. If you're planning to graduate this May 2020:
      1. Have you completed at least 86 credits, thereby attaining senior status? 
      2. Are you registered for a fall schedule that puts you on track to finish everything that remains by the end of the spring?
    On your Degree Audit
    1. Is your expected graduation date correct?
    2. Are all courses showing up as counting for the requirements you expect them to count for? Or are things listed in "Other" that you expected to see under General Education Requirements (GERs) or in your major?  
    3. If you're planning to graduate this February 2020, everything should be completed or in progress.

    Step 3: Address any issues you identified in Step 2
    Note: many of these steps require the assistance of your adviser or other faculty, so you may not be able to resolve them until the fall semester begins.
    1. If you see a blank grade, grades have not yet been turned in for the entire class. If you see an "I" or "X" or other non-A-to-F grade for a class where you know you have turned in any missing work, contact the instructor to check in.  
    2. If you're missing any external credit, now is a good time to make sure it gets transferred. See the Registrar's page on Obtaining External Credit for all the necessary paperwork and instructions. Deadline for seniors to submit external credit: October 1.
    3. For GERs: if you took something for one requirement that is counting for a different requirement, you may not need to do anything. The Degree Audit is designed to maximize GER requirement fulfillment, so if for example you want a class to count for Thinking Globally but it's showing up as Thinking with Historical Perspective and you haven't yet taken something for Thinking Globally, the Degree Audit will automatically shift things around when you do take that Global class. Just double-check at that point to make sure. If, however, something is showing up in "Other" that you think should be fulfilling a GER, there are two possible courses of action:
      1. If it is on the Registrar's list of Current courses satisfying Foundations General Education Requirements or Current courses satisfying Nine Ways of Knowing General Education Requirements (whichever is appropriate for you), it should be counting for something and there's probably just a computer glitch. In that case, you can fill out this form to request that this be fixed.
      2. If it is not on the list but you hoped or were advised that it might be able to count for a GER, you may fill out and submit the Student GER Appeal Form. Do this ASAP so you can make a "plan B" if needed!
    4. For major requirements: if your adviser assured you something would fulfill a major requirement and it's not listed, you may follow up with them and/or the department chair in the fall to make sure they have notified the registrar so that your degree audit can be updated.
    5. If the number of credits you have left appears impossible to complete during this academic year and all of your completed credits are showing up and you hope to graduate this May, please consult with your adviser and/or class dean to discuss options.
    6. If any expected credits seem to be missing, be sure you're looking at the Unofficial Transcript, not the Degree Audit.
      1. Note: If you have taken any of the few repeated courses for which students are allowed to earn credit more than once for the same course number (e.g. Dance Technique, Independent Study, Research), there is a known technical issue that prevents this credit from showing in the degree audit. If this shows correctly on your Unofficial Transcript, don't worry if it's being weird on the degree audit.
      2. If a course you expected to count for credit is showing up as zero credits, you may need to fill out a form to officially request credit. Common situations are: Requesting a Point of Credit for Dance Technique and Requesting Credit for Introductory Language (where there was no subsequent more-advanced course)
    NOTE: If you complete all of your requirements and all 122 credits (121 for transfers), you must graduate -- if this happens early, congratulations!

    NOTE 2: Unless you have already completed 8 undergraduate semesters, you must enroll in at least 12 credits each semester even if you otherwise need fewer credits to graduate. If this happens, enjoy an extra elective, PE, Dance, p/d/f something, or other "fun" class to round out your credit total.

    Step 4: Once everything is correct and you have your plan for finishing up, breathe a sigh of relief.

    Wednesday, August 14, 2019

    Haven't fulfilled the Language Requirement? Need to take a placement test? Check this schedule

    Ancient and Modern Greek - Contact Professor Nancy Worman to speak about placement 
    Arabic - Friday, August 30th, 10 AM - 1 PM, Knox Hall 101 and 104
    Chinese - Thursday, August 29th, 10 AM - 12:30 PM, Kent Hall 413

    French - Friday, August 30th, 10 AM - 11:30 AM, Milbank Hall 405
    German - Friday, August 30th, 10 AM - 11:30 AM, Milbank Hall 328
    Hebrew - Wednesday, August 28th, 10 AM - 1 PM, Knox Hall 101 and 104
    Hindi-Urdu - Wednesday, August 28th, 10 AM - 1 PM, Know Hall 103
    Italian - Tuesday, August 27th, 10 AM, 501 Hamilton Hall
    Japanese - Thursday, August 29th, 10 AM - 12:30 PM, Kent 405

    Korean - 2 part test, both necessary
    Online test - Open from August 12-28
    In-person exam - Thursday, August 29th, 10 AM - 1 PM, Kent Hall 411
    Latin - Contact Professor Kristina Milnor to speak about placement 
    Persian - Thursday, August 29th, 1 - 3 PM, Knox Hall 207
    Portuguese - Tuesday, September 3rd, 5:00 PM or Wednesday, September 11th, 6:00 PM, Casa Hispanica 201 
    Russian - Wednesday, August 28th, 3:00 - 5:00 PM, Kent 413
    Sanskrit - Wednesday, August 28th, 3:00 PM, Knox Hall 311
    Spanish - Online exam available now on myBarnard
    If you score above a 625 on the online test, you’ll need to take a drop-in in-person exam on Wednesday, August 28th, from 3:00 - 6:00 PM in the Language Resource Center, 353 International Affairs Building. Advanced registration required.

