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    University of Colorado Denver
  Jan 19, 2018
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog

About CU Denver

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Welcome to Colorado’s public urban research university,

where a diverse student body through quality academics, ambitious research and creative work, and community engagement in the city we call home. We are CU in the city.

Your success is our #1 priority. At CU Denver, you will benefit from:

Academic choices-More than 100 high-quality, in-demand degree programs in seven schools and colleges, leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees; hands-on learning opportunities, including work in research labs, service learning, study abroad and work study;

Powerful connections-To partnerships, projects, internships and career opportunities in downtown Denver; to the vibrant arts and culture scene at our front door; and to a network of influential alumni who are leaders in Denver’s civic, nonprofit and business communities;

Outstanding location-Access to a vibrant, safe urban lifestyle; resources and support to develop innovative solutions to complex local and global issues; and opportunities to build your skills in the city ranked by Forbes as the #1 Best Place for Business and Careers.

CU Denver is a place of academic excellence, where you will gain the powerful combination of immersive classroom and project-based experiences that are in demand today. Here you will meet gifted faculty, experts in their field, dedicated to student success, academic excellence and the real-world applications of their research and creative work. You’ll interact with fellow students who are diverse, goal-oriented and energetic. Whether you engage in undergraduate or graduate studies, the University of Colorado Denver degree earns global respect and you can be confident that you will have been well-prepared for the next stage of your work or academic life.

It’s a privilege to have you join us.

Dorothy A. Horrell, PhD

Executive Team

Dorothy A. Horrell, PhD
Chancellor, University of Colorado Denver
BS, Colorado State University
M.Ed, Colorado State University
PhD, Colorado State University

Donald M. Elliman Jr.
Chancellor, CU Anschutz Medical Campus
BA, Middlebury College

Roderick Nairn, PhD
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs
BSc, University of Strathclyde (Scotland)
PhD, University of London (England)

Brenda Allen, PhD
Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion
BA, Case Western Reserve University
MA, Howard University
PhD, Howard University

Scott Arthur
Vice Chancellor for Advancement, CU Anschutz Medical Campus
BA, Otterbein College
MNM, Western Reserve University

Raul Cardenas, PhD
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
BA, Pepperdine University
MA, Northern Arizona University
PhD, Arizona State University

Terri Carrothers
Senior Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance
BS, University of Phoenix

Luella Chavez D’Angelo
Vice Chancellor for Enterprise Development
BA, University of New Mexico
MBA, University of New Mexico

Leanna Clark
Vice Chancellor for University Communications
BS, University of Colorado Boulder

John Reilly, MD
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Dean, School of Medicine
AB, Dartmouth College
MD, Harvard Medical School

Jennifer Sobanet
Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance, CU Denver
BS, Marshall University
MA and MBA, University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School

Richard Traystman, PhD
Vice Chancellor for Research
MS, Long Island University
PhD, The Johns Hopkins University

Andrea Wagner
Vice Chancellor for Advancement, CU Denver
BA, University of Colorado Boulder
MA, University of Colorado Denver

University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus

Note:  This catalog provides course listings only for CU Denver, one of the two campuses that make up the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus was formed July 1, 2004 by the consolidation of two established campuses in the University of Colorado system. The university joins the strengths of a comprehensive campus in downtown Denver with the research and advanced health care programs on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz) in Aurora. Educating more than 14,000 students at CU Denver plus nearly 4,300 students in health sciences programs at CU Anschutz, the consolidated entity is one of the nation’s top public urban research universities.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus offers a unique experience for students. CU Denver is in the heart of the city-the business, cultural and political capital of the West. CU Anschutz, in nearby Aurora, is among the nation’s newest health sciences campuses, where discoveries in the lab and in the clinic transform medical treatments into cures.

More and more undergraduates are discovering the value of classes in the city taught by professors who are connected to local companies and organizations. New housing adjacent to campus, easy commuting by RTD Light Rail and discounts to cultural and sporting events give students many options for immersion in vibrant city life. In addition, affiliations with research labs and hospitals at CU Anschutz make CU Denver an excellent place to start a health care career.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus enrolls students from 50 states and 67 countries, and awards more graduate degrees than any other university in Colorado. It is known for its programs in urban sustainability, criminal justice, business, education, applied science and engineering, film and music industry as well as a full array of health professional programs at CU Anschutz. The graduate student population is a diverse mix of ages and ethnicities, creating a rich environment for learning and networking.

