Plan Your Schedule

You don’t need to have all the answers when you meet with your academic advisor, but you should be ready to provide important information and to ask questions. Take a little time to prepare in advance for advising appointments.  Review notes and materials from past advising meetings and curricular information posted online.  You’ll be more prepared to make the most of new information that your advisor provides if you do some initial planning on your own.

  • Step 1: Major and Degree Requirements

    UD advisors don’t just help you plan courses for next semester; we help you make plans to reach your goals for your undergraduate education at IU Bloomington. Use our Long-Range Academic Planning Worksheet or your iGPS Plan along with the resources below to sketch out the courses or requirements you would like to complete each term.

    • iGPS Degree Maps provide 8-semester, 4-year, degree plans with courses and milestones outlined for all academic majors at Indiana University Bloomington, as well as first-year course guides for exploratory students.
    • Academic Bulletins are official publications of each degree-granting school or division. They provide a comprehensive guide to the policies, procedures and requirements for all majors, minors or certificate programs offered through that school or division. Academic Bulletins also include descriptions for all courses offered through the school or division.
    • Explore Programs provides information about different majors and minors, suggests courses for first-year students, and links to degree planning resources for individual majors.
    • School and Departmental Websites also post degree requirements, as well as information about careers and co-curricular opportunities.
    • Check Admission Requirements for your school or major program.
    • Health Professions and PreLaw Center contains information about required coursework for students interested in health professions, year-by-year guides to help students prepare for health and law professions, and one-on-one and group advising sessions.
  • Step 2: General Education Requirements

    All students at Indiana University Bloomington complete a set of essential, skill-building requirements that are the same for all students regardless of major. This group of courses is referred to as the IUB General Education Curriculum (IUB GenEd for short). The below resources help you learn what those requirements are and how to complete them.

    • Choose Courses provides general information about the General Education requirements, including info about AP credits, exemptions based on standardized test scores, and the core skills you will gain in each category.
    • General Education Bulletin provides detailed information about IUB GenEd requirements, including core learning outcomes and a list of approved courses for the academic year.
    • General Education at IU is an interactive way to browse this year’s general education course offerings by category.
    • Search for GenEds in iGPS Course Search.
      • Under “Offered,” select the current term.
      • An “Attributes” box should appear.
      • Check the box next to the IUB GenEd category you want to search for.
      • Click “Go” to see a full list of courses in that IUB GenEd category for the current term.
  • Step 3: Find Out What Requirements You’ve Already Completed

    Want to know what IUB GenEd requirements you have left? Or see how your AP or transfer credit counts toward your degree? Run your Academic Advisement Report or AAR (also known as Degree Progress Report).


    1. Go to your iGPS Plan in One.IU.
    2. Click the link “Check my degree progress” at the top of the screen.
    3. Click “Process Request.”
    4. You should now see how courses you’ve taken work toward degree requirements. For outstanding requirements, you will see “Not Satisfied” in red.

    Your advisement report defaults to you declared major. Need to update your declared major? Email your advisor.

    Learn more about your AAR/Degree Progress Report

    The Academic Advisement Report shows how your IUB courses, transfer, test, or other special credits apply toward the academic requirements of your major. With an ARR you can:

    • look up what General Education requirements you have fulfilled
    • look up what School and Major requirements you have fulfilled
    • see what requirements you would have if you changed majors
    • see how courses you plan to take would count toward degree requirements, including courses taken at other IU campuses or courses in your iGPS Plan

    An Academic Advisement Report is a very useful tool, but, it is NOT the official source of degree requirements. The official degree requirements for your major are given in the Bulletin for the school that offers your intended major. You should use both the Bulletin and the AAR to track your degree progress. Meet with your advisor to ask for help reading and interpreting your Degree Progress Report.

  • Step 4: Find Courses and Add to iGPS Plan

    Making deliberate, careful choices about what courses you take contributes to academic success.  If you are interested in the material covered in your classes, you’re more likely to do well in them. Fortunately, researching courses is easy and fun using these great tools.

  • Degree Planning Guides by Program

    Program/Degree Planning Guides provide a brief overview of the requirements for a particular undergraduate degree or program. They often are arranged as checklists with little text to explain the requirements. For this reason, they are best used in combination with Academic Bulletins and in consultation with your academic advisor.

    Click the links below for access to degree planning guides.

    College of Arts and Sciences

    Kelley School of Business

    School of Education

    School of Informatics and Computing

    • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

    School of Medicine

    Jacob School of Music

    School of Nursing

    School of Public and Environmental Affairs

     School of Public Health (formerly Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

     School of Social Work

  • Plan for Summer Classes

    Taking classes during the summer can be a smart strategy to meet your goals for your degree timeline. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss the best options for summer coursework for you.

    At IU Bloomington

    • Most students can start registering for summer classes in late-March. See One.IU > Student Center > Enrollment Dates to find out when you can start enrolling.
    • Use iGPS Course Search to learn about summer course offerings.
    • Read the Enrollment Bulletin for exact session dates, as well as important registration, drop, and refund deadlines.
    • See Student Central on Union to estimate tuition and fees for summer courses.

    At other Indiana University Campuses

    • Apply to other IU Campuses as a visiting or temporary transfer student.
    • Go to iGPS Course Search, and change “Campus” see course offerings at other IU campuses.
    • Meet with your advisor to make sure the course will count toward your Bloomington degree.
    • Call the orientation office for the campus where you intend to take summer classes. You could be required to attend an orientation program/event or be required to complete placement exams in math, foreign language or English composition.
    • You do not need to reapply to return to Bloomington if you applied as a visiting (or temporary) intercampus transfer.
    • You do not need to have a copy of your summer transcript sent to Bloomington. You have one IU transcript for all campuses attended.

    At non-IU Colleges or Universities