Degree Planning

Advising and Registration:

Degree Planning

Number of Credits Required to Earn a Degree
The Degree Planning Sheet (DPS)
Locating Your DPS
Symbols and Transfer Credits on the DPS
Prerequisites
Using the DPS
If You Lose Your DPS
Some Degree Planning Sheets Look Different
Moving from Associate to Bachelor's Degree
When Courses Are Not Listed on the Course Schedule
Planning for Graduation



Number of Credits Required to Earn a Degree

A student will complete 61 credits to earn an associate degree and 121 credits to earn a bachelor's degree at Peirce College.

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The Degree Planning Sheet (DPS)

As a new or a readmitted Peirce College student, you will receive your Degree Planning Sheet in the mail about six weeks after your initial class has started. Across the top of the page, you will see:

  • the name of your program and concentration
  • the degree level - associate or bachelor's
  • the school year when you started, readmitted, or changed concentration/major

The Degree Planning Sheet lets you know how many credits and which courses you will need to take to earn a degree. The Degree Planning Sheet for the associate level lists the courses that make up the 61 credits required for the associate degree. The degree planning sheet for the bachelor's level lists the courses that make up the additional 60 credits required for the bachelor's degree.

You will need to update your degree planning sheet each time you successfully accomplish a course. This way, you will not take classes you do not need. It is your responsibility as a student to take the necessary classes to graduate in a timely manner.

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Locating Your DPS

You can find a Degree Planning Sheet by clicking on your program below:

Business Administration
Information Technology
Paralegal Studies

The Degree Planning Sheets are also available on the portal at the My Advising tab.

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Symbols and Transfer Credits on the DPS

When you receive your degree planning sheet, it may contain some symbols. Your Academic Advisor can help you understand these.

The first time you meet with your advisor, he or she will fill in any Transfer Credits that you have received. Transfer Credits may be awarded for courses in which you earned a "C" or better at other institutions, in the military or on-the-job training, certification exams which you have passed, etc. Transfer credits are awarded on a course-by-course basis unless you have completed an associate degree at another school. The best way to identify the courses for which you received transfer credit is to place a TR on the line to the left of the course.

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Prerequisites

Some classes are noted as prerequisites. They are fundamental classes where students learn basic concepts before moving onto more advanced material.

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Using the DPS

Some of your classes apply directly to the concentration you have selected; others are general education core courses. You may take them in any order so long as you have already taken the course prerequisite, if there is one. Prerequisites provide the foundation upon which future courses will build. They are noted on the Degree Planning Sheets and also listed in the Course Descriptions section of the Peirce College Catalog.

The order in which you choose your courses and the combination of courses you may take at any one time is up to you. Some questions you might ask are:

  • What courses are being offered in this session? You should check the current Peirce College Course Schedule to find out.
  • What days/nights of the week am I available to take classes?
  • Should I pair a course that has a lot of reading with a math, accounting, or computer course?
  • If I have struggled previously with a course of this type should I take it alone?
  • If I'm not really looking forward to a course that I am required to take, can I pair it with a course that I enjoy?

Once you have selected your courses, you should mark the session when you will be taking them on the line to the left of the course name and number. For example, a course in session 1 could be marked "F1" for Fall 1 or "F'07" for Fall 2007 or any code you like as long as you understand/remember the code. Once you have successfully completed the course, change the code to an "X" and enter your grade to the right of the course. If you fail the course or withdraw from it, always remember to remove any codes you placed on the line before it. That way, you will always know which courses must still be taken to complete your degree.

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If You Lose Your DPS

If you have lost your Degree Planning Sheet, you should contact your Program Advisor, and he or she can provide you with a copy. Remember that it is ultimately your responsibility as a student to keep track of your classes and make certain you are taking the proper classes to graduate in a timely manner.

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Some Degree Planning Sheets Look Different

The requirements that you must fulfill for graduation were determined when you selected your program and concentration. This could have been the year you were admitted or readmitted to Peirce College or the time that you elected to officially change your program or concentration. In either case, this explains the different dates on the upper right corner of your Degree Planning Sheet and the differences in course requirements.

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Moving from Associate to Bachelor's Degree

Let's say that you have been attending courses at Peirce College for a while and have only a few courses left to complete your associate degree. You check the Course Schedule and find that they are not available in the next session. Some suggestions about what you can do are:

  • If your goal is to complete your bachelor's degree, turn the Degree Planning Sheet over to the bachelor's side and take a course there. You may begin taking some of these courses before you have completed your associate degree as long as you have already completed the prerequisite, if there is one. Please note that you will not be eligible to earn your associate degree until you successfully complete all of the courses on the associate degree side of the Degree Planning Sheet.
  • Talk to your advisor about taking an Independent Study.
  • Consider a different option. Maybe the course you really want is COM 202, Intercultural Communication, but COM 112, Effective Speech Communication, is available and would fulfill the ENG/COM CORE requirement, too.

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When Courses Are Not Listed on the Course Schedule

Over time, based upon input from the faculty and local employers, or on changes to state or accreditation guidelines, courses may be deleted or replaced. Speak to your advisor if you cannot find a course in the Course Schedule that is listed on your degree planning sheet. He or she can assist you in finding an acceptable replacement. Do not make this decision yourself! If the course you select is not an approved replacement, it will not count towards your graduation requirements.

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Planning for Graduation

Degrees are conferred 3 times a year: after the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. If you believe that you will complete your degree requirements within the year, whether you plan on participating in the graduation ceremony or not, you must complete an Application for Graduation by October 15th. To complete the application please go to https://my.peirce.edu. There is a link to the application in the Graduation box under the My Classes tab.

Don't wait until you have completed ALL of your courses. When you have two sessions left, fill out an application for graduation. This will start the process of your advisor reviewing all of the degree requirements to ensure that you are on track for graduation.

You can make an appointment with your advisor to review your progress towards degree completion at any time. Contact your advisor to schedule a convenient time.

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