by KC Hodge and Crystal Bustamante, CAPS Student Manager of Training and Student Manager of Resource Representatives
Registration for next semester courses are just around the corner! The first thing you need to know about registering for classes here at UNM is how to understand your LoboTrax audit. If you’re new to UNM, just declared your major, or even if you’re a semester away from graduating, LoboTrax may still be confusing for you—but don’t worry! Below are some helpful tips to get you through registration.
1. Log on to myUNM
First things first, you need to know where your LoboTrax Audit is. You’ll need to sign in to myUNM using your NetID (the first part of your email) and your password. You will then click on the quick link for LoboTrax.
2. Submit an Audit
Click “Submit an Audit” in order to see what your degree plan looks like, or what potential degree plans could look like. Each audit will also include the university-wide requirements (such as core classes, the total number of credits, the total number of upper division credits, etc.).
If you’ve already submitted an audit in the past, you can either submit a new audit (your old audit information will most likely be saved still) or click on “View Submitted Audits” to see what you’ve submitted in the past.
3. Choose a Program
At this point you can choose any program you may be thinking of from the list provided. If you are completely lost on what to take, check out http://degrees.unm.edu/ for detailed information on the over 200 undergraduate degree options. Here you can explore by college, by interest, and alphabetically!
If you’re unsure what program you need to be in, but you have a good idea of what you want to do, or what classes you’d like to take, you can talk with an advisor to learn more about your options. This is especially helpful if you are pairing an uncommon major and minor, or crossing colleges (an Arts and Sciences Major with Speech and Hearing Minor). For those kinds of special cases, or just to learn more about what is available to you, talk with your college’s advisor or the advisor for the department you’re interested in (i.e. College of Arts and Sciences advisor, or a Psychology advisor). You can also ask your friends to see what advice has been given to them from fellow students, professors, and advisors!
4. Run Audit
Once you’ve narrowed down what kind of program you’re interested in, choose the “Run Selected Program” option and fill out the required information. This includes what college your program is in (such as Education, Fine Arts, or Arts and Sciences). Then you can choose your major. Note that nothing will pop up if you don’t first choose a college; also, all the options are in abbreviations (i.e. CLST-LANG for Classical Studies with a Language concentration). If you’re unsure what an abbreviation stands for, you can look through the UNM Course Catalog. The degree section most commonly only has one option to choose from based on the information you provide for your college and major, however, for majors in the College of Arts and Science, you have to choose between a BA (Bachelor of Arts) and BS (Bachelor of Science). This is usually determined by which major and minor you plan to take (two science programs result in a BS, and a science with an art program results in a BA). Once all the fields are filled, run your audit! Click “View Audit” in black to see your results.
5. Core and University Requirements
The first seven choices with drop-down tabs will fall under University Requirements. UNM requires that all students be admitted to a degree granting college (which happens after you declare a major with your advisor and you meet that college’s preadmission requirements). UNM also requires a minimum of 120 credit hours to graduate with a bachelor’s degree and a cumulative GPA of 2.00. A diversity course of 3 credit hours, and a variety of other core classes that roughly total to 37 credit hours are required (more information here).
6. Xs and Checks
The final thing to understand is which requirements you still need to fulfill in order to obtain the degree you chose.
- Red X’s mean there is still unmet requirements in that section
- Lighter green with three dots means after you complete your classes in progress, you will meet that section requirement.
- Green check marks mean you have completed all required courses for that section
Pay close attention to what each of your drop-down tabs are labeled to ensure that your major and minor are correctly represented in your audit. Generally, majors require 36 credit hours while minors require 18 credit hours; these numbers are estimates, please check your degree plan for more specific information. If you notice that your minor seems to be more than 18 credit hours, talk with an advisor to ensure your minor wasn’t accidentally entered as a second major. If you notice any other little quirks, or if you’re curious about what classes might meet multiple requirements, schedule an appointment with an advisor, or email firstname.lastname@example.org using your UNM email account.
KC is a junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Criminology.
Crystal is studying Emergency Medicine and Psychology.