Course Overrides

How to Request Overrides in CNS Departments

Requesting Overrides

If you have having difficulty registering for a course that you would like to register for, you may need to request permission for an override.

Please select the department from the list below that you would like to request an override from. For example, if you are trying to register for BIOL 171, you will click on “Biology Courses,” or if you are trying to register for CHEM 272, you will click on “Chemistry Courses.”

Please read the information below before requesting an override for a Biology (BIOL) course.

This form may only be used for overrides for core classes offered by the Department of Biology (BIOL 171/L, BIOL 172/L, BIOL 265/L, BIOL 275/L, BIOL 375/L) and only for the following types of override requests:

  1. to repeat a course for which the grade of C-, D, or F was awarded (error code: repeat count exceeds 0)
  2. to drop or withdraw from a lecture or laboratory section in which both are co or pre-requisites
  3. for non-life science majors majors requesting an override to take only the lecture for a specific course that has a laboratory co-requisite (ex. engineering).

Most requests are processed within three business days. Please contact if your request takes longer.

For all other courses, contact the instructor of record for the course.

To request an override for a Botany (BOT) course, please contact the instructor of record for the specific course directly.

Please read before requesting overrides for Chemistry (CHEM) courses.

Click HERE to view the Chemistry Override Request Form.

The Chemistry department does not process overrides for BIOC courses. To request an override for a Biochemistry (BIOC) course, please contact the instructor of record for the specific course directly.

Most requests are processed within two (2) business days at which point your Hawaii.edu will be emailed. Please contact via email if it takes longer than two business days.

SUMMER SESSION ONLY
Students need an override to register for any course in the second session (e.g 162 and 162L) when taking a prerequisite courses in the first session (eg. 161 and 161L). Complete the form below and request a “SUMMER ONLY: Concurrent Registration” override.

Note: students who do not pass the first lecture or lab (Chem 161/161L or 272/272L), will need to drop their second session classes (Chem 162/162L or 273/273L).

FALL ONLY
Student taking prerequisite classes at a non-UH institution over summer can request an override to register for fall. Complete the form below requesting the “FALL ONLY: I am currently enrolled in a prerequisite course at another institution” override. You must provide the school, course number, and a URL link to the course description. You will need to provide evidence of a passing grade (C not C-) before fall semester starts.

To request a repeat or prerequisite override, for an Information & Computer Sciences (ICS) course, contact Gerald Lau.

If you need a prerequisite or capacity override for an Information & Computer Sciences (ICS) course, please contact the instructor of record for the course.

To request an override for a Mathematics (MATH) course, visit Keller 419, e-mail  , or call (808) 956-4679.

Have the following information ready:

  • UH ID Number
  • First and last name
  • Major or intended major
  • Which MATH course do you want to register for?
  • What is the specific error message you are receiving when you try to register?

To request an override for a Microbiology (MICR) or Molecular Cell Biology (MCB) course, please contact the instructor of record for the specific course directly.

To make a request for PHYS (Physics) course overrides, email using your @hawaii.edu email address and provide the following information:

  • Subject Line: Indicate the semester or session that you are referring to, i.e., Summer 1, 2017; Summer 2, 2017; Fall 2017; Spring 2018, etc.; and, also, the course(s) that you are interested in (i.e., PHYS 151/L, etc).
  • In the body of the email: Indicate the error message that appears when you try to enroll for the course.
  • Student Level: Are you a graduate or second degree or undergraduate student?
  • NSE Students: Please attach a copy of your official transcript or unofficial transcript in pdf.

To request an override for a Zoology (ZOOL) course, please contact the instructor of record for the specific course directly.

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