Other reasons why students choose the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus:

  • Small class sizes: average undergraduate student-to-teacher ratio is 16:1.
  • The Denver vibe: Colorado has always attracted the adventurous. Denver ranks as #1 Best Place to Live (U.S. News & World Report), with an extensive network of bike trails and quick access to mountain sports. CU Denver is adjacent to a thriving arts district.
  • Collaborative culture: Cross-disciplinary learning and research is a core value: programs blend technology with health care, business with public policy, and behavioral health with architecture.
  • Choices: With 13 schools and colleges offering more than 140 degree programs, the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medial Campus is a major university for the coming century.

CU Denver

Colorado’s only public urban research university, CU Denver offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in the heart of the city through seven distinct academic units:

College of Architecture and Planning 
College of Arts & Media (CAM) 
Business School 
School of Education & Human Development 
College of Engineering and Applied Science 
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
School of Public Affairs  

CU Anschutz Medical Campus-Aurora


In achieving its mission of education, research, patient care and community service, the Anschutz Medical Campus offers degree programs through six schools and colleges:

School of Dental Medicine
Graduate School
School of Medicine
College of Nursing
School of Pharmacy
Colorado School of Public Health

Contact the individual school or program coordinator for details.

Mission, Vision and Values


The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a diverse teaching and learning community that creates, discovers and applies knowledge to improve the health and well-being of Colorado and the world.


By 2020, The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus will be a leading public university with a global reputation for excellence in learning, research and creativity, community engagement and clinical care.


To be a university greater than the sum of its parts, the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus embraces excellence in:

Learning and Scholarship
The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus respects academic freedom and the rigorous quest for knowledge and understanding. We share knowledge and foster student success through a continuous process of inquiry, critical thinking, reflection, collaboration and application.

Discovery and Innovation
The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus fosters an energetic, collaborative and creative environment where we develop and employ new ideas and technologies. Our entrepreneurial culture enables us to expand the frontiers of knowledge and human experience.

Health and Care of Mind, Body and Community
The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus enriches the well-being and sustainability of communities and our cultural, living and natural environments. We promote healthy lifestyles, prevent, diagnose and treat disease and deliver high-quality and compassionate health care.

Diversity, Respect and Inclusiveness
The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus seeks the richness that an increasing diversity of our communities brings to our learning, research and service endeavors. Our common humanity leads us to create an inclusive and respectful ethos characterized by caring, empathy, compassion, nurturing, collegiality and mentoring.

Citizenship and Leadership
The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus serves Colorado and the world as a recognized source of talent, knowledge, informed judgment, exemplary health care and professional practice. We are responsible stewards of the resources entrusted to us and utilize them with integrity for the betterment of our community.

Details about the mission, vision, values and strategic plan for the university are available at:

University of Colorado System

The University of Colorado is a system of four campuses located in Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver and Aurora. With combined total enrollments of over 60,000 students, the University of Colorado system consistently ranks in the top 15 among public universities and colleges in overall research expenditures and seventh among public universities in federally funded research. Awards for research within the system total more than $920 million, with funding provided by federal agencies, appropriations from the state of Colorado and private foundations and donors.

