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Understanding Course Search

Learn how to search for a course, how to use the advanced search, what to do if you get no results, and understand what the new delivery methods are.

How To Search For A Course

1) Sign in at

A screenshot of the BYU-Idaho home page header navigation that shows a Sign In button on the right side of the top of the screen.

2) Click on “Registration” at the top right of the screen.

A screenshot of the header navigation in my BYUI, with the link Registration circled.

3) If you are directly accessing through the click on the STUDENT tab.

The screenshot shows the header navigation inside my BYUI with the button that says Student circled.

4) Scroll down until you see the “Add/Drop Courses” and click on it. Make sure the “Term” is the correct semester you’re wanting to add classes for.

The image shows an Add or Drop Courses option and a semester drop-down menu.

5) After you click on “Add/Drop Courses,” scroll down until you see “Course Search.” It should look like this:

The image shows a course search page with drop-down fields for the desired school term, delivery method, subject, course title, course code, and an exclude waitlist courses option. A button is at the bottom that says search. Advance search link is below the search button.

6) Search by Course Code.

There are multiple ways to search for courses. The most effective way to search for specific courses is by only searching by the “Course Code.”

In explaining multiple ways to search of a class, the image shows the course code option selected with a course code of ENG 150, which stand for English 150.

Please note the difference between Course Title and Course Code (e.g: "Career Exploration" is the course title and "GS100" is the course code)

7) Adjusting Search Criteria.

The image shows the course code selection of ENG 150. The exclude waitlist courses option is also selected, followed by search button and advanced search link below.

  • You can change the class type to either online or day.
  • You can also choose to search by general subject or course title.
  • To see only courses with open seats you can click on "exclude waitlisted courses."

Please note that searching by too many criteria will show no results.

8) Click on "Search" and See the Results.

Course Search Terms

Once you have searched for a course and have obtained results there might be some terms that you are not familiar with such as the status of a course or the seats open. You can understand these terms and others by hovering over the blue circle.

A screenshot showing a cursor held over the blue circle question mark in the Seats Open Column of the Course Search demonstrating how to understand each of the Course Search Terms.

To learn what each field means and how you can use it, simply hover over the blue circle.

In the advanced search method, you can add more details to your search. The delivery method option allows you to search for classes that are either blended, in-person, flexible, professionally mentored, etc. A method field allows you to search for classes that are lectures, labs, or student teaching. The instructor option allows you to search for a specific instructor. The building field allows you to find classes that are located in a particular building. The time section has a field called "From" and "To". These fields allow you to search for classes that are held during a specific period of time. A Days options allows your to select specific days during the week that classes are available. Finally, a section status field allows you to select courses that are open or full.

What To Do If There Are No Results?

Sometimes, when searching for a course, it will show you no results (see below).

The image says "There was no data for the specified criteria." This shows a message you will receive if your course search does not bring up matched results.

Check a couple of things before determining that the course is not available for this semester.

1) Try searching only by "Course Code" again.

The image shows the course search page and the course code option is highlighted with a different course code. for a different class.

2) Find the correct course code by searching the course name in the Academic Catalog or use the new course code at the top to find the class. You can verify if you were using the wrong course code by scrolling to the bottom, it will display the old course code.

Search the course.

The image shows a list of course names with the course codes. You can find the course codes by searching for the course title.

Find the new course code...

The image shows a selected course new course code. In this example it is GECIV 100 American Heritage.

... and scroll to the bottom to verify the old course code.

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Course Delivery Methods

A delivery method communicates where and how students will be taught. Some delivery methods are only available to specific student types.

F-1/J-1 International Students - Please note that only In-Person, Blended, and Professionally Mentored classes count as on-campus credits for maintaining your status.
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Classes will be taught online (asynchronous) with digital course materials such as video lectures.
Location: Off-campus
Student type: Online and Campus students
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Classes will be taught In-Person or Virtual Live (synchronous) with additional Online components. Students should be available on the days and hours listed in the class schedule.
Location: On-campus
Student type: Campus students only
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Professionally Mentored
Students will be taught by mentors in a learning environment applicable to their degree. Typically used for internships, student teaching, and practicums.
Location: Employment or mentoring location
Student type: Online and Campus students
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Virtual Live
Classes will be taught entirely in LIVE (synchronous), online sessions (using Zoom or similar tools) on the days and hours listed in the class schedule.
Location: Off-campus
Student Type: Campus students only
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Classes will be taught on-campus on the days and hours listed in the class schedule.
Location: On-campus
Student type: Campus students only
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Flexible (In-Person or Virtual Live)
Classes will be taught In-Person and virtual live. In coordination with the instructor, students choose which class location works best for them.
Location: On-campus OR Off-campus
Student type: Campus students only