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Degree Advice is an auditing tool that shows you the progress you are making toward fulfilling your degree, Hub, major, minor, and/or concentration requirements. Although Degree Advice is an extremely helpful resource, it is not a substitute for an advisor. All planning for courses should be done in consultation with your academic advisor.
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Degree Advice lists:
- Requirements you need to fulfill in order to graduate
- Courses you can take to meet each requirement
- Courses you have completed, courses you are taking currently, and courses that you have left to complete
- Courses you were granted as equivalents if you transferred in courses from another institution
- Number of credits you’ve completed
Where can I find my Degree Advice report?
- Go to the MyBU Student Portal at student.bu.edu/MyBU
- Click on the Degree Advice tab
- Log in with your Kerberos account
Reading your Degree Advice report
Checked-off boxes appear next to requirements that you have completed.
A box will not be checked off until the requirement is fulfilled completely. For example, if you have earned one of the two required units for your Creativity/Innovation toolkit area, the box will not be checked off until you have earned the second unit.
Blue squiggly boxes appear next to requirements that you are about to complete.
A box does not become a blue squiggle until you are in the last segment of fulfilling the requirement. This means that if a requirement is a multi-semester sequence, you will not see the squiggle until you are in the last semester of the sequence. In the case of Hub areas where two units are required, you will not see the blue squiggle until you are enrolled in a learning experience that fulfills the second unit.
Empty boxes appear next to requirements that you have not yet fulfilled.
Dual Degree students
If you are enrolled in two different degree programs (such as a BA in Linguistics and a BS in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences), your Degree Advice report will appear as two separate reports. You can toggle between the two at the top of the page under “Degree.”
If you are enrolled in two different majors within the same school, such as Computer Science and Economics, all of your requirements will appear on the same Degree Advice report.
Getting secondary majors, minors, or concentrations to appear
You must declare your second major, minor, or concentration in order to have it appear in the Degree Advice report. Once you have submitted your declaration form, the changes should appear within a few business days. Remember that if you are adding a second degree, it will appear as a second Degree Advice report.
Testing out your “What If” scenarios
If you want to test out a concentration, minor, or major change, use the “What-If” function.
On the left side of the Degree Advice report, there is a tab for the “What-If” function. This tab allows you to view what your Degree Advice report would look like if you had a different degree, catalog year, major, minor, and/or concentration. It also enables you to project what your path would look like if you took certain courses in the future. When using the What-If function, you must enter all of the information you want to have applied in the scenario you are running. For instance, if you want to see what would happen if you added a minor but didn’t change your major, make sure you enter your current major when creating the What-If report.
How do you see what requirements you would have left to complete if you changed your college?
Change your Degree to the one that interests you and choose the correct major, and then click “Process What-If.”
How do you see which courses you would need to take if you added a minor?
Make sure you have selected your current major, any minors you already have, and any concentrations you already have. Then use the “Pick a Minor” menu to find the minor that you are interested in adding, and then click “Process What-If.”
How do you see which courses you need for a concentration?
Make sure you include any current majors, minors, and concentrations. Then use the “Pick a concentration” menu. (Concentrations for the colleges are listed alphabetically by college, so look for the college code first.) Select the appropriate concentration, and then click “Process What-If.”
How do you see what a future course might count for?
Make sure you select all of the appropriate majors, minors, and concentrations. Then use the “Choose your future courses” section. Insert the course code (college and department code) and then the course number. For example, if you want to look up Calculus I, you would type “CASMA” in the first box and “123” in the second box. Then click “Process What-If.”
For a video tutorial on how to use the “What-If” function, click here.
To Correct Your Degree Advice
If your Degree Advice Report looks inaccurate, consult with your academic advisor and then contact the Registrar’s Office for your school or college.
For a video tutorial on how to use Degree Advice, click here.