Feb 28, 2020  
2010-2011 Denver Campus Catalog 
2010-2011 Denver Campus Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

UC Denver Core Curriculum and CLAS Graduation Requirements (current as of January 2010)


Philosophy of the core: The core curriculum of the Denver Campus provides all UC Denver undergraduate students a high-quality general education based on a liberal arts foundation, while allowing students flexibility based on their individual backgrounds and specific career goals. A goal of the UC Denver Core Curriculum is to engage students in developing sensitivity to diversity and developing their place in an urban environment as well as in the rapidly changing global environment.


UC Denver Core Curriculum


CLAS Graduation Requirements

         (Take in addition to the University Core)    
Intellectual Competencies 9-10 hours total
Communicative Skills 3 hours 12-13    hours   
Three lower-division courses to develop reading, writing and quantitative proficiency. Specific core mathematics courses may be identified by a program to satisfy requirements in the major. Competency is satisfied by a letter grade of C- or higher in each course. Pass/fail grading is not an option for core.     One course in communicative skills from the following list, with a minimum grade of C-:        
  ENGL 1020. Core Composition I 3 hours   COMM 2050. Business and Professional Speaking   3
  ENGL 2030. Core Composition II 3 hours   COMM 2101. Presentational Speaking   3
        COMM 3120. Technical Communication   3
One mathematics course, chosen from the following: 3-4 hours   ENGL 2154. Introduction to Creative Writing   3
  MATH 1010. Mathematics for the Liberal Arts 3   ENGL 3001. Critical Writing    3
  MATH 1070. Algebra for Social Sciences and Business 3   ENGL 3084. Advanced Composition   3
  MATH 1080. Polynominal Calculus 3   ENGL 3154. Technical Writing   3
  MATH 1110. College Algebra 3   ENGL 3170. Business Writing   3
  MATH 1120. College Trigonometry 3   ENGL 4190. Topics in Rhetoric and Writing   3
  MATH 1130. Precalculus Mathematics 4   PHIL 2441. Logic and Language   3
  MATH 1401. Calculus I 4            
  MATH 2411. Calculus II 4        
  MATH 2421. Calculus III 4        
  MATH 2830. Introductory Statistics 3        
Knowledge Areas 19-22 hours total        
Specific knowledge area core courses may be identified by a program to satisfy requirements in the student’s major. Restricted disciplines have courses that cross knowledge area boundaries and each core course is restricted to one specific area.          
Arts and Humanities  
Foreign Language— Second semester proficiency 0-10 hours 0-10 hours
Two lower division courses outside the knowledge area defined by the student’s major. For students not majoring in either arts or humanities, one course must be from the arts and the second from the humanities.     Students must demonstrate foreign language proficiency through a second-semester-level course (1020) with a minimum grade of C- (1.70), satisfactory proficiency testing or completion of a second-year (Level II) high school course with a minimum grade of C- (1.70).    
  Arts 3 hours        
  FINE 1001. Introduction to Art 3        
  PMUS 1001. Music Appreciation 3        
  THTR 1001. Introduction to Theater 3        
  Humanities 3 hours   Humanities 3 hours 6 hours
  CNST 1000. China and the Chinese 3        
  ENGL 1601. Telling Tales: Narrative Art in Literature and Film 3   One additional course in English literature, history, philosophy, religious studies or French, Spanish or German culture/literature.    
  ENGL 2600. Great Works in British and American Literature 3        
  ETST 2155. African American History 3   ENGL, HIST, FREN, PHIL and SPAN majors may use a course in their major to satisfy this requirement.    
  FREN 1000. Intro. to Cultures of the French-Speaking World 3        
  GRMN 1000. Germany and the Germans 3        
  HIST 1361. U.S. History to 1876 3        
  HIST 1362. U.S. History since 1876 3        
  HIST 1381. Paths to the Present I 3        
  HIST 1382. Paths to the Present II 3        
  PHIL 1012. Introduction to Philosophy 3        
  PHIL 1020. Introduction to Ethics and Society 3        
  PHIL 2441. Logic and Language 3        
  RLST 1610. Introduction to Religious Studies 3        
  RLST 2660. World Religions 3        
  SPAN 1000. Introduction to Cultures of the Spanish-Speaking World 3        
Behavioral and Social Sciences          
Two lower division courses outside the knowledge area defined by the student’s major. For students not majoring in either the behavioral or social sciences, one course must be from the behavioral sciences and one from the social sciences.
  Behavioral Sciences 3 hours   Behavioral Sciences 3 hours 6 hours
  ANTH 1302. Introduction to Archaeology 4   One additional course in psychology, communication or anthropology, EXCEPT: ANTH 1303, 3301 or 3512; PSYC 2220.    
  ANTH 2102. Culture and the Human Experience 3        
  COMM 1011. Fundamentals of Communication 3   ANTH, COMM and PSYC majors majors may use a course in their major to satisfy this requirement.    
  COMM 1021. Fundamentals of Mass Communication 3        
  PSYC 1000. Introduction to Psychology I 3        
  PSYC 1005. Introduction to Psychology II 3        
  Social Sciences 3 hours   Social Sciences 3 hours 6 hours
