Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions for Students
- What is MyDegrees?
- Do I still need to see an advisor?
- How do I access MyDegrees?
- How is the MyDegrees checklist organized?
- How does MyDegrees determine which set of degree requirements to use?
- When should I look at my checklist?
- How is a MyDegrees checklist different from a transcript?
- Can I register for classes in MyDegrees?
- I'm thinking about changing my major. How will my current courses be applied toward my new major?
- Can I change my major in MyDegrees?
- Can I see my grades in MyDegrees?
- Does the MyDegrees checklist show all my courses, even if I took them somewhere else?
- Why isn't my transfer work meeting a requirement?
- My advisor told me that a course I took would be substituted for a requirement. Why doesn't this information appear in my checklist?
- Who can see my degree checklist?
- What if I think my checklist is incorrect?
- Am I required to develop future term schedules? If so, how many terms ahead must I plan?
- What happens if a class on my plan is canceled?
- How is the degree progress shown on the Requirements progress bar calculated?
- What courses are included in the “Electives” list?
- On the “Electives” list, what do the numbers between the grade and the term the class was taken apply to? Are they only A-F graded credits? If so, where is the total of all credits taken?
- There is a course in the Electives section that should have been used to meet a requirement. What can I do to correct that?
- Can I see the class schedule from within MyDegrees?
- What is the “What If” feature?
- Can my advisor see my What If scenario?
- What is the GPA calculator?
- All requirements on the worksheet are checked, but the degree progress bar is only at 97%. Why isn’t it at 100%?
- How do I print a copy of my checklist?
What is MyDegrees?
MyDegrees is a web-based degree checklist program and academic advising tool designed to assist you and advisors in reviewing your degree progress. It organizes your academic transcript chronologically and categorically, identifying courses you have completed and courses you still need to fulfill your degree requirements.
Do I still need to see an advisor?
Your academic advisor will use MyDegrees to advise you about your program. MyDegrees does not take the place of your advisor. You are required to meet with your advisor to review your degree progress.
How do I access MyDegrees?
From the OSU home page, select “Online Services” at the top of the page. Click on “Online Services Quick Login” and log in using your student username and password. Select “Student Records” and, from there, the “MyDegrees” link. This will take you directly to MyDegrees.
How is the MyDegrees checklist organized?
The checklist appears in categorical sections:
Student information: Information about you that is independent of degree choice. You and your advisors may use this information to determine obstacles to registration, eligibility for certain sections and possibility of academic standing difficulties.
Other information: Degree selection and catalog year are displayed.
Summary List of Degree Requirements: At the beginning of the checklist, all of the requirements are listed in a single section. As requirements are fulfilled, the boxes next to each requirement are checked off.
Major, Minor, and Options: Each major, minor and option will be displayed in a block indicating the program requirements, the courses that may be used to fulfill them, and/or the courses you have already taken to complete the requirements. The orange bar which displays the major, minor, or option, also includes the year of the catalog in use when you first declared or changed your primary major. This determines the degree requirements to be followed in order to graduate.
Baccalaureate Core Requirement: The total of the number of credits that satisfy the Baccalaureate Core requirement. This box will be checked when the required courses have been taken.
Additional College, Specific Degree or Language Requirements: : Examples include College of Liberal Arts Core, Language requirements for BA Degree, etc.
Electives: Contains all the courses you have taken that do not fulfill defined degree requirements.
Excluded: Lists all courses taken with grades that are insufficient to fulfill degree requirements, as well as excluded repeated courses and those over the limit by type of course (physical education, music, etc.)
In Progress: Lists all courses you are currently taking or have registered for in a future term.
Exceptions: : List of exceptions applied to requirements by your advisor
Notes: Entered by your advisor.
Legend: Explains symbols used throughout the checklist.
Disclaimer: Explains the purpose of the audit checklist.
How does MyDegrees determine which set of degree requirements to use?
It uses the student’s degree and major catalog year, which is determined when a student first declares a major, minor, or option.
When should I look at my checklist?
Anytime! MyDegrees is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Before meeting with an advisor, go to the Web and view your checklist.
Before registration, access your checklist and use it to plan your program for the term.
After registration, confirm that the courses selected complete the requirements you still need.
After grades are posted at the end of each term.
Before you apply for graduation, review your checklist to make sure you’re on target.
How is a MyDegrees checklist different from a transcript?
A MyDegrees checklist is not your academic transcript nor is it an official notification of completion of degree requirements. Changes made to your official OSU academic record will take at least 24 hours to be reflected in your MyDegrees checklist report. This progress report does not supersede the OSU Catalog. Your transcript, however, is your official university record, and it must be requested from the Registrar’s Office using Student Online Services.
Can I register for classes in MyDegrees?
No, MyDegrees is a snapshot of courses in-progress, planned, and in academic history. Registration and add/drop are handled through already established procedures.
I'm thinking about changing my major. How will my current courses be applied toward my new major?
Use the "What-if" feature by selecting your proposed college, degree, major, minor, or option if needed. The requirements for your selection appear and you can see how your coursework will be applied for the new program you are considering.
