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Course Offerings FAQ

The Ohio University Course Offerings site permits you to search for classes being offered for current and future terms. Once you select your search criteria you click "Search," and the classes that meet your criteria are displayed. If you select multiple locations, each location appears in the results as a separate tab, and each tab identifies the number of classes (for that location) that met your criteria.

Use the Expand All button at the top right of the results page to reveal details about each class section. Alternatively, you may click the black triangle to the left of a section to reveal details about the individual class section. The section details include the following information (see Class Details question below for a detailed description of each field):

General Education Tier (Gen. Ed. Tier)
Location
Instructors
Course Name
College (of the course)
Department (of the course)
Eligible Grades
Alternate Delivery
Dual-Listed
Permissions Required
Last Day to Add
Last Day to Drop
Last Day to Withdraw
Repeat/Retake Information
Requisite
Course Description
Meeting Times (Days, Time, Building, Room)

 

Course Offerings FAQ

How do I find classes offered online?

  • By default, online classes are included in your search results, and they are listed with the campuses that are offering them. If you do not want online classes to be included in your search, select "DO NOT INCLUDE with selected locations" from the drop-down menu next to "Online Courses" on the search page. To view all online classes (regardless of the campus offering them), click on the checkbox next to "Online (All Locations)" in the location section of the search form.

Do I have to search by General Education code?

  • No. The General Education search is listed as one of many search criteria. Please consult your DARS report for the official list of courses that may apply toward the General Education requirements based on your University catalog of entry.

How do I find the requisite for the class?

  • In the search results, click on the black triangle to the left of each class section and more details are provided about the class, including the requisite information.

How do I find the course description?

  • In the search results, click on the black triangle to the left of each class section and more details are provided about the class, including the course description.

Is there a way to save a frequent search that I perform?

  • Yes. Perform your search, and on the resulting page, create a bookmark or add it to you favorites. The next time you go to your saved link (bookmark), the search will be re-executed and the current results will be returned.

How do I search by credit hours?

  • Click on the Advanced Search link to the right. You will then see an expanded search page that includes many more search criteria, including credit hours. This search allows you to search for a fixed credit hour amount or a range (i.e., 1-4), and it will return exact matched, as well as classes with variable credit hour ranges that will accommodate your search value.

How do I find a class when I do not know the course subject?

  • The course name text box enables you to search by the class title. Thus, you can search for a class by its title or any portion thereof. Also, you can click on Show List, next to the Course Subject field, to view a complete list of course subjects. There are also several other search features available. In the expanded search options, you can search the course description (the description from undergraduate or graduate catalog). Additionally, if you are searching for Summer Quarter 2010-11 or later, a search by topic is available in the basic search. This will search special topics, workshops, and other variable content course for the specific topic being offered.

How current is the information in the Course Offerings system?

  • The number of students enrolled and the class status are updated in real-time.The rest of the class data is updated at least every 30 minutes for current and future terms. Current and future terms are defined as those semesters for which the second Friday of the semester has not passed (or the first Friday of second summer session). Check the academic calendar for specific dates. To find the exact time the data was refreshed look just below the tabbed area of the search results. Past term information that is still available on Course Offerings is updated once per day, at approximately 6:30 a.m.
     

What if I want to simply tweak a completed search and not have to start from scratch?

  • On the search results page, click on the Refine Search button. It will return you to main page with your most recent criteria selected.
     

Why are classes listed as open in the Course Offerings system, but when I try to add through My OHIO Student Center, the class is full?

  • The seats that you saw available were taken by other students during the time you were reviewing the Course Offerings.

How can I print my search results?

  • You can print directly from your browser, using the browser's print function. This will print the results as they are displayed in your browser (i.e., expanded or collapsed) and will only print what is currently being viewed (i.e., 1 to 50 of 421).

How do I know where the class meets?

  • In the search results, you can click on the black triangle to the left of each class section and more details are provided about the class, including the building and room where it meets. If you click on the link a map will display with a yellow arrow identifying the building.

Who do I contact if the class requires permission?

  • The instructor. In the search results, click on the instructor's name to get their contact information. If no instructor is listed, contact the department/school office. In the search results, click on the course title to view the department/school offering the course.

What does it mean if the class days and times say "Arranged?"

