Using Course Explorer

Course explorer can be used as a searchable database for the schedule of classes by term and for general education requirements of courses.

Overview

Browse the Course Explorer for the schedule of classes by term and a searchable database of general education requirements.

  • See here for tips on identifying “favorites” and how to receive notifications when enrollment status changes (when a spot becomes available!).

Browse the Academic Catalog for the official listing of course offerings, programs, and degree requirements.

iSchool-Specific Course Explorer Tips

  1. Find iSchool courses by going to Course Explorer.

  2. From there, select CLASS SCHEDULE.

  3. Next, either scroll down and select Information Sciences, or stay near the top of the page and click the letter I, then Information Sciences.
  4. Check the breadcrumbs at the top of the page to ensure you're looking at classes in the correct semester.

    Screenshot of main page for Information Sciences Fall 2022 in course explorer. The blue arrow on the top banner of the image reflects the breadcrumbs of schedule-2022-Fall-IS

  5. You can also search for specific courses by going to https://courses.illinois.edu/ then selecting the Search tab. Another option is navigating directly to the Course Explorer Search Form or https://courses.illinois.edu/search/form. You must select a specific year and term, but there are also a number of optional variables to help narrow your search:

    • Keyword
    • Instructor
    • College
    • Subject
    • Credit Hours
    • Section Attributes
    • Course Level
    • GenEd Requirements
    • Part of Term*
    • Online
    • On Campus
    • Open Sections
    • Evenings

      *Part of Term is defined through the table below.

      Term Codes
      Term Length of Term
      1 Full Fall or Spring term (16 weeks)
      A An 8-week Fall or Spring course beginning at the start of the term
      B An 8-week Fall or Spring course beginning 8 weeks into the term
      S1 A 4-week course beginning the first week of Summer
      S2 An 8-week course beginning 4 weeks into Summer
      SF A 12-week course beginning the first week of Summer
      S2A A 4-week course beginning 4 weeks into Summer
      S2B A 4-week course beginning 8 weeks into Summer

      Screenshot of the search fields available to narrow searches for courses

  6. Many iSchool courses have a shared course number. These are usually called "topics" or "advanced topics" in their course titles.

Screenshot of the Information Sciences courses filtered to show topics courses

You can find the specific courses by clicking on the link under course title. The screenshot below highlights the section titles in green.

Screenshot of 3 courses with the course topic area highlighted in green



Keywordsschedule, classes, courses   Doc ID124868
OwnerSpring O.GroupSchool of Information Sciences
Created2023-03-15 13:09:28Updated2024-01-29 16:02:18
SitesUniversity of Illinois School of Information Sciences
CleanURLhttps://answers.illinois.edu/ischool/using-course-explorer
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