Degree Audit Programming

Degree Planner Introduction

Degree Planner is an interactive online system that helps students be more proactive with their course planning. The result is a more efficient and engaging experience that gives students a visual representation of their current academic status and their future path toward graduation. The intent is to aid students in completing their degrees more quickly and effectively. 

Students and advisors are able to:
  • View the student's individual remaining academic requirements to complete declared majors and minors in semester format
  • Plan the specific courses they intend to take to meet the requirements of their program
  • Import this plan into Schedule Builder during registration periods, simplifying the process of registration for both students and advisors

Success Visualized:

Requirements for majors, minors, and general education are displayed in a recommended sequence on one page using real-time information regarding the individual student’s progression. Test Credit, Transfer Credit, Remediation, courses taken at Chico State, and course substitutions are all taken into account to provide accurate remaining course requirements. The Degree Planner recommendations include consideration of prerequisites and Fall/Spring only course offerings, providing the students with only feasible recommendations.

Students can further customize their recommendation by increasing or decreasing the number of units they plan to take in a semester and adding summer and winter intersession courses. When the number of units planned is altered, the recommendation will be updated to provide the student with a new customized recommendation. 

Comprehensive Planning:

Degree Planner allows for the selection of courses to meet individual requirements where a range of courses are available, such as general education (GE). Once the majority of students are using Degree Planner, student selections can be used to predict course demand, allowing California State University, Chico to make more informed resource management decisions. 

Ease of use:

Degree Planner provides drag-and-drop ease of use for a more user-friendly experience in further customizing the student’s path to degree completion.

The drag-and-drop feature obeys programmed prerequisites and Fall/Spring only course offerings to ensure a student’s manually altered roadmap is feasible.


Degree Planner should not be viewed as a replacement for the Degree Progress Report and Academic Advising. Some degree requirements cannot be built into a sequence, such as GPA, Residency, and requirements that can be met while completing other requirements, such as the writing requirements. Students should continue to view their Degree Progress Report for a more comprehensive view of their progress at California State University, Chico.