Step 1: Academic Requirement Report (ARR)

What is my (ARR)?

Your ARR is an important tool that you will use throughout your degree! It allows you to find which courses are required for your major, minor, and the Augustana Core. Throughout your degree, you will use your ARR as a guide to enrol in courses.

How to access your ARR

  1. Log into Bear Tracks (opens in a new window)
  2. On the left hand side in the grey column, under the heading "Academics", click on Academic Requirements.
  3. You will be brought to your ARR. We recommend downloading the document as a PDF for ease of access. The download may take a few minutes, so please be patient.

Understanding your ARR

Your ARR consists of a number of headings and has a lot of important information! Below we have outlined the sections that you will want to pay particular attention to when it comes to enrolling in courses.

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The Augustana Course Tool will be explained in Step 2: Choose your Courses.

Program Specific Information

This section explains if you have met your current major and minor requirements. Since you are a new student, you will have not met this requirement yet. However, by the end of your degree, your major and minor requirements will be satisfied. When a requirement is satisfied, it will be written in green. If you have not yet met a requirement, it will be written in red.

Major Requirement

This section will explain all of the courses required for your major. As a first-year student, you will want to pay attention to, and take note of, the 100-level courses required.

What if I am an Undeclared major? 

  • If you are undecided, please contact your Admissions Advisor with your top two or three choices in majors. They will help you enrol in the most critical courses based on your academic intentions so that you will be more likely to be on track when you declare a major in your second year.
  • You can use the “What-if Report” in Bear Tracks to see which classes are needed for certain majors and/or minors that are not on your application.
  • To access your “What-If-Report”, please follow these steps in Bear Tracks:
    1. On the left hand side in the grey column, under Academics, click on What-if Report. Be sure to choose an Augustana Program. All Augustana programs will have a prefix of “AU-”:
      • AU-Bachelor of Science
      • AU-Bachelor of Arts
      • AU-Bachelor of Music
      • AU-Bachelor of Management
      • AU-BSc/BEd (Secondary)

    2. Once you have selected your program, you can select your desired major and optional minor. The system will then generate a report based on your selection.

Major Supporting Courses

Depending on your major, you may not have this section. As a first-year student, you will want to pay attention to the 100-level courses required and add them to your schedule.

Minor Requirement

If you are looking for ways to stand out after graduation to employers or grad schools, a minor might not be one of them! In fact, minors are not printed on degree parchments and do not appear on transcripts. Additionally, declaring a minor will not get you ‘front of the line’ access to courses you may want to take and could provide less flexibility and space to take option courses. Augustana has a number of experiential learning courses that will allow you to Travel Internationally, explore with Outdoor Education, and get hands on experience with Community Service Learning.

If you decide to declare a minor as an Interdisciplinary Studies major, the topic(s) cannot be one of the focus disciplines (e.g. IDS: Creativity and Culture major and English minor). Also, certain major and minor combinations may take longer than 4 years to complete. As such, contact your Admissions Advisor with any questions you have about declaring a minor.

Note: BSc/BEd Combined Degree students are required to complete a minor.


Additional sections are explained on this page.


Step 2: Choose your Courses