  • The class has no set meeting pattern. Contact the instructor for more information. In the search results, click on the instructor's name to get their contact information. If no instructor is listed, contact the department/school office. In the search results, click on the course title to view the department/school offering the course.

How can I display more than 50 results per page?

  • At the bottom of the search page, select the number of results per page you would like returned from the drop-down menu provided, next to "Results Per Page."

What does it mean if the status of a class is "Majors Only?"

  • The status "majors only" means the remaining seats in a class are open to students only in specific majors, based on the course (i.e., a journalism class is open only to journalism students). If you have questions about whether your major qualifies, contact the department/school offering the class. In the search results, click on the course title to view the department/school offering the course.

How can I find a class based on its content, not necessarily based on its title or subject?

  • There are several search features available. In the advanced search options, you can search the course description (the description from the undergraduate or graduate catalog). Additionally, if you are searching for Summer Quarter 2010-11 or later, a search by topic is available in the basic search. This will search special topics, workshops, and other variable content course for the specific topic being offered.

What does "alternative delivery" mean?

  • A "Yes" in this field indicates this course may be offered through eCampus. This does not mean that this particular section of the course is offered in this manner, but instead that eCampus might make the course available through alternative delivery means. Click the "Yes" or visit www.ohio.edu/ecampus/print for addition information.

Class Details

  • Field Name Description
    General Education Tier
    (Gen. Ed. Tier)
    Indicates the General Education requirement
    category the course counts toward. Codes in
    this field are applicable for students who
    complete their first Ohio University classes
    during or after Fall Quarter 2008-09.
    Location Where the class is taught. Location is one of the six Ohio University campuses, one of its two centers, or
    online.
    Instructors The instructor(s) who are teaching the class. If there
    is more than one instructor of records for a class,
    will be listed. Clicking on the instructor's name
    will allow you to view his/her Ohio University
    contact information.
    College (of the course) The college at the University that is offering the
    course. Clicking on the college takes you to the
    Undergraduate Catalog section for that college.
    Department (of the course) The department/school at the University that is
    offering the course. Clicking on the
    department/school name takes you to the
    Undergraduate Catalog section for that
    department/school.
    Eligible Grades Grades that are eligible to be assigned to
    students who enroll in a section this course,
    followed by the associated grade eligibility
    code (i.e., 04).
    Alternative Delivery

    Courses may be offered through the eCampus
    division (e.g., correspondence, course credit
    by exam, etc.). For more information, visit
    http://www.ohiou.edu/ecampus/print.

    Dual-Listed A yes in this field indicates this class is part
    of a group of undergraduate and graduate
    classes that meets together.
    Permission Required Indicates whether instructor permission is
    required in order to register for this class. If this
    value is yes, you should contact the instructor in
    order to get permission to register for this class.
    If no is listed for the class, click the class title
    to view course detail information. In this detail
    information, the department or school offering the
    class is listed. Contact this department/school for
    information about enrolling in this class.
    Last Day to Add The last day to add this class, with instructor
    permission. Deadlines to add without instructor
    permission are earlier.
    Last Day to Drop The last day to drop this class and to have the
    course removed from your record with possible
    fee adjustment.
    Last Day to Withdraw The last day to drop this class, with the class
    remaining on your record as a WP (withdrawn
    passing) or WF (withdrawn failing). Whether a
    WP or WF is assigned is up to the instructor of
    the class. WP and WF grades remain on your
    record, but are not calculated into your GPA.
    Deadlines to drop the class and have it completely
    removed from your record are earlier.
    Repeat/Retake Information Indicates whether the course may be repeated or
    retaken. A repeatable course may be taken more
    thank one time to earn additional credit. A
    retakable course may be taken more than one time
    to replace the impact fo the original grade.
    See www.catalogs.ohio.edu for additional
    information.
    Requisite The minimum requirements that must be met in
    order to enroll in this class.
    Course Description The description of the course, as approved by the
    University Curriculum Council.
    Meeting Times
    (Day, Time, Dates,
    Building, room)
    The dates, day(s), times, building, room of the
    class meetings, and room capacity. If a day
    (e.g., Monday) is listed more than once, the class
    might have more than one time, date, and/or
    building and room for that day. Review meeting
    times and class notes closely for classes that
    have start and/or end dates different from the
    semester start and end dates. If "Arranged"
    appears in the Meeting Times field, it means the
    class has no set meeting pattern. Contact the
    instructor for more information. In the search
    results, click on the instructor's name to get
    his/her contact information.
    Textbooks and Materials The required and optional textbooks and
    materals for this class.
    Last Updated Indicates the data that the textbooks and materials
    information was last updated.

