2021-2022 Academic Catalog

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Minimum Academic Preparation Standards (MAPS)

First-time freshman and transfer students entering the University of Colorado Denver are required to meet the following minimum academic preparation standards (MAPS) for high school units of study, either prior to initial enrollment or before graduation from the University of Colorado Denver. College courses taken before or after graduation from high school can be considered toward MAPS fulfillment. Note: Students who graduated from high school between 1988 and 2009 may have reduced unit requirements in some areas. Students who graduated from high school before 1988 are exempt from MAPS.

Students with MAPS deficiencies may be considered for admission to CU Denver. If admitted, students must make up any MAPS deficiencies prior to graduation from CU Denver. Students may make up MAPS deficiencies by successful completion of:

  1. Courses taken at CU
  2. Courses taken at other institutions of higher education
  3. Additional high school credits
  4. Credit-by-examination programs
  5. Other requirements as approved by each college or school on the Denver Campus

MAPS Requirements by School or College

College of Architecture and Planning  

Subject Years
English (emphasis on composition)
4
Mathematics (including two years of algebra and one year of geometry)
4
Natural science (including physics and/or biology and at least one lab course)
3
Social science (including one year of U.S. or world history)
3
Foreign language (all units must be in a single language)
2
Academic elective
1
Total
17

College of Arts & Media    

Subject Years
English (emphasis on composition-also recommend literature and grammar and strongly recommend one year of speech/debate)
4
Mathematics (three years at the college preparatory level; no more than one year of business or consumer mathematics)
4
Natural science (including one year of laboratory science)
3
Social science (including one year of U.S. or world history)
2
Foreign language (all units must be in a single language)
2
Academic elective or arts course
1
Total
16

Business School

Subject Years
English (emphasis on composition-one year of speech/debate and two years of composition are strongly recommended)
4
Mathematics (including two years of algebra and one year of geometry)
4
Natural science (including two years of laboratory science)
3
Social science (including one year of U.S. or world history)
2
Foreign language (all units must be in a single language)
2
Academic elective (additional course in English, foreign language, mathematics, natural or social science)
1
Total
16

College of Engineering, Design and Computing

Subject Years
English (emphasis on composition-also recommend literature and grammar and strongly recommend one year of speech/debate)
4
Mathematics (including two years of algebra, one year of geometry and one year of trigonometry and analytical geometry
4
Natural sciences (including one year of physics, one year of chemistry and two years of laboratory science)
3
Foreign language (all units must be in a single language)
2
Social science (including one year of U.S. or world history)
2
Academic elective
1
Total
16

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Subject Years
English (emphasis on composition-also recommend literature and grammar and strongly recommend one year of speech/debate)
4
Mathematics (three years at the college preparatory level; no more than one year of business or consumer mathematics)
4
Natural science (including one year of laboratory science)
3
Social science (including one year of U.S. or world history)
2
Foreign language (all units must be in a single language)
2
Academic elective
1
Total
16

School of Education and Human Development

Subject Years
English (emphasis on composition-also recommend literature and grammar and strongly recommend one year of speech/debate)
4
Mathematics (three years at the college preparatory level; no more than one year of business or consumer mathematics)
4
Natural science (including one year of laboratory science)
3
Social science (including one year of U.S. or world history)
2
Foreign language (all units must be in a single language)
2
Academic elective
1
Total
16

School of Public Affairs

Subject Years
English (emphasis on composition-also recommend literature and grammar and strongly recommend one year of speech/debate)
4
Mathematics (three years at the college preparatory level; no more than one year of business or consumer mathematics)
4
Natural science (including one year of laboratory science)
3
Social science (including one year of U.S. or world history)
2
Foreign language (all units must be in a single language)
2
Academic elective
1
Total
16