General Degree Works FAQ

A degree audit is a review of your coursework (courses you have already taken, courses you are currently taking, or courses you are planning to take in the future) to determine if you have completed or are completing the graduation requirements. Your ultimate goal is to graduate, and a degree audit helps guide you towards it.

At least four times a semester:

  • Before you meet with your advisor to discuss registration for an upcoming semester/term, you will use the Plans to plan your upcoming schedule.
  • After you register to ensure that your courses are applying to your degree requirements.
  • After your grades for each semester/term are posted.
  • Anytime you make a change to your program information or schedule (major change, concentration change, minor change, class added, class dropped, etc.).

If there is any change to your program information, it will show the next day. If your program information is not updated in Degree Works within one business day, contact your advisor.

Yes, you can see your grades in Degree Works. The in-progress and pre-registered courses are listed as “REG” grade. Once grades are processed for the in-progress courses at the end of the term, you will see the exact grades the next business day.

No, you cannot register for courses using Degree Works. But you can plan for courses that you intend to take using the Degree Works Plans. For more information, please see Plans FAQs section.

The institutional GPA is based only on the courses taken at JSU. The overall GPA is based on both the transfer and the institutional courses.

It is a GPA calculated only from your major courses (i.e., courses required for your major). You can view your major GPA in your major block.

This GPA determines if you receive a designation of “special honors in (major)” at graduation. You must maintain a major GPA of 3.50 and an institutional GPA of 3.25 to receive the “special honors” designation.

Degree Works lists all the courses/tests you need to take as part of your graduation requirements. The courses/tests you still need to take are circled in red.

The “@” symbol is a wildcard. There are three scenarios where it can be used:

  • “1 Course in @ @”: The first “@” means any course and the second “@” means any course number. In this instance, you can take any course to meet this requirement. 
  • “1 Course in @ 300:499”: The “@” wildcard means any course. In this instance, you can take any course in the range 300 – 499.
  • “1 Course in CS @”: The “@” wildcard means any course number. In this instance, you can take any CS course.

It means the elective courses that you must take as part of your degree requirements. The courses that fall in this bucket are financial aid eligible.

It means the elective courses that you have taken or are taking are not required for your degree. The courses that fall in this bucket are not financial aid eligible.

Any insufficient courses such as failed, withdrawn, and repeated fall in this bucket.

To see a list of all the courses that you have taken or are taking, click the ellipsis (three vertical dot icon) in the top right corner and select “Course History” option.

Please contact your advisor as soon as possible. 

Please contact your advisor as soon as possible. It is most likely that you have not declared your concentration or minor, and your program information needs to be adjusted.

It means you are close to graduation. Consult with your advisor to determine the semester to apply for graduation.

Please submit the Degree Works Help Form.