Academic Advisement

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What can my Advisement Center do for me?
2. Do I need a major?
3. When do I need to declare a major?
4. How do I add a minor?
5. Is an associate degree offered?
6. Where is my advisement center located? Where is Open Major advisement located?
7. What is MyMAP and how do I use it?
8. How can I know when a class will be offered?
9. I took a class at another University and want to see if it will fill a requirement at BYU.  Is there a way to do that?
10. What is University Honors?
11. What is Scholastic Honors?
12. How do I apply for Graduation?


1. What can my Advisement Center do for me?

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2. Do I need a major?

Yes.  In order to graduate from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s degree, you must choose and complete a major course of study.  If you would like to see which majors are available, click here.

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3. When do I need to declare a major?

Although there is no set schedule to declare a major, it is best to have a fairly concrete idea by your sophomore year (according to University Advisement). Please note that students must select and declare a major by the time they have 60 earned BYU credit hours (excluding language exam credits). Once a student has 75 earned BYU credit hours (excluding language exam credits), they will not be allowed to change their major, unless special permission is granted. (See your College Advisement Center).

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4. How do I add a minor?

To add a minor, obtain a minor clearance form from the College Advisement Center which offers the minor program.  Once the form is filled out and signed, take the form to the College Advisement Center of your primary major.

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5. Is an associate degree offered?

No. Formerly, associate degrees were offered by the university, but are not currently awarded.

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6. Where is my advisement center located? Where is Open Major advisement located?

Advisement centers are located throughout campus in the buildings that house the specific college. Click here to find your advisement center.

The University Advisement Center (click here to see map)—or Open Major Advisement—is located at 2500 Wilkinson Student Center (801-422-3826).

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7. What is MyMap and how do I use it?

MyMAP (My Major Academic Plan) is an electronic tool to help you plan, organize, and register for classes.  You may find it useful to work with an advisor at your primary major College Advisement Center (CAC) to plan the courses needed for graduation.

To access MyMAP, go to http://mymap.byu.edu or on the BYU home page select: Students, Registration / MyMAP.

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8. How can I know when a class will be offered?

By checking the class schedule or by clicking on the class in MyMAP (see instructions).  The class schedule can be found on the BYU homepage, in the lower left corner, in the Favorites menu.  Select Catalog / Classes, under the correct semester/term select Class Schedule.

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9. I took a class at another University and want to see if it will fill a requirement at BYU.  Is there a way to do that?

Most equivalencies for major classes are done through the primary major College Advisement Center (CAC).

Equivalencies for General Education courses are done through Transfer Evaluation.

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10. What is University Honors?

University Honors is a distinction awarded to all graduates of BYU who enroll in the program and have met specific honors requirements. For more information, go to the University Honors website at: http://honors.byu.edu.

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11. What is Scholastic Honors?

Scholastic (Latin) Honors is a distinction at graduation that is determined by GPA for the top 10 percent of the graduating seniors based on cumulative total and BYU grade point averages.  For more information on requirements to receive scholastic honors, go to the Scholastic Honors website at: https://registrar.byu.edu/graduating-scholastic-honors.

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12. How do I apply for Graduation?

The application for graduation is now online. In order to apply, you must have an active ecclesiastical endorsement covering the graduation for which you plan to apply.

You can access the online graduation application by logging onto MyBYU and selecting Apply for Graduation in the School menu.

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