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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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TRANSFER CREDIT  

Accepted Courses for Transfer

Advanced Placement (AP) Program

The Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) allows students to take advanced work while in high school and then be examined for credit at the college level. Students who take advanced placement courses and subsequently receive scores of 4 or 5 on the CEEB Advanced Placement Examination are generally given college credit for lower-level courses in which they have demonstrated proficiency. With some exceptions, credit is also granted for scores of 3 plus a course grade of A or A- in the second semester course for the corresponding subject. Refer to the following chart for general information, and consult with your advisor to determine how the credit can be applied to your specific degree program. Original, official score reports must be submitted to the Office of Admissions for credit award consideration.

Advanced Placement Program Requirements (AP) chart  

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB), available at select high schools, is a rigorous, pre-university course of study emphasizing liberal arts from an international perspective.

In accordance with HB 03-1108, CU Denver will grant at minimum 24 semester hours of credit for any student who has graduated from high school having successfully completed an International Baccalaureate diploma program with a minimum score of 4 on each exam. Credit may be granted for most, but not all, individual IB courses where examinations are completed with at least a score of 4 for students who do not complete an IB diploma program. Refer to the following chart for general information, and consult with your advisor to determine how the credit can be applied to your specific degree program.  Original, official IB transcripts with exam scores must be submitted to the Office of Admissions for credit award consideration.

International Baccalaureate (IB) chart  

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Incoming students may earn university credit by examination in some subject areas in which they have demonstrated college-level proficiency. Interested students may take approved examinations through the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) of the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) testing service.

Acceptable CLEP examinations and credit awards are outlined in the following chart.  Original, official CLEP score reports must be submitted to the Office of Admissions for credit award consideration.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) chart  

SCHOOL/COLLEGE SPECIFIC POLICY

College of Engineering and Applied Science

Students may earn credit through certain College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations, provided that they score at the 50th percentile or above. CLEP credit may be applied toward graduation if comparable to CU Denver coursework included in the College of Engineering curriculum. Official CLEP score reports are required for transfer credit consideration.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The use of CLEP subject examinations toward major, minor or certificate requirements is subject to a separate evaluation by the faculty advisor in the department or program. To receive academic credit from CLEP, students must present official test results to the Denver Campus Office of Admissions. A maximum of 30 hours of CLEP credit will count toward the degree.

Military Service and Schooling

To have credit for educational experiences evaluated, applicants with military experience will be required to submit the DD-214 to the Office of Veterans Student Services.  Applicants should also submit the Smart Transcript and official Dantes Subject Standard Test (DSST) score reports (if applicable) to the Office of Admissions for additional credit consideration.  For students with other military credit for which a separate transcript is issued, such as Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) or Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS), official transcripts should be sent to the Office of Admissions.

It is the policy of CU Denver to award transfer credit for military courses and/or military service based on the recommendations of the American Council on Education (ACE)’s Guide to the Evaluation of Education Experiences in the Armed Services, provided such credit is generally applicable to CU Denver programs of study. For DSST exams, only upper level credit as recommended by the ACE guide is considered in transfer.  For military transcripts such as CCAF and AARTS, transfer credit is considered on the same basis as transcripts from traditional collegiate institutions.

Upon review of the DD-214, either elective or core course credit will be awarded based on ACE recommendations. Specifically, three credits of lower division Social Science core credits will be granted for prior service members who attended basic training (all services), and three credits of lower division humanities core credits will be awarded to those who have completed a Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Academy (all services). Elective Credit is based on either rank at time of separation or length of service, six elective credits will be awarded for the rate of enlisted 4 (E4) or lower, or one enlistment (four years) or less.  Twelve elective credits will be granted to those who held the rate of Enlisted 5 (E5) or higher, or more than one term of service (five years or more).

The applicability of electives is determined by the student’s major and/or college.  Proficiency credit (requirement will be waived, credit will not be awarded) for International Perspectives is available for military related students who served at least six months of an overseas deployment.  The language requirement will also be waived for students who attended an official Military Language Training Institute of 6 months or more.  In addition, the Business Experiential Learning Requirement will be waived for prior military members. 

