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.
Adding a course to MyPlan
Important tip: 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.
Register for the BIOST section for joint courses
Many BIOST courses are "joint" with a STAT (Statistics) course number. Whenever possible, register using the BIOST course number. This makes degree audits smoother.
Subscribe to seat availability notifications
If a course is full, you can subscribe to seat availability notifications. In MyPlan, click on the alert bell icon by the course section. In the Time Schedule, click on the Schedule Line Number (SLN) and then subscribe to notifications. You can also subscribe via Notify.UW.
Credit requirements for TA/RA appointments
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.
You should register as soon as possible after your registration period begins, especially for STAT and MATH courses which fill up quickly. Most new students register in Period II for Autumn quarter (mid-June) and Period I thereafter.
Course Add Codes and Faculty Codes
Courses that require add codes or 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.
BIOST 590 Consulting requires add codes for all students. Independent study courses (BIOST 600, 700, 800) require a faculty code.
All UW courses require add codes starting the second week of the quarter.
How to obtain add codes or faculty codes
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.
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.
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 you and your advisor to determine if this would be useful.
When you register for BIOST 600A, you will be asked for a faculty code and the number of credits you are taking. Credit hours should be discussed with the faculty member, but in general, one credit is approximately 3 hours/week of study.