DARS Degree Planner

You can plan out your four-year path to graduation using the new DARS Degree Planner. The DARS Degree Planner works with the DARS you already know and use.

Creating your four-year path to graduation in the DARS Degree Planner will help you:

When you plan your four-year path to graduation in the DARS Degree Planner, you are providing critical information that enables HSU to change course scheduling. If you tell us what courses you need to graduate in four years, the university can make decisions about course availability based on student demand. Help us help you and create your four-year plan today!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I access DARS Degree Planner and get started?

View the Quick Start Guide or watch the How to Use DARS Degree Planner Video.

How do I build my plan?

Simply drag & drop courses from your DARS Audit (left side) into the Plan Term Year box (right side) - to correctly drop courses into your plan, make sure the term changes color.

You may see initial warning messages as you drop courses into the terms. Click the "red warning icon" to see those initial warning messages. Note: the system is not checking your prerequisites (completed, in progress and planned courses) until you click the “check” button. 

Click the “check” button often to validate your plan. This button does two things: it validates your plan and updates your DARS audit (left side) to include all of your planned courses and it checks your planned courses for possible issues. You will see a red warning indicator if you do not meet the prerequisites and/or if the course is not typically offered in that semester.

How do I know the classes I planned are meeting major requirements?

After you have dragged courses into your planner and clicked the “check” button, the DARS Audit on the left will update. Scroll down to the major requirements section and ensure the class meets major requirements.

How do I add elective courses?

Elective courses are not drag and drop courses. They must be added manually by clicking the Add Course button under the term you want to add the elective to. You will enter the Department Abbreviation and course number and click OK.

How do I add a new term (spring, summer, or fall) to my plan?

Click the “+” button at the top of your Plan on the right side.

How do I delete a course?

Open the term and click the edit button (paper and pencil icon). Now select the checkbox for the course(s) you want to remove and click the red “Delete” button.

How do I delete a term?

Click the trash can icon next to the term you want to delete. This will delete any planned courses within that term.

What if I’m considering a different major?

DARS Degree Planner allows you to create multiple plans to explore different major options. In the Plans tab, click the star icon next to your preferred plan. Your preferred plan will be used by the university to predict course demand. 

How do I view course rotations in DARS Degree Planner?

Click/tap a course to enable a pop-up which displays the course description, units, pre-requisites and term typically offered.

Why does one of the courses I plan show it is never offered?

Courses that are not typically offered or only offered on demand (independent or directed study, for example) may show as never offered when viewing course availability. Contact your major advisor for alternative course options.

What if I’m considering a different major?

DARS Degree Planner allows you to create multiple plans to explore different major options. In the Plans tab, click the star icon next to your preferred plan. Your preferred plan will be used by the university to predict course demand. 

How do I print my plan?

Click the PDF button to open a new window with all of your planned course details. This plan will show a warning if a course is not typically offered in the semester it was planned.

Should I plan alternate courses?

No - not in your preferred plan. In the Plans tab, click the star icon next to tell us which plan is your preferred plan. Your preferred plan will be used by the university to predict course demand.