Search for a Class

The Class Search page enables you to search for classes at any or all campuses of The Ohio State University.

  • If you are looking for the Course Catalog, which contains all courses offered by Ohio State, refer to the Search for a Course procedure.


  • My Buckeye Link - search for classes button


You will start from the Class Search page.

Class search page

1. Select the Term you wish to view.

2.  Select the Campus for which you will attend.

3. Enter or select at least two criteria from (Subject, Course Number and Course Career).

4. [Optional] Select Additional Search Criteria to reveal more options.

  • The illustration below depicts the bottom half of the page after clicking Additional Search Criteria.

Search for classes additional criteria

5. Specify your desired search criteria.

There are many possible combinations of search criteria, but keep the following notes in mind:

  • Columbus is no longer listed as the default campus. Please select one from the following: Columbus, Lima, Mansfield,Marion,Newark or Wooster.

  • If selecting the Columbus Campus, it is strongly recommended that other filters also be added to minimize the time needed to return the search. Notice the message that your search will "exceed the maximum limit of 300 sections" and to "specify additional criteria".
  • The Show Open Classes Only checkbox defaults as selected. Unchecking this box will show open, closed, and wait listed classes.
  • Use Course Attribute to search for or by General Education Requirements (GECs), Academic Level, Bridge courses, Credit by Exam, Flexibly Scheduled classes, Honors courses, Service Learning, or Workshops.
    • If you wish to use Course Attribute as a criterion, you must look up and select a Course Attribute and then a corresponding Course Attribute Value. For instance, if you look up and select "GEC" as Course Attribute, you could then look up and select a Course Attribute Value of "AH1" (Historical Survey), "AH2" (Literature), or any other GEC requirement.

NOTE: If you select "GEC" as the Course Attribute, you will see an additional message at the bottom of the page: "This GEC category may vary across majors in your chosen college. Please run your Degree Audit Report and/or contact your college office for more specific information."

NOTE: Mode of Instruction is discussed further in step 7, below.

6. Select search button. The Class Search Results will appear.

Class sections results

7.Select View All Sections in the blue header bar, as necessary, to view all sections of a given class.

8. Each course may have multiple listings on this page. If this is the case, locate the class you wish to view and select its View Class Sections link.

9. Select the Section link for more information on that specific section. The Class Detail will appear.

It is important to check the class detail for every class in which you enroll, so you can understand what you are signing up for--and ensure that the class will be what you expect. Under "Instruction Mode," you will find information that indicates whether a class is taught "In Person" (in a classroom with an instructor), or by "Distance Learning," or incorporates some other mode of learning--"Clinic Field Experience," for example.

<Class detail

Note the Instruction Mode, which is outlined in red in the example above. This takes the place of the current letter designation after a course number. Available Instruction Modes include:

  • Clinic Field Experience
  • Computer Taught
  • Distance Learning
  • Flexibly Scheduled
  • Meets Online & In Person
  • In Person
  • Video Taught
  • Workshop

The following example depicts Class Details with Instruction Mode of "Distance Learning"and "Computer Taught", respectively (outlined in red).

Class Detail Distance Learning

Class Detail Computer Taught


If desired, use the Mode of Instruction in Additional Search Criteria to limit your search results to a specific Instruction Mode.

10. Select view search results button to return to the Class Search Results.

11. From Class Search Results, you can:


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