Understanding Your Degree

Understanding all of the components that make up a bachelor’s degree can seem like a daunting task. There are major requirements, GE requirements, unit and GPA requirements – how does one keep track of it all? That’s a good question. Fortunately, there are many good options at HSU to help you understand the nuts and bolts of earning your degree.

The General Education and All University Requirements (GEAR) planning guide helps you to see and understand how General Education is structured within your bachelor’s degree program. As you take classes, you can fill in the requirements they meet. It’s an easy “at-a-glance” guide to completing your GE.

The Degree Audit Report for Students (DARS) is a comprehensive academic audit that matches a student’s academic history with his/her degree requirements. You can access your DARS in your my Humboldt Student Portal by clicking on the view Degree Audit button under Academic Quick Links. Print out a copy prior to meeting with your academic advisor and ask to go over it together. You can also come see us for help in understanding your DARS.

Majors and Programs provides information about each major, including program requirements, course descriptions and 4 year academic plans.

When setting out to accomplish a goal, it’s always a good idea to start with a plan. Use this handy tool to map out your next few semesters. Better yet, consider mapping out every semester you are here. It’s a great way to determine which semester is best for going abroad or incorporating an internship! Be sure to consult the 5-year course rotation guide for your major as you plan each term.

Earning a degree isn’t only about taking classes! Consider studying abroad, getting academic or career-related experiences through internships, volunteering in your community, or getting experience in your field of research – there are so many possibilities. Follow our useful guide to get the most out of your time at HSU.