BC Degree Progress Frequently Asked Questions

What is BC Degree Progress Online?

How do I benefit from using BC Degree Progress Online?

How can I get the most out of my degree progress report?

What do the various sections on my degree progress report represent?

How should I read my degree progress report?

What should I do if my degree progress report says I still need a course that I know I completed or do not need to take?

What should I do if my degree progress report is not applying courses to the requirements that I intended?

What should I do if my degree progress report is blank?


What is BC Degree Progress Online?
BC Degree Progress Online enables you to track your progress towards graduation instantly via the web. Your degree progress report combines information from the official college bulletin with your individual coursework and displays an easy-to-read report summarizing the courses you need to graduate. BC Degree Progress Online also provides information on how each requirement was satisfied and which courses can be taken to complete your remaining requirements.

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How do I benefit from using BC Degree Progress Online?
With instant access to your degree progress information online you will be better informed and empowered to take control of your academic career. You no longer need rely solely on the requirements defined in the college bulletin, as all of these rules have been programmed directly into the system. We encourage you to take a proactive approach towards planning your academic career, using this tool as a roadmap towards achieving your goals.

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How can I get the most out of my degree progress report?

Your degree progress report is best used in combination with existing college advisement options. For example, you should always review your degree progress report prior to meeting with an advisor, preparing any questions you may have regarding your requirements. This will enable you to focus more on your specific questions and concerns, leading to a much more productive session. Keep in mind that your advisor also has access to your degree progress report.

You should also review your degree progress report prior to registration and before dropping a course, to gain a better understanding of how any pending changes will impact your overall degree progress.

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What do the various sections on my degree progress report represent?

Your degree progress report is divided into the following sections:

Student Header: Contains current status information, including: name, degree, major, gpa, division, level, and percent complete.
Alerts and Reminders: Displays various important messages based upon your credit level and gpa.
Degree: Outlines all requirements specific to your degree.
Basic Skills and Core Studies (UG only): Outlines all basic skills and CORE requirements.
Major: Outlines all requirements specific to your major.
Electives: Contains all courses that were not applied to your major, minor, etc., but still received credit.
Insufficient: Contains all courses that were not applied to any of the above sections due to insufficient grades or withdrawals.
In-Progress: Contains all courses you are current taking along with pre-registered courses for the following semester.
Official Exemption and Notes: Contains all transcript comments describing various exceptions or exceptions to standard requirements. These are also available on your official transcript.

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How should I read my degree progress report?

Your degree progress report is divided into various sections as described above and is intended to be read from the top down. Each section contains a specific set of requirements as defined in the official bulletin for your degree, major, etc. The Degree is the first section on the report and contains Basic Skills & Core Studies (UG Only), Major and a Minimum GPA requirement of 2.0. If a check mark () is displayed to left of the Degree section, you have unofficially satisfied all of your degree requirements and should schedule an appointment for an official senior check with the Registrar's Office. Otherwise, refer to the sections below for details on your specific remaining and satisfied requirements.

As you scroll down the report, notice that each section is divided into two columns. The left column lists all requirements and the right column lists the completed or in-progress (IP) courses being applied to satisfy the requirements. If a requirement is unmet, a list of the applicable courses is displayed and an unchecked box () is displayed to the left of the requirement(s). Note that all requirements are taken directly from the latest bulletins (2003-2006 Undergraduate and 2001-2004 Graduate). If you are following an earlier bulletin your specific requirements may be different.

Various symbols are used within your degree progress report to represent ranges of courses and transfer grades. Please refer to the legend at the top of your report for the symbol definitions.

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What should I do if my degree progress report says I still need a course that I know I completed or do not need to take?

Due to the wide variety of possible exceptions and exemptions, it is possible that your degree progress report will not reflect all of your individual exemptions. If your report is missing an exemption, scroll down to the bottom of your report to the "Official Exemptions and Notes" section, which lists all exemptions placed on your transcript by the Registrar's Office. If you see the course in question listed in this section, there is no need to worry. However, if you are were approved for a specific exception or exemption and you are unable to find the course within this section, use the "Report a Problem" button at the top of your report to contact the Registrar's Office.

Problems with missing exemptions on your degree progress report will improve over time as the system is used by more students. However, please keep in mind that your degree progress report is not an official graduation audit and is intended to be used only as an advising tool to give you a better understanding of your progress towards graduation. Please review the disclaimer on the login page and at the bottom of your degree progress report for more details.

You are also advised to review your official transcript for more details.

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What should I do if my degree progress report is not applying courses to the requirements that I intended?

BC Degree Progress Online will try to apply your coursework as efficiently as possible. However, since it is an automated system and is still very new, it is possible that some of your courses may be applied to requirements or sections that were not your original intention. This is more likely to happen when you first declare a major or change your major, since you have fewer completed courses and many remaining requirements.

This should not be a cause for concern, as all courses will be properly applied during your official Senior Degree Audit from the Registrar's Office.

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What should I do if my degree progress report is blank?
Students who have registered for courses within the past three semesters should have access to their degree progress report online. If your report is empty, please use the "Report a Problem" button at the top of your report to contact the Registrar's Office.

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