Login to Polaris with your username and password. In the "My Academic Profile" section click on the "Degree Progress" link on the bottom.
Degree Progress Guide
In the Degree Progress student view worksheet you will find summary information including Class Year, e.g., 2025, Class Standing, e.g., Junior, First Semester, Major and Minor information, Anticipated Commencement, and GPA.
Scrolling down to the first block entitled "Degree in Bachelor of Arts", an overview of Bowdoin's degree requirements is displayed. Note: Degree Progress currently does not include any requirements for majors or minors.
The legend below shows the symbols used in Degree Progress. A green box and check mark indicates the requirement has been met. A blue box with a single tilde indicates the requirement is pending and will be met if the student successfully completes a course in which s/he is enrolled. An empty box indicates the requirement is not complete.
Each of the requirements has its own block:
- First-Year Seminar Requirement Block
- Distribution Requirements Block 1 (MCSR, INS, ESD, IP)
- Distribution Requirements Block 2 (VPA)
- Division Requirements Block (a, b, c)
- Major 1 Block (required)
- Major Concentration Block (only where applicable)
- Major 2 Block (optional)
- Major 2 Concentration Block (only where applicable)
- Minor Block (optional)
In the example below, the student has completed all of their First-Year Seminar, Distribution, and Division requirements, and can clearly the outstanding requirements left to complete their Physics major:
To view a student's full academic history sorted by semester click on the "Unofficial Academic History by Term" link shown below. Courses will display chronologically by semester. Any cross-listed courses will be sorted by the originating department with all cross-listings displayed underneath. The grade for any course that is in progress will display "REG" until the end of the semester.
To view a student's full academic history sorted by subject click on the "Unofficial Academic History by Subject" link shown below. Courses will display alphabetically by subject (department). Any cross-listed courses will be sorted by the originating department with all cross-listings displayed underneath. The grade for any course that is in progress will display "REG" until the end of the semester.
On the left hand navigation bar, there is a "what if" function. This allows students and advisors to see how far along a student would be in meeting requirements if they changed or added a major or minor. From a student's record, click "what if", choose the appropriate major (and concentration if appropriate) or minor, and then click "Process What-If". Please see image below. This will show progress towards that major or minor. Remember, this is an advising tool; students should speak to the appropriate department or program.
Updated instructions for locating student records in Degree Works (as of November 2022).
Please remember, if you are viewing a student's record in Polaris and click on the "Degree Progress" link, you will NOT be automatically directed to that student's same Degree Progress page. You will need to select the student's name from the drop down menu each time.
Normally students progress through the degree program on the outlined track, but periodically a student will fulfill one or more requirements for a major or minor with a course outside the stated track. Many of these exceptions come from study away. In order to process an exception, the Department Chair or Program Director will submit an electronic Degree Requirement Exception Authorization Form to The Office of the Registrar. The exception will appear in Degree Works within 2-3 weeks.