Departmental Meetings

Listed below are departments and programs that require a placement test, preregistration for a specific section of a large course, or consultation with a placement officer. Additional information can be found in the Yale College Programs of Study and under the “Programs of Study” section of the Class of 2017 website. If you have specific questions, you may direct them to your residential college dean or freshman counselor during freshman orientation. In addition, directors of undergraduate studies, departmental advisers, and departmental representatives will be available at the Academic Fair on Tuesday, August 27, from 2 to 3.30 p.m.

African Languages

Call (203) 432-3436 for times and locations of placement examinations in African languages.

Art

On Tuesday, August 27, from 10.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m., in Holcombe T. Green Hall, 1156 Chapel Street, the director of undergraduate studies and members of the Art faculty will be present to speak to students about course selection and other matters pertaining to art. Students wishing to elect art courses are advised to go to the first class meeting. The Art department will participate in the Academic Fair on Tuesday, August 27.

Astronomy

On Thursday, August 29 from 6:45pm to 8pm, the Astronomy department is hosting a "kick-off" meeting and movie night for undergrads with an interest in astronomy and astrophysics at the on-campus Leitner Family Observatory and Planetarium (355 Prospect St, which is easily walkable and also on the Yale Shuttle line). Desserts/snacks will be served.

The program will include an update on the astrophysics major; undergraduate summer research presentations and a movie night featuring "Mission to Mars," with a running time of 113 minutes. Please join us!

Biological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering

Prospective majors in the biological sciences and other students who would like a thorough introduction to biology should take the introductory sequence BIOL 101–104, which provides a solid foundation in modern biological science. These courses are prerequisite to all majors in the biological sciences and to the major in biomedical engineering. Students with advanced preparation from high school may be eligible to place out of one or more of these modules only if they have received a score of 5 on the AP Biology exam (or its equivalent on other national standardized exams), and if they demonstrate adequate proficiency on the biological sciences placement examination. Information about the administration of this exam is posted at yalecollege.yale.edu/content/biological-sciences-and-biomedical-engineering. All affiliated departments will participate in the Academic Fair on Tuesday, August 27.

Chemistry

On Monday, August 27, from 9 to 10.15 a.m. in room 110, Sterling Chemistry Laboratory, the director of undergraduate studies will be on hand to introduce the various lecture and lab courses and to describe the placement process. In addition, the associate dean for science education and other directors of undergraduate studies will be present to answer general questions. This meeting is open to all, but will be of particular interest to prospective science and engineering majors. 

The placement of entering students in general chemistry is determined primarily on the basis of admissions and preregistration data. Initial placement information will be available in late August through links on the Chemistry department website (chem.yale.edu/undergrad).

Entrance to more advanced courses is determined through the use of a departmental placement examination. All freshmen requesting to raise their placement level in general chemistry courses or wishing to enroll in organic or physical chemistry must take a departmental placement examination at 10.30 a.m. on Monday, August 26, in room 110, Sterling Chemistry Laboratory. Students with unavoidable schedule conflicts may attend a makeup registration and examination at 9 a.m. in room 110, Sterling Chemistry Laboratory, on Tuesday, August 27. Two hours should be set aside for the examination. Students should bring a nonprogrammable, nongraphing calculator and several #2 pencils with them to the examination. Revised placement information will be available through links on the Chemistry department website (chem.yale.edu/undergrad) late in the day on Tuesday, August 27, thereby allowing students to check their placement prior to attending the first regularly scheduled class meeting.

Students who believe they have been incorrectly placed may consult a Chemistry placement adviser. Advisers will be present in room 1, Sterling Chemistry Laboratory, from 1 to 4 p.m. on Monday through Friday, August 26 through August 30. The Chemistry department will also participate in the Academic Fair on Tuesday, August 27.

Information about registration for laboratory sections is provided for each laboratory course in Online Course Information (OCI).

Classical Languages

There are no placement examinations in Greek or Latin. Students seeking advice about the course appropriate for them should consult with the director of undergraduate studies; office hours will be posted in Phelps Hall. Registration is required for LATN 110 and will be held during the Academic Fair in Linsly-Chittenden Hall on Tuesday, August 27.

