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Schedule Generator

To search for courses, you may enter criteria in to the custom search area or search using one of the following:

  After 5 PM Click the After 5 PM button to display courses that are held after 5 PM.  
  Off Campus Click the Off Campus button to display courses that are held off campus.  
  Study Abroad Click the Study Abroad button to display courses that are held outside the United States.  
  Building Search Click the Building Search button to display courses that are held in a building.  
  Honors Click the Honors button to display Honors courses and sections.  
  Online & Hybrid Click the Online & Hybrid button to display Online & Hybrid courses.  
  Special Sessions Click the Special Sessions button to display all classes that do not meet the full term.  
  Kellogg Biological Station Click the KBS button to display Kellogg Biological Station courses.  
 
Course Numbers
You may enter the exact course number you are looking for, such as 151. You may include * as a wild card character to select several courses. For example 1* will select all 100 level courses, 1*h will select all 100 level honors courses. Entering just a * will select all courses for the requested subject and may result in long delays while the pages are returned to you.
The course number reflects the expected level of educational attainment of the students for whom the course was designed. This guide should be used by prospective students to determine the appropriateness of a given course for their particular level of education.
 
  100-299 Courses designed for first- and second-year undergraduates  
  300-499

Courses for advanced undergraduate students. They constitute the advanced portion of an undergraduate program leading to the bachelor's degree. A graduate student may carry 400-level courses for credit upon approval of the student's major department or school. In exceptional cases, a graduate student may petition the dean of his or her college, in writing, for approval of a 300-level course for graduate credit.

 
  500-699 Courses for graduate - professional students  
  800-999 Courses designed primarily for graduate students  
 
Section Numbers
The section number characterizes the general location where a section of a course is being offered. This guide should be used by prospective students to determine which section of a course is most appropriate for enrollment, given its location in Michigan and the world.
   
  001-389,
601-699
Sections of courses offered on the MSU main campus in East Lansing  
  390-399 Sections of courses in the China Turf Grass Program (on or off campus)  
  401-499 Sections of courses offered at MSU Kellogg Biological Station, Hickory Corners, Michigan  
  500-529 Sections of courses offered at MSU Dubai  
  530-549 Sections of MSU Dubai Courses offered online  
  700-729 Sections of courses offered at MSU off-campus sites in the United States  
  730-739,
790-799
Sections of courses offered online  
  740-749
840-849
Sections of courses offered in-person and online  
  750-779
850-879
Sections of courses offered outside the United States through the MSU Office of Study Abroad  
  780-789 Sections of courses offered outside the United States through the Graduate Study in Education Overseas program of the MSU College of Education  
 
Instructor
You may enter part or all of the instructors last name to only display courses taught by that instructor. To display courses taught by any instructor, enter ANY.
 
Specific Class Times
You may select a range of class times from the start and end time drop-down lists.
 
Specific Class Days
You may include or exclude specific days by putting a checkmark next to the appropriate day.
 
Open/All/Honors Sections
Display only open sections, all sections, or honors sections.
 
Class Location
You may include or exclude specific locations, buy putting a checkmark next to On Campus, Off Campus, Online Courses, or Study Abroad.
 
Course Descriptions
Course descriptions are available by clicking on the Course Subject and Number, e.g. ABM 100.
 
Section Dates & Textbooks
Section specific dates as well as textbook and supplemental material information are available by clicking on the section number, e.g. 001.
 
Building Location
To view the building location on the campus map, click on the building name.
 
 
The Schedule Builder is used to plan and enroll for classes.
 
Login
To use the Schedule Builder you must login using your MSU NetID and Password.
Login
 
Plan a Course
To add a section of a course to your Schedule Builder, you must click on the icon to the left of the section number when searching for courses.  NOTE: Planned sections do not reserve a seat in the course.
Add Course
There are three icons used in the schedule of courses.  When clicked, each icon will add the section to your planner, regardless of section status. However, each icon has a specific meaning:
Open Section There are open seats in the section.
Closed Section The section is closed.
Restricted Section The section requires departmental approval for enrollment.
 
Enroll in a Course
After you have added the section of a course to your planner, click on the Enroll button    to enroll in the course. For variable credit courses, you will be asked to select the desired number of credits.
 
Drop a Course
Click the Drop button    next to the enrolled course you wish to drop.
 
Swap a Course
Click the Swap button    next to the enrolled course you wish to swap. You will be asked to select the planned course to replace the enrolled course. Important: Only courses in your planner can be selected to swap.
 
Open Seat Notification
If a course section in your planner is full, click the Alert button    to request an "alert" for an open seat. The alert may be sent to your MSU email account and/or your cell phone via text messaging. Upon receiving the alert, return to your planner to enroll in the course. To cancel an alert or to view all seat notification activity, click the "Open Seat Notifications" link on the planner page.
 
Add a Non-Course Schedule Entry
To add a non-course entry to your Schedule Builder, click on Add Schedule Entry. Enter a Name or short description for the entry (Entry Name), select the Term, indicate the Start Time and End Time, and check the Day(s) of the Week on which the entry should appear. When finished, click the Submit Entry button.
 
Textbooks and Supplemental Material
The Textbook and Supplemental Material page will display textbook and supplemental material information for all enrolled and planned courses in your planner. Textbook and supplemental material information is provided by the department offering the course and is subject to change. Please contact the department with any questions.
 
View Visual and Print Friendly Schedule
The Visual and Print Friendly Schedule will display a graphical representation of your planned schedule between 8 am and 10 pm. It will also list all enrolled, planned, and non-course entries for the term. In the visual planner, enrolled courses have a solid border and planned courses have a dashed border. If a time conflict exists, it will be indicated with a red asterisk “*”.
 
 
The Schedule Generator is used to view potential schedules.  NOTE: Generating a schedule will not enroll you in any courses. You must add the courses to your planner in the Schedule Builder and enroll per the instructions above.
 
Login
To use the Schedule Builder you must login using your MSU NetID and Password.
Login
 
Add a Course
To add a course to your Schedule Generator, click on Add a Course. There are three ways to add a course
  • Add a Specific Course: Select a subject and course from the drop-down boxes, then click the Add Course button.
  • Add course(s) from your most recent Academic Progress Plan: If you have met with your advisor and have an Academic Progress Plan for the term, you can add course(s) from that plan by checking the box next to each course you would like to add. Then, click the Add Course button.
  • Add course(s) from your Schedule Builder: If you have added courses to the Schedule Builder, you can add these courses to the Generator by checking the box next to each course you would like to add. Then, click the Add Course button.
 
Add a Non-Course Schedule Entry
To add a non-course entry to your Schedule Generator, click on Add Schedule Entry. Enter a Name or short description for the entry (Entry Name), select the Term, indicate the Start Time and End Time, and check the Day(s) of the Week on which the entry should appear. When finished, click the Submit Entry button.
 
Use
Check the box next to each course/non-course entry to include in the schedule generation.
 
Section
You can limit the search results to one or more specific sections. To include all sections, click on 'All'.
 
Location
You may include or exclude specific locations, buy putting a checkmark next to On Campus, Off Campus, Online Courses, or Study Abroad.
 
Include Visual Schedules
Include Visual Schedules will include a graphical representation of the potential schedules between 8 am and 10 pm. While this may be a helpful feature, the results will take longer to load if this is selected.
 
Open Sections Only/All Sections
Select Open Sections Only to include only open/available sections in the generator results. To include all sections, whether open or not, select All Sections.
 
Add to Planner
Click the    button to add the courses to your planner in the Schedule Builder. Click the    button to add and replace any existing courses to your planner in the Schedule Builder.