For any questions or further information regarding military credit transfer, please contact the CU Denver Office of Veteran Student Services at 303.556.2745 (DD-214 credit consideration).

Other University of Colorado Campus Coursework

A current CU Denver student is allowed to take courses at other University of Colorado campuses.  Those campuses include Boulder and Colorado Springs. However, courses taken at another University of Colorado campus are subject to various transfer rules as stated below:

  • When the course is taken, all coursework needs to be submitted to the Office of Admissions
  • Courses will be calculated in to the CU Denver cumulative GPA
  • Course subject codes and numbering are subject to change due to the different curriculum taught at the various campuses.  In other words, courses will not be transferred as equivalencies.

SCHOOL/COLLEGE SPECIFIC POLICY

College of Architecture and Planning

BS Architecture students must have the written approval of the BS Architecture director or undergraduate academic advisor to register for courses (excluding MSUD pooled courses) offered by other institutions, including other University of Colorado locations. Credit will not be given for courses taken without approval. Grades of C or better must be earned to receive the undergraduate bachelor degree credit. Generally, only non-architecture electives or lower-division, non-architecture requirements are acceptable for transfer from other institutions once a student has been admitted to the BS Architecture Program. Students who, after admission to the college, take more than 12 semester hours from another institution, must reapply for admission to the college as transfer students and must meet the current admission requirements.

The maximum number of credit hours applied to individual architecture major requirements from transfer coursework must not exceed the number of credit hours given to its equivalent CU Denver course. Excess credit hours from architecture-related transfer coursework will not count toward the 120 credit hours needed for the BS Architecture degree.

College of Arts & Media

Students should consult a CAM advisor in advance at CAMadvising@ucdenver.edu to determine how courses from other University of Colorado campuses may complete degree requirements at CU Denver.

Business students must have the written approval of the business program director to register for courses (excluding MSCD pooled courses) offered by other institutions, including other University of Colorado locations. Credit will not be given for courses taken without approval. Grades of C or better must be earned to receive business degree credit. Generally, only nonbusiness electives or lower-division, nonbusiness requirements are acceptable for transfer from other institutions once a student has been admitted to the Business School. Students who, after admission to the college, take more than 12 semester hours from another institution, must reapply for admission to the college as transfer students and must meet the current admission requirements.

College of Engineering and Applied Science

Transfers between campuses of the University of Colorado should be carefully planned to avoid loss of academic credit. Courses and credits required for engineering degrees vary from campus to campus; therefore, students should plan as far ahead as possible. An advisor can help choose the right courses. Such planning should also include contacting the engineering department to which the student plans to transfer at least one semester before the transfer is planned. The transfer student must have at least a 2.0 GPA for 30 hours of credit toward an engineering degree to be eligible to transfer. A higher GPA may be required to transfer directly into the College of Engineering and Applied Science. In general, calculus, physics and chemistry courses will transfer for full credit. In addition, 12 semester hours of humanities and social sciences electives will usually transfer for full credit. Fundamental computing courses may be unique by campus and should be checked with the campus to which the student is transferring. Any minimum academic preparation standards (MAPS) deficiencies should be eliminated before transferring.

Resubmitting AP/IB/CLEP/Transfer Coursework

All AP, IB, CLEP, and transfer coursework will need to be resubmitted through the Office of Admissions upon completion of courses to the University of Colorado campus in which the student wishes to enroll. This process is necessary to ensure that credit will be awarded to the student at the appropriate campus.

International Coursework

Study Abroad Coursework

Current CU Denver students are encouraged to participate in the various study abroad programs offered through the Office of International Affairs. Prior to leaving, a Course Approval Form is submitted to an academic or major advisor for approval for courses taken during the program. Final transcripts will need to be sent to the Office of Global Education. Once all prior approved courses are reviewed, credits will be transferred to the University as pass/fail credit. The student will receive credit for any courses with a passing (P) grade. However, students with a failing (F) grade will not receive credit for the courses taken.

