With all its academic acronyms, abbreviations and terminology, your Degree Evaluation Report (DER) can seem a little daunting at first. To help you navigate it, we've created a glossary of DER terms and the instructional guide below. If you've gone through this material but you're still having trouble understanding your report, contact an academic advisor.
Three ways to view your report
The information shown on your Degree Evaluation Report will depend on which view you choose:
- General Requirements shows an overview of your program requirements; the courses you have taken or have registered for (in-progress courses) to fulfill each major, minor, or other program area; and any unused courses.
- Detail Requirements shows details of your program requirements including required and complementary courses; the courses you have taken or have registered for (in-progress courses) to fulfill each specific requirement; and any unused courses.
- Additional Information shows in-progress courses and unused courses, including reasons for excluding them, as well as any non-course requirements.
Program requirements reflect those published in the program calendar, but the presentation and level of detail may differ, for example, some areas use a four-letter Attribute code to represent lists of complementary courses. In such cases, the DER is most easily understood if you also refer to the program calendar published for the academic year corresponding to your Catalog Term.
The program calendars are the authoritative source for program requirements; however, to accommodate students who transfer from one program to another, DER areas sometimes show alternatives to published courses. Those alternative courses are acceptable only under specific circumstances and you must not assume that you would automatically be allowed to make the substitution. If you wish to deviate from published requirements, you should first consult your academic adviser or Student Affairs Office to determine if a substitution (known as a student adjustment) would be approved.
If an adjustment has been approved and subsequently entered on your academic record, a red asterisk may appear next to the area involved, depending on the type of adjustment.