Plan Your Schedule

Academic 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 your iGPS Plan along with the resources below to sketch out the courses or requirements you would like to complete each term.

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.

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.

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.

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 resources below help you learn what those requirements are and how to complete them.

Find General Education Courses

  • General Education at IU is an interactive way to browse this year’s general education course offerings by category.
  • Search for GenEds in your iGPS Plan.
    • Scroll to the semester you're planning for and click "Start planning.." or "Continue planning.." to open that semester.
    • Click "Add from Course Search."
    • Click the "Attributes" filter to see general education categories.
    • Check the box next to the IUB GenEd category you want to search for.
    • Open the "Class Filters" and select "Hide closed classes" or any other desired additional parameters. Click "Apply."

Learn More About General Education Requirements

  • 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 website provides detailed information about IUB GenEd requirements, including core learning outcomes, the GenEd Bulletin, and a list of approved courses for the academic year.

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 “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. Reconsidering your major? Talk to an AMES advisor.

Instructions on how to navigate the AAR

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 Academic Advisement Report.

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.

  • iGPS Plan is a multi-semester course enrollment planning tool that allows you to choose courses for your entire academic career.
    • Scroll to the semester you're planning for and click "Start planning.." or "Continue planning.." to open that semester.
    • Click "Add from Course Search."
    • Use the search box and filters to find classes.
    • Use "Add to Plan" to choose times later or if you plan to use the schedule builder.
    • Use "Add to Shopping Cart" to choose times now.
  • Class Registration in One.IU enables you to search for criteria like Session (e.g. 2nd-8-week), Mode of Instruction (e.g. 100% online), or Meeting Days and Times (e.g. Tuesday / Thursday). You can enroll directly from Class Registration or add classes to your shopping cart to enroll later.
  • Online Course Questionnaire (OCQ) - A tool to help instructors improve teaching and help students make informed decisions when choosing classes.

Schedule an appointment now!

Your academic advisor can help you set and meet your academic goals at IU Bloomington. Find your advisor's name and contact information in SOAR (Student Online Advising Records). Click the "Schedule Appointment" button under their name to schedule your advising appointment.