the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Welcome to the College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Advising 1001
Introduction to a Liberal Arts and Science
CLAS Academic Advising System
Graduation Requirements
Core Curriculum and CLAS Graduation
Major Requirements and Minor
Things to consider before registering
Advising and Registration
•Preparation for life-long learning; development of…
oAnalytical, written, computation, communication, and decision
making skills
oHonesty and integrity
oTeamwork skills
oAbility to solve complex problems/critical thinking
oAppreciation for diversity and the readiness to adapt in a
changing workplace
•CLAS offers two types of Bachelor’s degrees:
o Bachelor of Arts (BA)
o Bachelor of Science (BS)
A liberal arts education does not limit you to a particular niche,
but qualifies you for a wide range of opportunities for the rest of
your life!
Academic Advising is a Shared
Students, faculty, and staff are all participants in the
teaching and learning mission of the college.
Academic Advisor Responsibilities (College Professional)
– Help you navigate the university system
– Connect you to the campus and campus resources
– Help you ask the right questions
– Supply you with information to make informed decisions
– Explain academic policies and procedures
– Approve transfer credits to be applied towards your
general education requirements
– Provide academic updates and assist you in planning for
– Facilitate graduation
Academic Advising is a Shared
Faculty Advisor Responsibilities
– Explain major/minor requirements
– Approve transfer credits within
– Keep you on track with your major/minor
– Discuss career/graduate school
Academic Advising is a Shared
Student Responsibilities
– Understand the basics of UC Denver’s college-level
expectations and how they may differ from those in
your previous college
– Learn how to manage your time
– Feed your brain! Exercise and eat healthy
– Set academic goals with assistance of advisors
– Learn UC Denver’s general education and your major
requirements. Understand that they may be different
from those at your previous college
– Know academic policies and deadlines
– Understand the importance of professionalism and
ethical behavior
– Ask for help when needed
– Verify schedule
Components of a Degree
Core Requirements/
General Education
50-60 credit hrs.
4-36 credit hrs.
Major Requirements
34-56 credit hrs.
Minor Requirements
(optional at some schools)
TOTAL=120 credits of which 45
hrs. must be upper division
If you plan to graduate in 4 years, how
many credits will you need to complete
each year?
15 credit hours/semester X 2 semesters per
Freshman: 1-29
Sophomore: 30-59
Junior: 60-89
Senior: 90-120
120 total hours completed
Including accepted transfer credits
Up to 60 transfer credits from Community Colleges
Up to 90 transfer credits from 4-year Universities
Maximum of 90 transfer credits applied towards the 120
total hour requirement
Minimum 2.0 UC Denver GPA
Minimum 45 hours of upper division
(3000/4000) completed
Minimum 30 hours at UC Denver CLAS
21 UC Denver CLAS hours completed in
your final 30 hours
All core curriculum and graduation
requirements met
All major requirements met
Competency is satisfied by a letter grade of “C-” (1.7) or higher in each
English Composition (two courses required)
 English 1020
 English 2030
Mathematics (one course required)
Math 1010
Math 1070
Math 1080
Math 1110
Math 1120
Math 1130
Math 1401
Math 2411
Math 2421
Math 2830
Core Knowledge Areas
•Arts & Humanities (6 credit hours from
the approved core list, outside the major)
•Behavioral & Social Sciences
(6 credit hours from the approved core list)
•Psychology, Communication, &
Anthropology majors must take 2 classes
from the social science list
•Economics, Geography, International
Studies, Political Science & Sociology
majors must take 2 classes from the
behavioral science list
Biological & Physical Sciences,
Mathematics (7-8 credit hours from
the approved core list, outside the
Cultural Diversity (3 credit hours
from the approved core list, major
classes allowed)
International Perspectives
(3 credit hours from the approved
core list, major classes allowed)
CLAS Graduation Requirements
Additional General Education classes/major course is OK
•Communicative Skills (3 credits, C- or higher
grade required)
•Foreign Language (0-10 credits, C- or higher grade
•Humanities (3 credits)
•Behavioral Sciences (3 credits)
•Social Sciences (3 credits)
•Biological/Physical Sciences or Math
(3-4 credits)
As you prepare to Choose classes,
think about the following:
1. Classes in your major
- Any introductory courses you still
need to complete
2. Appropriate selections from the
CORE or CLAS Graduation
- Composition or Math
3. Time available for studying
4. Time commitments (job, social life,
family, etc).
How many credit hours should you
consider taking your first semester?
At most Institutions, 12 credit hours is considered full time.
How much time should you spend studying in college?
*Minimum of 2 hours per credit hour*
4 (3 credit courses) x 6 (hours of study per class) =
24 hrs. of study time per week outside of class
On behalf of the UC Denver
Community, we wish you the
best as you pursue your
academic career!
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