Creating a Degree Plan

Creating a degree plan is helpful in gaining a better understanding of your graduation requirements. It will allow you to approach each registration season with a specific list of courses you will need to take. Follow the steps below to compile your degree planning resources and get started on a degree plan of your own!

  • 1 - Download a Degree Planning Worksheet
  • 2 - Find Your Degree Guide

    Your Degree Guide is a personal statement that shows your requirements and progress to degree completion.  It includes three main sections: (1) your General Education requirements, (2) your major, concentration, and minor requirements, and (3) your unit and GPA requirements. 

    To find your Degree Guide click here, then click "View All Details" and then "Printable Degree Guide (PDF File)". (You must be logged in to InsideCBU).  The video below shows navigation to your degree guide.

    Accessing your Degree Guide thumbnail


    Step-by-Step Instructions on Accessing and Reading your Degree Guide

    To access your Degree Guide, start by logging in to InsideCBUInsideCBU login screen

    Once logged in, click the Academics tab, followed by the Traditional Students link

    Navigation to Traditional Students screen

    On the right, under Establishing My Academic Plan, click Degree Guide

    Degree Guide link in Traditional student site new

    In the My Degree Progress Box click View All Details...

    View All Details button navigation

    followed by Printable Degree Guide (PDF File).   

    Printable Degree Guide link

    When your Degree Guide loads, take note of your major and catalog year (note: your Catalog Year might be different than "2019-2020").

    Major and Catalog Year on Degree Guide

    Each requirement area will be noted Incomplete or Complete Incomplete, looks like this...

    Incomplete Lower Division Accounting

    and complete looks like this...

    Completed Lower Division Accounting

    To graduate, all sections, categories, and courses must be Complete

    When reading your degree guide, pay special attention to requirement descriptions.  Below, we see a student who has completed 3 units of a 6-unit requirement area.

    Example of Requirement Description

    A course that is Incomplete will be blank, 

    Incomplete course on Degree Guide

    a course that is in-progress will include the course number, semester, unit value of registered class, and IP, 

    InProgress course on Degree Guide

    a course that is completed will include the grade earned,

    Completed course on Degree Guide

    a course or exam that has been transferred will include a transfer code and will be noted with a T, 

    Completed transfer course in Degree Guide.

    and finally, a course that is exempt will be noted with an EX.  

    Course completed by EX on Degree Guide

    An exemption (EX) means you have not earned units for the required course, but have met the course requirement through other means, such as:

    • Completion of a higher level class than you were originally placed (more information on placement exams will be provided later)
    • Sufficient grade(s) earned in CBU approved high school course(s). Foreign language is the most commonly exempted GE 
    • CBU approved certifications.  First Aid & CPR certification through the American Red Cross being one example


    It's important that you refer not only to your Degree Guide in registering and planning, but that you also access your Major Planning Guide.  Your Major Planning Guide includes helpful information on which GE's might be met in your major, course offerings, requisites, recommended sequence, and unit requirements.  Please expand the next section to learn about your Major Planning Guide.

  • 3 - Find Your Major Planning Guide

    In addition to your Degree Guide, your Major Planning Guide is helpful in that it provides a summary of your major and GE requirements, and a sample degree plan you might consider following.  Please see your academic advisor and refer to the University Catalog as offerings are occasionally subject to change.

    Click here to access your major planning guide.


  • 4 - Submit Your Plan

    Using your degree guide and major planning guide, you can now create your degree plan!

    For additional assistance, contact your Academic Advisor during their Virtual Office Hours or schedule a Virtual Appointment.

    If you do not know who your Academic Advisor is, use the Find My Advisor tool.

    Once your degree plan is complete, send it to your Academic Advisor for review.

    Be sure to keep a copy of your degree plan in your records. Your Academic Advisor will save one as well.


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