dəˈɡrē wərks | noun
Create a quick route to your degree destination
A Tool to Help You Graduate
Degree Works is USU's degree-audit tool. In Degree Works, you and your advisor can create a semester-by-semester plan and track your progress toward earning your degree. You can take ownership of your academic plan by learning how to use Degree Works and all of its features.
Ways Degree Works Can Help
- Create a semester-by-semester guide of classes you need to take to graduate.
- Access your plan at any time through Banner.
- Understand how courses you take apply to the requirements for your degree.
- See what impact changing your major or adding minors would have on your plan.
- Research your options and be prepared for advising appointments.
- Design your individual course of study and credit load.
- Track your progress and graduate sooner.
The average Utah student graduates with 25 more credits than needed. That is two more semesters of tuition.Complete College
Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives - choice, not chance, determines your destiny.Aristotle
Every additional year a student seeking a Bachelor’s Degree spends in college costs an average of $68,153 in added tuition, fees, living expenses, and foregone income.NSCRC
I would definitely recommend Degree Works to students. Degree Works was a huge help for me to see what I had completed and what classes I still needed to take.Ashlyn Robinson, USU Student
By utilizing Degree Works, both myself and my students have an immediate snapshot of exactly where they are at with their degree requirements.Becca Boman, Advisor
Students love co-creating a plan and having it available to them at anytime via their MYUSU. It is a great visual reminder of what they have accomplished as well as a road map to reaching their goals.Tonya Jewell, Advisor
Stay on Track for Graduation
- Use registration guides to register for your first semester.
- Meet with your advisor to make a two-semester plan.
- Plan general education courses to help you find a major.
- Meet with your advisor both fall and spring semester.
- Learn how to use Degree Works.
- Meet with a career coach to solidify your path.
- Meet with your advisor to build four-year plan in Degree Works.
- Take ownership of your plan and know the curriculum.
- Meet with your advisor both fall and spring semester.
- Plan for internships and job shadow opportunities.
- Check with your advisor each semester to make sure your plan is still correct - especially if you change your plan.
- Curriculum can change so checking your plan is critical.
- Plan for internships and your career goals.
- Check in with your advisor to make sure you are on track for graduation.
- Make a graduation contract with your advisor - stick to your last semester plan.
- Apply for graduation.
How to Make a Plan
Additional help can be found in the Degree Works Manual for Students.
Use Your Resources
You have resources and opportunities at USU to help you stay on schedule for graduation. Below outlines a few of them, along with helpful links to the right.
Your academic advisor is an important resource and partner in designing and tracking your path to graduation. Your advisor has the knowledge and tools to help you determine which classes to take and when to take them. Some classes are offered only in fall or spring. Many upper-division courses have prerequisites. You also want a balanced schedule by not taking all of the hardest classes in the same semester. Your advisor can help you navigate the complexity of the curriculum and have a balanced plan. Visit with your advisor early in each semester to stay on track and to discuss goals you want your program of study to help you achieve. In addition to helping you plan your program, advisors can help you find resources for research, connect with internships and participate in extra-curricular opportunities. Schedule an Appointment
Create a Semester-by-Semester Plan
Having a plan gives you the map to reach your goals. You want to make sure you get the most out of your time and investment in college without taking unnecessary courses or spending extra time and money. Utilize Degree Works Plans to build out your semester-by-semester plan of the exact courses you need to take and when.
Explore Majors Early
Your freshman year is the time to explore different majors. General education courses expose you to various subjects and help you find a field that sparks your interest. If you are unsure about what major to pursue, meet with an exploratory advisor who can help you identify your interests and strengths and align them with a major. The Focus 2 Assessment will recommend majors that align with your personal interests. It's okay to change your major. You will experience new things and learn about new fields at USU that will shape and change your interests.
Work with Your Advisor
Your academic advisor is your guide as you follow your map to graduation. Meet with your advisor at least once per semester to make sure you are on track, to explore clubs, research opportunities, internships, and other networking and extracurricular activities that could help you refine and pursue your goals.
Get Involved with Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities
A great way to find your passion is by participating in the many clubs and organizations at USU. Look for a club or organization that sounds interesting and attend their events. You may find the type of people you want to work with and the activities that drive you. You can also look to the Service Center and be a part of Community-Engaged learning.
Explore Research, Internships and Job Shadows
Internships and job shadows are great ways to hone your interests and prepare you for your career. Seek these out during your freshman year. There are also many great summer internships available. As you progress through college, keep seeking out internships to build your experience and help narrow your focus. There are also many research opportunities at USU. Explore these opportunites to gain experience in your major and build connections with faculty to help you on your academic and career path.