The DARS used in this presentation is based upon the actual data of a CSC major's DARS.  To protect the student's privacy, we have removed the student's name and UIN.  In addition, we have changed all of the student's grades to A and changed the semesters in which the student completed the courses so that the student's identity would be even less obvious to those who might know the person.

General thoughts about DARS

DARS displays a series of requirements, so you might see a course appear in more than one of these requirements.  This can be confusing.   As you review your DARS, don't think of it as a novel that you read in order from beginning to end. DARS is more like a collection of essays.  Each DARS section, like an essay in a collection, may be related to other sections of DARS but you should consider each section as a contained unit.  

The DARS header

  1. You will normally see your name in this space.
  2. You will normally see your academic advisor's name in this space.
  3. Graduation date often scares students when they first notice it.  We have no enrollment requirement: you can be part-time, you can be full-time, and you can take semesters off if you wish.  In truth, we have no idea when you will actually graduate so Graduation Date doesn't reflect when you will finish your degree.  What you see here is the deadline for you graduate.  UIS policy states that you must complete your undergraduate degree within seven years of your first course taken at UIS in pursuit of that degree.
  4. Catalog year, typically, reflects a student's first semester at UIS.  You must follow the policies and complete the requirements described in this catalog, although you do have the right to change your catalog year.  If you change your catalog year, you must abide by all of the policies and requirements, not just the ones you like.  You may see semesters represented by numbers, as you do here.  The first 4 digits are the year and the last two digits represent the month in which a semester begins: 08 for fall, 01 for spring, and 05 for summer.
  5. Personally, I think the charts are confusing and seem to suggest things that may not be accurate, so I ignore them.
  6. The legend describes the codes you may see on your DARS.

General Education

  1. A red X means that a requirement section is not complete.  In this case, the student has not finished General Education.  When you finish a requirement section, the red X will become a green check mark.
  2. Requirement sections are typically divided into their components so that you can determine which part of the requirement you have completed and which part you have not.  A plus sign means that a component is complete.  In this case, the student has completed the English component.
  3. A minus sign means that a component is not complete.  In this case, the student has not completed a humanities requirement.
  4. Grades appear in this place.  In this case, TA means that the course is a transfer course and the student earned an A.
General Education

Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE)

All UIS students must complete at least 10 hours of ECCE credit to earn a degree.  These courses provide a distinctive element to the baccalaureate education at UIS, and encourage a commitment to making a difference in the world. Most of the coursework in this category is interdisciplinary and is designed to help students recognize the value of multiple perspectives. ECCE categories help students meet a number of learning outcomes.

Upon completion of the Engaged Citizenship Common Experience at UIS, students should be able to:

  1. Recognize the social responsibility of the individual within a larger community.
  2. Practice awareness of and respect for the diversity of cultures and peoples in this country and in the world.
  3. Reflect on the ways involvement, leadership, and respect for community occur at the local, regional, national, or international levels.
  4. Identify how economic, political, and social systems operate now and have operated in the past.
  5. Engage in open-minded and ethical decision-making and action.
  6. Distinguish the possibilities and limitations of social change.

In Section I, you see the three ECCE categories: U.S. Communities, Global Awareness, and Engagement Experience.  You must complete at least nine hours of these courses and you must include at least two of the three categories in your nine hours.

In Section II, you see the Speaker Series requirement.  This is the only class that all UIS graduates must complete.  You can find information here.

Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE)

Computer Science requirements

You should work with your academic advisor to insure that you complete the necessary courses for your major.  As you complete CSC requirements, you will see them listed in this section.

Computer Science requirements

120 semester hours are required to earn a bachelor's degree . . .

This section tracks your total number of hours.  You must earn 120 hours to graduate.  DARS tracks the 120 hours in three parts.

You must complete at least 30 upper-division hours at UIS to earn a degree.  The first section counts these 30 hours.

You must complete at least 48 total upper-division hours to earn a degree.  The section continues counting your upper-division hours.  Section 1 and section 2 must equal at least 48 hours.

You may earn as many as 72 hours of lower-division credit.  The third section counts your lower-division hours.  Unlike, the first two sections, you are not required to complete 72 hours of lower-division hours.  On your DARS, the third section may says that you "need X hours" but it would be more accurate to say that you have the opportunity to take X more hours of lower-division courses.  

If you ever want to understand how close you are to finishing your degree, look at the Earned and Needs data.  In this case, the student has earned 80 hours and need 40 more to finish.

120 semester hours are required to earn a bachelor's degree .  .  .