Sep 21, 2023  
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


All continuing students in good standing and all applicants accepted to the College are eligible to register each semester.

Students are responsible for ensuring that their address and phone number on file with the College are correct and up-to-date. Address changes may be made in-person with the Registrar’s Office, by faxing 303-556-3999, or through MetroConnect (

Information on the registration procedure, registration dates, and student responsibilities and obligations related to registration is available on MetroConnect (

Priority Registration


Priority registration allows current students who have completed a specified number of earned hours to register before other students. Earned hours include hours earned with a passing letter grade. Priority begins with seniors, followed by juniors, sophomores, continuing freshmen, non-degree-seeking students, and newly admitted freshmen.

Official Registration


Students must be officially registered for classes at Metro State. “Officially registered” means that students are enrolled and appear on faculty class rosters. Students are able to confirm their enrollment by obtaining their schedule from MetroConnect ( The deadline to register for full-term courses is available online via the Academic Calendar at Students must be enrolled in any late-start courses by the first day of class.

Late Registration Fee Policy


Metropolitan State College of Denver will administer a $100 service charge to students registering for Term 1 Fall and Spring semester classes past the posted late registration date on the Academic Calendar and the appropriate fall/spring schedule. Term 1 classes are those scheduled during the regular, full 16-week fall and spring semester, including online classes, classes at Metro North and Metro South and 2+2 courses. This does not apply to Winterim, Summer session courses or other parts of term classes. This fee is classified as a User Fee and Charge for Service under the Student Fee Plan and will be assessed at the time of registration. Exceptions include students registered only for non-Term 1 classes, Metro State employees who are taking advantage of the tuition-reimbursement benefit and not allowed to register prior to the first day of classes, and students who were placed on wait lists prior to late registration date yet absorbed later. Appeals will be handled initially through the Office of Enrollment Services and ultimately through Office of the Bursar whose decision will be final.

NOT included as exceptions:
• Part-time students taking Term 1 classes
• Non-degree students taking Term 1 classes
• Any other students taking Term 1 classes other than those described as exceptions above

Changes in Registration


Enrolled students may adjust their schedules by dropping and/or adding classes. Students must add or drop classes before the drop deadline. The tuition and fee refund schedule can be found on MetroConnect (, the Academic Calendar for full-term courses can be found at, and the drop deadlines for late-start courses can be found at It is the student’s responsibility to follow proper withdrawal procedures in the event that he or she does not attend a class. Failure to attend class does not constitute withdrawal. Students who do not officially withdraw or drop their classes will be assessed full tuition and fees.

Students who reduce their course load after the drop deadlines and before the withdrawal deadline will receive an “NC” notation for each course they have dropped. Refer to the NC notation policy in this catalog under Academic Policies and Procedures .

ALL STUDENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL REGISTRATION TRANSACTIONS. Students are also responsible for following all drop deadlines.

Selective Service Registration Certification


As of July 1, 1993, any male student who fails to register for the Selective Service will be ineligible for federal student aid, according to the Military Service Act (Public Law 97-252).

Colorado Revised Statute 23-5-118 (selective service registration prerequisite to enrollment) requires all males between the ages of 18 and 26 to certify that they have registered with Selective Service before enrolling in any state-supported institution in Colorado. Any male who has not registered by his 26th birthday will be ineligible to enroll at the College. A Selective Service registration hold will be placed on the student’s account until the student registers with Selective Service at and provides a Selective Service Certification Form to the Office of the Registrar.

Concurrent Enrollment


Students who find it necessary to register at Metro State and another college at the same time should check with Metro State Transfer Services concerning the acceptance and application of transfer credits.

Special Registration


Pooled Registration

Metro State and the University of Colorado Denver (UCD) have formed a common pool of courses available to students at each institution. Students must register for pooled courses through their home institution.

Metro State Students:

  • Must comply with all Metro State policies, procedures and deadlines when registering for, withdrawing from or dropping UCD pooled courses;

  • May not be placed on a wait list for any UCD pooled course; and 

  • Must comply with UCD course prerequisites. Prerequisite courses are provided at UC Denver.

UCD pooled course titles and grades will appear on the Metro State transcript and will count in the GPA and hours toward graduation; however, UCD pooled courses will not satisfy academic residence requirements for degrees from Metro State. This restriction applies to the residence requirements of the overall degree (30 semester hours minimum), the major (8 upper-division semester hours minimum), and the minor (3 upper-division semester hours minimum). This restriction does not apply to Physics (PHY) courses.  Credit for UCD pooled courses will not count towards the 50 resident credit hours required for Honors.

