Finding the courses you need or want to take

Finding the course schedule

Go the main UIS webpage or to any UIS webpage with the blue menu bar.  You’ll find the blue menu bar on this page.  Click on Academics and then Course Schedules.

Options for Academics link

Click on the Dynamic Course Schedule link.

Link to Dynamic Course Schedule

Searching for classes

On the Dynamic Course Schedule webpage, first select the term from the drop-down menu and click Submit.

The Dynamic Course Schedule allows you to search the UIS schedule using a variety of search criteria. This allows you to fine-tune your search so that you narrow in on exactly what you want.  You must select a Subject before you click Class Search.   You may select multiple Subjects (as many as four at a time) but holding down the CTRL key (Command on Mac) as you click.  If you want to limit your search to online courses, select “online” from the Session menu.


Dynamic Course Schedule search options

Reading the course schedule

There is a LOT of detail on the course schedule.

  1. Click on the course title to view additional details. We’ll consider these details in the next section.
  2. Some classes are cross-listed (offered by more than one academic program.) In this example, the course is offered as both CRJ 343 and WGS 343.  Even though there are two cross-listed versions of the course, it still operates as a single course so the students in the CRJ and the WGS sections will meet as one unified class.
  3. Attributes help you confirm that a class meets a specific requirement, like General Education or ECCE. In this case, CRJ 343 is a U.S. Communities ECCE.
  4. Click on View Catalog Entry to read the course description
  5. Here you see the scheduling details: time and day*, building, date range**, schedule type, and instructor.
  6. The envelope icon links you to the instructor’s email address.
  7. This is an example of an online course. The time and place are “to be announced” and the schedule type in “online”.

*Day abbreviations are MTWRF with R=Thursday.

**Date Range is almost always the full term but there are a few half-semester courses each semester. Half-semester courses squeeze 16 weeks of work into an 8 week course so they will cover twice as much work time each week. For example, a full-semester, 3 hour course should take about 9 hours of weekly work. If the same course was offered as a half-semester course, it should take about 18 hours of weekly work.

Course detail from Dynamic Course Schedule

This is what you see if you click on a course title

Again, there is a lot of information here.

For each course, there is a 5-digit Course Reference Number (CRN.)  As you look for course options, you should note the CRN since you will use this number when you register.

The information under Registration Availability will help you know if the course is still available or full. Let’s start with the headers of of the chart.

  • Capacity is the number of students who are allowed to enroll in the course.
  • Actual is the number of students who are currently enrolled.
  • Remaining is the number of spaces still available.

You see three sets of data for these columns:  Seats, Waitlist Seats, and Cross List Seats.

  • Seats includes the numbers you will use most often.  The information is probably obvious. Here, there are 22 seats, 9 students enrolled, and space for 13 more students.
  • Waitlist Seats is listed for every course but courses rarely have waitlists at UIS.  Here, you can see zeroes for the data set meaning there is no waitlist.  If there is a waitlist, you will likely see a small number under Capacity, maybe 5.  If there is a waitlist AND the there are no remaining seats, the registration system will allow you to enroll onto the waitlist.  Once a student is on the waitlist, then no one can register for the class without program approval. This is so that we can give priority to waitlist students if an enrolled student were to drop.
  • In this example, COM 236 is cross-listed as ART 236, so we see data for Cross List Seats.  This data set displays how many total students have enrolled in the two sections.  (This can be a little confusing.)  Under Seats, we see that 9 COM majors have enrolled and under Cross List Seats, we see that 11 total students have enrolled.

    The means 2 Visual Arts Majors have enrolled in ART 236, so there are 11 total seats available between COM 236 and ART 236.

Course availability from Dynamic Course Schedule

How to easily find General Education or ECCE courses

In the top right-hand corner of nearly every UIS webpage, you will find a link to the A-Z Index.  Go to the index and look under G for General Education Semester Course Lists.

The GenEd Semester Course Lists are fairly self-explanatory.  The lists start with General Education courses divided into the requirement sets followed by ECCE courses also divided into the requirement sets.  The General Education Semester Course Lists include online and on-campus courses so look for the online notation.

Links from upper right hand corner of UIS pages