DegreeWorks FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is DegreeWorks?

DegreeWorks is a web-based tool that you can use to monitor your academic progress toward degree completion.  DegreeWorks allows you and your academic advisor to plan future academic coursework.  DegreeWorks looks at the major requirements for the catalog in the year you began taking coursework and the coursework you have completed to produce an easy-to-read audit.   PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THE DEGREEWORKS AUDIT IS UNOFFICIAL and only the Registrar’s Office determine eligibility for graduation.

How can I access DegreeWorks?

DegreeWorks is located on the home page of your myFairmontState portal.  You can also log into it through Felix by click on the Student Tab, the DegreeWorks.

Who can use DegreeWorks?

Students who began attending Fairmont State University in the Fall of 2012 can use DegreeWorks.  Catalogs prior to Fall of 2012 are not available in DegreeWorks.  Students who started before 2012 cannot access DegreeWorks information.  Also, the Education degree and RBA degree are not programmed in DegreeWorks.  Students with these majors must contact their department for degree audit information.

What is a Degree Audit?

A degree audit is a review of coursework, both taken and planned, that divides the coursework into blocks that show how the coursework will count toward degree requirements.  Checkboxes exist within each block to easily distinguish what courses and requirements are complete and those that still need to be completed.  Please see the legend at the end of the screen for definitions of the symbols used in the audit. PLEASE REMEMBER THE DEGREEWORKS AUDIT IS UNOFFICIAL and only the Registrar’s Office can determine eligibility for graduation.

Can I see a list of all the classes I've taken?

Yes.  On the ‘Audits’ tab, click on the ‘Class History’ link at the top for a list of courses taken.  This lists all of the classes you have taken chronologically as an unofficial listing of your course history.

How do I know what classes I need to take?

Your audit will outline courses needed to meet degree and major requirements within each specific block.  Look for unchecked boxes to identify requirements that you still need to complete.  You may then use this information to create an academic plan and discuss it with an academic advisor.

When should I use a degree audit?

You should always review your audit at least four times a semester:

  1. Before you meet with your academic advisor to discuss registration for an upcoming semester.
  2. After you register to ensure that the courses you selected apply to your requirements like you thought they would.
  3. After your grades for each semester are posted.
  4. Any time you make a change to your schedule or major.
Can I save or print my audit?

Yes, by using the ‘Save as PDF’ button, you can save or print a PDF version of your audit.  You can also use the print tab at the top of your audit.  Any information you choose to print is the responsibility of the student.  Please be aware that this information contains your student ID# as well as an unofficial version of your academic record.  If you choose to save your audit, do not save it to the desktop if you are using a public computer.  Make sure that you save it to your personal storage device or space.

My requirements percentage bar seems to be inaccurate. How does this calculate the percentage of my degree completed?

The degree progress bar counts all checked boxes in the degree and major requirements blocks toward the completed degree percentage.  This can include both course and non-course requirements.  It is intended to be used as a snapshot of overall progress toward degree completion, not as a measure of credits completed.

I've seen the '@' symbol in several places on my audit. What does this mean?

This is a wild card in DegreeWorks. If the @ sign appears with course numbers after it (i.e., @ 1@@@:29@@), it means that you can take any subject area with that level (a 1000-2000 level course from any subject area). If it appears after a subject prefix (i.e., ENGL @), it means that you can take any course with that subject prefix (any course in English).  Please look at the legend at the bottom of your audit to identify other common symbols used in your audit.

If all of the boxes are checked, does that mean I’m graduating?

Not necessarily. You are still required to apply for graduation.  Upon receipt of a graduation application, the Registrar’s Office will evaluate the audit to determine eligibility for graduation, and will notify you of the result.  PLEASE REMEMBER THE DEGREEWORKS AUDIT IS UNOFFICIAL and only the Registrar’s Office can determine eligibility for graduation.

What is the 'What If' feature?

The ‘What If’ function allows you to hypothetically change your major and/or catalog year. The ‘What If’ audit will show you what coursework is required for the new program of study, what courses you have taken that satisfy requirements, and what courses are still left for you to take.

If I use the 'What If' feature does this mean that I have changed my major?

No.  The ‘What-if’ function is for information purposes only and does not change your major.  If you decide you'd like to change your major, you must come to the Student Services Center.

Who should I contact if I still have questions or disagree with the audit?

Please contact Enrollment Services at 304-367-4141 if you have questions.