SCHOOL/COLLEGE SPECIFIC POLICY

Business School

Transfer credit from study abroad programs requires prior written approval from the undergraduate or graduate program director. Students must meet with a business staff advisor to determine course acceptability prior to the semester in which they intend to study abroad. Information on the various programs is available at the Office of International Affairs.

Courses Not Accepted for Transfer

Developmental, remedial, religious doctrinal, religious training, single religion, outdoor leadership, student orientation, internship and cooperative education courses are not accepted in transfer. Vocational/technical courses, life experience and work experience are not accepted in initial transfer but exceptions may be granted by the dean responsible for the student’s curriculum. Independent Study, Special Topics and other experiential learning programs that lack catalog descriptions are not accepted in initial transfer but may be reviewed for transfer consideration by the corresponding academic department. Students wishing to appeal transfer credit decisions should contact their school or college advisor. Except for developmental/remedial courses, academic departments make final decisions on transfer credit appeals.

SCHOOL/COLLEGE SPECIFIC POLICY

College of Engineering and Applied Science

No credit toward any degree in engineering will be given for algebra, trigonometry or precalculus mathematics (MATH 1110, 1120 and 1130).

Courses on basic subjects such as mathematics or physics may be acceptable for direct transfer of credit if they were taught as part of an accredited program for all students and were not specifically designated for engineering technology students. Engineering technology courses (courses with technology designations) will not be considered for transfer into an engineering degree program. Students may seek credit for course work by examination.

Appeals Process

Transfer credit that was not originally accepted by the Office of Admissions may be appealed through the student’s advisor.  Most commonly, a copy of the syllabus will be requested from the student.  If it is an international course, the syllabus will need to be in English.  Once the student’s petition is approved, the advisor will request that the course be accepted by the Office of Admissions.

SCHOOL/COLLEGE SPECIFIC POLICY

College of Arts & Media

If certain courses are not initially accepted by the Office of Admissions, the student and advisor can discuss the petition process for accepting these courses. If the student’s petition is approved, the advising office will request that the Office of Admissions accept the course(s) in transfer.

College of Engineering and Applied Science

All requests for consideration of transfer credit and its application toward a degree in Engineering and Applied Science must be submitted prior to the student’s last two semesters at the Denver campus.

Minimum Transfer Standards  (*updated 8/1/2014)

Student course work of comparable content and scope to that of CU Denver curriculum will be considered for transfer credit if it was completed at a college or university with regional accreditation.  If coursework was completed at an institution not regionally accredited, the student may specifically request that credit be considered in transfer by initiating a review process which begins with the student’s academic advisor. Only courses in which a grade of C- or better (1.7) was earned are considered for transfer. Courses in which a grade of Pass (P) was earned are considered for transfer only if a grade of Pass at the sending institution is defined as a C- or better. Courses identified on transcripts as State of Colorado guaranteed transfer courses (gtPathways) are always accepted in transfer (with C- or better grades) and applied to degree requirements per gtPathways guidelines.

The Office of Admissions considers course work for general transfer regardless of the age of the academic credit. Certain departments, however, have specific age of credit policies for applying credit to degree requirements and for meeting prerequisites.  State guaranteed general education courses will be accepted in transfer and applied to graduation requirements for a period of at least 10 years after course completion as outlined in gtPathways guidelines.

Quarter vs. Semester Hour Conversion

The Denver and Anschutz campuses of the University of Colorado are on a semester system.  Any students who transfer from a quarter based institution will experience a difference in earned credit here at this university. To satisfy the University wide Core requirements, 4 quarter hours or 2.7 semester hours will need to be completed.  Below is the conversion of quarter hours to semester hours. 

