The following are instructions for undergraduate students who are using Degree Works.
You may access Degree Works directly by clicking here. After navigating to that site:
Alternatively, you may access Degree Works via your ESTHER account.
The top of the Degree Works audit worksheet contains basic student information, such as Student ID number, major, residential college, etc. The default view is the student view. If you are pursuing more than one degree, click on the drop down arrow in the navigation bar under "Degree" to select which degree audit you’d like to view.
The Degree Works audit worksheet is divided into several sections, called blocks, which together comprise your degree audit. The types and number of blocks may vary from student to student, depending on the academic program you have selected. The following is an overview of the blocks all students will likely see on the degree audit worksheet.
The first block found at the top of every audit is the Degree Block. This will list the requirements for your degree. If you have not yet declared a major, the Degree Block will default to a BD – Bachelor Degree. This block lists all the graduation requirements.
Note that throughout the audit, you will see the following symbols to indicate progress toward a particular requirement. They can also be found on a legend within the audit worksheet.
The block immediately below the Degree Block is the University Requirements Block. This block tracks distribution credit for D1, D2, and D3, as well as LPAP and FWIS requirements. University Requirements Block also includes up to 48 credit hours of coursework required of all students at the upper-level (300-level or above). As some requirements changed after the academic year 2011-2012, the requirements listed in this block will correspond to the catalog year for the student selected.
Following the University Requirements Block, Degree Works will display a block for your selected major(s), minor(s), and/or certificate(s). For an update on the current status of departmental curriculum approval, visit the Scribe Status page. If Degree Works indicates a missing requirement that you do not believe should show as missing, please follow up with the major (or minor or certificate) advisor to help you resolve the issue.
The bottom of the audit will have some variety for each student, depending on coursework taken and academic progress. These are courses that cannot be used to meet other requirements on the degree audit, such as university requirements, 48 credit hours at the upper-level requirements, etc. The General Electives block will also include coursework that does not apply to major, minor, or certificate requirements either. Some transfer credit or AP credit may appear in this block if it is not applied elsewhere in the degree audit.
The credits in the General Electives block will be used toward Cumulative GPA, if applicable, and the overall credit hours earned toward degree, however.
The In-progress Courses Block simply lists the courses for which you are currently enrolled, with “IP” (In-progress) listed as the grade until the course is complete. In-progress courses will also apply to University, Major, Minor, or Certificate requirements, as applicable with the tilde (~) showing and a shade of blue indicating that upon successful completion, the requirement will be met. The In-progress Courses Block is directly connected to your enrollment in Banner, and will update nightly with any registration changes made.
The Not-Counted – Not Eligible for Use Block will display coursework that does not count toward the degree you seek. This might include Study Abroad coursework, coursework for which the grade was insufficient, and coursework which may have been repeated.
There are other features in Degree Works that will prove very helpful once our campus implementation is complete and all features are activated.
The GPA Calculator allows students to input a desired GPA to calculate what GPA is needed in the remaining degree program to achieve a desired GPA. Similarly, students can input a desired or estimated GPA for current coursework to calculate the semester GPA.
The What If feature allows students to select other degrees, majors, minors, and/or certificates to determine how the coursework they have already taken would apply to a new or additional academic program. This can be helpful when students wish to evaluate a change to their current degree, major, minor and/or certificate. Students and advisors may also use the What If function to determine if a change in catalog year is beneficial to the student. Students may choose to follow the requirements of their matriculation year, their graduation year, or any year in between. Changing the catalog year on the What If function can allow students to see the curricular differences between catalog years for their field of study. From the main Worksheet, Student View, click What If on the left. From within the What If area, then select the Degree, Catalog Year, Major, Minor, etc., to indicate which academic areas to consider in the What-If audit, then click Process What-If to view a new audit . The What-If audit is a planning tool only and is not an official change of major or any other academic program.
The Look Ahead function allows students to select a course they’d like to take and see where it might be applied on the degree audit or toward current degree enrollment.