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Note Regarding the All-University Core Curriculum 

Credits earned in the College Board Advanced Placement Program (AP), the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) can be used to satisfy particular All-University Core Curriculum requirements.

All CSU undergraduate students share a learning experience in common. Faculty members from across the University contribute to that experience. 

The composition and mathematics requirements must be completed within the first 60 credits (CSU and transfer) taken. 

Each baccalaureate Program of Study must incorporate the following elements:

1. Basic Competencies
A. Intermediate Writing3
B. Mathematics3
2. Advanced Writing
Advanced Writing3
3. Foundations and Perspectives
A. Biological and Physical Sciences (At least one course will include an associated lab)7
B. Arts and Humanities6
C. Social and Behavioral Sciences3
D. Historical Perspectives3
E. Global and Cultural Awareness3
4. Depth and Integration
Minimum 5 credits, 2 courses5
A. Each major must designate courses that build upon the Core Competencies of writing, speaking, and problem solving in an integrative and complementary way.
B. Each major must designate courses that build upon the foundations of knowledge and intellectual perspectives of Core Category 3 in an integrative and complementary way.
C. Every major must require a capstone experience at the senior level that consists of a designated course or sequence of courses that offer the opportunity for integration and reflection on students' nearly completed baccalaureate education.

Students are advised to see if their preferred program of study has particular recommendations for satisfying All-University Core Curriculum requirements.

A student must earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.000 or better in the courses used to satisfy categories 1 through 3 of the All-University Core Curriculum requirements.

What follows is a brief description of each category in the All-University Core Curriculum and a list of the courses currently approved to meet that category. Note: No courses are listed in more than one category; courses listed in one category cannot be used to fulfill any other category in the AUCC.

Category 1. Basic Competencies  

A. Intermediate Writing (3 credits)

The ability to write correctly and effectively is necessary for success in any academic program and enhances the possibility of one’s success in personal and professional life. The objective of courses in this category is to provide instruction in the skills essential to effective written communication, extensive practice in the use of those skills, and evaluation of students’ writing aimed to guide them in improving their skills.

CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)3
HONR 193Honors Seminar3

B. Mathematics (3 credits)

The objective of the Mathematics requirement is to ensure that students develop mathematical skill and understanding essential for describing events, experiences, and the knowledge base of other disciplines. Mathematics encourages a mode of thought that encompasses abstraction and generalization and permits careful analysis as well as explicit calculation.

MATH 101Math in the Social Sciences (GT-MA1)3
MATH 105Patterns of Phenomena (GT-MA1)3
MATH 117College Algebra in Context I (GT-MA1)1
MATH 118College Algebra in Context II (GT-MA1)1
MATH 124Logarithmic and Exponential Functions (GT-MA1)1
MATH 125Numerical Trigonometry (GT-MA1)1
MATH 126Analytic Trigonometry (GT-MA1)1
MATH 141Calculus in Management Sciences (GT-MA1)3
MATH 155Calculus for Biological Scientists I (GT-MA1)4
MATH 157One Year Calculus IA (GT-MA1)3
MATH 160Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1)4
MATH 161Calculus for Physical Scientists II (GT-MA1)4
MATH 255Calculus for Biological Scientists II (GT-MA1)4

Category 2. Advanced Writing (3 credits)

Building on and adapting basic skills and strategies already developed in the course in Intermediate Writing, the objective of this requirement is enhancement of skills in written communication to extend rhetorical knowledge, to extend experience in writing processes, to extend mastery of writing convention, and to demonstrate comprehension of content knowledge at the advanced level through effective communication strategies.

BUS 300Business Writing and Communication (GT-CO3)3
CHEM 301Advanced Scientific Writing--Chemistry (GT-CO3)3
CO 300Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)3
CO 301AWriting in the Disciplines: Arts and Humanities (GT-CO3)3
CO 301BWriting in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)3
CO 301CWriting in the Disciplines: Social Sciences (GT-CO3)3
CO 301DWriting in the Disciplines: Education (GT-CO3)3
CO 302Writing in Digital Environments (GT-CO3)3
JTC 300Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3)3
JTC 301Corporate and Professional Communication (GT-C03)3
LB 300Specialized Professional Writing3

Category 3. Foundations and Perspectives 

The Core rests on acquiring foundations of knowledge and understanding intellectual perspectives. Courses in this category of the Core are designed to bring the skills developed in Core Competencies to life and give them direction and purpose. Elements of foundation offer exemplary introductions to fields and areas of study that explore their distinctive characteristics as well as critical links within and among them. Elements of perspective promote coherence and integration of knowledge within and among fields and areas of study, often through the exploration of significant thematic issues. Foundation elements frequently will be introduced in disciplinary contexts. Perspective elements typically will be structured comparatively and enlivened through interdisciplinary contexts.

A. Biological and Physical Sciences (7 credits)

The objective of the Biological and Physical Sciences requirement is to instill a clear understanding of the basic scientific viewpoint, to master scientific knowledge at a level that facilitates communication in an increasingly technological society, to employ and build on core competencies in mathematics and logical/critical thinking, to enable students to learn and use the scientific method, and to evaluate the impacts of science and technology on society. At least one course must have a laboratory component. Sometimes the laboratory component is a separate course number.

