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Degree Works


What is Degree Works? Using Plan Notes for Registration
Accessing Degree Works Using Your Degree Works Plan with Bobcat Schedule Builder
Understanding Your Degree Audit Need more Information?
Plans  

 

What is Degree Works?

Degree Works is an academic planning tool that allows you to be in control of your progress toward completing degree requirements at Texas State University. You and your advisor can view your degree audit, plan future coursework, and explore alternate program possibilities. With Degree Works, you can plan your academic success and graduate on time.

 

Accessing Degree Works

To access Degree Works, log into Texas State Self-Service. Click on the Student tab, and then select Degree Audit. 

Texas State Self Service > Student Tab > Degree Audit

 

Understanding Your Degree Audit

The header of your degree audit will show your Texas State ID number, classification, program details, your GPAs, and catalog year. 

Note: If your degree information is incorrect, contact your academic advisor. 

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Below the header is a Legend so that you may identify the completion status of each requirement.

Degree Audit Legend

Complete – A green checkbox indicates degree requirements that have been completed. The course which completed the requirement is shown with the grade, credits earned, and term the course was taken.

Not Complete -  A red outlined white box indicates degree requirements that have not been completed. Course information to fulfill the requirement will be displayed

Complete except for classes in-progress – A blue box with a single white tilde indicates requirements that are pending completion based on the successful completion of the course with a satisfying grade. Note that certain grade achievement may exist depending on department/program requirements.

Nearly complete – see advisor – A blue block with two white tildes indicates that a requirement is near completion but there may be an unmet component. Consult with your advisor if this appears on your degree audit.

Wild Cards @ and @@ - The @ symbol can represent any subject or course number. For example, if you need 6 upper division credits in English, you might see “6 Credits in ENG 3@ or 4@”. This means you can take any 3000 or 4000 level course to satisfy this requirement. If your program requires 12 credits in any subject at any level you would see “12 credits in @@”. The first @ stands in place of the subject code, the second @ stands in place of the course number.

 

Requirement Blocks

Your degree audit is then divided into “blocks”. These blocks detail the various requirements for your degree, the general education core, your major, and other degree requirements. 

Requirement Block Example

  1. Block Title – On the upper left of every block you will see the block title. 
  2. Block Completion Details - On the upper right of each block you will see the block GPA, the credits required, points and credits earned from completed classes.
  3. Block Rules and Conditions – At the top of the block and in grey throughout the block you will see special advice, rules, and remarks.

Courses highlighted in yellow are completed requirements.
Courses highlighted in blue are in-progress.
Courses in orange are requirements not yet completed.

 

Other Blocks:

At the bottom of your audit there may be these additional blocks.

Other Blocks Example

Open Electives -

  • Undergraduates - This block will show courses that do not apply to specific degree requirements but may still be counted toward the total credits required for your degree.
  • Graduates - This block will show courses that do not count toward degree requirements or total credits required for your degree unless petitioned by a graduate program advisor.

Failed, Incomplete, and Subsequent Attempts in Repeated Courses - This block will detail courses that you may have repeated, that are still awaiting a grade, or courses that you failed or withdrew from.

In-Progress - These are courses for which you are currently registered.

Exceptions - If your advisor has determined that a course that you have taken can satisfy a requirement instead of the specific course that it calls for, they can apply an exception. Those will be detailed here.

 

Plans

This section is primarily used for undergraduate students only.You and your advisor can meet to determine a specific plan for which classes you should take in which order. Click on the Plans tab and highlight the plan you would like to access from your plan list.

Plans Example

Views

There are several different views available for you to navigate through your plan.

Audit View

From the View dropdown select Audit.

Plans Audit View

The Audit view will show your Degree Audit side-by-side with the plan your advisor has created for you.

Plans Audit View 2

View any notes your advisor has made by clicking on the Notes icon.

Audit Notes

  1. Overall Plan Notes
  2. Notes for a specific term
  3. Course Notes

If you click on the underlined term. . .

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class detail information for the term will be displayed:

Class Detail Information

In fact, if you click anywhere you see a course or term underlined, you will see the course detail information associated.

 

Calendar View

Calendar view will show your audit in a simplified, view-only manner. You can also hover over and click on any notes contained here, as well.

Calendar View

You can also print your plan from this view, or click on Audit to pull up a view of your audit within the Calendar view:

Calendar View 2

Notes View

You can view all the notes on your audit at one time by choosing the Notes view:

Notes View

 

Using Plan Notes for Registration

To plan for registration, use the notes your advisor has given you to select courses for the upcoming term. Choose the Notes view and see term specific notes and/or overall notes from your advising meeting. See the example above and below:

Plan Notes for Registration

 

Using Your Degree Works Plan with Bobcat Schedule Builder

When registration is open, you can pull courses from your most recent Degree Works plan into Bobcat Schedule Builder. See Build a Schedule with Bobcat Scheduling for information on accessing Bobcat Schedule Builder. If you have a plan for the upcoming term, you will receive a message with an option to load the planned courses into your course list.

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If you use the link to load them, they will populate in your course list. You can then click Generate Schedules to choose the option that works best for you.

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Alternatively, you can click on Add Course:

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Choose Add Courses from DegreeWorks Plan. The courses on your most recent Degree Works Plan will come through:

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Choose the course or courses that you are interested in, and click Add

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Click Back to return to the previous screen and click Generate Schedules.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: There could be information on your plan that your advisor added that will not pull into Bobcat Schedule Builder. If you have a choice on what you could take and your advisor has entered it as text on your plan, those items will not come through. Best practice is to use both your plan notes and this feature in Bobcat Schedule Builder to ensure that you register for all the classes that you need. So, be sure to use both plan notes and Bobcat Schedule Builder together to register for all the courses you need and stay on track for graduation.

 

 

Need more information? See your advisor.

Your academic advisor can help you with any questions you have regarding your program, plan, and degree audit.