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How to read your Degree Evaluation in Banner

Your degree evaluation is where the Registrar’s Office records which requirements you have completed for your degree and which you still need to fulfill. You should also check your degree evaluation regularly to make sure you’re on track to graduate.

Overview and Access

  1. Go to the Student Records channel in MyBethel.
  2. Click "Degree Evaluation"

Every time you view your degree evaluation in Banner, you should make sure you’re seeing the most up-to-date information possible. Click “Generate New Evaluation” at the bottom center of the page. Then:

  1. Select your major. If you have two majors, you’ll need to generate a new evaluation for each major. If you have three majors, you may only evaluate two majors at a time in your official degree evaluation; you can use the “What-If Analysis” option to evaluate your third major.
  2. Click “Generate Request.” You do not need to select a term on this page.

After a few seconds, you should see a page with three different options for displaying your degree evaluation: “General Requirements”,   “Detail Requirements”, and “Additional Information”. Use the instructions below to navigate through these different options and interpret your degree evaluation.

"Detail Requirements" Display

The first page we’ll look at—and the one you’ll use most often—is the “Detail Requirements” display option. The “Detail Requirements” page breaks down exactly which requirements for your major, minor, and general education you have already completed and which courses you still need in order to graduate.

  1. From the menu you reached in step 5 above, select “Detail Requirements” and click “Submit.” It may take several seconds to process. If you print, choose the “Landscape” page orientation.

General Notes on Reading the “Detail Requirements” Display

  1. As you scroll through the page, you’ll see several section headings telling you whether you’ve “Met” or “Not Met” an Area of requirements. Underneath the headings will be details about all of the individual requirements within that area and whether you’ve completed them.
  2. As you scroll through the various areas and groups listed, you will see “Yes” and “No” listed along the left side of the page under the “Met” column. If you’ve fulfilled a requirement, the evaluation will list “Yes.” If you still need to complete a requirement before you graduate, the evaluation will list “No.”
  3. In the far right “Source” column, corresponding to each course you will also see “T” (Transfer), “H” (Historical - grade from Bethel) or “R” (Registered). Requirements that say “Met” on the left and “R” on the right will not really be met until you complete the course with a passing grade.

Sections in the “Detail Requirements” Display

  1. Program Evaluation: The first section in your evaluation is a summary of your major, minors, concentrations, etc. The chart gives you an overview (under Credits/Used) of how many credits you’ve completed, how many credits you transferred to Bethel, and your overall GPA.
  2. Area - Upper Level Credits: Each student must complete at least 37 credits of 300- and 400-level classes in order to graduate. Usually, this is easily met through your major and general education requirements.
  3. Area - General Education: Under this heading is an overview of four or five different general education groups you need to satisfy. Each group is broken down into its individual course requirements as you continue scrolling: Transfer Level,* Bible Residency, General Education Requirement, Artistic Experience, and Cross-Cultural Experience.
    • *Some students will have a Transfer Level group summarizing their general education requirements based on credits earned before coming to Bethel. See the Transfer Entry Level catalog page for details.
      • If your level does not match what you think it should, email cas-registrar@bethel.edu. List your name, ID, number of transfer credits, and the level you think should be recorded.
    • Within the Bible Residency group, note that some transfer levels are exempt from one or more Bible classes. For example, you may be required to choose just 1 or 2 of the 3 regularly-required Bible courses. All students must take at least one Bible class at Bethel, no matter how many Bible classes they’ve transferred into Bethel. See the Understanding Your Requirements page (“Know Your Remaining General Education Requirements” section) for details.
    • Within the General Education Requirement group, note the following:
      • Second Language (S) Requirement: You must complete the second semester or higher of a language (102S or higher). If you have no experience in a second language, you will need to take two classes, or 8 credits (101 & 102S). See the Placement testing information.
      • CWILT or Humanities Option: While both requirements are listed on your review, you only need pay attention to the courses in your chosen track. The evaluation will list “no” next to each row until ALL the appropriate courses in that category have been met.
    • The Artistic Experience group, also called an “A tag,” can be met through a number of classes, such as creative writing, studio art, or music lessons or ensemble. Some of these options can be taken for 0 credit, while others may be a 1 or 3-credit class.
    • The Cross Cultural Experience group is also called a “Z tag” and is a requirement that can be met in several ways, including studying abroad or taking a class on-campus that allows you to interact with another culture. It’s good to think now about how you might meet this requirement.
  4. Area - Major Requirements: Below the General Education Area, your major requirements will be listed (look for “Area” and “Group” with the name of your major and/or major-emphasis). As you look through this list, pay attention to the far left “Met” column. “Yes” means you have fulfilled a requirement, and “No” means you have not.
    • If you are a double major, you will need to run an evaluation for each major separately
    • If you have a minor, the minor will be displayed on the first major’s degree evaluations
    • If the courses you thought should transfer in to fulfill a major requirement are not pulling into your degree evaluation as “met,” fill out a petition form to request another review.
    • Make sure you see Areas for all your majors and minors. If you have not declared one of your majors or minors, you may fill out the Declaration of Major, Minor, or Advisor form.
  5. Area - General Electives: You may also have some courses listed as electives. These courses do not fulfill general education or requirements for the major you selected, but they will be added toward the total 122 credits you need to graduate. If you took more than one course that fulfills a general education category, the first course will appear under the General Education section, and additional courses will appear as electives.

"General Requirements" Display

The “General Requirements” display is a basic overview of which courses you have taken toward your general education and major requirements.

If you need to check your major GPA, this is where you’ll find it.

  1. Look for the section title “Area: [Name of Your Major].” At the bottom of this course list, you’ll see the total number of credits you’ve completed for your major as well as your grade point average (GPA) for those courses.
    • You will not have a major GPA until after you have completed a course within your major at Bethel. Transfer work does not affect your GPA at Bethel.
    • You may also see a “Program GPA” in your evaluation. Disregard this number; it is NOT your major GPA.

What-If Analysis

In the menu across the bottom of your degree evaluation, you’ll see a “What-If Analysis” option. You can use a What-If Analysis to see how many credits you’ve completed toward a major you are thinking about or have not yet declared, or for your third major. Simply click the What-If Analysis menu option and follow the prompts to generate the evaluation. Read the What-If Analysis as you would read a regular evaluation.