Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS)

What is DARS?

The Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) produces a report reflecting academic progress toward completion of an undergraduate degree in your declared or proposed major. The DARS report, or degree audit, shows how your FAU courses, transfer courses, and courses in progress apply toward degree requirements. The Degree Audit Report is an internal document. It should be used as a tool to assist you and your adviser in planning your future coursework. It is not an official certification of your academic record.


 

Accessing Degree Audits

As a student, you must use MyFAU to access your degree audit. You may use any computer with an Internet browser, including personal computers at home or in residence halls and FAU computer labs. The MyFAU system is available on the Web 24/7.

If you experience difficulty getting a degree audit using the Internet, you may request one at the Registrar’s Office or by contacting DARS@fau.edu .


 

Running and Viewing Your Degree Audit on the Web

  1. Log on to FAU Homepage, www.fau.edu
  2. Click on the ‘CURRENT STUDENTS’ tab
  3. Click on ‘MyFAU Login’
  4. Type your FAUNet ID and Password, click Login.

For enhanced security, you will be required to enter a security question and change your Password the first time that you use MyFAU.

  1. Choose FAU Self-Service from the left-hand column.
  2. Choose Student Services, then Student Records, then View Degree Audit (DARS).

Note:  You have to submit an audit before you can view it. Click on Submit an Audit to request a degree audit for your current major, then Run Audit on the next screen. Finally, click View Audits to see the list of audits you ran.

Audits are listed in the order in which you requested them, with the most recent one on top. If you don’t see the one you just processed, click Refresh the List. It can take a few moments for an audit to process. Click on most recent audit under the View Link column to access your degree audit.

If you have more than one major, a separate audit will be processed for each major. However, if the majors are under different degree types, i.e., a B.A. in one and a B.S. in the other, only your primary major will produce an audit. The other major must be run as a “What-If” audit (see below).


 

Understanding the Audit

Degree requirement information is displayed in a condensed format throughout the audit – if you wish to see details under each section, you must click Open All Sections  located at the top of the page or click the gray arrow located next to each block to open individual sections.

Each academic degree program is comprised of various requirements. As each requirement is fulfilled, you will earn a green checkmark () indicating all is OK for that particular requirement area. Before you can graduate all requirements must be satisfied.

To print the audit you are viewing, select the Printer Friendly option toward the top-right of the audit and use the print function of your web browser. When finished, be sure to exit and close your browser to protect your privacy. You may even want to clear your cache if you are using a public computer and are concerned that subsequent users will retrieve your cached information.


 

Advisement Before Registration

Advisement is required for all undergraduate students. DARS does NOT replace advising – it just helps make it an easier and more meaningful interaction. Well in advance of your registration time, meet with your adviser to discuss your degree program and course selection options, as well as any other concerns you may have. Take a recent degree audit with you when you meet with your adviser. After you register for classes, submit another degree audit to see how your courses will meet the requirements of your program.


 

Changing Your Major

If you plan to change your major, you must submit an approved Undergraduate Major/Minor Change form to the Registrar’s Office. The form is available at the Registrar’s Office, at Student Services Offices in each of the colleges and, for your convenience, on the web at www.fau.edu/registrar/pdf/120084%20Undergrad%20Major_Minor%20change%20form.pdf . The form requires the signature of your adviser. Change of major forms submitted after the drop/add period take effect for the following semester. If you delay in filing this form, your major change may not be processed in time for your registration, and you may not be able to register for courses restricted to your new major.


 

Questions About an Audit

If you have questions about a degree audit, or you think there might be errors or discrepancies, contact one of the offices listed below for further assistance:

  • For questions regarding the major, minor, or general education requirements, selecting courses, exceptions to graduation requirements, a change of major or minor, or for assistance with any other type of question, contact the Academic Advising Office in the college of your major, http://www.fau.edu/academic/freshman/virtual/ .
  • Contact the Registrar’s Office, http://www.fau.edu/registrar/ , for questions concerning FAU courses and grades, and in-progress courses.
  • Contact DARS@fau.edu for questions concerning transfer courses and their equivalencies at FAU.

 

What-If Degree Audits

A what-if audit allows you and your adviser to see the effects of changing a major or option, declaring a major, adding a second major, or switching your primary and secondary majors, before officially changing your record. If you are undecided about a major, the what-if audit is a useful tool to try out different majors and see how your courses will meet the requirements for those programs.

To access a what-if audit, follow the directions above for Running and Viewing Your Degree Audit on the Web

  1. Log on to FAU Homepage, www.fau.edu
  2. Click on the ‘CURRENT STUDENTS’ tab
  3. Click on ‘MyFAU Login’
  4. Type your FAUNet ID and Password, click Login.
  5. Choose FAU Self-Service from the left-hand column.
  6. Choose Student Services, then Student Records, then View Degree Audit (DARS).

Note:  You have to submit an audit before you can view it. Click on Submit an Audit, then on the next screen under What-If Analysis click on “What-If?”.

  • Select the College of the ‘What-If’ major from the drop-down list
  • Select the type of degree
  • Select the major
  • Select the term
  • Click on Run Analysis
  • On the next screen click on view submitted audit

Audits are listed in the order in which you requested them, with the most recent one on top. If you don’t see the one you just processed, click Refresh the List. It can take a few moments for an audit to process. Click on most recent audit under the View Link column to access your degree audit.


 

Planned Courses – Course Cart

As an interactive part of the audit, you have the option to plan courses for future semesters. This tool will allow you to add or delete planned courses from the course cart, project future grades, or select a year/term per planned course.

PLEASE REMEMBER “PLANNING COURSES” DOES NOT GUARANTEE THESE COURSES WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE SEMESTER SELECTED. REGISTRATION IS A SEPARATE PROCESS.


 

Planned Courses – Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Open all sections of the audit (located across from the “Course Cart” section).
  2. Deficiencies in an audit are indicated by the red X . Within many Requirements/Sub-Requirements, you will find a listing of courses that may be used to fulfill that particular Requirement/Sub-Requirement (i.e. CHM2045).
  3. Choose a course and type it in the box titled Course to add  in the format XXX1234 (i.e. CHM2045, with NO space between the course subject and the course number). Then click “Go” and the course will appear in the cart.
  4. To edit any information about a course, click on the course in the cart and an edit window will open. There, the term, credits and projected grade can be adjusted. In order for the audit to display correctly, a projected grade must be available. The default grade is a “C.”
  5. To remove a course from the cart, check the box next to the course in the cart, select Delete from cart from the drop-down menu and click “Go.”
  6. Once the Planned Course process is complete, select Close Window on the top right of the audit and request a new audit.
  7. On the “Submit Audit” screen, select Include Planned Courses  and run the audit.
  8. After less than a minute a refreshed audit will appear in the list of audits.
  9. Under View Link , select the desired audit by confirming the correct run date and time.
  10. You may now view the audit with the Planned Courses.
 Last Modified 1/16/14