Students are responsible for full knowledge of the provisions and regulations pertaining to their program contained in this catalog and elsewhere. Students have final responsibility for completing the requirements for a degree and are urged to seek advising. Students should never assume that they have approval to deviate from a stated requirement without a properly signed statement to that effect. Please refer to the Academic Policies and Procedures (including new grade policies) in this catalog.
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Requirements for All Bachelor Degrees
To earn a bachelor of science, bachelor of arts, bachelor of music education, or bachelor of fine arts degree, a student must satisfy the following minimum requirements, plus any others stipulated for the degree for which a student is a candidate. Please refer to the Academic Policies and Procedures (including new grade policies) in this catalog.
- Complete a minimum of 120 semester hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher for all coursework.
- Complete at least 40 semester hours in upper-division courses (3000- and 4000-level courses).
- Complete all General Studies requirements listed for the degree and major.
- Complete a three-credit hour Multicultural course requirement.
- Complete a three-credit hour Senior Experience course requirement. This course must be taken at MSU Denver.
- Complete one subject major consisting of not less than 30 semester hours. With certain exceptions, complete a minor consisting of at least 18 semester hours (see the Degrees and Programs section in this Catalog for exceptions). If a student completes two majors, the second major satisfies the minor requirement. Completing two concentrations under one major does not constitute the completion of two majors. Completion of two majors does not result in two degrees or diplomas. Coursework used to meet requirements for one major or minor may not be used to meet requirements for another major or minor. Students may not major and minor in the same discipline and are encouraged to obtain verification from an advisor if uncertainty exists.
- Complete all special requirements of a department and school.
- Achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher in all MSU Denver courses that satisfy the requirements for the major and for all MSU Denver courses that satisfy requirements for a minor. Students should check with an advisor for special GPA program requirements.
- File an Application for Graduation with the Office of the Registrar according to published dates in the Academic Calendar .
- Academic residency (classroom credit) requirements:
- Complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of academic credit at MSU Denver, including the last 12 semester hours applicable to the degree.
- Complete at least 8 upper-division (3000- and 4000-level courses) semester hours of the major and 3 upper-division semester hours of the minor at MSU Denver (classroom credit).
- Students should be aware that University of Colorado Denver pooled courses will not satisfy academic residency requirements at MSU Denver. Physics (PHY) courses are excluded from this restriction. To use an MSU Denver-UCD pooled course for the last 12 hours residency requirement, a student must (1) complete a minimum of 30 hours of credit at MSU Denver prior to graduation and (2) obtain permission from the major or minor department prior to taking a pooled course to meet a requirement in the major or minor program. UCD pooled credit will not count towards the 50 resident credit hours required for Honors.
- No more than 30 semester hours of omnibus-numbered courses may be applied toward graduation requirements, except for music.
- No more than 30 semester hours taken by correspondence may be applied toward a bachelor’s degree.
- No more than 15 semester hours of internship credit may be applied toward a bachelor's degree.
- No more than 16 semester hours in human performance and leisure activity (HPL) courses will be counted towards a bachelor’s degree for students who are not majoring in Human Performance and Sport.
- No more than 4 semester hours in varsity sports (ATH) courses will be counted towards a bachelor’s degree for students who are not majoring in Human Performance and Sport.
- No more than 7 semester hours in music ensemble courses will be counted toward a bachelor’s degree for students who are not majoring in music.
Student Bill of Rights
The General Assembly implemented the Student Bill of Rights (C.R.S. 23-1-125) to assure that students enrolled in public institutions of higher education have the following rights:
- Students should be able to complete their baccalaureate programs in no more than one hundred twenty credit hours unless there are additional degree requirements recognized by the commission;
- A student can sign a four-year graduation agreement that formalizes a plan for that student to obtain a degree in four years, unless additional degree requirements are recognized by the commission. Students interested in signing a four-year agreement must be admitted to MSU Denver by July 1, must work with the Advising Center during July, and register for 15 credits approved by the Advising Center by July 30. Students should go to the Advising Center for details.
- Students have a right to clear and concise information concerning which courses must be completed successfully to complete their degrees;
- Students have a right to know which courses are transferable among the state’s public two-year and four-year institutions of higher education;
- Students, upon successful completion of core general education courses, should have those courses satisfy the core course requirements of all Colorado public institutions of higher education;
- Students have a right to know if courses from one or more public higher education institutions satisfy the students’ degree requirements;
- A student’s credit for the completion of the core requirements and core courses shall not expire for ten years from the date of initial enrollment and shall be transferable.
Requirements for a Second Degree
For an additional bachelor’s degree, students must comply with the following:
- The first bachelor’s degree must be recognized by Metropolitan State University of Denver.
- General Studies will be considered complete unless deficiencies exist according to the major department.
- Students must complete all requirements for a new major with a minimum of eight MSU Denver academic upper-division semester hours in the major department.
- Students do not need to complete a minor unless specifically required by the major department for the contemplated degree.
- Students must satisfy the Multicultural and Senior Experience course requirements for the second degree.
- Students must spend at least two additional semesters in residence.
- Students must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of MSU Denver classroom credit after the awarding of the previous degree.
- Credit limitations for a bachelor’s degree also apply to the second degree. (See College Opportunity Fund for specific limitations.)
- An Application for Graduation must be filed with the Office of the Registrar according to published dates in the Academic Calendar .
General Studies Requirements
A baccalaureate degree includes a broad-based education that prepares students for the more focused study of the academic major. The general education component of the degree equips each student with crucial intellectual skills in analysis, research, and communication, in addition to foundational skills. General education coursework offers an introduction to a broad range of studies in the natural sciences, the human condition, aesthetic experience, and global and cultural diversity.
Multicultural and Senior Experience Course Requirements
In addition to completing the General Studies requirements, a student must complete a 3-credit Multicultural course and a 3-credit Senior Experience course, or selection of courses, to be awarded a bachelor’s degree from MSU Denver. The Multicultural course does not require three credits as a separate category and can be taken in the major, minor, or as an elective. The rules pertaining to those requirements and the courses that will satisfy those requirements are described below.
Multicultural Graduation Requirements
The required content and materials for Multicultural coursework are designed to increase students’ awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity in the United States. Multicultural coursework examines the interactions of values, beliefs, traditions, identities, and contributions of one or more of the following four groups of color in the United States: African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American, which may include the characteristics of gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability within these groups.
Senior Year Assessment Examinations and Other Activities
In their senior year, students may be required to participate in an assessment of their education. The faculty has determined educational goals or outcomes that it wants graduates to achieve. A copy of those goals and the methods by which their achievements are measured can be obtained from the department offices.
Senior Experience Graduation Requirements
The Senior Experience course provides a culmination of the undergraduate experience, allowing students to synthesize their learning, using critical analysis and logical thinking. Students may use the course to satisfy major or minor requirements if the course is approved for that use. Students should consult with their advisor and check prerequisites. Students must complete a Senior Experience course at the end of the undergraduate program and must take the course or courses at MSU Denver. Senior Experience courses include “senior standing” as a prerequisite in addition to other prerequisites designated by the department. In some cases students may need to take two courses to satisfy the requirement. See an advisor in the major for specific degree requirements.