Step 1: Academic Requirement Report

What is my Academic Requirement Report?

Your Academic Requirement Report (ARR) is an important tool that you will use throughout your degree! The ARR 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 Academic Requirements Report.  We recommend downloading the document as a PDF for ease of access.  The download may take a while so please be patient.

Understanding your ARR

Your ARR consists of a number of headings. You will want to read all of the information in your ARR. However, 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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  • Academic Advisement – This section explains who you need to contact if you have course registration questions.

  • 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.

  • Current Registrations – This section shows your current registration once you enrol in courses.

  • Major Requirement – This section will explain all of the courses required for your major. Please note, this section will list all of the courses required for your major. As a first-year student, you will want to pay attention to the 100-level courses required.

    What if I am an Undeclared major?
    • If you are undecided, plan to take all the recommended first-year courses for your top two or three choices of major. That way, when you declare a major in your second year, you will not be behind in your selected program.
    • 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 the program, major, and minor you have selected.

  • 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 – A minor is optional for your degree. If you declared a minor on your application, this section will show the courses required for your minor. Once again, you will want to pay attention to the 100-level courses required for your minor.

  • Augustana Core: Foundation –  All students new to the Augustana Campus are required to take a First Year Seminar (FYS) foundation course during their first 3-week session at Augustana. After you are enrolled in this course, you will receive an email (over the summer) with instructions on how to select your top 3 FYS topics. In the summer, you will be added to one of the sections that you selected. If you are a new student this course is AUIDS 101.

  • Augustana Core: Engagement – At Augustana, students integrate their learning with the complexities of local and global communities, both in the classroom and in the world. To achieve this degree of social and political engagement, Augustana students are required to choose from at least three of the following five categories, with no more than 6 credits in each category:
    • Creative and Imaginative Processes
    • Environmental Sustainability
    • Diversity and Global Studies
    • Experiential Learning
    • Integrating Knowledge

  • Augustana Core: Knowledge – Throughout your degree at Augustana, you will be required to take 6 credits of coursework in each of the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences along with 3 credits from the Fine Arts.

    Please note: the Engagement and Knowledge requirements are to be fulfilled throughout your undergraduate degree. You are not expected to complete all of these requirements in your first year.

  • Elective (Option) Courses: These courses will make up the remainder of your degree requirements. When building your schedule, you will want to focus on adding courses in the following order: the Foundation Core requirement, Major requirements, supporting courses for your Major, Minor requirements, and then the Core (Engagement and Knowledge). If after you have added all of the above courses you still have space in your schedule, you can look at adding some option courses. Do not hesitate to take something completely different from your major or minor. In all likelihood, it will fit somewhere into your Augustana Core requirements – but even if it does not, it will help you fill up the 120 credits you need to complete your degree. Do not be afraid to try something new!

  • Summary of Degree – This section provides a summary of where you are standing in terms of meeting the requirements for your degree. If you are a transfer student, this section will show how many credits you have earned from your previous post-secondary institution. Once you have completed some courses, it will also let you know what your current Grade Point Average is. If you have questions about the additional requirements or anything in the ARR, please contact your Admissions Advisor.

Step 2: Choose your Courses