Searching the catalog

At its core, the Course Scheduler makes it easy to search for courses. If you are a visitor (or if you are a member of the Amherst College community but not logged in) you can quickly search for courses from the Course Scheduler home screen.

If you're logged in and working with a schedule, you find the course search feature under theĀ  Find & Add Courses tab.


The items available to refine your search are:

Term: select the semester you're interested in
: select a specific academic department or subject area (Biology, European Studies, etc.)
: Select one of the ten 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
Old Course Number:
same as above, but use the old (pre-Fall 2011) course numbers
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.

"Show all courses, including ones that have no specified time": If checked will return courses such as special topics and senior honors
"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 2011 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; the results will appear below the form. To clear your current criteria, click Clear.