Planning Course Offerings

How course offerings are determined

Two major factors determine how, when, and what courses can be offered in a term: the course catalog and the academic calendar.

The course catalog

When a department requests a new course, there are many variables that affect the schedule of classes. Can the course be offered Satisfactory/Fail? Can it have a variable title? Can a student repeat it for credit?

The way a course is created dictates how it can be offered on the schedule and what effect it will have on a student’s record. For example, if you indicate a course should not be repeatable for credit, then a student who attempts to enroll in the course a second time will automatically receive a repeat warning.

Changing an existing course

To change the way a course is being offered, a department may need to submit a course change request through CARMIn. Note that routing and approvals can take time to complete. Until the catalog is updated, changes cannot be made on the schedule.

If you have questions about how CARMIn values will affect the schedule, contact the scheduling team at

Learn more about requesting or changing courses

The academic calendar

IUPUI has different academic careers (e.g., UGRD, GRAD, LAW), and each career has a unique academic calendar. Courses are associated with a career and based on the term dates in that career’s academic calendar. Work with the Office of the Registrar to understand your academic calendar.

Academic calendar example

Here’s an example of the undergraduate academic calendar and how it affects the schedule of classes. Although this is an example, the rules covered here apply to all careers.

Undergraduate courses—and the majority of courses at IUPUI—are scheduled based on an academic term. There are three major terms (fall, spring, and summer), within which are sessions (e.g., first eight weeks, second eight weeks). Every course must be scheduled within a session.

When your curriculum allows, we strongly encourage you to use standard session dates.

Processes that affect student enrollment, such as eAdd/eDrop, work more smoothly for standard session courses than for those scheduled with nonstandard dates. Additionally, the Department of Education has financial aid regulations prohibiting certain nonstandard scheduling.

For more details about nonstandard session dates, contact the Office of the Registrar.

See the official calendar

Learn more about creating the schedule of classes