Computer Science

On Saturday, August 24, a meeting for students interested in computer science will be held from 1.45 to 2.45 p.m. and from 3.15 to 4.15 p.m. in Arthur K. Watson Hall, room 200. The Computer Science department will also participate in the Academic Fair on Tuesday, August 27. 

Directed Studies

On Tuesday, August 27, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., there will be a meeting of Directed Studies faculty members and admitted students in the Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium to assign students to classes and to offer a general introduction to the program. Students on the waiting list and any other student interested in the program should also attend this meeting.

East Asian Languages

Students who have studied Chinese, Japanese, or Korean before and who wish to continue their studies at Yale are required to complete placement examinations to determine proper placement. The first part of this exam should be completed online between August 1 and August 23, through links available at eall.yale.edu/academics/language-programs. Fifteen-minute oral interviews will be conducted on campus on Sunday, August 25, from 9 A.M. to 12 P.M.

Economics

Students who scored 5 on the AP test for microeconomics and/or macroeconomics and 5 on the AP Calculus BC test may petition the director of undergraduate studies to place out of the introductory courses and to enroll directly in intermediate economics. Students who have high scores on examinations that are equivalent to the AP tests, such as the GCE A-level or Higher Level IB, may also petition the director of undergraduate studies to be exempted from the introductory courses. All other students must take the introductory courses. There is no placement examination.

ECON 108, 110, and 111 are limited-enrollment alternatives to ECON 115 and 116, and preregistration is required. View preregistration information at www.econ.yale.edu/undergrad/ugrad.htm.

The Economics department will participate in the Academic Fair on Tuesday, August 27.

Engineering

A meeting for students interested in engineering will be held on Tuesday, August 27, from 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. in Davies Auditorium, Becton Center. The engineering departments will also participate in the Academic Fair on Tuesday, August 27.

English

All students who wish to enroll in an introductory English course must preregister on line on Monday, August 26, between 4.30 and 7.30 p.m. Details about the preregistration process will be included on the website at english.yale.edu/undergraduate-program  Information about placement and courses available to freshmen can be found under English on the “Programs of Study” section of the Class of 2017 website.

A departmental representative will be present on Monday, August 26, between 9 and noon in room 101, Linsly-Chittenden Hall, to answer questions about selection of English courses. The English department will also participate in the Academic Fair on Tuesday, August 27.

French

The French placement examination will be administered on line from July 1 through August 14. Information about the examination is posted on the French department website at french.yale.edu/language-placement-exam-and-pre-registration. Please note that all students who have ever studied French before, whether formally or informally, and who wish to enroll in a French course must take the placement examination. Students who demonstrate advanced proficiency through high scores on a standardized examination (e.g., AP or IB) are eligible to enroll directly in L5 French courses, but they should still take the placement examination to determine which L5 course they should take (e.g., FREN 150, 160, 170, or higher). Consult the departmental website for additional information.

The departmental website will also provide information on how to preregister for a section of FREN 110, 120, 130, 140, and 150. Online preregistration will take place on Monday, August 26, from 4.30 to 7.30 P.M.

Students who have not studied French before will automatically be placed into FREN 110. Students who have questions about their placement should speak with advisers from the French department during the Academic Fair on Tuesday, August 27.

German

The German departmental placement examination will be given on Sunday, August 25, from 10 a.m. to noon in room 119, William L. Harkness Hall. A makeup examination will be given on Tuesday, August 27, from 9 to 10.15 a.m. in room 207, William L. Harkness Hall. The German department will also participate in the Academic Fair on Tuesday, August 27. See www.yale.edu/german for updates and more information.

Italian

There will be a placement examination in Italian on Tuesday, August 27, from 9 to 11 a.m. in room 317, Linsly-Chittenden Hall. The Italian department will participate in the Academic Fair on Tuesday, August 27. 

Mathematics

All students planning to enroll in one of the introductory calculus courses (MATH 112, 115, or 120) are required to take an online placement examination, which can be found at math.yale.edu/undergrad/placement-exam  After completing the examination, students will immediately receive an 30 calendar for the opening days of college 2013 automated placement into MATH 112, 115, or 120. Students who have questions about their results should come to the Math Placement Advising Session on Monday, August 26, from 8.30 A.M. to 4.30 P.M. in room 432, Dunham Laboratory, 10 Hillhouse Avenue. Online preregistration for sections of MATH 112, 115, or 120 will take place on Monday, August 26, from 4.30 to 7.30 P.M. The Mathematics department will participate in the Academic Fair on Tuesday, August 27.

