DegreeWorks – Student Guide

Accessing Degree Works

Degree Works Log-In Procedure

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myPUC Login

  • This will open the myPUC log-in page.
  • Enter your User Name and Password.
  • Click Log-in to access the myPUC homepage.

Degree Works / Advising Information Tab

  • In myPUC, click on the Degree Works / Advising Information Tab.
  • Two Degree Works channels will be displayed. 

Degree Works FAQ’s

  • Click on the link in the Degree Works FAQ’s channel to access your full degree audit and all the tools.  There is also a link to instructions on how to understand your audit and use the program.
  • The second Degree Works channel provides a snapshot of your audit for a quick glance at your progress.

Student View of the Degree Audit

Worksheet / Degree Audit

Degree Works is a web-based tool to help students monitor their progress toward degree completion. Degree Works combines degree requirements and completed coursework in an easy-to-read worksheet. This worksheet helps students to see how courses count toward degree requirements, as well as the courses still needed for degree completion.

General Information Bar

The general information bar, located across the top of the Degree Works Introductory page, contains access to FAQ’s about the Degree Works application, Help documents for each of the options in Degree Works, a link to print a student audit, and a link to log out of the Degree Works application.

Options Tabs

The Degree Works options tabs, located across the top of the Introductory page, include the Worksheets tab, the Planner tab, and the GPA Calculator tab.

Worksheets Function

  • The Degree Works Worksheets audit page will open in Student View. Student View is the default format under the Worksheets Menu Bar.
  • The Worksheets Menu Bar contains a drop-down Format option, a View button to refresh an audit after changing formats, and a link to Class History, which offers a report of classes taken by the student.

Student Information

The student information, located across the top of the Degree Works Introductory page, contains information regarding a Student Name, ID, Degree, Major, Level and the date of the last audit conducted for a student.

Degree Progress Bar

The Degree Progress bar displays an estimate of a student’s degree completion percentage. Please note: This percentage is calculated from the number of check boxes completed, not the actual degree completion.

Degree Requirements Block

The degree requirements block outlines course work requirements that are complete and/or unmet. This block encompasses the General Education requirements, as well as the course Major requirements outlined by the University.

Major and Concentration Blocks

The Major block area of a student audit outlines the course requirements for a student’s major area of study.   Some majors also have concentrations which are designed to emphasize various career paths within a major.   If your major has a concentration, it will appear in a separate block. 

Minor Block

If you have declared a minor, course requirements for your minor will appear in a separate block.  Courses used in a minor may also apply in your major, especially if your major area of study includes Free Electives.

Experiential Learning and General Education Blocks

The Experiential Learning (ExL) block shows the two components of ExL that are required for graduation within a student’s major area of study.

The General Education block outlines the general education requirements that a student must complete. 

Courses listed in the Experiential Learning and General Education blocks are not in addition to the Major, Concentration, and/or Minor block course requirements.  These two blocks are used to ensure that students meet all the required elements.

Degree Works Tools

What-If Function

The What-If option, located under the Worksheets tab, allows students to explore other degree options to determine how their courses would be applied if they pursued another program of study.

Students utilizing this option may pick a different Major, Concentration and/or Minor, or may add future courses.

How to use the What-If Function

  • Under the What-If header, choose from the options in the Level, Degree, and/or Academic Year drop-down boxes.
  • Under the Areas of Study header, choose from the Major, Concentration and/or Minor drop-down boxes.
  • Under the Future Classes header, choose a subject or conduct a search for a specific course.
  • Once all options have been selected, click Process What-If to view the newly-proposed student audit.
  • Completed and in progress courses will be displayed in the new audit.
  • This audit will not be saved once viewing is complete. 

Look Ahead Function

The Look-Ahead function allows students to view an audit showing the courses for which they plan to register in future semesters.

How to use the Look Ahead Function

  • Click in the Subject box to enter a course subject code.
  • Click in the Number box to enter a course number.
  • Click Add Course to add new courses to the audit.
  • If Subject code or course Number are unknown, click Find to locate desired courses.
  • Once the list of courses has been created, click Process New to process the Look Ahead audit.
  • To remove a course from consideration, highlight the course and click Remove Course.
  • The Look Ahead function does not replace web registration.

Planner Function

The Planner function in Degree Works allows students to view a previously created academic plan or add a new academic plan using the Student Educational Planner.

  • To view either a previously-created plan or to add a new plan, click in the drop-down menu, choose your desired option, and click Load.
  • When the desired plan has been loaded, the Planner Worksheet will appear on the left side of the screen, while the Student Educational Planner will appear on the right side of the screen.

How to use the Planner

  • Click in the Select Term drop-down box to select the desired term.
  • Students may add the courses in which they plan to take to the course list. The drag and drop feature works well for this option.  Click on the course in the display of your audit on the left and drag it into the Student Educational Planner on the right.
  • Students may build several terms to help map out their entire plan of study. 
  • Once the needed information has been added, click Load and the plan will be added.
  • Name the plan in the “Description” field and click “Save Plan” to save the newly-created academic plan.

Planner Hints and Tips

  • Notes may be added each semester to the proposed academic plan.
  • Work with your academic advisor to build an academic plan that accommodates course prerequisites and rotation schedules and leads to an on-time graduation. 
  • Students in a 120-credit hour program should take at least 15 credit hours per semester (or 30 credit hours per year) to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in four years. 

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GPA Calculator Function

Students may use the GPA (Grade Point Average) Calculator to view the following features:

  • Graduation Calculator
  • Term Calculator
  • Advice Calculator 

Graduation Calculator

  • Click in the Credits Remaining box & enter the number of remaining credits needed for graduation.
  • Click in the Credits Required box and enter the number of required credits for degree completion.
  • Click in the Desired GPA box and enter your desired graduation GPA.
  • Click Calculate.
  • A screen will appear with information regarding the necessary average GPA that will be required to meet the student’s graduation GPA goal.
  • Click Recalculate to change input information and obtain new GPA average.


Term Calculator

The Term Calculator may be used by students to set goals, as well as to map paths to avoid probation or to achieve honors.

  • Click in the Credits boxes and enter the number of credits for each course.
  • Click in the Grade drop-down boxes to enter the expected grade in each course.
  • Click Calculate.
  • A screen will appear with the newly-calculated GPA.
  • Click Recalculate to return to the original screen where grade or class information may be revised.


Advice Calculator

  • Students may use the advice calculator to figure out how to raise their GPA, using actual grades as advice.
  • Click in the Desired GPA box to enter a desired GPA.
  • Click Calculate.
  • A screen will appear showing the average grade that will be needed to obtain the desired results.
  • Click Recalculate to return to original screen and revise information.

Help and Additional Information

Help Documents

  • Click Help at the top of the screen to view Degree Works tutorials and instructions. 
  • Help documents and videos are available for each of the Degree Works functions. Most videos are less than 3 minutes long.
  • Students need to be in a specific function to access the related Help document.

For Additional Information or Assistance

Please contact an advisor or the Office of the Registrar for additional information on plans of study or Degree Works.