Q: Can I change my major through the Degree Planner tool?
A: No, you cannot change your "official" university record through Degree Planner. You can however see a hypothetical plan through the "What if?" function. This allows for you to see a complete degree plan if you were to add a new major or a minor. If you decide to change or add a program of study, you can use our online Change of Major and Minor system.
Q: Does Degree Planner plan for multiple majors and/or minors?
A: Yes, if the majors or minors in question are live in the Degree Planner. See Step 1 above for a list of which majors/minors are live in the Degree Planner.
Q: Are course substitutions integrated into Degree Planner?
A: Yes, course substitutions are included in the Degree Planner, and are removed from the planned courses in the roadmap.
Tip: If you know a substitution has been submitted, but has not been processed, you may use the ‘Remove’ feature to move the requirement to the ‘Manually Removed Courses’ section at the bottom of the plan. Once the substitution is processed, the requirement will be satisfied and no longer appear in the "Manually Removed Courses" section of the Degree Planner. Note that removing a requirement or course does not remove it from your degree requirements. If the substitution cannot be processed, you will still need to meet the requirement in another way.
Q: What if I need assistance with my degree plan?
Check out the Degree Planner Quick Reference Guide for a summary of the key features. Be sure to make an appointment with your advisor if you need assistance with degree planning. Refer to the Academic Advising Directory on the Advising Hub website to find advising resources.
Q: What is the difference between the Degree Planner, the Degree Progress Report (DPR), and the Degree Progress Report with planned courses?
A: The Degree Planner is a planning tool, which can be invaluable in helping you to plan and finish graduation requirements from your first semester on campus, as well as to understand how quickly these requirements can be completed.
The DPR is a degree audit tool that can help you understand what requirements remain in your academic program. It will show you overall which requirements have been met, which are in progress, and which have not been met.
The DPR w/ planned courses is also a degree audit tool that incorporates the courses that are currently planned in the Degree Planner. It will show you all elements in the DPR, but additionally shows which courses you have planned in your Planner.
Q: How do I know if my plan meets all of the requirements for graduation?
Once you have made all your course selections, you can select DPR w/Planned Courses from the top of the Degree Planner page to review your Degree Progress Report including all the planned courses. Blue stars will indicate requirements being satisfied by your planned courses. Look out for the red boxes as those requirements still need attention. Check to see that you have made all the course selections in your plan!
Q: What is the difference between “Refresh Defaults” under Edit Preferences: “Refresh Suggestions” on the main screen and “Reset” on Arrange My Plan?
A: Refresh Defaults – restores the term and unit preferences back to the default for that specific plan.
Refresh Suggestions – sets the recommended order of courses back to default for the major, with the exception of courses that have been locked into a term.
Reset – allows you to undo drag and drop changes made during the current session.
Q: How are changes saved in Degree Planner?
A: Degree Planner saves automatically every time you make a change within the tool.