DO NOT WORRY! Your Degree Audit is complicated because of the extent that it is formed around your individual degree requirements. It requires your time and patience, so set aside a couple of hours to work through it before seeing your adviser.
Set up an appointment with your adviser well in advance. Advisers are especially busy around registration time and their office hours will fill up fast. If you have under 60 credits, you will need to get your PAC from him/her before you can register.
Print out your Degree Audit. It will be much easier to work with and you’ll be able to mark whatever you feel necessary: places where you have questions, requirements that need to be met, specific courses you are required to take, etc. This will also make your adviser much happier since you will have any questions ready and s/he will see you have already studied your Degree Audit.
Part of the difficulty with reading Degree Audits is the length. If your Degree Audit is more than nine or ten pages long, there are ways to shorten it. Go to our Printing Help page and it should help you get a much more easily read version of your Degree Audit.
In addition to your printed Degree Audit, have your Undergraduate Catalogue, and a copy of the Class Schedule handy. These three documents are necessary to effectively and efficiently plan your schedule.
You can also print out a Schedule Planning Worksheet.
It is important to do your planning well in advance of your registration time. Many courses require you to get pre-assigned for them several weeks before you register. After that, registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Failure to get pre-assigned could result in not getting into a required course—putting your education behind schedule. Go to the course department office to get pre-assigned.
Your required courses should have priority over general requirements. They are most often the ones that are harder to get into.
When choosing courses, check to see if they have any prerequisites, are only offered one semester out of the year, or if you need to be pre-assigned.
Check your personal information. Do you have the right college, degree, catalogue year, and program. A mistake here can drastically change your audit. If something is incorrect, go to the Department of your first major to get it corrected.
The SPECIAL MESSAGE box is important. If you are in the College of Arts and Sciences and have not specified a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts degree, you are assigned the one that most closely matches your degree by default. There are big differences between the two, so research them or get a "What If" Degree Audit to make sure you are working towards the degree you want.
Start going through your Degree Audit box by box. If it says, “OK” then that requirement is met. If there are asterisks (**), the requirement has not been met. If it says, “IP” then the requirement will be met by a course you have “In Progress”.University Graduation Requirements
These start with "MINIMUM 120.00 CREDITS FOR GRADUATION".
Study the requirements in each box. Requirements such as Service Learning, Wellness, Foreign Language/Culture, English Composition, English Competency, Math Competency, and Cultural Diversity all need to be met before you can graduate. The courses that meet these requirements are listed in your Undergraduate Catalogue, as well as the online version of the Undergraduate Catalogue and MyBlugold CampS.
NOTE! When choosing courses that meet these requirements, be aware that courses required for your major might take care of graduation and GE requirements as well. Check these courses first.
General Education Requirements
Go through the four General Education boxes. Choose courses that interest you. Lists of the courses offered that will meet specific requirements can be found in the Class Schedule for the the term your are registering for. You can also get this information from the Advising Office, from your adviser, or you can find it in MyBlugold CampS (see Academic Services, Course Searching).
There are many classes, so when you find one you are interested in, write down all the information pertaining to it. Then go back and choose the courses that fit into the times you have available.
When choosing a course to meet a General Education requirement, check to see if a course required for your major or for graduation will fulfill the GE as well.
Major & Minor Requirements
Look at each requirement for your major and minor.
Find and write down the course information for the classes that will meet these requirements. Then choose the classes with the times that best fit into your schedule.
Be aware of courses that may need a prerequisite, that might be a prerequisite for another course you need, or that might only be offered one semester out of the year.
Refer to your Undergraduate Catalogue for a more thorough explanation of these requirements.Degree Audit Tips
Go through your Degree Audit and bring any questions to your adviser. If you still have a problem with something, go to the Registration Office (Schofield 128). The people working there are friendly and knowledgeable, and will help solve your problems.
If you are going to change anything, request a “What If” Degree Audit to first see how the changes will affect your progress.
It is a good idea to request a new Degree Audit after you have registered, because it will let you see how your newly registered classes affect your academic progress.
Put together some back-up schedules in case certain classes are closed or you are unable to get into a particular section of a class.
Don’t become frustrated if the classes you want are closed. Make sure you have found plenty of alternatives before you register so you don’t have to start over.
If you have a compelling need for a class that is closed, do not hesitate to talk to the professor; especially if it will keep your academic progress on track.
Sometimes a class can be substituted for credit for another class. Talk to your adviser about petitioning a class for credit.