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Course Catalog Search Help


Basic Search

The basic search box is the starting point for any Course Catalog search. You must enter something in this box to execute a search through the catalog. A variety of searches can be performed using this basic search.

Search Example
Course Subject PHIL
Course Number 101
Course Subject philosophy
Course Title Intro
Course Description hume kant
Instructor Johnson

When entering text in the Basic Search box, there are a few helpful tips to keep in mind.

  • If you enter more than one word, the catalog search will give you courses which include all the words you typed.
  • You can use an asterisk ( * ) as a wildcard when entering course numbers. For example, if you want to see all 300-level Math courses, you could enter: MATH 3*
  • You can search for multiple subjects and course numbers at once. For example, you can see all the 200 and 300-level Math and History courses by searching for: MATH HIST 2* 3*
  • When searching for an instructor, use the entire last name.
  • By default, only courses with open sections will be returned in your search results. To see all courses including full sections, use the checkbox in the extra Options area.

Undergraduate and Graduate The "Graduate" search category includes courses in all post-graduate programs, including Law and Medicine.


More Options

The Advanced Search area allows a basic search to be refined by several different criteria in any combination.

Important: To execute a search, something must be entered in the Basic Search box. Additional criteria may be selected in the "Options" area, but these serve only as an additional filter for the Basic Search.

The additional search criteria in this area are:

  • Course Subject - A complete list of course subjects offered at the University of Kansas are listed with both their abbreviated forms and their full names. Some subjects are only offered in certain semesters, so it is possible that a particular subject/term combination will produce no results.
  • Course Code - Lists principal course codes and other course codes. Selecting a code will limit the results to courses which are flagged with that code.
  • Campus - KU offers courses in many locations. To find courses taught on a specific campus or as Study Abroad courses, select the location here.
  • Course Number - Allows selection of a range of course numbers. Lower numbered courses are usually for freshmen and sophomores. Courses in the 500-699 range are generally offered to both undergraduate and graduate students. 700-level courses and above are for graduate and professional (e.g. Law, Medicine) students.
  • Credit Hours - Display only courses matching a specific number of credit hours. Note: Some courses are offered with a range of possible credit hours. Choosing a number in this search option will also return courses where the selected number is within the range. For example, a search for HIST and 3 credit hours will include HIST 492, "Readings in History," which may be taken for one to four credit hours.
  • Term - Depending on the time of year, this option may default to "Any" (when there is more than one term active in the system) or to a specific term (when only one term is active). In April, for example, the Spring, Summer, and Fall terms are all active - Spring is current and Summer and Fall are eligible for viewing.
  • Days - Restricts the search results to only the courses offered on the specified days. A few of the most commonly occurring days are at the top of the list followed by all the other day schedules used by the courses in the active term(s).
  • Start Time - Use this option to find a courses offered at a specific time of day. The times given are for the start of the class periods. Some additional ranges are provided at the top:
    Morning - Classes beginning before noon
    Afternoon - Classes beginning between noon and 4:59pm
    Evening - Classes beginning at 5:00pm and later
  • Include Full Sections - This is the only option that will expand the search results rather than restrict them. By default, only courses with at least one section that has seats available will be returned. Clicking this checkbox will return all courses matching the other search criteria, whether they're full or not. Classes which are full will show a Seats Available number in red and may allow enrollment by permission from the professor or department if the classroom is not full.


Search Results

Codes and Abbreviations
To conserve space, codes and abbreviations are used throughout. All the codes in the Courses area are defined in either the Course Catalog Codes page or within the Courses area itself. Some web browsers will allow you to hover your mouse over an abbreviation and the abbreviation's definition will display for you. Many of the codes are links that you can click to get explicit pop-up help.
Search Example

  1. Course subject and number - The course subject abbreviation and course number are displayed as a link. Clicking on the subject or number will expand the view, showing more details about the course.
  2. Help - The help icon icon will pop up the full course subject name when clicked. To close the help pop-up, click the X in the right corner of the pop-up.
  3. Course title - The full title of the course. If the course has an additional "Topic", that information will appear in the class sections list below the instructor name.
  4. Credit hours - The credit hours for which this course is offered. This may be a range of values (e.g. 1-4).
  5. Course codes - Course codes which indicate whether a course will fulfill a Principal Course requirement or general distribution requirement. Click on the code to see a pop-up with the full name.
  6. Honors - If this is an Honors course, that attribute is noted here.
  7. Term - All terms which are currently active in Enroll & Pay, the central course information repository. At different times of the year, there may be one or several terms terms listed. Click on the term to see a complete list of all individual class sections offered for this course.
  8. Class type - Each class section may be a lecture, a laboratory, a discussion, or some other type. For a full list, see the Course Search Codes page.
  9. Days and times - Meeting times for the class are shown here. Some classes may have more than one meeting time during the course of the term. The days of the week are abbreviated:
    M T W R F S N = Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
    A class with a meeting time of "MWF 10:00-10:50am" will meet at 10:00am on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays each week.
    If a class has more than one meeting time over the course of the semester, the begin and end dates for each will be listed at the end of this line.
  10. Locations - The building, room number, and campus where the class meets. Some classes will have more than one location during the course of the term. The building names are abbreviated. Their full names are listed in the Course Search Codes page.
  11. Instructor names - The full name of the instructor for this class. Some classes have more than one instructor. Some classes, especially prior to the beginning of the term, do not yet have instructors assigned so this area may be blank.
  12. Class number - This is the unique ID number for this class section of this course in this term. This number, combined with the term, is required to enroll in the class in Enroll & Pay.
  13. Seats available - Classes which are not yet full show the remaining seats in green. Full classes show this value in red. If the class has a waiting list, the wait list number will show in blue.
  14. Course description - The full description of the course. This description may differ from one term to the next.

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