Degree Works: What If... Guide

Issue / Question
  • What is What If in Degree Works?
  • How do I use What If...?
  • What is in What If...?
  • Platform
    • Degree Works
  • Audience Affected
    • Undergraduate Students
    • Advisors
Degree Works: What If... Guide

DegreeWorks helps students clearly see their progress towards graduation. The What If tool can help them explore different majors and degrees.  These tools are not meant to be a replacement for the student’s advisor. In an ideal situation, the student and advisor would meet to discuss the student’s future, using DegreeWorks for assistance. DegreeWorks only contains information for currently enrolled students. It is not an academic transcript and should not be treated as such.

For a printable version, click here.

1. Open BengalWeb and click on the ISU DegreeWorks icon in the upper left.

2. Students: Your name will appear on the top line.

Advisors: Use the top line to find a student from the list of your advisees, either with the Find button (far left) or the drop down list under Name. (Note: the Student ID here is the Sprieden ID   #, NOT the student’s ISU ID/Bengal Card #.)

3. Three main tools are under the Worksheet tab: Worksheets, What If, and Look Ahead. Click on the What If tab. (Instructions for the Worksheets option are found in a different handout.)

4. First choose a Degree from the dropdown list under the What If heading. Do not change the Undergraduate Level (DegreeWorks is currently only available to Undergraduates). Do choose the correct Academic Year (Student’s first year at ISU).

5. Next go to the Choose Your Different Areas of Study section. Select the College from the drop down list located there, then choose the area of study from the drop down lists for Major, Minor, etc. These lists are the majors and minors offered under the Degree you chose in step 4. If the desired choice isn’t there, try changing the degree above. As you choose a College, Major, or Minor, the selection appears in the box on the right. To change what is listed there, click the Remove button underneath. Multiple degrees can be added to the list.

6. Once the Area of Study is selected, click on the Process What-If button at the top of the page.

7. An analysis of the choice will appear, showing what classes have been taken that would meet this chosen course of study, what there is yet to take, etc. (See the User’s Guide to DegreeWorks for more information on the data found here.)

8. To explore something else, click the Back button (upper left under the Planner tab) to return to the parameters view and choose a different option.

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Article ID: 56800
Fri 6/29/18 3:45 PM
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