Planning MY Classes

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Academic Planning Worksheets

Making a class plan for your time at SMU can be very helpful, especially if you plan to minor, complete a pre-professional program, or double major.

The UC Degree Checklist will help you to plan and track the courses that you will choose to satisfy the University Curriculum requirements. It will also be a visual aid to compare and contrast the requirements of multiple majors, minors, and/or pre-professional programs. Using this worksheet will help you visualize how your individual class choices may fulfill multiple requirements.

The UC Component Coloring Book page provides a graphic representation of your University Curriculum requirements. You may use it to color out requirements as you progress through your degree.

The Four-Year Planner is setup to help you develop a logical progression of courses through each of your semesters at SMU.There is a lined Four-Year Planner and an unlined Four-Year Planner to accommodate your personal style.

Follow the instructions below to prepare for a long-term planning session with your academic advisor. The more engaged you are, the better your plan will work for you.

Using the UC Degree Checklist

  1. Print or review a copy of your Degree Progress Report (DPR) found under the Academics section of your Student Center on my.smu.edu.
  2. Find the University Curriculum section on the DPR.
  3. Follow the requirements under the UC section beginning with DISC and record courses used on the UC Checklist (ex: If DISC 1312 and DISC 1313 are both listed – list these courses on the UC Degree Checklist). Place a check mark to the left of any satisfied requirement on the Checklist.
  4. Continue to list courses used under each line (ex: Ways of Knowing = KNW).
  5. If no course is listed as used on the DPR, leave the requirement blank on the Checklist.
  6. If a course meets a UC requirement and is required (or may be chosen as an elective) for your major, minor, or pre-professional program, list this course under the UC Requirements column and note its dual fulfillment. (ex: BIOL 1401 triple-fulfills a UC science requirement, the Biology major, and pre-health)
  7. The DPR provides a list of courses approved to complete Foundation and Pillar requirements. This list can be very useful when checking which courses in your major, minor, or pre-professional program will satisfy UC requirements.
  8. Proficiency and Experience (PE) components are co-requirements and can be completed through coursework or by experiences outside of class. my.smu.edu is the best source when searching for classes satisfying specific PE requirements.
  9. Plan the PE components you wish to satisfy through experiences by checking the list of ALL APPROVED ACTIVITIES on the UC website.
  10. The right side of the UC Degree Checklist may be used to create a checklist of courses required for your major, minor, and pre-professional program. It will be very helpful to find where any coursework overlap will occur between your areas of study.
  11. List courses required for your major using the University Catalog or departmental website.
  12. If a required major course also satisfies a UC requirement, list the course under the specific line on the UC Checklist. (ex: ECO 1311 meets the Quantitative Reasoning – QR requirement and also dual-fulfills majors in Business)
  13. Use the ALL APPROVED UC COURSES listing on the UC website to check if any of your required major, minor, or pre-professional program courses will go toward the UC.

The UC Degree Checklist is an unofficial document that may change as you progress through your academic program at SMU.

Download the worksheets:

UC Degree Checklist
UC Component Coloring Book

Using the Four-Year Plan

  1. Print or review a copy of your Degree Progress Report (DPR) found under the Academics section of your Student Center on my.smu.edu.
  2. Print a copy of your completed UC Degree Checklist (if applicable).
  3. The UC Degree Checklist may assist you in reviewing UC requirements that have not been fulfilled.
  4. Under the AP/Dual Enrollment/Transfer section, list all appropriate coursework and total the number of hours. Enter this total on the right.
  5. Find the Course History section of the DPR. Courses are listed by term. Enter the courses under the corresponding Fall/Spring/Summer sections.
  6. If you have not completed a required course for your major, minor, or area of interest, consult the University Catalog for additional requirements and list those courses.
  7. It is important to plan on earning 15 – 16 credit hours each semester to graduate in four years.
  8. It may be necessary to consult with a faculty advisor for the correct sequencing of upper-level courses. As a Pre-major, use the Four-Year plan to create a list of all courses required to complete your program of study.
  9. If a course fulfills multiple requirements, indicate this on the Four-Year plan.
  10. List major or minor elective courses as electives until you have declared your major and consulted with a faculty advisor.
  11. The far right column of the Four-Year plan is used to total the number of credit hours earned each year.

The Four-Year Plan is an unofficial document that may change as you progress through your academic program at SMU.

Download the worksheets:

unlined Four-Year Plan
lined Four-Year Plan