Advance Registration

Advance Registration: Fall 2023

Below you will see the procedure for the upcoming Fall 2023 advance registration period, which will be held Monday, March 20th through Monday, April 3rd. Please read carefully as there are new documents you need to complete and bring to meetings with your faculty advisor. 

You can access Path@Penn here and you can find a quick reference guide on how to request courses during advance registration here

Advance Registration Procedure

All students will have their hold removed and permitted to register beginning March 20th. During the two-week Advance Registration period, all Undergraduate students are required to meet (either virtually or in person) with their faculty advisor. You will receive clear instructions from your faculty advisor on how to schedule an appointment. Before meeting with your faculty advisor, you must complete & bring the document below. You must fill out the courses you have taken so far, and the courses you plan to take next semester. Download the document from the link, and save to your computer to edit:

Entered Fall 2020 or later:

BSE Academic Planning Guide 

BAS Academic Planning Guide

This is a planning tool only, and does not guarantee the courses you enter will count towards the requirement for graduation. Please be sure to use the links to the SEAS Handbook in the guide for assistance and to check the BE website for any changes. If you entered before Fall 2020, please reach out to Kacy (kacy@seas) for the older version of the curriculum requirements in excel format. 

All students should have met with their advisor by Monday, April 3rd.  If you do not meet with your faculty advisor by this date, you will remain on hold next semester

If you still have a hold on March 20th, please check where the hold is coming from. The BE Department cannot remove any hold other than “Advising Hold” from your Path@Penn.  Please check the Path@Penn reference guide for more information

Credit Increases

There will be no credit increases during advance registration (no exceptions). Students may only register for more than 5.5 cu’s AFTER grades from the current semester are available. You must submit credit increase requests through Path Forms- please wait until all of your grades are reported before submitting your Max C.U. Increase Form

Credit increase requests must be done every semester if you would like more than 5.5cu. A credit increase does not roll over from previous semesters and must be approved each new semester. 


Permits are requested through Path@Penn. You can see how to request a permit here

See the BE Permit Request Information sheet for details and frequently asked questions on obtaining a permit. 

There will be no permits approved for the courses below during advance registration. You can submit your permit request in Path@Penn during advance registration and you will receive instructions in mid-April regarding permit approval: 

BE 4900/4920 (Independent Study)

BE 4970 (BAS Senior Thesis)

BE 5020 (Biomedical Science to the Marketplace)

BE 5400 (Principles of Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering)

BE 5700 (Biomechatronics)

These courses will be approved directly by the instructor through Path@Penn AFTER advance registration. Please do not contact the instructor or the BE office about approving permits for these courses during advance registration. 

UG students needing a permit for other BE courses not listed above will need to do the following steps:

1) Email the instructor of the course to ask for permission.

2) If approved, submit a permit request through Path@Penn.

3) Forward your instructor approval along with confirmation that you have submitted your permit request in Path@Penn to kacy@seas.

4) The department will then approve the request in the system and you must go in and register for the course. The permit does not automatically register you for the course.

BE Curriculum

Students entering Fall 2020 or later, should follow the sample curriculum below:

BAS Sample Curriculum 

BSE Sample Curriculum 

Students entering Fall 2019 or earlier should follow the sample curriculum below:

BAS Sample Curriculum

BSE Sample Curriculum 

*Please note that DegreeWorks is still being updated and currently still has errors. Students should be using the BE curriculum websites for the most up to date requirements. 

*Many electives in Path@Penn are coded incorrectly for Social Science, Humanities, etc. Many courses in SAS have been renumbered, and RAS is working to update these in the system. Please use the SEAS Handbook to see what counts for Social Science, Humanities, TBS, etc. until this feature is updated in Path@Penn. 


Please see the BE Curriculum Prerequisites document for current required pre and corequisites for each of your BE core classes and electives. These will be enforced, so all students must show their advisor that they have taken the required preliminary coursework. If you do not have the required prerequisites, you MUST have an approved petition or plan of action in place, in which case you should contact Kacy (kacy@seas) in the BE office.

Staff Advising

You can direct advising questions to Kacy (kacy@seas). Walk-in advising hours (Skirkanich 240) are Tuesday, 11am-12pm and Wednesday, 1-2pm or by appointment. Accelerated Masters questions can be directed to Erin, ereavy@seas.

Quick Links:

BE Curriculum Prerequisites

BSE/BAS Curriculum Requirements
BSE Academic Planning Guide 

BAS Academic Planning Guide

BE Permit Request Information

BE Advance Registration Website

SEAS Undergraduate Student Handbook

BE Policies

Max C.U. Increase Form

How to request a permit in Path@Penn

How to request courses during Advance Registration