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Adding My Courses

Adding My Courses

During Fall 2021, lab sections must remain smaller than I typically allow, to accommodate the strict protocols for face-to-face labs during Laney’s COVID-19 response.

I typically receive messages from dozens of students who want to get into my class after it is filled, and everyone has a good reason why they absolutely must take the class with me that particular semester. I empathize with the frustrating situation of not getting in, or having to wait a long time to find out. I wish I could accommodate everyone, but it’s not possible. I promise to do the best I can, and if I am able to add anyone after the class is full, I will take students from the waitlist. It’s unlikely I’ll be able to add students who were not on the waitlist. Please note that I do not control the waitlist – that’s done through the Peralta system, and you must secure a spot on the waitlist through the standard enrollment process. 

Over summer and winter breaks, there is always lots of movement on the rosters. That is, students drop and the Peralta system automatically adds students from the top of the waitlist. If you are dedicated to getting a spot in my class, I recommend you keep trying to enroll, and hopefully secure a spot on the waitlist. You might get lucky and happen to try just as someone else dropped. Waitlisted students can expect to receive a message from me, with additional information, shortly before the semester begins (a few days before the first day of class). Please be prepared to respond quickly. If you respond, and I am able to add you from the waitlist, I will send you a permission number at that time. These messages will be sent through the Peralta system, so you must either pay attention to your Peralta email or link another email to your Peralta account. Click here to learn how. 

If you are on a waitlist but find another class that works for you, please drop yourself from the waitlist to allow others the opportunity.

Face-to-Face Classes

  • Enroll as early as you are able – my classes tend to fill up quickly
  • When the class is running face-to-face, you must attend class the first day or you will be dropped to make room for waitlisted students who are present. YOU MUST ATTEND THE FIRST CLASS to keep your spot. If there are unavoidable extenuating circumstances causing your absence that can be documented (such as a medical reason) you may email me ahead of time. I can no longer accept extended vacations/travel as a reason for missing the first class.
  • Extended vacations during the semester, outside of the regular Peralta holiday schedule, cannot be accommodated
  • Check for all open sections and enroll in what is currently available (it may be possible to switch lab sections later)
  • Make sure you have taken the appropriate prerequisite (see policy below)
  • If a class is full, keep trying – someone may drop before the first day
  • You may come to class the first day if you are trying to add into a full section – be aware there are no guarantees
  • It is likely that there will be several students who come to add and feel they absolutely must get into the class, unfortunately it is not possible to accommodate everyone

Online Classes

  • Enroll as early as you are able – my classes tend to fill up quickly
  • When the class is running online (during the COVID-19 response) there are “First Week Activities” in Canvas that must be completed on time to keep your spot in the class
  • Check for all open sections and enroll in what is currently available (it may be possible to switch lab sections later, though during COVID-19 it is unlikely)
  • Make sure you have taken the appropriate prerequisite (see policy below)
  • If a class is full, keep trying – someone may drop before the first day
  • As mentioned above, you must have a spot on the waitlist to be added to the class
  • I will contact waitlisted students shortly before the semester begins with additional information

Prerequisites

Everyone must take the prerequisites, with good reason.  The prerequisites have been established by committee to benefit students.  The prereqs are not an obstacle, they are there because your proven success in those courses makes it much more likely that you will be successful in my class.  For Human Anatomy (Biology 2), the prereq is Biology 10 or Biology 24.  For Human Physiology (Biology 4) the prereq is Chemistry 30A or Chemistry 1A.  You must have taken the prereq or a comparable college level course at another school to take my class.  Admissions and Records will need to verify that a class taken at another school is an appropriate substitute.  They may ask you to fill out a form to challenge the prerequisite.  This form requires my signature and I will need to verify the information, so be sure to provide evidence supporting your challenge (such as an unofficial transcript documenting the course you believe serves as a prerequisite) and current email contact on your form.  Please note that the paperwork will not move forward quickly over holiday breaks.