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Falcon Self-Service for Students

This guide will demonstrate how to use the various functions of the MyDaytonaState Student Falcon Self-Service portal.

Introduction & Accessing Degree Planner


Degree Planner removes the guess work out of completing a degree. It is designed not only to list the courses needed to graduate, but in what order to take them. Users can preplan their entire degree by selecting the general education and electives they plan to take. Users can also adjust the number of credits they want to complete in a term - the changes made will let users know how long it will take to complete a degree.

We use up-to-date information. If the users changes their major, needs to repeat a class, or a course they want to take is not offered in a certain term, Degree Planner will update itself or notify the user if something they are trying to plan is not possible.

Watch our overview to see some important features and basic navigation.

Accessing Degree Planner

Once logged into Falcon Self Service, expand the Enrollment menu and select Degree Planner.

Degree Planner main screen


Explanation of Main Screen & Term Cards

Explanation of Degree Planner Main Screen

The Degree Planner main screen provides the user with degree information as explained below.

Annotated Degree Planner screen

  1. Primary Path: The courses required to complete the major user is officially enrolled in.
  2. Path Actions: Access tips, print, and reset the path (click if the user wants to change the primary path back to the default recommendations).
  3. Ellipses: Notes are for user reference.
  4. Notifications: Review what changes were made.
  5. Expand All/Collapse All: Get an expanded view of all courses planned in each term.
  6. Mass Edit Max Units: Change the maximum number of units (credits) for multiple or single terms.
    1. NOTE: If the user plans to skip a term, do not move the course out of the term they were originally planned for – set the units to 0 instead.
  7. Unplanned Requirements: Use the "open" option to view a requirement that allows the user to select a course OR specialization..
  8. Term Cards: Select term cards for more information.

Explanation of Term Cards

When users select and expand a term card (step 8 above), they will see this screen.

Annotated Degree Planner Term Screen

  1. The number of courses planned/recommended for the term.
  2. The number of units planned/recommended for the term based off the selected courses.
  3. Max units: The maximum number of units that will be planned for the term.
    1. NOTE: By default, we recommend 15 units for a regular term (Fall & Spring) and 8 units for a summer term. This can be adjusted using the pencil icon for an individual term or by using Mass Edit Max Units.
    2. NOTE: To skip a term, do not move the courses out of the term they were originally planned for – set the units to 0 instead.
    3. NOTE: To take courses beginning in the Spring B term users will need to manually set the spring term to 9 units. 
  4. Lock icon: Lock a course in a specific semester to prevent Degree Planner from shifting the course as the user edits max units or moves other courses around.
    1. NOTE: Setting a term to 0 units will make all courses move – even the locked courses.
  5. Edit Course: View sections for the course.
  6. Ellipses: Validate, move, notes, and remove features for individual courses.
  7. Add an elective course (Associate of Arts/AA degree seeking students only): Add an elective to a term.

How to Add Electives

Degree Planner makes selecting electives simple! Depending on your program, selecting electives can look a little different. Please refer to the videos below to see the best way to select electives for your program. 

Adding Electives - A.A. Program

  1. Select Add an elective course (step 7 above).
  2. Enter a subject and/or catalog number. Click Apply. Then Select a course.
    Degeree Planner elective course for A.A.

For more details, please refer to the video below:


Adding Electives - A.S. and Certificate Programs

  1. Expand the term and choose Select Course from Elective Course Option.

    Elective course for A.S. and certificate programs

  2. Select a course. 

    Select an elective course for A.S.

For more details, please refer to the video below:


Options, Concentrations & Specializations

Options (Concentrations/Specialization)

Some majors will require students to select a concentration or specialization. Select Option to expand the option ribbon. From the Option ribbon, use Select Options to make a selection for this requirement. Degree Planner will update the path to reflect the selection.

Degree Planner Option

For step-by-step instructions when viewing and selecting options please refer to the video below: