Degree Audit FAQ



Welcome to Degree Audit, a new online tool that allows you to track exactly which courses you've taken, and which you still need to take, to complete your degree or certificate.

Degree Audit allows you to track where you are in your progress toward program completion—without having to wait to speak with someone from Advising or Credentials. (Please note that students still need to meet with an advisor regularly; look for notices from Advising to your student email reminding you of when to do so.)

The following list of answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) should help you use this new online tool effectively.

You may access Degree Audit at any time through Clark's Current Students page.
Q: I transferred here from another school. How can I see if my transfer courses applied to my program?
A: You will see your transfer courses on Degree Audit with the designation "TR." Courses that have a direct equivalent course at Clark will be shown as the Clark course with "TR" added to the end. (Example: WR 121 from Portland Community College is equivalent to ENGL& 101 at Clark College. It would show up as "ENGL& 101-TR" on the Degree Audit.) Some transfer courses do not have a direct equivalent at Clark College, but may still apply toward your degree or certificate. You will see these courses with a general transfer code and the designation "TR." (Example: If you completed a history course at another institution that does not correspond directly to a history course at Clark College, it would be shown as "HIST 900-TR.")
Q: Why are some of my classes showing up in Unused Courses?
A: Courses will show up in the Unused Courses section of Degree Audit either if the grade was insufficient or if the course is an older course. You should meet with an advisor for clarification if a course is showing up in the unused category when you think that it should show up in another category.
Q: One of my classes can be used in two categories for General Education Requirements in my non-transfer degree. Why is it only showing up in one?
A: Degree Audit is set up to allow courses to be used in only one category. If you are certain that you understand how courses can fulfill multiple requirements, it's a good idea to hand-write that information on your printout of the audit so you remember that your class fulfills more than one requirement. But if you have any questions at all about this, it's best to meet with an advisor to be sure.
Q: I'm midway through earning my transfer degree, and I've taken a couple science courses so far. Why is one of those courses showing up in Electives and not under Natural Sciences?
A: Degree Audit is set up to ensure that students have two subjects in Natural Sciences. Therefore, it will not allow a science in the same subject to fulfill the requirement until another course in a different subject has been completed. For example, if you have taken BIOL& 100 and BIOL 164/165, only one of those courses will appear in Natural Sciences— the other one will appear in Electives. Once you take another science course in a different subject, Degree Audit will properly place all of your science courses in the Natural Science portion of your degree.
Q: Why doesn't Degree Audit show my extra credits in Electives?
A: Degree Audit is not set up to reflect "overflow" credits. For instance, if you are pursuing an Associate of Arts – DTA degree and complete 18 credits in humanities, and the requirement is 15 credits, it will not split those credits to show the extra three credits in electives. It is important to look at the overall credit count. Again, if you have any questions you can meet with an advisor to ensure that you are fulfilling the degree requirements.