How to Find Out What a Course is Actually About

Creating a plan of study or building a schedule for any given semester can be a daunting task. It is helpful to understand your degree requirements and know the timing of your options prior to search for courses. Your Curriculum, Advising, and Program Planning (CAPP) Degree Evaluation will show you which requirements are needed to complete your degree, but oftentimes it’s not easy to decipher what the courses are about based on their subject and course number. The course search is a tool that can be helpful in giving more detial about course content.

By using the course search, students can view an alphabetical list of all courses by prefix (the two- or three-letter topic abbreviation). This search provides detailed course descriptions for individual courses including any prerequisites (requirements students must satisfy before registering for the course), co-requisites (requirements students must satisfy while taking the course), and the number of credit hours applied for each course. Courses that meet particular General Education requirements are also noted in the course search. This is a great way to plan for upcoming semesters and get familiar with the remaining requirements prior to registration.

A sample course description.

Many courses are regularly offered in the fall, while others are offered exclusively in the winter or summer. However, semester enrollment, course demand, changes in faculty, and other factors will sometimes affect the offering of courses. The offering of any given course as designated in the bulletin is subject to change. It is important to review the course offerings each semester as early as possible. Here are some tips for course search optimization. Course Offerings are usually released by the Registrar’s Office about a week prior to registration for the upcoming semester.

NMU offers various ways to search for courses, and it’s important to know all of the resources available to you. We encourage you to reach out to an academic adviser anytime you have questions, but we also want to provide resources to help you independently navigate your degree. It is encouraged to make an appointment with your adviser prior to each semester to be sure you’re on track and not missing any important course offerings in your plan of study for the upcoming semester.

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