  ECON 2012. Principles of Economics:Macroeconomics 3   One additional course in economics, ethnic studies, geography, health/behavioral sciences, political science, sociology or ENVS 1342, SJUS 2000, EXCEPT: ENVS 1042; ETST 2155; GEOG 1202, 3232 or 3240.    
  ECON 2022. Principles of Economics:Microeconomics 3        
  ENVS 1342. Introduction to Environment and Society 3   ECON, GEOG, PSCI and SOCY majors may use a course in their major to satisfy this requirement.    
  ETST 2000. Introduction to Ethnic Studies 3        
  GEOG 1102. World Regional Geography 3        
  GEOG 1602. Introduction to Urban Studies 3        
  GEOG 2202. Natural Hazards 3        
  HBSC 2001. Intro. to Community and Population Health Science 3        
  PSCI 1001. Introduction to Political Science: The Quest for Freedom and Justice 3        
  PSCI 1101. American Political System 3        
  SJUS 2000. Democratic Participation and Social Justice 3        
  SOCY 1001. Introduction to Sociology 3        
  SOCY 2462. Introduction to Social Psychology 3        
Biological and Physical Sciences, Mathematics 7-10 hours   Biological and Physical Sciences, Mathematics 3-4   hours 10-14 hours
One lower division biological or physical science course with a laboratory. The second lower division course may be a science course with or without a laboratory, or may be a MATH course, excluding the course used for Intellectual Competencies mathematics proficiency. Math majors must take two lab sciences.     One additional course in biology, chemistry, geology, physics, math (except MATH 3040 and course taken for math Intellectual Competency requirement). If you have only taken one science course with a lab, this course MUST have a lab.    
  Biology & Physical Science courses with labs      Also allowed are ANTH 3301 and 3512; ENVS 1042; GEOG 3232 and 3240.        
  ANTH 1303. Introduction to Biological Anthropology 4   ANTH, GEOG and PSYC majors may not use a course in their major to satisfy this requirement.    
  BIOL 1550. Basic Biology: Ecology and the Diversity of Life 4   BIOL, CHEM, MATH and PHYS majors may use a course in their major to satisfy this requirement.    
  BIOL 1560. Basic Biology: From Cells to Organisms 4        
  CHEM 1474. Core Chemistry: Chemistry for the Consumer 4        
  ENVS 1042. Introduction to Environmental Sciences 4        
  GEOL 1072. Physical Geology: Surface Processes 4        
  GEOL 1082. Physical Geology: Internal Processes 4        
  PHYS 1052. General Astronomy I 4        
  Biology & Physical Science courses with co-requisite labs          
  BIOL 2051/2071. General Biology I/Laboratory 3/1        
  BIOL 2061/2081. General Biology II/Laboratory 3/1        
  CHEM 2031/2038. General Chemistry I/Laboratory 3/1        
  CHEM 2061/2068. General Chemistry II/Laboratory 3/2        
  PHYS 2010/2030. College Physics I/Laboratory 4/1        
  PHYS 2020/2040. College Physics II/Laboratory 4/1        
  Biology & Physical Science courses without labs          
  GEOG 1202. Introduction to Physical Geography 3        
  PHYS 1100. Foundations of Physics 4        
  PSYC 2220. Biological Basis of Behavior (no lab) 3        
  MATH (chosen from Intellectual Competencies list, excluding course applied to that requirement)          
Cultural Diversity
3 hours        3 hours
One upper-division cultural diversity course from an approved list of courses concentrating on race and gender issues in the U.S.          
  ANTH 3142. Cultural Diversity in the Modern World 3        
  COMM 3271. Communication and Diversity 3        
  ECON 3100. Economics of Race and Gender 3        
  ENGL 3795. Race and Ethnicity in American Literature 3        
  ENGR 3400. Technology and Culture 3        
  ETST 3704. Culture, Racism and Alienation 3        
  ETST 3794. Ethnic Diversity in American Literature 3        
  HIST 3345. Immigration and Ethnicity in U.S. History 3        
  HIST 3349. Social Movements in 20th-Century America 3        
  MGMT 4100. Managing Cultural Diversity 3        
  PHIL 3500. Ideology and Culture: Racism and Sexism 3        
  PSCI 3034. Race, Gender, Law and Public Policy 3        
  PSCI 3035. Political Movements: Race and Gender 3        
  PSYC 4485. Psychology of Cultural Diversity 3        
  RLST 4000. Religion and Cultural Diversity 3        
  SOCY 3020. Race and Ethnicity in the U.S 3        
  THTR 3611. Drama of Diversity 3        
International Perspectives 3 hours        3 hours
One upper-division international perspectives course from an approved list of courses concentrating on international and global issues. A semester abroad may satisfy this requirement if pre-approved and in a country where the language is not the native language of the student.          
  ENGL 3798. International Perspectives in Literature and Film 3        
  ENGR 3600. International Dimensions of Technology and Culture 3        
  FREN 3200. Francophone World in Post-Colonial Era 3        
  GERM 3200. German Society and Culture 3        
  HIST 3121. The World at War, 1914-1945 3        
  HIST 4032. Globalization in World History Since 1945 3        
  INTB 3000. Global Perspectives 3        
  PSCI 3022. Introduction to Comparative Politics 3        
  PSCI 3042. Introduction to International Relations 3        
Total Hours in Core 34-38
 Total Hours of CLAS Graduation Requirements 15-26 49-64



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