Using Academics Requirements Report

The Academic Requirements report is an interactive tool that allows you to review current and up-to-date details regarding your progress toward degree completion. The Academic Requirements report matches all of your completed and enrolled courses at CSULB and any external coursework and credits from other institutions, including exams (e.g. Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate) and other credits (e.g. military credit), to your current academic program(s) requirements.

For a video walkthrough and additional FAQs regarding your ARR, visit the Academic Requirements Report (ARR) support page. For a step-by-step guide on how to navigate the features of your ARR, view the options below:


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MyCSULB Student Center was updated on December 1, 2023 with a brand new user interface! Visit the What's New with MyCSULB Student Center page to familiarize yourself with the new experience. Tutorial screenshots may reflect the classic experience, but most steps remain the same.

Please note that most links are now organized into expandable menus that you can find in the upper right corner of each section (see example below).

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To access your Academic Requirements Report (ARR), select Academic Requirements from the expandable menu button within the Academics section in Student Center (button is located in the upper right of the panel, illustrated with three stacked lines). 


How often should I review my Academic Requirements Report?

  • Your Academic Requirements report is current as of the time you access it online.  Since any change to your academic record, such as dropping or adding a course, changing your major, or repeating a course, could affect your Academic Requirements Report, we encourage you to review it whenever you make registration changes.  You should also check your Report after grades have been posted, and in preparation for advising and registration appointments.

What if I repeat a course?

  • If you have repeated any courses and they have been graded, your Academic Requirements report and Course History will reflect the impact.  In the Repeat Code column, you can review how the repeated courses impact your GPA - whether the posted grades are or are not included in your GPA and in units earned. Your unofficial transcript also reflects these repeat adjustments.

What if I’m thinking about changing my major or adding a minor?

  • Before you meet with your advisor to discuss a change of major, add a minor, etc., we encourage you to utilize the “What-If Report” from your Student Center pull-down menu. This feature allows you to create a simulated Academic Requirements report for a different plan (major and/or minor), or a different subplan (major concentration, emphasis, or specialization), helping you to determine what impact a change in plan may have on your academic career.


Screenshot of The Academic Requirements report header detail
  • Current Academic Objective box has your official program and plan objectives. Notice that the Requirement (Catalog) Term column displays the catalog requirement year for each of your objectives. These catalog years are the basis of your Academic Requirement Report. The Expected Grad Term will have a notation under Graduation Status of Applied, In Review, etc., if you have filed a Request to Graduate with the Office of Enrollment Services.
  • Current Academic Summary box displays the last term you registered, your academic standing, and your Overall and CSULB GPAs.
  • Advisor Notes link will appear when your Advisor has posted notes for you to view.
  • The Print Report link provides a printer-friendly print capability.


Screenshot of General information and icons

The Academic Requirements report is designed to enable you to focus on your progress toward completing your degree as well as provide information to assist your advisor. The features that allow a quick scan of the report include:

  • The report’s display expands the unmet degree; while the completed degree are collapsed. You may alter the view by clicking either the collapse all button, or the expand all button.
  • Icons are used throughout the report for a quick view of the completion status of degree and the sources of the course credit. A legend is provided to explain the icons.
  • The requirements are clearly separated by blue bars. The darker-blue bar signifies a specific requirement. The light-blue bars represent the various areas to complete within a specific requirement.
  • For major requirements, a course grid will display all courses needed to satisfy the requirement. These grids display the status of the course requirement indicating if it has been satisfied – complete or in progress, etc. In addition, the course grid will display course requirements that you still need to take to fulfill the requirement.


Screenshot of Requirement category bars

The Academic Requirements report organizes program requirements by categories.


Screenshot of view Report requirements
  • Your Degree Audit notifies users of the purpose of this report.
  • Unit Requirements Summary - minimum undergraduate degree unit requirements for a bachelor’s degree.
  • GPA Requirements Summary - Overall and CSULB undergraduate GPA requirements.
  • Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) – student’s WPE status.
  • Transfer Credit Status – “Official” if all coursework received to date has been evaluated; “Unofficial” if any coursework remains to be evaluated.
  • General Education Requirements- undergraduate General Education (GE) requirements.
  • General Education Special Requirements - special GE requirements (e.g., Global Issues, Human Diversity in the United States, and Upper Division Capstone courses) required by CSULB.
  • Academic Program Requirements – designates the requirements for a specific academic objective (major(s), minor(s), and certificate(s).
  • Unassigned Courses – successfully completed courses which have not been used to meet specific GE or major/minor/certificate subject requirements.

There are some course requirements that have more than 10 courses from which to select in order to complete the requirement. For such requirements, you may expand the course list to display the courses allowed.

Step 1:
Click the View All icon or the button to expand the list of courses that may be used to satisfy a specific requirement. Your list will expand to show all courses allowed.


Screenshot of Course grid with the view all icon highlighted

Step 2:
Once you are finished viewing the expanded list, click the Return button.


Screenshot of The view all extended screen

Clicking a course description (i.e. Appl Thry Teach Ind Dual Sport) advances you to the Course Detail page, which displays additional information on the course including enrollment requirements and course description.


Screenshot of Course grid for course descriptions

Click the view class sections button to expand the Course Schedule for the course offerings.


Course detail page

You may view the terms and sections that a specific course is offered.  When you are finished viewing this information, click the Return to link to return to the Academic Requirements report. Should you wish to check the course availability and add the specific course to your Shopping Cart for enrollment, you may proceed by clicking the Select button.


Course schedule page

You may add courses to your Shopping Cart by selecting from the Course Schedule.


Add to shopping cart page

Courses that may be used to satisfy requirements may be included in a list. To view the list, click the View Course List link. This action displays all courses that may apply to the specific requirement. 


View course list

When you are finished viewing this information, click the Return to link to return to the Academic Requirements report.


Viewing of a course list with the return to button highlight

Unassigned Courses are courses not assigned to meet specific GE or major/minor/certificate subject requirements. Students are encouraged to contact their Advisors if they believe any of the unassigned courses could satisfy any unmet requirement. Only courses with earned credit will appear in the grid. For a complete list of all courses taken, please refer to your Course History or Unofficial Transcript.


The unassigned courses area