1 quarter hour = 0.67 semester hours

*Maximum Number of Transfer Credit Hours Accepted

Community/Junior College Credit

Effective summer semester 2004, the University of Colorado Denver I Anschutz Medical Campus will accept a maximum of 60 transferable community and/or junior college semester credit hours. (In this policy, “credit hours” refers to semester credit hours. Quarter hour credits submitted for transfer will be converted to semester hours.) The 60 credit hour limit will include University of Colorado Denver I Anschutz Medical Campus courses taken at community colleges via inter-institutional registration.

If a student has completed more than 60 transferable credit hours, all credit hours will be listed on the transfer credit evaluation report. A “negative adjustment” of credit hours will be made using the degree audit tool, so that no more than 60 credit hours will be applied to the University degree. Advisors may select the most relevant 60 transferable credit hours to apply to degree requirements from among all transferable courses. Advisors make these determinations in consultation with the student after admission.

If a student has been admitted to the University and transferred 60 or more credit hours, s/he may not return later to a community college and transfer in additional credit hours.

The 60 credit hour transfer limit does not apply if a school or college in the University has signed an articulation agreement allowing transfer of credit in excess of 60 credit hours. An example of this exemption is the articulation agreement with other Colorado public two-year and four-year higher education institutions in effect with the University of Colorado | Anschutz Medical Campus College of Nursing and its RN to BS program option.

Four-Year College/University Credit

Effective summer semester 2004, the University of Colorado Denver I Anschutz Medical Campus will accept a maximum of 90 transferable semester credit hours (1) from other four-year colleges and/or universities, or (2) from a combination of two and four-year institutions, but no more than 60 transferable credit hours from community/junior colleges.

If a student has completed more than 90 transferable credit hours, all credit hours will be listed on the transfer credit evaluation report. A “negative adjustment” of credit hours will be made using the degree audit tool, so that no more than 90 credit hours can be applied to the University degree. Advisors may select the most relevant 90 credit hours to apply to degree requirements from among all transferable courses in consultation with the student. Additionally, schools/colleges may be required to limit the number of transferable credit hours to a specific degree program to less than 90 credits, based on accreditation, CCHE or other regulatory requirements.

Course work completed at other campuses in the University of Colorado System is part of the student’s cumulative university record and is not considered transfer credit. However, the applicability of this coursework toward specific University degree requirements is determined solely by University colleges and schools. External transfer credit previously presented by a student to other University of Colorado campuses is evaluated by the relevant college/school upon the student’s enrollment in a degree program at the University of Colorado Denver I Anschutz Medical Campus.

Transferable Courses

Not all courses taken at another college or university are transferable. In order to be considered for transfer, courses must be: (1) academic, rather than remedial, technical or based on life experience; (2) must have a minimum GPA of C- (1.7 on a 4.0 scale); (3) must originate from a regionally accredited institution or, for courses taken outside the United States, must have its institutional accreditation verified and approved by the International Admissions Office; and (4) be within the allowable time limits. If coursework was completed at a school not regionally accredited, a student may request that their University college/school consider the coursework for acceptance. Students are advised to check with the Admissions Office to identify which of the courses they have taken will be transferable and to check with their college/school to find out which AP, CLEP, Dantes and IB credits may be counted in their program.

SCHOOL/COLLEGE SPECIFIC POLICY

Business School

The Business School generally limits its transfer of business course credits to those that are comparable to lower-division business courses at CU Denver. Students who have taken upper-division business courses from an Association for Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accredited business program may request review of these courses for possible transfer by contacting the Business School advising office. All courses taken in the business area of emphasis must be completed at CU Denver.

For students newly admitted to the Business School and former business students readmitted to the school after an absence of three semesters, applicable credits up to five years old will be counted toward business degree requirements. Courses more than five years old will be evaluated individually for their current relevance to the degree program. Students may be required to update their knowledge by taking additional courses when past courses are outdated; in such cases, credit will be given for both courses. Generally, business courses more than 8 years old will not apply toward degree credit.

College of Engineering and Applied Science

The College of Engineering and Applied Science, in general, requires that engineering course transfer credit must come from an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited engineering program to be acceptable for degree purposes. Engineering technology courses are not considered equivalent to engineering courses.