Basic Search Criteria

  • Field Name Description
    Term Term in which you wish to search for classes. Summer (Any) will return all summer classes, regardless of session, but Summer (1st session), Summer (2nd session), and Summer (full), will return classes for that respective seccion. Multiple terms may be selected.
    Location Location of classes for which you wish to search. Select one or multiple locations. On the results page, locations are displayed in separate tabs.
    Online Courses Whether to include online classes in your search results.
    Course Subject Subject of the classes for which you want to search. You can type the subject or name (i.e., AH or Art History, or click on "Show List" to view a complete, sortable list of subjects.
    Catalog Number The catalog number. Enter a complete catalog number or part of the catalog number (i.e., entering "2" will return all catalog numbers that contain "2.").
    Course Name Title of the course. Enter all or part of the course title.
    Course Topic This will search special topic, workshop, and other variable content course for the specific topic being offered.
    Course Level Level of classes (undergraduate or graduate).
    Class Status Status of classes that will be searched. Optionally, check "Include Canceled Classes." Canceled sections are not included (e.g., open, full, etc.) by default.
    General Education Code Allows you to search for classes, based on General Education Code.
    Results Per Page How many classes will appear per page in the results.

Advanced Search Criteria

  • Field Name Description
    Term Term in which you wish to search for classes. Summer (Any) will return all summer classes, regardless of session, but Summer (1st session), Summer (2nd session), and Summer (full), will only return classes for the respective session. Multiple terms may be selected.
    Location Location of classes for which you wish to search. Select one or multiple locations. On the results page, locations are displayed in separate tabs.
    Online Courses Whether to include online classes in your search results.
    Course Subject Subject of the classes for which you want to search. You can type the subject or name (i.e., AH or Art History), or click "Show List" to view a complete, sortable list of subjects.
    Catalog Number The catalog number. Enter a complete catalog number or part of the catalog number (i.e., entering "2" will return all catalog numbers that contain "2.").
    Course Name Title of the course. Enter all or part of the course title.
    Course Topic This will search special topic, workshop, and other variable content course for the specific topic being offered.
    Course Level Level of classes (undergraduate or graduate).
    Class Status Status of classes that will be searched. Optionally, check "Include Canceled Classes." Canceled sections are not included (e.g., open, full, etc.) by default.
    General Education Code Allows you to search for classes, based on General Education code.
    Begin Date Searches based on the begin date of classes. Entering a date in this field only will search for classes with that exact start date. Entering a date in this field and the End Date field will search for classes that meet between the two dates.
    End Date Searches based on the end date of classes. Entering a date in this field only will search for classes with that exact end date. Entering a date in this field and the Start Date field will search for classes that meet between the two dates.
    Instructor Instructor of a class. Begin typing the instructor's name or his/her departnent.school association, and list of possibilities will be returned as you type.
    Credit Hours Searches based on credit hours of a class. Enter an exact number or a range (i.e., 1-5). The results will include fixed and variable credit hour classes that meet the criterion.
    Class Start Time Searches based on the start time of classes. Entering a time in this field only will search for classes with the exact start time. Entering a time in this field and the Class End Time field will search for classes that meet between the two times.
    Class End Time Searches based on the end time of classes. Entering a time in this field only will search for classes with the exact end time. Entering a time in this field and the Class Start Time field will search for classes that meet between the two times.
    Class Days Searches for classes that meet on the day(s) selected, or a subset of those days.
    Eligible Grades Allows you to search by the eligible grades for classes. Select a value from the drop-down menu.
    Building Searches for classes that meet in a specific building. Select a building from the drop-down menu. Please note that this includes buildings at all campuses and centers.
    Room Searches for classes that meet in a specific room. This search can be used by itself, but is most helpful when used in combination with building.
    Results Per Page The maximun number of classes will appear per page in the results.