Registration Problems

Registration Problems

Problems with registration for courses in Chemistry, I - Pre-requisite overrides

A student needs a ‘pre-requisite override’ for a course when the course is open but a student a) does not have or b) does not seem to have all pre-requisites. If the student does not have the pre-requisites, then it is up to the instructor of the course to say yea or nay and we will refer the request to the instructor. If the student does not seem to have all the pre-requisites, but in fact does have them, then typically we will check the student’s transcript and act accordingly. This situation usually arises when students transfer into Rutgers and our registration system does not recognize the equivalence of a transferred course to one of our own.

Problems with registration for courses in Chemistry, 2 – Closed courses and special permission numbers (SPNs)

A student needs a special permission number when a course appears to be ‘closed’. Courses can be closed for several reasons.

  1. No space - the classroom or laboratory is full. In this case regulations from the fire department rule and we will put your name on a waiting list, with priority given to students who need the course for a timely graduation.
  2. The class is offered by invitation only. One example in Chemistry is Honors Organic Chemistry – for more about Honors Organic Chemistry, please see

  3. The course description shows that special permission is required for registration. Examples are research taken either as Independent Study or Honors Research. To learn more about doing research in chemistry , please see

And for more information about registration in other closed courses please write or speak to Ms. Shaneika Nelson (