Degree Audit FAQs

What do the percentage totals (Degree Progress) at the top of Degree Audit mean?

Requirements: The requirement total is based on your progress in the major, general education, and Bible requirements.

Credits: The requirement total is based on the 130 total minimum units required to graduate from Biola.

NOTE: You should reach 100% in both categories to graduate (however, there are times when the “requirements” progress bar will be inaccurate if Degree Audit does not recognize certain requirements as fulfilled).

What if I think I’ve completed a class but I don’t see it checked off?

The following are the reasons a class might not be checked off:

  • We might not have your transcript yet (or you sent an unofficial transcript).
  • It might be in fall through electives.
  • The grade was a “C-” or below.
  • The class was vocational/technical/remedial.
  • The unit total earned in the course was less than the required unit total at Biola (may still meet the general education requirement)

NOTE: If none of these reasons apply, please contact the Advising Center.

What are fall through electives?

All students at Biola must graduate with a minimum of 130 units total (some majors require more than this unit total). Depending upon the total major units required, you may need general electives to reach 130 units. In this case, classes not listed in your major, general education or Bible block requirements will list in this section.

It’s possible however, that these courses should be listed in your major, general education or Bible block requirements. See the next question for what might be happening.

I took a class I thought fulfilled major, general education or Bible requirement, but it’s listed in fall through electives. What do I do?

A few things might be happening:

  • You transferred the class and need to complete a Substitution Request Form.
  • Degree Audit for your catalog year does not reflect a new course offered by your department.
  • You took an incorrect class for your emphasis or catalog year.
  • You took a lower division class (100- or 200-level) but needed an upper division class (300- or 400-level).

NOTE: In all of these cases, you must work with your academic department and/or the Advising Center.

I’m a transfer student. Do I need First Year Seminar?

You don’t need First Year Seminar if you have 12 or more transferable units (not including IB, AP, CLEP, or dual credit). Unfortunately, Degree Audit will not recognize that this requirement has been waived for you, but when you submit your graduation petition, the Registrar’s Office will know that the requirement has been waived.

My foreign language requirement doesn’t look accurate. Why might this be?

A few things might be happening:

  • You might be bilingual (See the Modern Languages department).
  • The amount of foreign language you completed in high school might be recorded incorrectly (see the Registrar’s Office).
  • You may have taken the wrong level of foreign language (i.e. you needed Spanish 201, but took Spanish 101).
  • You are a Bible major and therefore are required to take Greek or Hebrew.
  • You are taking a different language than you took in high school.

NOTE: If any of this information is unclear, feel free to contact the Advising Center.

I entered Biola at age 21 or over. I heard I don’t need P.E. Why does my Degree Audit still show those units as required?

You’re right! You don’t need P.E. Unfortunately, Degree Audit will not recognize that this requirement has been waived for you, but when you submit your graduation petition, the Registrar’s Office will know that the requirement has been waived.

I completed the IGETC, but I still see general education requirements that are not checked off. Why might this be happening?

A few things might be happening here:

  • The Registrar’s Office has not yet received your IGETC certification or a transcript listing the IGETC as completed.
  • You still have general education requirements you must complete for your selected major (ex: Communication Studies majors must take COMM100 for their general education requirement)
  • Foreign language is not waived by IGETC. You must still complete the required foreign language.

What do I need to know about the “Advisor” listed on my Degree Audit?

You have been or will be assigned an advisor in your major (or in the Advising Center if you are undecided). You should plan to meet with your advisor each semester to discuss course planning, your academic program, vocation and calling, research opportunities, internships, and more. More information is here



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