Beginning Fall Quarter 2017, UC Davis began using My Degree, a streamlined online advising tool that can be used to track students’ progress towards degree completion and plan future quarters. Staff advisors can also use it to certify a student’s degree when graduation rolls around. Using My Degree, students see what the advisor sees, eliminating the degree progress obscurities of the not-so-distant past and allowing students to check their own degree progress any time, anywhere. However, only a staff advisor can input exceptions and class substitutions for degree requirements. Please note that My Degree is not an official degree check and it is not equivalent to seeing an advisor.
DISCLAIMER from the University Registrar: “My Degree is not a replacement for academic advising nor does it override any decisions made by academic advising units or Dean’s Offices. The My Degree audit is not an official confirmation of degree completion, and it is not an official transcript.”
My Degree refreshes nightly with a new degree audit. An audit provides an estimate of the progress made towards degree completion and shows what courses and requirements are still needed for graduation. If any changes are made to your student record after the Last Audit, you can manually select “Process New” to update and include any new information. Using the “Format” dropdown box, you can also change the view mode to “Graduation Checklist” or “Registration Checklist,” which shows all your courses being used towards your major and the courses still remaining/needed for your major, respectively.
New Major vs. Old Major Requirements
Many majors in the College of Biological Sciences recently underwent major changes. For example, Biological Sciences no longer requires an emphasis, and Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior now has three separate tracks. My Degree may be set automatically to the major requirements from the catalog year that you entered with, but if you entered UC Davis before the changes to the major, you are entitled to the requirements of either the old major, or the new major. (Reminder: you must follow only one and cannot mix-and-match different requirements!)
For graduating seniors following different major requirements than what they started with, it can be a little panic-inducing to log onto My Degree one quarter before graduation as a last-minute check of degree completion and see that the progress bar shows only 70% complete. No worries! My Degree is likely set to an older catalog year. You can see your progress with more recent catalogs by using the “What If” function and selecting a different catalog year. Of course, it is still strongly recommended to make an appointment with your major advisor for a final, official degree check as you approach graduation.
When it comes time to choose new classes, you can input them into My Degree to see what requirements they fulfill in two ways: using the “Look Ahead” function, or using the “Choose Your Future Classes” option through the “What If” function. This is extremely helpful in creating plans for GE or major courses.
Again, keep in mind that My Degree is just a supplemental tool and is not intended to replace advising. Please still see your advisor for your final degree check. Otherwise, have fun playing around with this new, convenient tool!
For more information and tutorials on how to navigate My Degree:
BASC Peer Advisor
4th Year: Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior Major, Art History Minor