Enrollment FAQs

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Planning Your Class Schedule

The UW-Madison schedule of classes is published in the Course Search & Enroll App

Not a current UW-Madison student or employee?  Visit the Public Course Search & Enroll App

Get Help with the Course Search & Enroll App

How do I schedule an appointment with an advisor for the Zoology, Neurobiology, or Molecular and Cell Biology majors?

Advisors in the Department of Integrative Biology are available for advising appointments.

Use Starfish to schedule an appointment time to meet with an advisor.

For virtual appointments, you can download Microsoft Teams and open the program in advance of your appointment time. You may receive a notification inviting you to “join the meeting” or may receive a call directly from your advisor when your appointment begins. If you have questions about scheduling an appointment or using Microsoft Teams, email your advisor directly.

For in person appointments masks are required.  If you are feeling ill or have been exposed to Covid and still feel well enough to meet, please contact your advisor to switch to a virtual appointment.

I need permission to enroll in a Zoology course (e.g. Zoology 152). Whom should I contact?

Send an email to waitlist@zoology.wisc.edu. In the email include:

  1. Your name and Student ID#
  2. A brief description of your situation and please indicate if you are a transfer student
  3. The specific (Lab/Discussion) section you’d like to add (feel free to include more than one Lab/Disc section if multiple work for you)
  4. Your Enrollment Appointment date and time
  5. Are you a first or second year student?
  6. Have you completed Zoology/Biology 151 at UW-Madison, through transfer credit, or have AP Biology credit?


Where do I find the course authorization form for Directed Study, Honors Thesis, or Senior Honors Thesis in the Department of Integrative Biology or Neurobiology Major? Who do I send it to?

Department of Integrative Biology (iBio) Course Authorization Form

Send completed forms Zoology research or thesis authorization forms to Nazan Gillie (atilla@wisc.edu).

Zoology students who have questions, please contact Kelin Boldiis (boldiis@wisc.edu).

Molecular and Cell Biology Research and Thesis Authorization Forms

Molecular and Cell Biology students who are have questions, please contact Ginny Jackson (vjackson4@wisc.edu).

Neurobiology Major Course Authorization Form

Neurobiology students who plan to complete a Senior Thesis  can find information on the Neurobiology website.  Questions should be emailed to your Neurobiology Major academic advisor.

NOTE: Submission of the course authorization form does not mean you are enrolled in the course. You must enroll through your Student Center in MyUW using the section number of the course that will be provided to you via email.


I’m on a course waitlist, can I know my position?

If you are currently on the waitlist for a Zoology course, please be patient. You will be notified by email if you are given the opportunity to enroll. We will not be informing students of their position on the waitlist. It is important to note that the waitlist is not a guarantee for enrollment.

Course Search and Enroll App says there are open seats, but I am unable to enroll. Why can’t I enroll?

At times, the Course Search & Enroll App may display a course with open seats but won’t allow you to enroll. If there are already students on the waitlist for this course, these open seats are being given to students already on the waitlist. If you want to be considered for enrollment, you will need to join the waitlist for the course.


I have been authorized to enroll in a course, but my enrollment cart still shows an error. What do I do?

You can now select one or many courses in your cart and trigger a revalidation to check prerequisites without having to remove and re-add the course to the cart or lock/unlock sections. To revalidate a course so that the authorization will work, select the course in your cart and then select “revalidate”.

I still have questions about enrolling in a course in the Department of Integrative Biology. Whom should I contact?

If you still have questions, please email your academic advisor or schedule an advising appointment with an advisor. Be sure to include your campus ID number and all relevant course information. Please be patient while waiting for a response from an advisor as we are receiving a high volume of emails during enrollment time.

If you still have questions about enrollment or a waitlist for a Zoology course, please email waitlist@zoology.wisc.edu Be sure to include your campus ID number and all relevant course information.

Course, Search and Enroll Error Messages & Troubleshooting Help

Are you receiving an error message in Course, Search and Enroll that you can’t clear? Check out these common error messages and troubleshooting directions: https://kb.wisc.edu/registrar/page.php?id=87287