    Tamil - Wednesday, August 28th, 3:00 PM, Knox Hall 311
    Tibetan - To schedule a Tibetan language test students should contact Sonam Tsering at

    Turkish - Thursday, August 29th, 2:00 PM, Knox Hall 208
    Vietnamese - Thursday, August 29, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, 522D Kent Hall. To register, please contact Chung Nguyen at

    Yiddish - Online exam only. The test is available August 15 - September 13, 2019, but it is highly recommended to take before the first day of class on September 3, 2019. The exam can be found here

    Need placement in a language not on this list?
    Check the departmental website for info and/or contact the department. No Columbia department in your language of choice? Check the Columbia Language Resource Center to see if it may be available through the NYU language exchange. 


    Monday, August 12, 2019

    REPOST: Senior Life Hack: How to check your remaining credits and see if you're on track for graduation

    Your Unofficial Transcript is the best place to check how many credits you have left before graduation.
    It is easier to find and understand the credit math on the Transcript than on the Degree Audit, particularly if you have repeated classes that allow you to earn credit more than once (e.g. Dance Technique, Advanced Language Through Content, Supervised Research, etc.) or are registered for a yearlong thesis that only gives you grades in spring.

      How to check how many credits you still need to complete your degree:

      1. Navigate to your Unofficial Transcript on Student Planning.

      2. Scroll down to last semester. 

      a.  If your grades are all in, proceed to step #3a below.
      b. If you have an incomplete, a deferred exam, a Y for a yearlong thesis, or a class where the professor has not yet turned in grades, proceed to step #3b below.

      3. Scroll down to the bottom right of the transcript to see the totals. 

      a. If you have no missing grades, do some arithmetic to see how many credits you need to take this year in order to graduate

      122 (121 for transfer students) 
      minus cumulative points completed 
      = remaining credits 

      In the case above: 122  - 101.5 = 20.5   

      b. If you have "unfinished points" for classes where you've completed or will complete all expected work by the deadline, your arithmetic needs one more step

      Cumulative points completed 
      + unfinished points 
      = actual points to date.

      122 [121 for transfer students] 
      minus actual points to date
      = remaining credits

      In the case above 102.5 + 3 = 105.5
      122 - 105.5 = 16.5

      4. Ask yourself? Can you realistically complete this number of remaining credits this year?

      a. If yes, hooray!

      b. If no:

      i. Check for missing credits from AP, IB, summer, previous college, etc and contact the registrar or appropriate office to make sure these are transferred

      ii. If you don't have any other credits and need to reconsider your plans, make an appointment to meet with your adviser and/or class dean ASAP.

      Monday, August 5, 2019

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      Thursday, August 1, 2019

      Introducing the Degree Audit Change Request Form, brought to you by the Registrar

      Noticed a mistake or problem when checking your Degree Audit?  

      The Registrar wants you to know there is now an online form for that!  

      If you see a problem with your General Education Requirements audit, please submit the Degree Audit Change Request Form

      Problem with your major audit?  Contact your department -- the chair will submit a different form on your behalf.

      Tuesday, July 30, 2019

      Senior Life Hack: how to use the Wayback Machine to check if a past class was approved for a Foundations requirement

      You know the feeling... you've logged into myBarnard to check your degree audit, and it looks like you haven't fulfilled some important Foundations General Education Requirement.

      But wait, you were sure that [insert past class name here] was on the list of classes approved to fulfill [insert requirement here]....

      You check the online list of Courses Satisfying Foundations General Education Requirements (a.k.a. "Snowbird"), but that only has courses being offered this year, and your past course isn't being offered right now.

      What's a panicked senior to do?

      Try using the Wayback Machine to see an archived version of the website to check for your class.

      E.g. What if you took ECHS-BC2590 MEASURING HISTORY in Spring 2019 and want to know if it should be counting for Thinking Technologically and Digitally?

      2. Enter the url for the list of approved Foundations courses ( in the box at the top of the page, and click the "BROWSE HISTORY" button 

      3. Select a past date when your course would have been concurrently offered, e.g. Feb. 26, 2019 for that spring 2019 course.
      4. You will be taken to an archived version of the page from that date.  Search it for your course.

      5. Found it?  Hooray!  Celebrate!  And then fill out the Degree Audit Update Form to request that your audit be updated to reflect this.

      6. Course not there?  That means it was not approved at that time.  If you think it should be considered, you may submit the Student GER Appeal Form to the Committee on Instruction. Refer to the Learning Outcome Guidelines in the Barnard Catalogue to evaluate your course and make your case.

      Monday, July 29, 2019

      Senior FAQ: I had fulfilled a Foundations req with a past class; why is it now showing in my Degree Audit as "pending completion" with a Fall 2019 class?

      First and foremost, if this is happening to you, don't worry!

      Second, FYI the Degree Audit is programmed to pull the most recent course that fulfills a requirement.  In addition, in response to student requests, the Audit is now also configured to show registered-but-not-started courses in the degree audit so students can more efficiently plan and review course selections.

      OK great, but what if I drop a class that the Degree Audit thinks I'm going to use to fulfill a Foundations requirement?

      If a previous course was approved for this requirement, the past course will go back to where it was and the requirement will be fulfilled once more.  It's a good idea to check after dropping a class to make sure this happens.  If it doesn't, use this form to request an update to your audit: