Level I Requirements:
Composition , Mathematics and Communication
Freshman Assessment: Reading, Writing and Mathematics Placement Exams
First-time college students are required to complete the reading, writing, and mathematics placement examinations (see Reading, Writing and Mathematics Placement Examinations). Examination results serve as the basis for academic advising. To increase their opportunity for success, students may be required to take courses below the level of the first-year courses offered by Metro State. Degree-seeking students who are diagnosed as needing remedial course work have at their disposal basic skills courses offered through the Community College of Denver. Students are responsible for completing remedial course work no later than the end of the freshman year (i.e., within the first 30 semester hours matriculated as a college student). Students should be aware, however, that no credit is given for courses that are below the college level.
Placement Test Prerequisites:
Students must have a passing score on the appropriate placement test before they will be allowed to register for Level I General Studies courses in English, mathematics and reading. Exceptions will be made for students who have earned at least a grade of at least “C” in the community college course specified by the department. The Assessment Center administers the placement tests. Students should consult an advisor in the Advising Center for guidance in selecting the appropriate Level I courses.
Composition Required Courses:
(minimum 6 semester hours)
“GT-” in the course description indicates a State Guaranteed general education course.
Rules: Composition Requirement:
- Those students whose writing skills are inadequate will be required to complete developmental coursework in composition before enrolling for English 1010.
- Students must complete the English 1010 requirement within their first 30 hours at Metro State and the English 1020 requirement within the first 60 hours. These requirements may be postponed on an individual basis if the postponement is approved by the Department of English.
- Required English composition courses shall be at the freshman level.
- Students shall be considered to have satisfied the Level I English course requirement and credit will be granted if they:
- receive a qualifying score on an AP test approved by the Department of English, or
- 1) receive a qualifying score on the College Composition CLEP test, which counts for ENG 1010, and 2) pass ENG 1020.
Mathematics (minimum 3 semester hours):
Rules: Mathematics Requirement
- Students will take a preassessment placement test to determine their abilities to solve elementary algebra problems and to know and use elementary geometrical formulas. Those students whose skills are inadequate will be required to complete developmental mathematics coursework before enrolling in any mathematics course. Students should be aware that developmental courses are not taught at Metro State and no transfer credit will be given for such coursework.
- Students must complete the Level I mathematics requirement within their first 30 hours at Metro State. This requirement may be postponed on an individual basis if the postponement is approved by the Mathematical and Computer Sciences Department.
- Students shall be considered to have satisfied the Level I mathematics course requirement and credit will be granted if they:
- pass a mathematics course that has been approved for Level I mathematics credit (see courses listed above), or
- a CLEP or AP examination approved by the Mathematical and Computer Sciences Department, or
- successfully complete a mathematics course for which a Level I mathematics course is a prerequisite, or
- transfer an equivalent course, or
- complete a mathematics major or minor.
*A transfer course or courses judged to be similar in skill development and content to a Level I course will satisfy an individual Level I course requirement. Equivalency is determined by the department offering the Level I course.
Communications (minimum 3 semester hours)*:
*pass or transfer an advanced foreign language course that is taught in the foreign language and that has Metro State’s FRE 1020, GER 1020, and SPA 1020 or equivalent course work, or a more advanced course as a prerequisite.
Rules: Communications Requirement
- Students must complete the required Level I communications course within their first 30 hours at Metropolitan State College of Denver.
- Students shall be considered to have satisfied the Level I communications course requirement and credit will be granted if they:
- pass an approved Level I communications course, or
- pass a departmental test or a CLEP or AP test approved by a department offering an approved Level I communications course, or
- transfer an equivalent course
- pass or transfer an advanced public speaking course for which Metro State’s SPE 1010 or a comparable course is a prerequisite
- transfer a second semester, four or five semester hour foreign language course or a more advanced language course that is taught in a language not offered at Metro State, or
- pass or transfer an advanced foreign language course that is taught in the foreign language and that has Metro State’s FRE 1020, GER 1020, and SPA 1010 or equivalent course work, or more advanced course as a prerequisite.
Students who have satisfied the communications requirement using the advanced foreign language course or the advanced public speaking course must place that course in the Level I communications requirement slot. Level II General Studies courses used to satisfy the Level I communications requirements cannot also be counted in the Level II category.
Additional Graduation Requirements:
Multicultural and Senior Experience Course Requirements:
In addition to completing the General Studies requirements, a student must complete a three-hour Multicultural course and a three-hour Senior Experience course, or selection of courses, to be awarded a bachelor’s degree from Metro State. The Multicultural course does not require three hours 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 (minimum 3 semester hours):
Multicultural course required content and course materials are designed to increase students’ awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity in the United States. Multicultural education 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.
At the conclusion of a multicultural course, students will be able to:
- Define factors that lead to the formation and continuation of one or more of the four groups of color in United States society.
- Present the customs, behavioral patterns, and identities of one or more of the four groups of color in United States society.
- Delineate the effects of bias, prejudices, and discrimination on one or more of the four groups of color in United States society.
- Describe the cultural similarities, commonalities, and differences within or among one or more of the four groups of color in United States society.
- Communicate how the acceptance and inclusion of all groups of color enriches lives and increases the creativity and performance of everyone in United States society.
Multicultural Graduation Designation Course Work:
Multicultural courses that are approved for the College’s graduation requirement are listed in the Course Description section of this Catalog. This designation is noted in parenthesis at the end of each course description as “multicultural.” Consult with your academic advisor about which multicultural course applies to your degree.
Transferability of Multicultural Credits:
Transfer credits to meet the multicultural requirement will be accepted under the following guidelines:
- Transferable courses taken at an accredited institution to meet a multicultural or similar diversity requirement will satisfy the Metro State multicultural requirement.
- Transferable courses equivalent to an existing multicultural course will satisfy the Metro State multicultural requirement. Equivalency will be determined by the department offering the course. Once a course has been approved by a department, it will be given the status of an approved transferable multicultural course.
- If a transferable course is interdisciplinary, Metro State transfer evaluators will consult with the department(s) where the majority of the course content resides.
- A one-hour deviation in the multicultural requirement will be allowed for courses judged to be similar in content to an existing Metro State multicultural course. Equivalency will be determined by the department offering the multicultural course.
- Full credit or a one-hour deviation in the multicultural requirement will be allowed when the transferable course meets Metro State’s multicultural definition and course criteria, although a similar course is not taught at Metro State.
- If transferable courses do not clearly meet Metro State’s multicultural definition, transfer evaluators may request an opinion from the Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee and/or the Multicultural Curriculum Review Committee.
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 (Minimum 3 Semester Hours):
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 Metro State. 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.