Degrees: Registration Guidelines
During the academic year (Autumn, Winter,
and Spring quarters) all supported graduate students must register for
at least 10 credits. This is a University requirement, and cannot be waived
except by petition to the Graduate School. In addition, supported Master's
students in Mathematics must register for three graded courses applicable
to their degree requirements. Ordinarily, this should include at least
one 500-level course during the first year and three during the second
year. With the advisor's approval, registration for three graded credits
in Math 600 (Independent Study) may be substituted for one of the three
graded courses. In addition, students who have completed three full quarters
of graduate study may, with their advisor's approval, register for up to
10 credits of Math 700 (Master's Thesis) in lieu of one or more courses.
Other exceptions require the approval of the Graduate Program Coordinator.
During Summer quarter, supported graduate
students should register for at least 10 credits, except that students on RA appointments should register for 3 credits.
Courses can be added or dropped freely
through the end of the first week of classes in a quarter. After
the end of the first week, fees will be charged for any adds or
drops. Courses may still be added during the second and third weeks,
by obtaining an entry
code from the Student Services Office, Padelford C-36. Courses
may be dropped during the second week of classes; after the end
of the second week, each student may drop only one course per year,
up to the end of the seventh week of classes. For more information,
see the University's Web pages on Registration
Drop Periods, and Course
Every student must meet with his or her
advisor each quarter to discuss his or her course schedule for the quarter
and to obtain the advisor's signature on the form entitled "Quarterly Plan."
Copies of this form are available in the Student Services Office, Padelford
C-36; it must be turned in with the advisor's signature by the end of the
fifth class day of the quarter.
The designated core graduate courses (currently
504/5/6, 524/5/6, 534/5/6, 544/5/6, and 554/5/6) are worth 5 credits, and
all other regular Math courses are worth 3 credits. Thus any student
taking three courses including at least one core course already has the
required 10 credits. Students taking three 3-credit courses will need to
sign up for at least one extra credit to bring the total up to 10. Master's
students may register for any of the following to obtain the additional
credit; for most Master's students, the most appropriate option would be
one or more credits of 600B in conjunction with a three-credit course.
For courses requiring entry
codes, the codes can be obtained in the Student Services Office, Padelford
Math 700 (Master's Thesis). Permission of
the advisor must be obtained in advance of registration. Note that at least
9 credits of 700 are required to obtain a Master's degree with thesis.
Math 600A (Supervised Independent Study and
Research). Permission of the instructor must be obtained in advance of
registration. If you wish to take a reading course with a faculty member,
this is the course for which to register.
Math 600B (Supplemental Reading and Research
in Connection with a Mathematics Course). Permission of the instructor
must be obtained.
Math 600C (Independent Study). You should
see your advisor before signing up for this in order to discuss a plan
of independent study, which may include regular visits to the library to
check out books and journal articles in your field of interest. Credit/no
credit only. You will be asked to submit a short report (no more than a
page) describing the activities you engaged in.
Credit-bearing seminars. These usually
carry numbers of the form 5x0, and are offered credit/no credit only.
If you sign up for a credit seminar, be sure to contact the seminar organizer
at the beginning of the quarter to find out what will be required for credit.
Typical requirements include regular attendance, writing up one or more
seminar reports, and/or giving a seminar talk. A list of currently-offered
seminars will be publicized each quarter.