Board of Regents

John Carson
District 6
term expires 2021

Glen Gallegos
District 3
term expires 2019

Heidi Ganahl
At Large
term expires 2023

Irene C. Griego, Vice Chair
District 7
term expires 2021

Kyle Hybl, Chair
District 5
term expires 2019

Jack Kroll
District 1
term expires 2023

Stephen Ludwig
At Large
term expires 2019

Sue Sharkey
District 4
term expires 2017

Linda Shoemaker
District 2
term expires 2021

History and Evolution of the University of Colorado Denver

1876 Legislature founds the University of Colorado
1883 Medical department opens with two students
1898 CU establishes School of Nursing
1912 CU organizes the Department of Correspondence and Extension in Denver
1913 CU establishes School of Pharmacy
1925 CU dedicates 9th and Colorado Blvd. medical center
1956 Regents purchase Tramway Building for Extension Division
1965 Regents change extension name to University of Colorado-Denver Center
1972 CU-Denver Center changes name to University of Colorado at Denver
1973 School of Dentistry enrolls its first class; state begins building Auraria Campus
1974 CU reorganizes as a four-campus system
1988 CU-Denver moves into the 257,000 square-foot North Classroom Building on the Auraria Campus
1992 School of Pharmacy moves from Boulder to Health Sciences Center
1995 Government conveys 217 acres at the Fitzsimons Army Base to CU for modern health sciences facility
2000 First new and remodeled facilities open at Fitzsimons
2004 Regents consolidate CU Denver and Health Sciences Center to form the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center
2006 Fitzsimons campus renamed Anschutz Medical Campus
2007 Regents approve shortened version of the name: University of Colorado Denver
2008 Medical, dental, pharmacy and nursing students start classes, Colorado School of Public Health enrolls first students on the Anschutz Medical Campus
2011 Regents approve name change, to University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus


The University of Colorado Denver is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The commission can be contacted at:

230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
Telephone: 1-800-621-7440

Many professional organizations have also granted accreditation to specific academic programs, colleges and schools at the Denver Campus, including:

  • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
  • Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business-International
  • Colorado State Board of Education
  • Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
  • Council for the Accreditation for Educator Preparation
  • Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board
  • National Architectural Accrediting Board
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
  • Planning Accreditation Board

Academic Programs

CU Denver is devoted to the needs of the residents of the city and the region. A solid foundation of academic and general education is assured through a comprehensive core curriculum. Students may pursue graduate education through all of the campus’ colleges and schools. Pre-professional training in the fields of education, architecture, law, journalism and health careers is also available. Complete listings of areas of study available on the Denver Campus are available in the Programs  section of the catalog.

The colleges and schools sections of this catalog provide information on bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, policies on requirements for graduation, course requirements, course-load policies, course descriptions and similar information.

Continuing and Professional Education

The Division of Continuing and Professional Education offers complete degree programs, certificate/certification courses, professional development programs, precollegiate outreach programs and personal enrichment courses across the state of Colorado. Courses are offered in a variety of formats, including traditional on-campus, off-campus, online, hybrid, weekend, evening, short and condensed courses and many others.

Registration and tuition varies by school or college. Contact the specific school or college to learn about current program and course offerings, or send an inquiry to

About Our Students

The diversity of our student body is a source of deep pride. Ethnic minority students make up 34 percent of the student population. Classes include traditional students who have elected to pursue college degrees immediately after high school, transfer students, students who have delayed college entry and professionals who seek to strengthen their base of skills or broaden their appreciation of the world.

With students’ ages ranging between 13 and 77, the average undergraduate student age at CU Denver is 24, while our graduate students average 32. They represent a distinctive mix of ages and backgrounds. All take advantage of the convenience of course offerings at times that meet their schedules, enjoying an enviable student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1.

Related Organizations

Alumni Association

Mailing Address: 1380 Lawrence Street Center, Suite 1325, Denver, CO 80204 (this is a mailing address)
Telephone: 303-315-2333
Fax: 303-315-2332

The University of Colorado Denver Alumni Association seeks to engage all alumni in the life of the University and with each other through advocacy, philanthropy, career networking, and lifelong learning. Founded in 1976, the CU Denver Alumni Association is represented by a board of alumni from each school and college and works with University staff from the Office of Advancement to sustain and build a community of more than 88,000 CU Denver graduates. Students automatically become Alumni Association members at graduation and will receive communications, event invitations, and benefits as part of their alumni status.

University of Colorado Denver - Office of University Advancement

Mailing Address: 1380 Lawrence Street, Suite 1325, Denver, CO 80204
Telephone: 303-315-3601
Fax: 303-315-2063

The University of Colorado Denver Office of Development collaborates with faculty, staff, donors, alumni, and friends to raise private support for the university.

CU Denver academic leadership establishes priorities for private support, and gifts are directed to the specific schools, program, or purpose that the donor designates. CU Denver Development fundraisers identify and/or generate interest in the university, assist donors in gift planning, and solicit gifts in collaboration with academic partners and leaders. (Gift funds are managed and invested by the partner University of Colorado Foundation, which also manages the university endowment.)

These gifts endow scholarships and professorships, further research, enrich academic programs, upgrade and construct facilities, and support projects and programs in all areas of the university.


University Quick Facts

CU Denver | Anschutz

Total Enrollment
  • 18,937 students
  • 58% undergraduate
  • 42% graduate/professional                        
  • 76% full time
  • 16% out-of-state residents
  • 6% international students
  • More than 140 degree programs in 13 schools and colleges
  • Bachelor’s
  • Master’s
  • Doctoral
  • First professional

We award more than a quarter of all graduate degrees in the state (2014-15 academic year).

Research Funding
  • More than $400 million in sponsored research annually
  • 108,508 (as of September 2016)
    • 88,618 - Denver Campus
    • 20,328 - Anschutz Medical Campus
  • 69% live in Colorado
CU Denver

Downtown Denver (Speer Boulevard and Larimer Street)

Enrollment (Fall 2016):
  • 14,770 students
  • 10,493Undergraduate
    • 48% male, 52% female
  • 4,277 graduate
    • 44% male, 56% female
  • Incoming Freshmen: 1,474
  • Incoming Transfer: 1,422
  • Incoming Graduate: 875
Student-to-Faculty Ratio:
  • 16-1
Diverse Population:
  • 43% of undergraduates are students of color
  • 57% of new freshmen are students of color
  • Average age of undergraduate students: 23
  • Average age of graduate students: 31
  • Students from 50 states and 66 countries
Average entering ACT score (2016):
  • 22.9 Composite
  • 22.8 English
  • 22.5 Math
Average entering SAT score (2016):
  • 540 Math
  • 537 Verbal
Average high school GPA (2016):
  • 3.4
Schools and Colleges on the CU Denver Campus

College of Architecture and Planning  
College of Arts & Media  
Business School  
School of Education & Human Development  
College of Engineering and Applied Science  
Graduate School
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences  
School of Public Affairs  

Most-enrolled Undergraduate Degree Programs:
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Music
  • Fine Arts
  • Communications
Most-enrolled Graduate Degree Programs:
  • Business Administration
  • Public Administration
  • Counseling
  • Architecture
  • Education and Human Development
Rankings for US News Graduate Programs 2016:
  • School of Public Affairs, Top Schools - 34
  • Environmental Policy and Management - 10
  • Nonprofit Management - 15
  • Public Administration - 24
CU Anschutz

Aurora (Peoria Street and Colfax Avenue)

Enrollment (Fall 2016):
  • 4,167 students
  • 479 undergraduate
    • 15% male, 85% female
  • 3,688 graduate and first professional
    • 33% male, 67% female
Diverse Population (Fall 2016):
  • 24% students of color
  • Average age of graduate and professional students: 30
  • Average age of undergraduate students: 30
Schools and Colleges on the Anschutz Campus:
Anschutz Health and Wellness Center:
  • Offers state-of-the-art research, education and personalized wellness services in one facility.
114 new companies:

Resulting from researcher inventions since 1992-ultimately leading to more than $5.6 billion in financing.

Rankings for US News Graduate/Professional Programs 2016:
  • Health Disciplines
    • Nursing, MS - 23
    • Nurse midwifery - 15
    • Nurse practitioner
      • Family - 17
      • Pediatrics -8
    • Physical Therapy -MS, PhD - 15
    • Pharmacy, PharmD - 22
    • Physician Assistant, MS, PhD - 5
  • Schools of Medicine
    • Primary care - 11
    • Research - 35
    • Specialties
      • Family medicine - 5
      • Pediatrics - 4
      • Rural Medicine - 6
  • The Sciences
    • Biological sciences: Graduate School, Anschutz Campus - 75
    • Math - 115
    • Statistics - 70

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