Music

Students seeking admission to MUSI 205, 210, or 211 must take a placement examination on Monday, August 26, at 3 p.m. A makeup examination will be administered on Tuesday, August 27, at 9 a.m. Both examinations will be held in room 119, William L. Harkness Hall. The Music department will participate in the Academic Fair on Tuesday, August 27.

Students interested in taking individual vocal or instrumental instruction, either for credit in MUSI 360 or for a fee, must sign up on line for an audition at music.yale.edu/academics/lessons.html. Please note that no auditions are held in January. 

Some music courses are open by audition only. Students who wish to enroll in music performance courses should sign up for auditions at the department of Music, 143 Elm Street. For more information on auditions, see www.yale.edu/oci for each of the courses listed below:

MUSI 220 and 221, The Performance of Chamber Music
MUSI 222, The Performance of Vocal Music
MUSI 223, The Performance of Early Music
MUSI 227, Rhetoric and Early Instrumental Performance
MUSI 228, Musical Theater Performance I

Near Eastern Languages

Placement examinations in Arabic and Hebrew will be held on Tuesday, August 27, at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Locations will be posted on the departmental bulletin board in room 314, Hall of Graduate Studies. 

Physics

On Monday, August 26, from 9 to 10.15 a.m. in room 110, Sterling Chemistry Laboratory, the director of undergraduate studies will be on hand to introduce the various lecture and lab courses in physics and to describe the placement process. In addition, the associate dean for science education and other directors of undergraduate studies will be present to answer general questions. This meeting is open to all, but will be of particular interest to prospective science and engineering majors.

The Physics department will also participate in the Academic Fair on Tuesday, August 27.

Portuguese

The departmental placement examination in Portuguese will be given on Sunday, August 25, from 10 a.m. to noon in room 103, Linsly-Chittenden Hall. An information session will be held at the Academic Fair on Tuesday, August 27, for students who intend to begin or continue their study of Portuguese. No preregistration is required for Portuguese courses or for the placement examination.

Slavic Languages

On Sunday, August 25, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Hall of Graduate Studies, a departmental placement examination will be given in Czech (room 217B), Polish (room 218), and Russian (room 221). Entering freshmen who have some knowledge of Czech, Polish, or Russian should take this placement examination. On Friday, August 30, at 2 p.m., a proficiency examination for students with an advanced command of Czech, Polish, or Russian will take place in room 221, Hall of Graduate Studies. Contact the language coordinator, Irina Dolgova, for information about placement and preregistration and for information about other Slavic languages. She may be reached via e-mail at irina.dolgova@yale.edu or by telephone at 203.432.1307. An orientation meeting will be held at the Academic Fair from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, August 27.

Southeast Asian Languages

Vietnamese and Indonesian placement examinations will take place by appointment in room 311, Luce Hall, during the week of August 26. For Vietnamese, call 203.432.5097; for Indonesian, call 203.436.4192. For additional information, e-mail eas@yale.edu after August 1. Southeast Asia Studies will participate in the Academic Fair on Tuesday, August 27.

Spanish

The Spanish placement examination will be administered on line from July 1 through August 14. Information about the examination is posted on the Spanish and Portuguese department website at span-port.yale.edu/undergraduate-placement-exam-and-information.

Please note that all students, including native speakers, who have ever studied Spanish, whether formally or informally, and who wish to enroll in a Spanish course must take the placement examination. Students who demonstrate advanced proficiency through high scores on a standardized examination (e.g., AP or IB) may be eligible to enroll directly in L5 Spanish courses. Consult the departmental website for additional information.

The departmental website will also provide information on how to preregister for a section of a Spanish language course in levels L1 to L4 (SPAN 110, 120, 130 140). Online preregistration will take place on Monday, August 26, from 4.30 to 7.30 p.m.

Students who have not studied Spanish before will automatically be placed into span 110. An information session will be held on Tuesday, August 27, from 2 to 3 p.m. in room 102, Linsly-Chittenden Hall, for students who intend to begin or continue their study of Spanish.