Office of the Registrar
Campus Address
Hanover, NH
03755-3529
Phone: (603) 646-xxxx
Fax: (603) 646-xxxx
Email: reg@Dartmouth.EDU

Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2016-17


Election of Courses

After approximately seven weeks of each term every student scheduled to be enrolled as ‘R’ or ‘O’ elects courses for the following term. In elections of winter and spring courses all students make use of the newly published Timetable which updates this Catalog, and in the spring (or summer) the corresponding Timetable.

On occasion a student who has already taken and passed a course will wish to elect it again, sometimes with the intention of improving upon the earlier performance. Such is not allowable unless the course is of the type in which a project is carried farther (e.g., Chemistry 87) or in which the content is different (e.g., French 10 in a different one of its listed forms). Violation of this regulation results in loss of credit and grade points for the second election. (Sometimes a student gains permission from the Registrar to elect such a course as the two just mentioned as a no-credit, grade-only, non-averaged third or fourth course. Such a course does not count in that term’s course load.) Students may not elect a course that has been renumbered but is wholly or effectively identical to one already passed; they should also make sure that a repetition in course number is not also a repetition in content that will lead to loss of credit.

Election of a course nearly equivalent to one for which course credit has been granted on entry, will entail loss of credit.

A student who has failed a course may elect it again. In this situation both of the grades are recorded and hence both are included in the cumulative average; only one course credit is earned. The same general principle applies to Credit/No Credit courses.

Full directions for electing courses are outlined on the Registrar’s Office website. Numerous courses have enrollment limits set prior to release of the Timetable; others are limited as enrollments grow. If the demand exceeds the limit, students are enrolled according to priorities established by the offering departments and programs. Dartmouth College reserves the right to make changes in the offering of any listed course and to cancel it when the enrollment is fewer than five students.

Students registering for courses that require instructor permission, a prerequisite override, or any other special permission/override must first consult with the instructor and/or the instructor’s proxy, if appropriate, and provide the instructor with his or her ID number so the instructor may apply the appropriate permission/override to his or her record. After the permission/override has been applied, the student receives a confirmation email that the permission/override was applied. The student then registers for the course. Students who have not obtained a permission/override are not permitted to register for the course. After submitting their courses, students review their class schedule to ensure they have entered it correctly. Students should note that addition to Dartmouth's learning management system, Canvas, without registration in Banner does not constitute official registration for the course and may result in a loss of expected credit.

Many courses at the College have prerequisites, either in the form of prior course work, permission of the instructor, or both. It is the responsibility of each individual student to see that he or she has met the requirements for each course elected. Failure to heed published prerequisites may place the student in an untenable position in the course. Effective in the 2003 summer term, an instructor may require a student to drop a course during the first eight class days of the term if the student lacks the published prerequisite courses. Some departments/programs use Banner prerequisite checking and do not allow a student to gain entry without a prerequisite override, while some departments/programs simply list prerequisite requirements in this Catalog. In either case, the student is required to meet the prerequisites listed.

Each term, students who have filed proper course elections for the following term may make changes in them through the last day of classes in the current term.

Effective Fall 2003, an undergraduate student may request to take a course at the Tuck School of Business provided the course is cross-listed by an Arts and Sciences department or program, or has the subject code “TUCK”.  An undergraduate student may also request to take graduate courses at the other graduate schools provided the course is cross-listed by an Arts and Sciences department or program. The Committee on Instruction will deny an undergraduate student petition to take a course at the Tuck School of Business, or the other graduate schools, unless the course has been cross-listed or is one of the special TUCK courses offered to undergraduates.