What is Degree Works?Degree Works is an online degree auditing tool which enables students and their advisors to review and monitor academic progress leading to graduation. It organizes academic coursework into blocks to help easily identify courses and requirements that you have completed and what requirements are still remaining to complete your degree.
What is a Degree Works Audit?
A Degree Works audit is an online version of a degree checklist. It provides a review of past, current and planned coursework, as well as information about completed and outstanding degree requirements.
Where Can I Access My Degree Works Audit?
You can access your Degree Works Audit in LoLA underneath “Student” and “Registration Tools.”
How Do You Read a Degree Works Audit?
Audits are organized by blocks. The blocks display the requirements needed for a specific degree, major, concentration, etc. These blocks will help you see what is needed in order to satisfy the requirements within each area.
What Do All of the Symbols Mean?
- Complete – This symbol will appear next to all requirements that have been completed within the audit. The row will be highlighted light yellow and will display the course(s) that fulfilled the requirement along with the grade and the semester in which the course was taken.
- Not complete – This symbol will appear next to all requirements that have not yet been completed within the audit. The row will be highlighted light orange and will display the course(s) that can be used to complete the requirement.
- Prerequisite required – This symbol may appear next to a course indicating that there is a prerequisite or corequisite required for that course. If you click on the course, the prerequisite or corequisite will be listed.
- In-Progress/Preregistered – This symbol will appear next to courses that are currently in progress and any blocks which will be completed after a course in progress has been successfully fulfilled. The row will be highlighted a light blue and an “IP” will be displayed in the grade section.
- Nearly complete – This symbol means that special attention is needed and you should consult with your advisor. There are a few instances in particular that will get flagged by a double tilde such as if all of the requirements in a block have been completed, however, the minimum GPA requirement has not been met.
- Includes passed, in-progress, & pre-registered courses – This symbol will appear in the Major block next to credits applied.
- Transfer class – This symbol indicates that a course was accepted as transfer credit. The school where the course was transferred in from and the original title of the course will display.
- Any course discipline/number – This symbol acts as a wildcard. It may be used after a subject code which means any course within that subject. It can also be used by itself which means any subject – any course number.
- Transitional course – This symbol indicates that BRCC does not have an exact transfer equivalency.
What Can I Do Under the Various Tabs?
There are two main tabs that appear at the top of your Degree Works audit: Worksheets and GPA Calculator. Within each of these tabs, there are specific features that are designed to help guide you on the road to graduation.
Worksheets is the tab for your Degree Works audit. This tab includes the “What If” and “Look Ahead” features.
The “What If” feature allows you to see how far long you would be in your academic career if you were to change your major.
- Select the “What If” function located on the left side of the audit screen under the “Worksheets” tab.
- Use the drop down menus to select the catalog year, program, major and concentration (if applicable) that you would like to change to. If you are considering changing your major, you need to select the current catalog year.
- The “Choose Your Future Classes” block located at the bottom is an option that allows you to enter course(s) that you anticipate to take, however have not yet registered for, to see where they would populate on your audit.
- Once done, select the “Process What-If” button.
This will remove the requirement blocks for your current major and apply the requirement block for the major you are considering or adding the requirement block for the concentration. This is not a permanent change. Once you go back to your Worksheet, the original requirement blocks will show up in your audit. If you would like to formally change your major or concentration, please complete the Change of Program Form found in LoLA.
The “Look Ahead” feature will allow you to see an audit showing courses for which you plan to register in future terms.
- Select the “Look Ahead” function located on the left side of the audit screen under the “Worksheets” tab.
- Use the form to enter the subject and course number of each anticipated course.
- Once you have created your list of courses, click the “Process New” button.
- Please be aware of the following when utilizing the “Look Ahead” feature:
- The classes entered are not considered in the GPA calculation that appears on the audit report.
The requirements on which your classes are placed may not be the actual requirements where they will end up when you actually complete the class and receive a grade.
Classes you enter that are not valid will not be applied to any requirements and will end up in the “Non-Program Courses” section of the audit.
GPA Calculator Tab
The GPA Calculator tab is a convenient way to track and plan for your GPA, especially if your department has a minimum GPA requirement. This tab includes the “Graduation Calculator,” “Term Calculator,” and “Advice Calculator” features.
The “Graduation Calculator” feature will give you the GPA you need to average in your remaining courses in order to graduate with your desired GPA.
- Check the upper right hand corner of your degree block for credits required and credits applied. To find the number of credits remaining, subtract the number of credits being applied from the number required, excluding from both all Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory courses.
- Click the GPA Calc tab and then select “Graduation Calculator.”
- Fill in the number of credits you have remaining in the “Credits Remaining” space and put the number of credits required for your degree in the “Credits Required” space.
- Fill in your desired GPA and click calculate.
The “Term Calculator” feature allows you to project your possible semester GPA based on course information that you self-enter.
The calculator will list the courses marked “In Progress” from your audit. If any of the courses listed are inaccurate, you can add or delete them by typing directly into the boxes. If entering the courses yourself, be sure to check that the number of credits listed is correct for each course because that is a crucial component in calculating your GPA.
- Click the GPA Calc tab and then select “Term Calculator.”
- Select the grade from the drop down menu that you anticipate receiving for each course.
- Click “Calculate.”
The “Advice Calculator” feature allows you to confirm how many additional credits and grades would be required in order to achieve your desired GPA.
- Your current overall GPA and number of credits earned will automatically populate.
- Enter the GPA that you would like to have.
- Click Calculate.