Degree Completion Planning

Dear Students:  Follow the degree completion planning procedure detailed below which is personalized to fit your unique academic needs and goals.

Step 1: Open Your Academic Requirements

Go to Towson Online Services, follow the instructions to log in, click on Self Service, and then Student Center. On the left hand side, next to your schedule, select Academic Requirements from the drop-down menu.

Step 2: Write Down All Non-Completed Courses

Using your Academic Requirements, write down all required and Core courses that you have not completed.

Step 3: Check Your Prerequisites

Using the 2014 – 2015 Undergraduate Catalog online at the end of the Course Description, write down the prerequisites for the courses you have not completed. Check to see if you have completed the prerequisites; if so, cross them off. If not, this will aid you in deciding which courses need to be completed first.

Step 4:  Review Course Rotation Planner (optional depending on program)

Certain classes are offered specific semesters in a rotation, such as the upper level COSC Security courses. You can check the Course Rotation using PeopleSoft’s Browse Course Catalog searching. Alternatively, you can check the terms during which courses are planned to be offered via the following links:

Step 5:  Review the Template for your Major.
Be sure to choose the correct catalog year after selecting your major from the list below.


Computer Science Major – Program Requirements

Computer Science Major and MATH – Program Requirements

Computer Science Major with Security Track – Program Requirements


Computer Science Major with Software Engineering  Track 


Computer Science Major and MATH with Security Track – Program Requirements


Information Systems Major – Program Requirements


Information Technology Major – Program Requirements

Step 6: Create an Academic Plan

Using the spreadsheet below, create an individualized academic plan with the courses you need to complete in order to graduate. Keep in mind your prerequisites.

  • Open the spreadsheet here in Microsoft Excel or save it to your computer.
  •  After the spreadsheet is open in Excel, fill in the top information.
  • Input the total earned units up to today (Total Units Earned Box).

NOTE: Do not include the credits from classes in which you are currently enrolled but have not completed; those credits are counted immediately below.

  • Input the number of units you are currently enrolled in (Total Enrolled Units Box).
  • Fill in the remaining schedule by term.  Use the dropdown menu for each term including minimester and summer as appropriate.
  • Make sure you have a minimum of 120 credits in the Total Academic Units Box when completed.
  • Make sure you include all Core courses you have not completed as well as all major requirements.
  • Make sure you have a minimum of 32 units of upper-level (300-400) courses.
  • Remember you will have to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 to graduate.
  • When you’re done, save your file (use your student ID number, last name and date as the file name e.g. 0123456FISHER10-31-14) and attach the file in an email to your adviser.

Step 7: Meet with your Advisor

Schedule a meeting with your advisor.  Bring a copy with you as well as sending an electronic version in advance of your meeting.  You and your advisor will review the plan and when finished and approved, you will both sign the approved plan.  You will keep a copy of the signed, approved plan; and your advisor will keep a copy of the signed, approved plan.