Metro State/UCD Nonpooled Courses

Students wishing to register for UCD courses not listed in the common pool must follow concurrent registration procedures:

  • Complete a UCD admission application.

  • Register and pay for UCD courses at UCD.

  • Send official UCD transcripts to Metro State at the end of the semester.

Students are advised:

  • To consult with their academic advisor at Metro State to determine the transferability of courses.

  • To consult with Metro State’s Financial Aid Office if receiving financial aid.

Interinstitutional Registration

Interinstitutional registration applies to Metro State students taking courses at the Community College or Denver (CCD) and to CCD students taking courses at Metro State. Interinstitutional application deadlines are published on the academic calendar.

For Metro State students:

Metro State students may register interinstitutionally for a maximum of 9 credit hours; however, students may not register for more interinstitutional credit hours than they are taking at the home institution.

Metro State students wishing to enroll at CCD must obtain the Interinstitutional Application and registration forms from the Office of the Registrar (CN 105). Students should ensure that the coursework is transferable to Metro State by receiving approval from their academic department.

Metro State students are restricted from registering for certain Colorado Community College (CCC) Online classes at CCD.

Metro State students are restricted from registered for online classes or off campus classes at CCD.

Metro State students are restricted from registering for remedial classes through the interinstitutional registration process.

Interinstitutional courses will not satisfy academic residence requirements for a degree from Metro State. The total number of community college credits applicable to a degree from Metro State is 64, which includes interinstitutional and transfer credit. Only courses transferable to Metro State will apply toward a degree.

For CCD students:

Students from CCD are not eligible to register for online courses or off-campus courses offered at Metro North and Metro South, including correspondence and tele-courses.

CCD students may not place their names on waitlists for closed classes at Metro State.

CCD students are restricted from registering for UC Denver Pooled Courses.

Interinstitutional students enrolled at Metro State will be charged all extra fees such as additional class fees, etc.

Community College of Denver (CCD) - Basic Skills Courses

The Community College of Denver offers college Basic Skills Classes available to Metro State students needing additional preparation in the areas of English, mathematics, and reading.

CCD basic skills courses will not apply toward Metro State degree requirements or GPA.

Metro State students registering, withdrawing or dropping CCD basic skills courses are expected to comply with all Metro State policies and deadlines.

  1. Prior to registering for any preparatory CCD classes, students must consult with their Metro State academic advisor to determine appropriateness of the class(es). 

  2. Students taking CCD courses are required to take the Accuplacer test and to place into the appropriate courses based on their test results. 

  3. Classes will be posted on your Metro State academic record and will include credit hours and the grade/notation earned. CCD will also post the course, credit hours and grade earned on the CCD academic record.

  4. Tuition and fees for these classes will be paid to Metro State.

Tuition Information for Special Registrations

Financial Aid: After accumulating 30 credit hours of coursework that does not apply towards Metro State graduation, a student no longer can count these credits towards financial aid eligibility.

Veterans’ Benefits: Students receiving VA educational benefits must document their referral to CCD classes. Chapters 30, 31, 32, 35 and 1606 may include these documented classes in their total credit hours to be counted for payment of benefits. Contact the Office of Veterans’ Services (303-556-2993) for more information.

Course Audit Policy


Students may audit a class with the permission of the instructor, if space is available. Academic credit is not awarded for an audited course, and no academic record is maintained. The cost for auditing a course is based on regular tuition. Audit approval forms are available in deans’ and academic department offices and online at

Definition of Full-time and Half-time Status


The following chart outlines the number of semester hours required to meet full-time and half-time status:




12 or more semester hours


6 - 11 semester hours

Less than Half-time

5 hours or less



Summer (10-week term)



8 or more semester hours


4 - 8 semester hours

Less than half-time

3 hours or less

To complete a degree in four years or eight semesters, students may need to take at least 15 credit hours per semester.  For financial aid purposes, 12 semester hours is the full-time standard for the summer semester.  Please check the financial aid portion of this catalog for detailed requirements.  To be eligible for health insurance coverage, students must be enrolled in ten semester hours in the fall and spring and eight semester hours in the summer.  Enrollment verification may be requested through MetroConnect (