Add Courses to Your Schedule

There are two ways to add courses to a schedule.  The first way is to search for courses, and the second is to select from courses that meet at a specific time by clicking on any of the "find" links in the schedule grid.

Adding Courses Via Search

First, choose the "Find and Add Courses" tab. You'll find a form that lets you search for courses based on subject, course title, course number, professor, day, and time. 

  searching the course scheduler

The items available to refine your search are: 

Term: select the semester you're interested in. If you are working with a schedule, the Term will be the semester you selected when you created the schedule.
: select a specific academic department or subject area (Biology, European Studies, etc.)
: Select one of the 16 CEP-defined keywords and your search will return courses to which the keywords apply.
: returns courses where the text of the course title or description contains a match to all of the search terms you enter
Course Number: enter a specific course number; usually used in conjunction with a specific subject area
Faculty name: enter the first, last, or partial name of an Amherst instructor
Day: returns courses that meet on the day you select
Time: This one is tricky; select just one time (either "between" or "and") and you'll get a list of courses that overlap with the time you selected. Select two times and you'll get a list of courses that overlap with EITHER time you selected as well as those that take place during any time in between.
Enrollment Limit Is: Lets you see classses where enrollment is unlimited or select classes which (a) don't exceed a certain enrollment, (b) are not below a certain enrollment, and (c) have an exact enrollement limit. In the latter three cases you will be prompted to enter the enrollment limit you are searching for.
Instructor Consent Is: Returns classed based upon whether or not the permission of the instructor is required.
Show: This section lets you set some general options for your search results.

  • "Show all courses, including ones that have no specified time": If checked will return courses such as special topics and senior honors. Checked by default.
  • "Show all courses, including ones that conflict with the current schedule or personal events": If unchecked, this will supress search results that have time conflicts with other courses in your current schedule. Unchecked by default.
  • "Show related courses, if applicable": If one of your search criteria is Subject, checking this box will show any and all officially-designated related courses for that subject.

The search criteria you enter are additive, so, for example, you can search the Fall 2018 semester for courses in Geology that have the word "structural" in the title or course description.

To view the courses that match your criteria, click the Search button. To clear your current criteria, click Clear.
Clicking Search brings up a list of classes that meet your criteria. A search using the criteria Black Studies on the Subject area and 2018 as the Term returns the following:
screenshot of search results  
Clicking on the Title of a course opens a pop-up box with a course description, while clicking on Faculty opens a pop-up box with a faculty profile, picture, and contact information.  To add a course to the current schedule from your search results, click on the add link to the right of the course.
This brings you back to the List tab, where the course you added is both in your list of classes and displayed in the schedule grid.

Adding Courses Via the "Find" Links in the Schedule Grid

The second way to add courses is to use the "find" links in the schedule itself.

screenshot of find grid
Locate a day and time you want to take a class and click on the find link for that day and time.  For instance, if you wanted to take a course on Tuesday at 11:00 AM, you would choose the link in the intersection of  the Tuesday column and the 11:00 AM row.
Clicking on the find link opens a pop-up window with a list of all courses offered at the time you chose. 
screenshot of find results
Note that these classes don't necessarily begin at the time you chose--rather, they happen during that time period. For example, clicking the find link for 11:00 AM Tuesday would return courses that either begin or are continuing at that time.
Within the pop-up box, you may click on class names and the professor to read more detailed descriptions.  To return to the original search results, click the back button in the upper-left hand corner of the pop-up box.
screenshot of back control
Once you have decided on a course, click the add button to the left of the course listing. This will bring you back to the List view, where you can see that your course has been added to your schedule.
Learn how to add a Five-College course to your schedule, and how to add Personal items to your schedule.