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MyPlan Find Courses

Overview

Using MyPlan’s Find Courses feature, students can search for courses via the course catalog or the time schedule, and narrow search results by selecting additional pre-search filters. Students can search for courses of interest and add those courses to a bookmarked list or directly to an academic plan.

Find Courses

Step 1. Apply Pre-Search Filters

A. Campus Filter

Narrow search results by selecting a specific campus. Campus selections will remain until the session ends.

B. Time Schedule vs. Course Catalog

Students can search for classes either via the course catalog or the time schedule.

  • A course catalog search displays all of the courses the University offers, whether they are offered in the current quarter or not. 
  • When searching the time schedule, students can select an upcoming quarter, the quarter after or all scheduled quarters. The results will display courses that are offered in the quarter(s) selected.

C. Text Search Field

In the text search field, search by entering the course code, course title, keywords, SLN, instructor name, credit number, or General Education Requirements (e.g. COM, Math 124, ENGL 1xx, VLPA, global).

The text search field also has an auto-suggest feature that aids in completing search queries by suggesting search terms based on curriculum prefixes and names. Auto-suggest begins after typing the first letter in the search text field. Select the from the drop-down list to populate the text search field.

D. Meeting Dates and Times

Select the times and days of class meetings. If no selection is made, the search results will include classes that meet any day of the week.

E. Exclude Options

This filter reduces the number of returned search results by excluding sections that are closed, withdrawn, suspended, or sections with class, major, or college requirements.

F. PCE Students

This filter reduces the number of returned search results to those course sections offered through UW Professional & Continuing Education (PCE).

G. General Education

This filter narrows search results to display only specific general education requirements.

H. Curriculum Search

See all courses associated with a specific program.


Step 2. Select Search

Once all search criteria are set, select the Search button. Results that meet the chosen criteria will display beneath the filter options. The search button will become clickable once text is entered in the search box.


Step 3. Apply Post-Search Filters


The left-hand filters allow for further narrowing of search results by general education requirements, number of credits, course level, and learning format. Please note that if general education requirements were entered in the text search field, the filter options will be tailored towards the text you entered. For instance, if you enter VLPA, then you will see every possible combination of VLPA under the Gen Ed Requirements.

For more information about the specific filter functions, please visit MyPlan Filter Functions.


Foreign Language and VLPA:


In VLPA search results, you can also view first year foreign language courses that potentially fulfill VLPA. For instance, if you search for VLPA, you will see SPAN 101 – Elementary Spanish course as one of the results. An asterisk under Gen Ed Requirements denotes the potential for VLPA and you can view the Conditional VLPA message once you hover over the asterisk.


Step 4. Review Courses

Based on your filters, you can see how many courses meet your search criteria. Select a course that you would like to explore further. 

Bookmarking Courses:

If you wish to bookmark a course, click the course title you would like to bookmark. This opens the course details page. On the course details page, click “Bookmark Course” button. 

Image shows the Course Details page, which displays additional information about a selected course, including sections

Adding Course Sections:

In order to register for a course, you must first add a course section to your plan. Select the small blue plus icon to add the course.

Note: you can also add the course to your plan without selecting specific sections, using the yellow “Add to Plan” button at the top of the page. Keep in mind you will need to select a course section before you can register.

Image shows a brief list of classes offered for COMM 202. The menu button has been selected, which displays a small menu with the option to "Add to Plan". The "Add to Plan" link is highlighted.