Transferring to CU Denver as a New or Current Student

After all official transcripts have been received and the student is admitted as a degree-seeking student, the Office of Admissions prepares a transfer credit report indicating which courses have been accepted in general transfer by CU Denver.  After this report has been completed, the student is notified and directed to contact his/her academic advisor who will determine how transferred credit applies to specific degree requirements, sometimes using automated systems and with assistance from academic departments.  Academic units make all final decisions regarding application of transfer credit to degree requirements. Transfer credit evaluations are valid only for degree programs offered entirely at the Denver campus.

Courses are accepted in initial transfer to CU Denver and applied to graduation requirements at the same level as listed on the transcript from the sending institution.  Transfer courses that have similar content to specific CU Denver courses, but are listed on transcripts at a different level, may be substituted on a content basis for CU Denver courses upon approval from the academic unit.  Such courses, however, apply to overall requirements at the level listed by the sending institution unless an exception has been granted.  Only undergraduate courses are considered in transfer.

SCHOOL/COLLEGE SPECIFIC POLICY

College of Arts & Media

CAM degree programs involve carefully structured sequences of course work, designed to build student knowledge, skills, and dispositions toward academic, artistic and professional outcomes. Students interested in transferring to pursue a CAM degree should contact a CAM advisor in advance at CAMadvising@ucdenver.edu to plan out their transfer credits and subsequent University of Colorado Denver course work. As part of this discussion, CAM advisors can help students determine the best semester at which to transfer, taking into consideration each student’s desired timeline toward graduation and program requirements.

Pooled Courses at Metropolitan State University of Denver

Certain courses in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Arts & Media have been pooled with similar courses at Metropolitan State College of Denver (Metro State). Metro State pooled courses will not be included in the University of Colorado GPA. Metro State courses will appear on the University of Colorado transcript and will count in hours toward graduation. See an academic advisor for approval.

gtPathways Curriculum

The Colorado Department of Higher Education oversees the Guaranteed Transfer (gtPathways) program, which provides for guaranteed transfer, and more importantly, guaranteed application of credit toward lower division general education credit requirements at Colorado public institutions of higher education. All gtPathways approved courses undergo statewide faculty review, and all lower division CU Denver Core courses are gtPathways approved. Please see the list of Core courses for their gtPathways content area.

Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreements

In compliance with Colorado’s Statewide Transfer Policy, students may transfer credit from a Colorado community college on a course-by-course basis or by completing an associate of arts (AA) or associate of science (AS) degree. Students who complete an AA/AS degree may be guaranteed full transfer of the associate degree (60 credits maximum).

The guaranteed transfer program applies only to students who began Colorado community college studies in fall 2003 or later and who meet the following requirements:

  • complete an AA/AS degree, which includes 31 credits of state-guaranteed general education courses
  • earn credit only at Colorado community colleges within the last 10 years
  • earn a grade of C- or better in each course

Statewide articulation agreements are in place governing transfer of students from Colorado community colleges into programs in anthropology, business, economics, elementary education teacher licensure, engineering, French, history, mathematics, political science, psychology, sociology and Spanish.

Transfer advising plans for Colorado Community College students are available from the Office of Admissions and at www.ucdenver.edu/admissions. In addition, an admissions representative can assist students with planning a transfer program of study. Representatives regularly visit Colorado community colleges. Call the Office of Admissions at 303-556-2704 or e-mail admissions@ucdenver.edu for additional information.

SCHOOL/COLLEGE SPECIFIC POLICY

College of Engineering and Applied Science

The College of Engineering and Applied Science has formal transfer agreements with all Colorado community colleges, including the following Denver metro-area community colleges:

Arapahoe Community College (Littleton)-303-794-1550
Community College of Aurora-303-360-4790
Community College of Denver-303-556-2600
Front Range Community College (Westminster)-303-466-8811
Red Rocks Community College (Lakewood)-303-988-6160

Students interested in transferring should contact the engineering department to which they plan to transfer and the respective community college counseling office at the phone number indicated above.