How to Develop A Graduation Plan
All first-time BGSU students are expected to develop a graduation plan to ensure on-time degree completion. In most cases, and unless approved by an Academic Advisor, students should enroll in at least 15 hours per semester. We have provided a Graduation Planner template to assist you with mapping out your classes semester-by-semester, in addition to setting educational and leadership goals for your time at BGSU. This planner also includes questions about your values, strengths, markers for success, and co-curricular/extra-curricular experiences. Before meeting with your Academic Advisor, print and complete as much of this document as possible to be best prepared for your advising appointment.
Along with your Degree Audit, your Academic Advisor and Faculty Mentor will help you to develop your plan and discuss these goals and possible strategies for achieving them. Students should review their Degree Audit each semester, and are encouraged to review the Audit with their assigned Academic Advisor or Faculty Mentor upon earning 60 credit hours, and if needed before reaching senior level standing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Every major has a checksheet that outlines individual program requirements. You can access your major checksheet by following this link to the BGSU Catalog, selecting the type of program in which you are enrolled, and using the A-Z menu to find your major program.
DARS is a system that allows students and advisors to access current information about the student’s academic record. DARS will show all of a student’s completed coursework and which requirements the courses fulfill as well as the remaining requirements a student must complete to earn a degree. Please click this link to be directed to a short video tutorial about the DARS system.
To access your DARS report:
- Log into MyBGSU
- Select “Students” from the top menu
- Under “Academics” on the left menu bar, select “Degree Audit”
- Select the desired degree program from the dropdown menu and select the “Submit a New Audit” button
Each semester, students should review their Degree Audit (DARS) report through your “MyBGSU”>Academics. The report is a computer-generated document that checks your various graduation requirements. DARS reviews all BG Perspective, college degree, and university-wide requirements. Requirements are encoded for most majors and some minors (not all minors are encoded). To access the report follow these simple steps.
- Log on to your “MyBGSU” from the BGSU homepage. Once in your portal, click on “Students” at the top of the screen. Click on the words “Degree Audit” on the left side of the screen under “Academics” or click on the “Degree Audit” icon in the center of the screen.
- Your DARS report will generate automatically if you have declared a major.
- If you have not declared a major, or wish to see how your credits will apply to a different major, use the “Run Selected Program” feature. Select the program you desire in the center drop-down list and then click on “Submit a New Audit.”
- Open the audit. Once open, navigate through each section of requirements by clicking on the graph to the right of each requirement, or click on “Open All Sections” to open the entire audit.
- Click on “View Course History” to see a list of all your courses and a historical display of your GPA.
- Review your audit and utilize it to plan your schedule for each term. Discrepancies should be reported/discussed with your advisor. If you have questions or concerns or need assistance accessing your DARS, contact the College of Arts and Sciences Office at (419) 372-2015.
- For a visual and audio explanation of Degree Audit, click on the following link for Degree Audit
We are here to help you meet your educational and professional goals. Whether you intend to begin a career, attend graduate school, or pursue another path, your degree from BGSU can help you reach those goals. In order to finish your degree in a timely manner, we encourage you to:
- Meet with your advisor each semester (See Find Your Advisor)
- Develop a four-year graduation plan
- Earn 15 credit hours per semester
- Check your DARS report and update your major checksheet each semester
Below are recommended “to-do” list items for each year:
First Year (0-29 credit hours)
- Explore career options by consulting faculty, College Office Advisors, and Career Center staff
- Get involved with a campus organization
- Meet with your academic and faculty Advisor(s) for details about your major and career options
- Complete GSW 1120 (there is a credit hour penalty if completed after 60 hours)
- Seek leadership positions in organizations
Second Year (30-59 credit hours)
- Choose a major
- Explore study abroad options
- Meet with your Faculty Advisor
- Explore opportunities at the Career Center
- Become involved in student organizations
Third Year (60-89 credit hours)
- Complete your Junior Audit with your college advisor
- Declare a major and/or minor, (if you have not already completed)
- Explore co-ops and internships
- Consult with the Career Center staff for on-line resumes, mock interview workshops, career fairs, etc.
Senior Year (90+ credit hours)
- Meet with a College Office Advisor to review your transcript for a final graduation check
- Apply for graduation on-line at MyBGSU Application for Graduation
- Purchase your cap and gown
- Attend annual career fairs and various workshops offered by the Career Center
- Obtain letters of recommendation and establish a placement file with the Career Center
Dual Degrees: This involves the completion of two undergraduate degrees from two different colleges, when two majors are desired but cannot be obtained from a single college. You must secure:
- The permission of the Deans of both colleges before the end of your junior year;
- Meet with an advisor in both college offices, complete the degree requirements of both collegiate degrees;
- Earn a minimum of 20 hours beyond the 122 hours required for one degree.
If you earn dual degrees, you will need a major in each, but you will not need a minor. Courses used from a major in your second college may not be used for a major in the original college. For more information, please visit the following link in the undergraduate catalog.