You can get to the Class Finder without logging into Polaris through the online catalog at http://www.bowdoin.edu/catalogue/classfinder/. The Registrar's website also has a complete schedule of course offerings, ordered by subject.
If you are logged into Polaris, select the "Class Finder" portal tab located in the top header section underneath the word “Polaris.”
Class Finder enables you to search for courses by term, subject (department), credits, instructor, time or day offered, and course attributes (e.g., writing project class, distribution requirements met with the course). Select one or more of these facets and click the "Search" button. Note that Thursday is denoted as “R” rather than “Th” in Polaris.
When selecting from the drop down menus of subject, instructor, or attribute you may click on multiple items. When you are finished with the drop down menu, move your cursor out of the drop down menu area and the menu will collapse. The facet (e.g., subject) will display the number of items in your search. The example below will find any Biology courses that meet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
To do a completely new search, click the "Reset" button on the bottom. If you'd like to keep part of your search, you can change the selection within a facet (e.g., subject) to "All" so that the resulting search will not filter on that facet.
The search results list shows the course number and title along with cross listings. Depending on the number of results and your browser window, you may want to scroll to the right to see more information about the course (i.e., instructor and location) and scroll down to see the full list of courses that meet your search criteria.
By clicking on the CRN number of the course, you can view more details such as capacity and prerequisites. The CRN number, used for registration, is a unique number given by the system that represents the course number and which semester it was offered. During registration, the "Pending Requests" number will show you how many students have requested this course. This number will fluctuate because students can drop or add requests while the registration round is open.