Registration information for Biostatistics graduate students.

Registration Process

Matriculated students use MyUW or the MyPlan academic planning tool to register for courses each quarter. Learn more about the registration process, including important registration policies. Contact the Registration Office for general registration questions. 

  • Important tip for registering using MyPlan: Be sure you've selected a specific section (e.g. A, B, etc.) when you "Add to Plan" even if only one section is being offered for that course.
  • Many BIOST courses are "joint" with a STAT (Statistics) course number. Whenever possible, register using the BIOST course number. This makes degree audits smoother.
  • If a course is full, you can subscribe to seat availability notifications via Notify.UW. A direct subscribe link specific to the course section is also available through clicking on the Schedule Line Number (SLN) in the Time Schedule or "View Restrictions" in MyPlan.
  • Students with RA/TA appointments must register for at least 10 credits in Autumn, Winter, and Spring, and 2 credits in Summer. Tuition waivers cannot be applied unless the minimum credits are registered.

Registration Periods and Deadlines

  • Be mindful of registration periods and deadlines each quarter, available on the Academic Calendar
  • Students should plan to register as soon as possible after their registration period begins (for most new students, this would be Period II for Autumn quarter, and Period I thereafter) to ensure getting a seat in the course. This is particularly important for courses in other departments such as STAT and MATH courses.

Course Add Codes and Faculty Codes

Generally, Biostatistics students can register for most BIOST prefix courses without an add code. Only courses with "Restr" or the ">" symbol next to the Schedule Line Number (SLN) in the Time Schedule, or notes under "ENRL RESTR" in MyPlan have restrictions or add code requirements, but for BIOST courses those restrictions are usually for non-Biostatistics/Statistics majors. A few courses such as BIOST 590 Consulting require add codes for all students; in addition, independent study courses (BIOST 600, 700, 800) require a faculty code. Note that all UW courses require add codes starting the second week of the quarter.

To request an add code, see the contact information or method noted in the Time Schedule or MyPlan. Each department has their own contact or they may ask you to complete an add code survey. If no information is provided, for BIOST prefix courses, contact the Department of Biostatistics Curriculum Coordinator. Faculty codes for independent study are posted on the Student Advising Site under Modules (Progressing Through Your Degree). See more below regarding registering for independent study.

Register for Independent Study

You may register for an independent study (BIOST 600A), often referred to as a reading credit. Some new students take a one-credit independent study with their academic advisor during their first quarter in the program. It is up to the student and the advisor to determine if this would be useful.

When you register for BIOST 600A, you will be asked for a faculty add code, and you will also be asked to enter the credits you are taking. Select the faculty member with whom you are working. Credit hours should be discussed with the faculty member, but in general, one credit is approximately 3 hours/week of study.

If the faculty member you want to work with is not on the faculty code list, first contact the Biostatistics Curriculum Coordinator to find out if the person can be added. Generally this can be done only for new core Biostatistics faculty, faculty who are from another department but have a joint appointment with Biostatistics, or Statistics faculty with Graduate Faculty status. The Curriculum Coordinator can make this determination for you. If the faculty member is not granted a faculty code, you will need to contact the faculty member’s home department to register.