Can I change my major in MyDegrees?
To change your major, you must fill out a form, have it signed by an advisor from the college of your new major, and turn it into the Registrar’s Office. The “Undergraduate Change of Major” forms are available in the Registrar’s Office, in most colleges and departments, and online at http://oregonstate.edu/registrar/forms.
Can I see my grades in MyDegrees?
Yes. Once grades have been processed at the end of the term, they are visible in MyDegrees.
Does the MyDegrees checklist show all my courses, even if I took them somewhere else?
Yes, most courses transferred in from other colleges or taken in the military should show on your degree checklist. Courses that contributed to a bachelor degree at another institution will not be included. Certain courses may not be applied to your major if you have exceeded the allowable number of credits under the residency requirement. If you don’t see your courses from your transfer institution, contact the Office of Admissions to see if your transcript has been received and/or processed.
Why isn't my transfer work meeting a requirement?
There could be several reasons a transfer course isn’t used in your program. A specific transfer course may not meet the minimum number of credits and/or the minimum grade requirement in your program of study. Another reason is if all requirements for your degree have been met, the transfer course may not be needed. Or if the course is a repeat of an OSU course, the transfer course may not meet the guidelines outlined in Academic Regulation AR20. [insert AR20 link here]
My advisor told me that a course I took would be substituted for a requirement. Why doesn't this information appear in my checklist?
The advisor must enter the substitute into the system as an exemption to the program rules. As soon as it is entered, it will immediately appear in your checklist. The advisor may not have had time to do this or they might have forgotten. Contact your advisor to follow-up on the course substitution.
Who can see my degree checklist?
You have access to your degree checklist through your Online Services account. If you give family or friends access to your account, they will also be able to see your degree checklist. Advisors, Deans, and certain administrative staff also have access to see your degree checklist.
What if I think my checklist is incorrect?
If you think that a requirement for a major, minor or option is incorrect, you should meet with an advisor in your department or check the official college catalog.
Remember that the checklist is an aid to advisement; it is not an official graduation degree checklist. If you have applied for graduation, you should wait for the official notification from the Registrar concerning your candidacy.
Students who have graduated may not see a checklist once the graduation notation has been posted to their transcript.Students considering readmission will not be able to see a degree checklist until they officially readmit to the college.
Am I required to develop future term schedules? If so, how many terms ahead must I plan?
You should try to develop future term schedules, using the MyDegrees Planner, for all future terms remaining to finish your degree. Once plans have been developed and approved, they can be changed as necessary.
What happens if a class on my plan is canceled?
Plans are not automatically changed if classes are canceled. If a class you planned to take is not available, your plan should be modified accordingly.
How is the degree progress shown on the Requirements progress bar calculated?
The Degree Progress Bar shows the progress towards your degree based on courses required for Baccalaureate core, major, and minor (if applicable). The percentage displayed represents the number of completed requirements divided by the total number of requirements.
What courses are included in the “Electives” list?
The Electives List contains all the courses you have taken that do not fulfill defined degree requirements.
On the “Electives” list, what do the numbers between the grade and the term the class was taken apply to? Are they only A-F graded credits? If so, where is the total of all credits taken?
They are the earned or accepted transfer credits for the course. For OSU courses, earned credits include all courses with passing grades. All transfer courses are listed, but their credits are only included if the course is accepted at OSU. The total number of credits and classes is shown at the top of the Electives section.
Can I see the class schedule from within MyDegrees?
When a requirement has not yet been completed, the checklist will display courses that are required to complete the requirement. Most of these courses are also hyperlinks that, when clicked, will display future term schedule information about the course. Course numbers that are followed by a ‡ indicate that the course contains prerequisites.
What is the “What If” feature?
The “What If” function allows you to hypothetically change your major, minor, or option. The “What If” checklist will show you the coursework required for the new major, minor, or option; the courses you have taken that satisfy requirements; and the courses are still remaining to be taken. The results of using the What If feature are not stored in MyDegrees but can be produced as a pdf document.
Can my advisor see my What If scenario?
No. Since What If scenarios are not stored on MyDegrees, your advisor can only see your results if the two of you work through a What If procedure together.
What is the GPA calculator?
The GPA calculators are tools to help you reach your long- and short-term grade and GPA goals.
Graduation Calculator: Allows you to determine the grades you need in remaining classes to reach your desired GPA upon graduating.
Term Calculator: Allows you to set specific grade and overall GPA goals with the classes in your current term.
Advice Calculator: Allows you to determine how many credits at a specific grade average you will need to reach your desired GPA.
All requirements on the worksheet are checked, but the degree progress bar is only at 97%. Why isn’t it at 100%?
The degree progress bar will not show 100% completion until you finish all your in-progress courses and earn acceptable grades in them. There may also be times when you have finished all of your course requirements but there is still another requirement that is outstanding (number of residence or overall credits, for example). You should check with your advisor.
How do I print a copy of my checklist?
Just press the "Print" button at the top of the checklist. The checklist will print as a PDF, which can be saved as a file, or sent to a printer for a hard copy.