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Class search glossary


Term
The Term field defines what semester you are searching for classes in. Use the drop down menu to select the appropriate term. You must make a selection in the field for the Course Search to work.

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Subject
If you know what subject or subjects you are interested in taking, you may choose them from this part of the search function. In many instances the subject name is also the name of the department that offers a course. This can be helpful if you have questions about a class and need to contact the office in charge of the class. You may choose as many subjects as you wish to in this field. If you are choosing more than one subject you must hit the "Control" button as you are making your selection. For Mac users, you would need to hit the "Open Apple" button.

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Course number
Along with the Subject, every class offered at the University has a four digit Course Number. This number is one way that subjects are broken into categories. For example, Chemistry 1011 is a different from Chemistry 1021. The "1011 or 1021" is the Course Number. After meeting with your adviser, if you want to look for a class with a particular Course Number you can enter the number into this field. Note: The Course Number is not the number you will use to enroll in classes online.

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Course Delivery
There are three Course delivery types that you can select. The "Classroom or partially online" selection refers to normal semester class offerings. In other words, classes that begin and end within the normal semester dates. For most students, this is the option that works the best.
The "Primarily online with some classroom" selection refers to class offerings that are mostly online, and may or may not begin and end within normal semester dates.
The "Completely online or distance " selection refers to correspondence or self-study courses. The courses are traditionally nine months long and do not fit into the normal semester dates. This means that they do not count for financial aid purposes.

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Sections
This search criterion allows you to choose to search for "Open Sections only". Open sections are sections that have seats available. The "All Sections" option allows you to look at both open sections and sections that are closed, or have no seats available.
In the Class Schedule, under the Subject and Course number for a class, the class "Sections" will be listed. You will want to look at the different sections to find which one fits into your schedule. There are different types of sections, like Lecture, Lab, and Discussion. If you would like to see a full listing of the different section abbreviations, please click here. When you enroll in classes you will choose the class section you want using the Class Number.

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Time range
This field allows you to narrow down your search to look for a class that meets at a particular time. This is especially helpful if you know you have a specific block of time open. You can enter this open "Time Range" and the search will only look for classes that meet during this period. Generally, the University offers courses in one to two hour blocks of time.

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Days
You may select Days to find classes that meet on a particular day or days, Most classes are set up to meet on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Tuesday, Thursday. You can select your day choices from this field and the search will only look for classes that meet on the days you choose. Abbreviation definition:
  • M = Monday
  • T = Tuesday
  • W = Wednesday
  • Th = Thursday
  • F = Friday
  • Sat = Saturday
  • Sun = Sunday

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Level range
The Level Range field allows you to search for classes that are appropriate for your grade level.

0xxx Courses that do not carry credit toward any University degree.
1xxx Courses primarily for undergraduate students in their first year of study.
2xxx Courses primarily for undergraduate students in their second year of study.
3xxx Courses primarily for undergraduate students in their third year of study.
4xxx Courses primarily for undergraduate students in their fourth year of study. 4xxx courses can be applied to a Graduate School degree with approval by the student's major field and if taught by a member of the graduate faculty or an individual authorized by the program to teach at the graduate level.
5xxx Courses primarily for graduate students; undergraduate students in their third or fourth year may register for such courses.
6xxx Courses for post-baccalaureate students in professional degree programs.
7xxx Courses for post-baccalaureate students in professional degree programs. 6xxx and 7xxx courses are to be used primarily for post-baccalaureate professional programs that are not offered through the Graduate School.
8xxx Courses for graduate students.
9xxx Courses for graduate students.
Click here for more information.

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Credit range
Most undergraduate student will want to take around fifteen credits, also called units, each semester. By taking fifteen credits a semester you will be on track for a four year graduation. The classes you sign up for determine the numbers of credits you take. For example, most classes fall into the three to four credit range. You may want to use this search criterion to find a class with a particular number of credits. If you have thirteen credits, but want to have fifteen credits for the semester, you could limit the search by choosing to look for classes that are in the two to two credit range.
Click here for more information.

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Liberal Education requirements
As an undergraduate student you may want to search for classes that meet your Lib Ed requirements. Click here for more information on Lib Ed Requirements. You can choose the Lib Ed you want to complete, and the search will find courses that fulfill the requirements. If you are choosing more than one Liberal Education Requirement you must hit the "Control" button as you are making your selection. For Mac users, you would need to hit the "Open Apple" button. This will allow you to select as many Lib Ed Requirements as you would like for your search.

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Class title
Each class at the University has an official title. Use this criterion if you would like to look for a class by keywords from the title. You do not need to put in the entire title. The title for the class is found in the Class Schedule next to the Course Number and Subject.

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Sessions
Most courses meet for the full fifteen-week semester, but there are some classes that meet for a shorter period of time. In this area you can look for classes that meet in the "First Half' of the semester, or the "Second Half" of the semester only. If you only wanted to look for classes that met for the full term, you can select the "Regular Academic Sessions". Otherwise the search will default to look for classes in all of the sessions.

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Course attributes
Some Courses have specific "Attributes". The attributes you can search for include classes for students enrolled in an Honors Program. If you select this field, the search will only find class sections that are demarked as "honors" sections with an "H" after the Course Number.
The other option under this criterion is "Teaching award winners only". If you select this field, the search will only bring back classes that are taught by teachers who have won awards for excellence in instruction.

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