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First Year Winter & Spring Block Schedules

Year Long Block Scheduling

Please see University information on Year Long Block Scheduling at:

Some reasons why you may be block scheduled into a course winter or spring quarter:

  • The courses are best taken during your first year.
  • These courses may be hard to get during your first-year if not blocked.
  • There is sufficient capacity to enroll you in a designated course.

Some reasons why you may NOT be block scheduled into a course winter or spring quarter:

  • There are no major or support courses that MUST be taken during your first year.
  • Your department would like to provide flexibility for you to choose when to take your major and support courses.
  • Seats in some major courses may be reserved for students in that major, to assist with registration.
  • You may have already fulfilled the course that students will be blocked into.
  • There is not sufficient capacity to enroll you in a designated course.


Block Schedule – Winter and Spring 2018

Note that the courses listed below are not guaranteed during any given quarter, but efforts will be made to block students in the listed courses for either winter or spring quarter. While all students in major that is participating in block scheduling will be run through the process for developing a block schedule, some students may not receive a block schedule or only receive a partial block schedule.

Winter block scheduling will begin on Oct 23rd. Changes may continue to be made to a student's schedule, and will be finalized by Nov 2nd.


Courses blocked either Winter or Spring

All Majors

A1 GE: ENGL 133 or 134

A2 GE: COMS 101 or 102


In addition to:



ANG 250

GEOG 150 or 250

STAT 130 or 217



ART 103 – ALL Art majors

ART 209 – Studio Concentration

ART 212 – Both Graphic and Photo Concentrations

ART 224 – Photo Concentration



CD 131

PSY 201 or 254 or 256

STAT 130 or 217



HIST 110

Language course up to 103 level (if enrolled fall)



ENGL 145 or 202 or 251

Language course up to 201 level (if enrolled fall)



ES 114

STAT 130 or 217

Second language course (if enrolled fall)



GRC 201

CHEM 110 or 111, or PHYS 104 or 121

MATH 118 or STAT 217



HIST 110 or 111 or 201 or 202

Language course up to 201 level (if enrolled fall)



JOUR 218 or 285

STAT 130 or 217



Next level SPAN




A1 &/or A2


A1 &/or A2



POLS 112/111 or 180 or 229

STAT 130 or 217



PSY 201/202 or 252 or 256

STAT 130 or 217




GEOG 150 or ANT 201 or SOC 218

STAT 130 or 217




  1. Will I still be able to get classes if I’m not block scheduled?
    1. YES, many departments in the College of Liberal Arts hold seats in many classes for majors. Also, as a first-year student, you may have more GE, major and support courses to choose from to create a full schedule.
  1. I have been block scheduled into one or two classes. What should I do now?
    1. It is recommended that you enroll in 12-16 units each quarter. You will need to add additional classes to your schedule to be a full-time student (at least 12 units) and to stay on track for graduation (average 16 units). You will register for additional classes during your scheduled round one registration appointment. This date can be found in your Student Center on the same day that Plan a Student Schedule (PASS) is available.
  1. How do I add additional classes? When can I add more classes?
    1. You can find demonstrations on how to register for classes here:
    2. Plan to attend one of our PASS-Registration Workshops on October 23rd, 24thor 25th at 6pm in Trinity Hall to learn about how to register and what classes to take. Find the schedule here:
    3. Find your scheduled registration date in your Student Center on the same day that Plan a Student Schedule (PASS) is available (October 23).
  1. Can I change my block schedule?
    1. It is not recommended that you drop any classes from your block schedule.
    2. You were blocked into a course because your department feels it is important that you take that course during your first year.
    3. If you are planning to change your major, you feel you already have credit for that course, or have another reason for not taking that course, please contact the CLA Advising Center to speak with an advisor before you make any adjustments.
  1. My block schedule has classes that are not on my flowchart for the first year. Is that okay?
    1. Yes, that is okay. Your flowchart is a suggested guide to follow, so you may not need to take courses in that exact order.
    2. Your department may have chosen to block you into a course earlier than your flowchart because that course can be difficult to get.
  1. The class(es) I have been blocked into conflict with my personal schedule. What should I do?
    1. All attempts will be made to avoid known Cal Poly athletic schedules.
    2. You will be able to make necessary changes to your schedule during your first-round registration as noted in your Student Center. If you are blocked into any major courses, we recommend you talk with an advisor prior to making changes.
    3. Note that if you drop a course, there is no guarantee you would be able to get into another specific course. We recommend using the SWAP feature, “Swap, Not Drop.”
    4. If you have job or other conflicts with your block schedule, CLA Advising can help you develop an alternative schedule.
  1. What should I put in my PolyPlanner?
    1. Once you complete registration: Add courses you were blocked into, plus the additional courses you added for up to 12-16 units to your PolyPlan. Then plan the following two quarters with courses from your flowchart.
    2. Your PolyPlan should always be updated each quarter to reflect your actual course enrollment for that quarter and your plans for subsequent quarters.
    3. Read more about PolyPlanner requirements and deadlines at:

If you have any other questions or concerns about your block schedule or registration, please contact the CLA Advising Center.

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