DARS Degree Planner

You can plan out your personalized 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:

Preferred (star) plans are used by HSU to predict course demand. 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.

Freshmen, Sophomores, & Juniors: 

Advisors expect you to build a three-semester plan with DARS Degree Planner before your advising appointment and before they will lift your advising hold.

DARS Degree Planner to Schedule Planner

Learn how to import courses from your preferred plan to Schedule Planner.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I access DARS Degree Planner and get started?

How do I build my plan?

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

How do I add elective courses?

How do I plan to study abroad?

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

How do I delete a course?

How do I delete a term?

What if my plan changes?

Can I "undo" changes in my plan?

Can I delete or rename my plan?

What if I’m considering a different major? Can I create a plan to check it out?

I have officially declared a minor and/or second major. How do I add that to my plan?

How do I view course details and course rotation (planned course offerings) in DARS Degree Planner?

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

How do I change the color contrast?

How do I print my plan?

Should I plan alternate courses?


How do I access DARS Degree Planner and get started?

View the Quick Start Guide or watch these three short videos: How to Create a Plan, Build Your Plan, and Manage & Maintain Your Plan

For a more general overview and introduction to the planner, check out this 7 minute video with audio: How to Use DARS Degree Planner.

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How do I build my plan?

View this quick video: Build Your Plan

or view step-by-step instructions: Degree Planner Quick Start  

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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. Watch the Build Your Plan video for more information.

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How do I add elective courses?

Elective courses are not drag and drop courses. They must be added manually. Watch the Build Your Plan Video or follow these steps:

DARS Degree Planner Add Course Box

  1. Click the Add Course button under the term you want to add an elective course.
  2. Enter the Department Abbreviation.
  3. Enter the Course Number.
  4. Click OK.

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How do I plan to study abroad?

Watch the Manage & Maintain Your Plan video or follow the steps below:

DARS Degree Planner Add Course pop-up box

  1. Click the “Add Course” button under the term you plan to study abroad.
  2. Enter "REG" in Department Abbreviation.
  3. Enter "IP" in Course Number.
  4. Click OK.

This creates a 12-unit placeholder that tells HSU when you plan to study abroad. For more details on the study abroad application process, go to Study Abroad.

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

Watch the Manage & Maintain Your Plan video or follow the steps below:

  1. Click the “+” button at the top of your Plan on the right side.
  2. In the Add Term box, Select the term and year you want to add to your plan
  3. Click OK.

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How do I delete a course?

Watch the Manage & Maintain Your Plan video or follow the steps below:

paper and pencil icon

  1. Open the term and click the edit button (paper and pencil icon).
  2. Check the box for the course(s) you want to remove
  3. Click the Delete button.
  4. Click the OK button.

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How do I delete a term?

Watch the Manage & Maintain Your Plan video or follow the steps below:

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

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Can I “undo” changes in my plan?

There is no “undo” button - all changes you make are saved in real time. If you want try out some other options but save your preferred plan as it is, you can copy your preferred plan and make changes in the new copy.

  1. Go to the Plans tab,
  2. Next to your preferred starred plan click the Action drop-down menu.
  3. Click “Copy”.
  4. Give your new plan a name and you are ready to start planning!

If you decide you like this plan better, be sure to click the star icon to mark this as preferred.

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Can I delete or rename my plan?

Yes, except you cannot delete your preferred plan. All students must have at least one plan.

DARS Degree Planner Action menu

  1. Go to the Plans tab and find the plan you want to change.
  2. Click the drop-down arrow.
  3. Select your action (Edit, Rename, Copy or Delete).

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What if my plan changes?

Watch Manage & Maintain Your Plan.

As soon as you realize your plan needs to change, be sure to login and make the updates so you can see how these changes might impact your overall plan. DARS Degree Planner works interactively in real time so all you need to do is:

  1. Login to DARS,
  2. Click the Plans tab,
  3. Select your plan and make changes.

We recommend discussing changes with your academic advisor.

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What if I’m considering a different major? Can I create a plan to check it out?

DARS Degree Planner allows you to create multiple plans to explore different major options - but keep in mind that each plan is tied to only one major or minor at a time. To create a new plan to explore another pathway, you can follow the steps in the Manage & Maintain Your Plan video. When exploring other paths, it’s important to keep your primary, preferred plan starred in the Plans tab. Your preferred plan will be used by the university to predict course demand. 

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I have officially declared a minor and/or second major. How do I add that to my plan?

DARS Degree Planner only includes one major or minor at a time. To create a comprehensive preferred plan that includes all of your planned courses, you will need to create separate plans for your other programs (major and/or minor), and then manually add those courses to your preferred plan. It takes a bit of work, but our video, Planning for Minors & Double Majors will show you all the steps.

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How do I view course details and course rotation (planned course offerings) in DARS Degree Planner?

Click on a course in DARS audit (left side) or your plan (right side).

A Course Catalog Details pop-up will display the course description, units, pre-requisites and the terms the course is typically offered.

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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.

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How do I change the color contrast in DARS Degree Planner?

The Select Color Contrast circles are located in the upper right corner. The default setting is low color contrast.

    1. Click the circle on the right to select higher color contrast.
    2. Refresh the page.

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How do I print my plan?

Click the PDF button to open a new window with all of your planned course details.

The PDF will show prerequisites and a warning if a course is not typically offered in the semester it was planned.

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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. If you want an alternate (back up) plan, go ahead and create a new plan with alternate courses but do not star as preferred.

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