Using the Degree Planner
This is an accordion element with a series of buttons that open and close related content panels.
Choose/Add a Degree Plan
Under “Degree Plans” click on the carrot to the right of the degree name to show a drop down menu of degree plans. In the drop down menu, select a plan to view. If there is not degree plan to choose from, or you would like to create a new plan, there are several ways to add a degree plan.
- Click the settings wheel to the right of the Degree Plan name and select “Add degree plan” from the drop down.
- In the right-hand sidebar Menus section, select “Add degree plan.”
Select/Add an academic year
Select an academic year to view by expanding and collapsing the individual years using the carrot to the right of the year title. This way of viewing allows you to view a single year or several years at a time. You can also expand or collapse all the years using the options at the top of all the years on the right-hand side.
NOTE: The title of the year has a prefix indicating if the academic year is past, active, or future
There are several ways to add an academic year to your plan:
- Click the settings wheel to the right of the Degree Plan name and select “Add academic year” from the drop down.
- In the right-hand sidebar Menus section, select “Add academic year.”
NOTE: When an academic year is expanded, the three terms are laid out next to each other: Fall, Spring, Summer.
There are several different ways for you to add a course to your degree plan. Courses can be added to active and future years, they cannot be added to past years.
- From the Course Search
When you use Course Search, courses will automatically be added to your degree plan. All courses you are enrolled in, are waiting in your cart, or you have saved for later will appear in the Degree Planner. While courses in your cart will appear in your degree plan, courses you have saved for later will also appear in the right-hand sidebar under “Saved for Later.”
- Directly from the Degree Planner
In the expanded view of an academic year, at the bottom of a term there is an “Add course” button. When you click on the button, a Course Search menu will appear on the right-hand side of the page. This search will allow you to search using Term, Subject, and Keyword, number. When you find and select a course, the course details will appear in a pop-up on the screen. In the course details select “Add to plan” in the top right of the pop-up. Be sure the appropriate term is selected.
When a course is added to your degree plan for active or future academic years, you will notice the three stacked dots across from the course name, this is the course menu.
- Course details
This will show a pop-up with the course name, requisites, number of credits, subject notes, and other details. You can also access the course website, undergraduate information and graduate information. Another way to view the course details is by clicking on the course.
- Move to
Move a course from one term to another, and between academic years by hovering over the option and selecting the term you want to move the course to. You can also move courses from term-to-term or between academic years by dragging and dropping the course.
- Save for later
Move the course out of your degree plan and cart and save the course for later. This action will effect the Degree Planner, as well as the courses in your Cart. You can also save a course for later by dragging and dropping the course to the right-hand sidebar menu.
Remove the course from your degree plan. This action will effect the Degree Planner, as well as the courses in your Cart.
NOTE: These options do not appear for completed courses. The three stacked dots only appears courses in active and future terms/years (these courses appear in white boxes, while the completed courses are grey).
If you decide that you want to change your plan and take a course in the fall of next year rather than the spring, you can easily move courses between terms and academic years. This can be done in a couple different ways.
- Drag and drop
Simply click and hold on the course you want to move and drag and drop it to your desired locations. Make sure that, if the location is in a different year, you have that year expanded.
- Course menu
Click on the three stacked dots across from the course name – these only appear in the future academic years and courses in a cart. A drop down menu will appear, hover over “Move to,” and then click on your desired location from the options provided.
Save course for later
You can move a course from your degree plan and cart into Save for Later in two different ways within the Degree Planner.
- Drag and drop
Simply click and hold on the course you want to save for later and drag it to the area in the right-hand sidebar marked “Save for later.” Drop the course in this area.
- Course menu
Click on the three stacked dots across from the course name – these only appear in future academic years and courses in a cart. A drop down menu will appear, select “Save for later.”
NOTE: Moving a course to “Save for later” in the Degree Planner will also move the course in your cart in My Courses.
Tab options within term (Completed, In Progress, Cart)
- Past academic years
View courses that were completed and courses that were in your cart at the time.
- Active academic years
View courses that are completed in terms that are completed. View courses that are In Progress in terms that are active. You can view courses that were/are in your cart in all terms within and active year.
- Future academic years
You can only view the courses as part of your plan, since there is no cart for enrollment yet you will not have the tab options.
Grades will show for all completed courses in past and active academic years. To do this, toggle the circle under the Degree Plan name to blue (the right). The grades will now appear near the course name. In the same way you can toggle the circle to grey (the left) and turn this view off.
NOTE: Grades will not appear for courses in your cart since you were not enrolled in these courses.
View how many credits are planned/scheduled/occurred for a term by viewing the credit counter. A credit count is kept at the top of the term in an academic year, across from the term name. This credit counter keeps track of the number of credits planned or completed in a term. As you add and remove courses to active and future years and terms, this counter will keep track.
Add/edit notes to your term
Across from the term name, next to the credit counter, in active and past academic years, there is a blue sheet icon with a plus sign in the center. This is the “Add note” icon. This icon will appear in every term in every academic year. By clicking on this icon you can add notes to your term, allowing you to set a reminder to talk to your advisor, set a reminder to apply for graduation, note a future term you want to study abroad during, etc.
Create a PDF
Creating a PDF of your plan allows you to share your plan with others and keep different versions of your plan, and more. There are two main ways to create a PDF of your plan. Once you have created a PDF you can download or print from the PDF view.
- Degree Plan settings wheel
Click on the settings wheel next to the degree plan name and select “Create PDF” from the drop down.
- Sidebar Menu
Under the sidebar Menu, click on “Create PDF.”
Warnings and icons
At the top of the right-hand sidebar there is a Course key that denotes different icons that will appear to indicate different warning and/or alerts. These icons will appear with the individual course. These alerts are course/section specific and do not apply to the whole term.
Error messages may also appear within a term, under the term name. The message will be in regards to the entire term (i.e. credit overload).
It is my first year and I want to plan when I will take all my general education courses.
- If a degree plan is not already created, create a degree plan
- Add academic years if necessary
- Use the Degree Planner or Course Search to find the general education courses you would like to add to your plan
- Add the courses to your plan in the desired term and academic year, being aware of requisites for certain courses
I am thinking of traveling abroad next year for a semester and I don’t want to forget to talk to my advisor about it.
Add a note to the term that you are thinking about studying abroad during, reminding yourself of the plan. Also, consider adding a note in an earlier term or year as more of a reminder. If you have courses planned during the term you plan to study abroad, consider saving the courses for later.
I am in Course Search and found a class I want to take, but don’t meet the requisites yet.
You can add the course to your degree plan in a future academic term or year. Also, consider adding the requisite course(s) in earlier years and/or terms. You could also save the course for later, which will be reflected in MyCourses and Degree Planner.
I want to share my plan with my advisor.
In Menu, in the sidebar, click on “Create PDF,” or click on the settings wheel next to the degree name and select “Create PDF.” You can then save or print the PDF and share it with your advisor. Your advisor cannot view a digital version of your plan.
I just ran a DARS report and I want to plan how long it would take me to graduate if I added a second major.
- Add/Create a new academic plan, or work within your primary plan
- Search in Course Search or Degree Planner for the courses that your DARS indicates are needed to complete the major
- Add the courses to your degree plan in appropriate terms and/or years, being cautious of requisites and credit limits
- Once the courses are added, move the courses around as needed to finalize the plan
- You should now have a pretty good idea of how long it would take you to graduate