Office of the Registrar - California Institute of TechnologyCalifornia Institute of Technology

 Newsletter  Fall 2009-10


Reminder: Add Day is Approaching

Just a friendly reminder that the last day for adding courses and removing incompletes is this Friday, October 16th.  Please remember to bring your add cards to the Registrar's Office by 5:00pm on Friday. 

Annual Notification of FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records and the Institute is required to notify you of this. These rights include:

·          The right to inspect and review their education records within 10 days of the day the Institute receives a request for access.

·          The right to request an amendment to their education records that they believe are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy rights under FERPA.

·          The right to provide written consent before the Institute discloses personally identifiable information from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

·          The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the Institute to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

Additional information regarding FERPA including the Public Notification of Directory Information can be found on the Registrar's website at

Contact Information for the Great California Shakeout

On October 15, the Caltech community, along with millions of other Southern Californians in homes, schools, businesses, government offices, and public places, will participate in the Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill. At 10:15 a.m. that day, everyone is encouraged to drop, cover, and hold on in simulation of a magnitude-7.8 earthquake on the southern San Andreas Fault. Be sure your contact information is up to date on access.caltech so you can be reached in case there is a real emergency!

Class Lotteries for Winter Term Registration 

Just a reminder that registration for winter term will take place beginning November 19th and an email reminder will be sent closer to the date. At this time we know that lotteries will be held for three sections of Ch 3x which is open to current freshmen and sophomores only.    

Calling All Siemens Scholars

Are you a Siemens Scholar and interested in volunteering at the next Siemens Regional Finals to be held at Caltech November 20 and 21? If you can assist please email Heidi Bloks in the Caltech Public Events Office at      

Change in Institute Requirement for Biology

There has been a change to the Institute requirement concerning Bi 1. Either Bi 8 OR Bi 9 are now acceptable substitutes for Bi 1 or Bi 1x for students with a strong background in biology.  Previously students were required to complete both Bi 8 AND Bi 9 in order to satisfy the Bi 1 requirement.  In addition, students who earned a 5 on the AP Biology exam may also petition the biology option representative to take a higher-level biology course of nine or more units to fulfill the biology core requirement. Contact information for all the option representatives can be found on the Registrar’s Office website at

New Option and New Minor

The new 2009-10 catalog is available online at We have a new option in Bioengineering that applies engineering principles to the design, analysis, construction, and manipulation of biological systems. Students will select one of four tracks in devices, mechanics, synthetic biology, or a self-guided track.  Each track culminates in a design lab that features the design and construction of a novel experimental system appropriate to the track. For all of the details please consult page 185 in the online catalog.

 Also new in 2009-10 is a minor in Geology and Planetary Sciences. This minor is intended for non-GPS undergraduates who wish to take a minimum of 6 GPS courses. Requirements include Ge 11ab, one course of either Ge 11c or Ge 11d, and 27 units of a 100-level or higher GPS course. Questions can be directed to any of the option representatives in GPS.

Parent Contact Information

The Development Office at Caltech wants to keep in touch with your parents. To make sure they are invited to Caltech’s many special events and programs and receive all the Caltech news and information available, please add your parents to the mailing list at


Section Changes: REGIS allows you to try to switch sections of a limited enrollment course without losing your initial seat in the course during open registration.  Rather than dropping the course and trying to add it again, please click the EDIT link under the course.  Select the new section you would like to move to.  The system will present you with a messageSection Change!  If your desired section is full, your seat in your current section will be retained.”  Hit the SAVE button again.  If a seat is available, your enrollment will be switched and you can see the new section number assigned on your schedule.  If no seats are available in the new section, a message of “Seats Full!” will appear and you can hit CANCEL to retain your seat in your original section. 

OMs:  There is no time conflict checking in REGIS for Organizational Meetings (OMs). If you think you are getting a time conflict with an OM, please check further in your schedule and don’t assume it is the OM causing the conflict. Many times it is a lab or recitation section.


Important Dates

  October 16 Last day for adding courses and removing incompletes
  October 28 - November 3 Midterm examination period
  November 9 Midterm Deficiency Notices due - 9:00 a.m.
  November 18 Last day to drop classes or to exercise your P/F option
  November 19 First day of registration for winter term
  November 20 Last day for admission to candidacy for the degrees of Master of Science and Engineer
  November 26-27 Thanksgiving (Institute Holiday)
  December 4 Last day of classes and last day to register for winter term without a $50 late fee
  December 5-8 Study Period
  December 9-11 Final examinations
  December 11 End of fall term 2009-10
  December 12 - January 3 Winter Recess
  December 16 Instructors' final grade reports due - 9:00 a.m.


Previous Registrar's Newsletters:


SP 2008-09

WI 2008-09

FA 2008-09
SP 2007-08
WI 2007-08


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last updated: 10/13/2009