Aug 22, 2019  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduation Requirements

CLAS Residence Requirements

Students must earn a minimum of 30 residence semester hours with letter grades in CLAS at CU Denver.

Departments maintain a residence requirement for the major, minor and certificates. Students should consult with a faculty advisor concerning departmental residence requirements.

College GPA

A minimum cumulative CU GPA of 2.0 is required for graduation from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Fulfilling Graduation Requirements

A single course may not fulfill more than two requirements in the following areas: CU Denver Core Curriculum, CLAS Graduation requirements, a major program, a minor program, or a certificate program. A course cannot be utilized to fulfill a CU Denver Core Curriculum requirement and a CLAS Graduation requirement. A course cannot be utilized to fulfill two CLAS Graduation requirements. Individual departments may have additional and/or more stringent program requirements.

Second Bachelor’s Degree

Students who have been awarded a bachelor’s degree (either from the University of Colorado Denver or elsewhere) may be granted a second bachelor’s degree provided that (a) all university and college graduation requirements are met; (b) the major for the second bachelor’s degree is distinctly different from the major for the first; and (c) the college and major department residence requirements are satisfied. A second degree from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will likely require 30 additional semester hours of credit. Students who declare a second degree while completing their first degree will have one academic year (3 semesters) from when they complete their first degree to finish their second degree. If a student does not take classes for more than 3 semesters they must reapply to the university. This rule applies to second degrees only. Students pursuing double majors must complete requirements for both majors at the time of graduation, in order to earn a double major. Exceptions to these guidelines and policies may be petitioned to the appropriate CLAS Associate Dean.

Major Department 

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science majors require a minimum of 30 semester hours and no more than 56* semester hours in the major subject code (major discipline). Interdisciplinary and individually structured majors are exceptions.

*Note: Courses applying to CU Denver Core Intellectual Competency requirements (English Composition I & II andMathematics) are not included in this calculation.

Upper-Division Requirements

A minimum of 45 semester hours of upper-division work must be completed.

A minimum of 16 upper division semester hours are required in the major subject code. Interdisciplinary and individually structure majors are exceptions.

The Minor

Minors require a minimum of 15 semester hours (may be interdisciplinary).

A minimum of 6 upper division semester hours are required (may be interdisciplinary).

Minors require a minimum of 9 semester hours in residency.

Minimum GPA and allowable grades: 2.0 minimum minor GPA, including at least 12 semester hours with C or higher grades.

The Certificate

Undergraduate certificates require a minimum of 12 semester hours (may be interdisciplinary).

A minimum of 6 upper division semester hours are required.

Because a certificate is a CU certification of a student’s specialized knowledge in an advanced subject matter, all courses in a certificate program are expected to be taken in residency at CU Denver.

A minimum certificate GPA of 2.0 with no course below a C is required for an undergraduate certificate.


A maximum of 9 semester hours of internship credit can apply toward the 120 semester hour graduation requirement.

Independent Study

A maximum of 12 semester hours of independent can apply toward the 120 semester hour graduation requirement.

Physical Education

A maximum of 8 semester hours of Physical Education can apply toward the 120 semester hour graduation requirement.


Courses used to satisfy major, minor, certificate, or CLAS Communicative Skills and Foreign Languages Graduationrequirements cannot be taken on a pass/fail basis.

No more than 6 semester hours pass/fail are allowed in any one semester. A maximum of 16 semester hours taken as pass/fail is allowed toward the 120 semester hours applied toward graduation.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The use of CLEP subject examinations toward major, minor or certificate requirements is subject to evaluation by the faculty advisor in the department or program, when an exact equivalency has not been determined, and is treated in a similar way as IB, AP or transfer credit. 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.

CLAS Graduation Requirements

Courses that are already being applied to the CU Denver Core Curriculum may not be applied toward the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Graduation requirements. A course can be utilized to fulfill a CLAS Graduation requirement and a major, minor, or certificate requirement.

Communicative Skills (3 semester hours)

One course in communicative skills from the following list, with a minimum grade of C-:

Foreign Language- Second semester proficiency (0-10 semester hours)

Students must demonstrate foreign language proficiency through:

  • A second-semester-level course with a minimum grade of C- (1.70) or
  • Satisfactory proficiency testing. No college credit is earned for a passing score on a proficiency test. or
  • Completion of a second-year/level II high school course with a minimum grade of C- (1.70) in the secondsemester of the second-year or later. No college credit is earned for high school coursework.

Humanities (3 semester hours)

One course from the following:

  • A course with a HIST, HEHM, HUMN, PHIL or RLST prefix
  • An English (ENGL) literature or film course
  • SPAN, FREN, GRMN, or CHIN culture or literature course. Students may not use a language course to satisfy thisrequirement.
  • ETST 2155

Behavioral Sciences (3 semester hours)

One course with an ANTH, COMM, or PSYC subject code, except ANTH 1303, ANTH 3301, ANTH 3512, and PSYC 2220.

Social Sciences (3 semester hours)

One course with an ECON, ETST, GEOG, PBHL, PSCI, or SOCY subject code, except ETST 2155, GEOG 1202, GEOG 3232and GEOG 3240. Also allowed are ENVS 1342 and SJUS 2000.

Biological and Physical Sciences, Mathematics (3-4 semester hours)

One course in BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, PHYS, or MATH, except MATH 3040. If you have only taken one Biological and Physical Science course with a lab for the CU Denver Core Biological and Physical Science requirement, the course used for this requirement MUST have a lab. Also allowed are ANTH 1303, ANTH 3301 and ANTH 3512; ENVS 1042; GEOG 1202, GEOG 3232 and GEOG 3240; or PSYC2220.

Total Semester Hours of CLAS Graduation Requirements: 15-26


Complete all requirements associated with your individual major.