Step 3: Build a Draft Schedule

Once you know the courses you need to take, you can create a draft schedule in Schedule Builder on your Bear Tracks account.

Use Schedule Builder to create your timetable

  1. Click on Schedule Builder

    A screenshot of Bear Tracks showing where the Schedule Builder link is located.

  2. Select Fall Term 2020

    A screenshot of Bear Tracks showing which term to select

  3. Click Search

    A screenshot of Bear Tracks showing where the Schedule Builder search button is

  4. All courses offered at the Augustana Campus are grouped together in the drop-down menu alphabetically starting with "AU".

    Start by adding AUIDS 101 to your schedule as this is a required course for your first semester at Augustana. Once this is complete, please add the Fall Term courses you are required to take for your major/minor.

  5. You can enter the course number if you are looking for a specific course. If you want to see all the 100-level courses offered, only enter a “1” in the Course Number box.

  6. The “Show Open Courses Only” box will automatically be selected. If you want to see all offered courses (with seats available and full), you will have to deselect this option.
    A screenshot of Bear Tracks showing the location of the "Show Open Classes Only" checkbox is located.

  7.  Click Search.

  8. Take a look at the offered courses that match your search criteria for the course you want. AUIDS 101 is offered Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (MTWRF). Some courses are offered Monday/Wednesday/Friday (MWF); others are offered Tuesday/Thursday (TR). Other options exist as well!

    You can also see if a course is a 3-week or 11-week course by looking at the section numbers. If a section number starts with a "1", it is an 11-week course. If a section number starts with a "3", it is a 3-week course.

    You can also look at the “Meeting Dates” to determine how many weeks it takes to complete a course. Remember, you can only enroll in one ★3 three-week course and a maximum of four ★3 11-week courses each term.

    A screenshot of Bear Tracks showing where the "Section" and "Meeting Dates" headings appear in course search results

  9. Pay attention to the course status; all courses will be listed as “Open”, “Full”, “Cancelled”, or “Closed”. Courses open to enrolment will have a green circle beside them.

    A screenshot of Bear Tracks showing where the green circle is located.

  10. Select the course section you wish to add to your schedule and click ADD. If you want to receive a notification if one of the full courses becomes available, you can select the course and click Watch List.

  11. Once you have added a course to your "Schedule Builder", a visual will show you how the course fits into your schedule. The course will also be listed below your draft schedule with further information. If a class appears on the right side of the day, it is an 11-week course. If it appears on the left side (like below), it is a 3-week course. Two adjacent courses may look like the times are overlapping but they run during different parts of the term.
    A screenshot of Bear Tracks showing a draft schedule

  12. Click "Search" to begin adding another course.

  13. Again, find the next course you want under the appropriate heading and click “Search”.

  14. For Science courses, most of these have 2 sections—a lecture (LEC) and a lab (LAB). You must enrol in both parts of the course.

  15. You can only select one section of the course at a time. In this example, the lecture is selected first. Proceed by clicking “Add” to add the lecture to your schedule builder.

    A screenshot showing both LEC and LAB sections for a course

  16. Bear Tracks will automatically prompt you to add the LAB section of the course. Again, pay attention to the status, as some may already be full.
  17. Select the LAB you want to add and click NEXT.

    A screenshot of Bear Tracks showing the LAB sections for a course.

  18. If you can see there is a time conflict in the schedule, try to reschedule the section of the class with a time conflict.
    1. Select the class you want to change and delete it from "Schedule Builder".
    2. Now, go through the same process of re-adding the course by first searching the course, then adding the section that will not conflict with another course.

  19. Once you have successfully scheduled five courses in the Fall Term, check off all your courses and click on the "Validate" button.

    A screenshot of the Bear Tracks Schedule Builder showing how to validate the schedule

  20. If your course schedule does not have any time conflicts and does not exceed the allowable number of credits per term, there will be a green checkmark beside each course. If there are any issues with your draft schedule, such as not meeting pre/co-requisites, you will be notified.
  21. Once your schedule for the Fall Term is built, click "Change Term" to go through the same process for the Winter Term.
  22. When building your Winter Term schedule, you may run across time conflicts that require you to switch some courses from the Winter Term to the Fall Term. Use the Augustana Course List Tool to help you find courses that are offered in both terms.
  23. Once you have finished building both your Fall and Winter Term schedules, you are ready to complete your registration by enrolling in the courses in your "Schedule Builder". Once you have enrolled in courses, you will see them appear in your "My Class Schedule".

Important!

Building a draft timetable in "Schedule Builder" is not your final registration! On your enrolment date (April 1), you will be able to complete your registration by enrolling in the classes in your "Schedule Builder." Once you have enrolled in courses, you will see them appear in your "My Class Schedule".

Note: Some courses have seats reserved for specific majors and/or professional intentions. If you are unable to enrol in a course because of a reserve cap, please enrol in another course in its place for the time being. Reserves will be lifted on August 15th. As a result, you may be able to enrol in the course then. If you are unable to enrol in a course required for your major and/or professional intention, please contact an Advisor.

If you are struggling to create your draft first-year schedule, use our First-Year Recommended Course Sheets, according to your program: 

(PDFs, open in a new window)


Step 4: Check Enrolment Dates