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Course Registration - How Tos

Log in

  • Access BU BRAIN Self Service via the Portal at
  • Enter your User ID and password.
  • Click on the BU BRAIN Self Service icon on the left side of the main Portal page.

Navigate to course building area

  • Once in BU BRAIN Self Service, click on “Student” tab
  • Then select “Registration” on the screen below
  • Next, choose “Select Term” (i.e., spring 2017)
  • Finally, select “Add/Drop Course”

The following new instructions will help in accessing the schedule of classes via BU BRAIN:  View instructions.


Use the schedule of classes to make your course selection

College Scheduler

Add course(s)

  • Locate the Course Registration Number (CRN), a five-digit code corresponding to each course
  • Enter the CRN in the course field at the bottom of the screen
  • Then, click “submit changes” to save your added course(s)
  • Reminder: Courses may be added until the add/drop deadline.
  • Note: The number of credits you are registered for may affect tuition, billing, financial aid and academic progress.

Remove or drop course(s)

  • Beside the course you wish to remove, use the drop down menu to select “web drop”
  • Click “submit changes” to update your schedule
  • Reminder: Courses may be dropped up until the add/drop deadline.
  • Note: The number of credits you are registered for may affect tuition, billing, financial aid and academic progress.

More Registration Reminders

  • If a course is comprised of a lecture (LEC) AND an associated activity -- lab (ACT), discussion group (DIS) or seminar (SEM) – be sure to also input the corresponding CRN at the same time; if you don’t, you will receive an on-screen system error. If you are unsure if there is an associated activity, please review the course description found in the schedule of classes.
  • If you attempt to register for a course that requires department approval or the instructor's signature, you will get an error message. Please see the department or instructor for approval. If approved, the department offering the course will register you.
  • You are considered a full-time student if you are registered for at least 12 credits. No more than 18 credits may be scheduled each semester without permission from your school. You are considered a part-time student if you are registered for less than 12 credits in a semester.
  • The number of credits may affect tuition, billing, financial aid and academic progress. Be sure to regularly discuss course selection with your academic advisor.
  • Course numbering at Binghamton University assists students in quickly identifying the level of courses available to undergraduate students
    • All undergraduate courses are numbered 100-499; 100-299 are considered lower level courses and are typically courses taken by freshmen and sophomore students, while 300-499 are considered upper level courses and are typically taken by students who have been officially accepted into their major, have fulfilled required prerequisites, and/or are considered juniors or seniors. Often, special topic courses are identified with 80’s as the last two digits; and courses ending in 90’s are: 91 - Teaching Practicum; 95 - Internship; 97 - Independent Study; and 98 or 99 Honors/Thesis. Note: students may not register for Independent Study or Internship courses online via the BU Brain. Students must contact the appropriate academic department to register.
    • Internship listings and details are available online via e-recruiting through Binghamton University Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development website.
  • Section Numbering– If a course is comprised of a lecture (LEC) AND an associated activity - lab (ACT), discussion group (DIS) or seminar (SEM), then you must register for each course section, which is identified with a letter and several numbers.
    • Example (please reference chart below): When registering for Intro to Chemistry, identified as subject (Subj)/course (Crse) CHEM 101, you will have to register for a lecture (LEC) and a lab (ACT). There is only one lecture section (A 0) to choose from, and four lab sections (A51, A52, A53 or A54) to choose from. To successfully register, you must enter two CRNs - one for the lecture (CRN 10155) and one for a lab (CRN 10603, 10174, 10183 or 10604).

    Schedule Numbering

  • General Education Requirements, also referred to as Gen Eds, are required undergraduate courses designed to expose students to a variety of academic areas – Composition (C), Oral Communication (O), Foreign Language, Pluralism in the U.S. (P), Global Interdependencies (G), Laboratory Science (L), Social Science (N), Mathematics/Reasoning (M), Aesthetics (A) and Humanities (H) . They are detailed in the Course Listing under the column defined with “Gen Ed.” All students should consult their academic advising office, University Bulletin at and DARS report via BU BRAIN Self Service for details.
  • Any questions about your selection of courses should be directed to your school's academic advising office or advisor.  

View/print schedule

  • Once registered for courses, click on the “Student” tab
  • Then select “Week at a Glance” or “Student Detail Schedule” option and then select term
  • Schedules are available only online, and are not e-mailed or mailed to students

Unable to register for a semester?

Be sure to check BU BRAIN Self Service for messages about why you are unable to register for courses. Go to the “Student” tab.  One or more of the following may be affecting your account:

  • Missing required documentation, such as health forms or final high school/college transcripts
  • Financial holds, such as parking tickets, unpaid student account balance, library fines, etc. Review the message/information and contact the appropriate office indicated. A hold is not instantly cleared and requires up to 24 hours to be reflected on a student’s account, and may delay registration.
  • A student’s registration window or time ticket may not correspond with the time one is attempting to register; too early or past registration deadline date.
  • If you have missed three consecutive major semesters (Fall/Spring/Fall or Spring/Fall/Spring), you are required to re-enroll before being able to register for courses. Obtain a re-enrollment application now NOTE FOR STUDENTS STUDYING ABROAD: Participation in a Binghamton University or another SUNY study abroad program  or the National Student Exchange program does not require you to re-enroll. If you are participating in a non-SUNY program, and you will not be enrolled for three consecutive major semesters at Binghamton University, you will be required to re-enroll before being able to register for courses. Obtain a re-enrollment application now.

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Dean of Students: Coordinates services and resources you need when you find yourself in a situation that you can’t resolve without help, whether it is an emergency situation or not.

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Last Updated: 11/14/18