AA 100Introduction to Astronomy (GT-SC2)3
AA 101Astronomy Laboratory (GT-SC1)1
ANTH 120Human Origins and Variation (GT-SC2)3
ANTH 121Human Origins and Variation Laboratory (GT-SC1)1
BSPM 102Insects, Science, and Society (GT-SC2)3
BZ 101Humans and Other Animals (GT-SC2)3
BZ 104Basic Concepts of Plant Life (GT-SC2)3
BZ 105Basic Concepts of Plant Life Laboratory (GT-SC1)1
BZ 110Principles of Animal Biology (GT-SC2)3
BZ 111Animal Biology Laboratory (GT-SC1)1
BZ 120Principles of Plant Biology (GT-SC1)4
CHEM 103Chemistry in Context (GT-SC2)3
CHEM 104Chemistry in Context Laboratory (GT-SC1)1
CHEM 107Fundamentals of Chemistry (GT-SC2)4
CHEM 108Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory (GT-SC1)1
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)1
FW 104Wildlife Ecology and Conservation (GT-SC2)3
GEOL 120Exploring Earth: Physical Geology (GT-SC2)3
GEOL 121Introductory Geology Laboratory (GT-SC1)1
GEOL 122The Blue Planet: Geology of Our Environment (GT-SC2)3
GEOL 124Geology of Natural Resources (GT-SC2)3
GR 304Sustainable Watersheds3
HORT 100Horticultural Science4
LAND 220Fundamentals of Ecology (GT-SC2)3
LIFE 102Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)4
LIFE 201AIntroductory Genetics: Applied/Population/Conservation/Ecological (GT-SC2)3
LIFE 201BIntroductory Genetics: Molecular/Immunological/Developmental (GT-SC2)3
LIFE 220Fundamentals of Ecology (GT-SC2)3
MIP 101Introduction to Human Disease (GT-SC2)3
NR 120AEnvironmental Conservation (GT-SC2)3
NR 130Global Environmental Systems (GT-SC2)3
NR 150Oceanography (GT-SC2)3
PH 110Descriptive Physics (GT-SC2)3
PH 111Descriptive Physics Laboratory (GT-SC1)1
PH 121General Physics I (GT-SC1)5
PH 122General Physics II (GT-SC1)5
PH 141Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1)5
PH 142Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1)5
WR 304Sustainable Watersheds3

Credit allowed for only one of the following: GEOL 120, GEOL 122, GEOL 124, GEOL 150.

Credit allowed for only one of the following: GEOL 121 or GEOL 150.

Credit not allowed for both LIFE 201A and LIFE 201B.

B. Arts and Humanities (6 credits)

The Arts and Humanities explore expressions that are uniquely human. The objective of the Arts and Humanities requirement is to investigate the cultural character and literatures of human experiences, fundamental questions of value and meaning, and, both in word and beyond words, the symbols and creative expressions of human life. No more than three credits of intermediate foreign language (L** 200, L** 201) may be used toward this category.

ART 100Introduction to the Visual Arts (GT-AH1)3
BUS 220Ethics in Contemporary Organizations (GT-AH3)3
D 110Understanding Dance (GT-AH1)3
E 140The Study of Literature (GT-AH2)3
E 232Introduction to Humanities (GT-AH2)3
E 242Reading Shakespeare (GT-AH2)3
E 270Introduction to American Literature (GT-AH2)3
E 276Survey of British Literature I (GT-AH2)3
E 277Survey of British Literature II (GT-AH2)3
ETST 240Native American Cultural Experience (GT-AH2)3
HONR 292Honors Seminar—Knowing in Arts and Humanities (GT–AH2)3
HONR 392Honors Seminar3
LARA 200Second-Year Arabic I (GT-AH4)4
LARA 201Second-Year Arabic II (GT-AH4)4
LARA 250Arabic Language, Literature, Culture in Translation (GT-AH2)3
LCHI 200Second-Year Chinese I (GT-AH4)5
LCHI 201Second-Year Chinese II (GT-AH4)5
LCHI 250Chinese Language, Literature, Culture in Translation (GT-AH2)3
LFRE 200Second-Year French I (GT-AH4)3
LFRE 201Second-Year French II (GT-AH4)3
LFRE 250French Language, Literature, Culture in Translation (GT-AH2)3
LGER 200Second-Year German I (GT-AH4)3
LGER 201Second-Year German II (GT-AH4)3
LGER 250German Language, Literature, Culture in Translation (GT-AH2)3
LITA 200Second-Year Italian I (GT–AH4)3
LITA 201Second-Year Italian II (GT–AH4)3
LJPN 200Second-Year Japanese I (GT-AH4)5
LJPN 201Second-Year Japanese II (GT-AH4)5
LJPN 250Japanese Language, Literature, Culture in Translation (GT-AH2)3
LRUS 200Second-Year Russian I (GT-AH4)4
LRUS 201Second-Year Russian II (GT-AH4)4
LRUS 250Russian Language, Literature, Culture in Translation (GT-AH2)3
LSGN 200Second-Year American Sign Language I3
LSGN 201Second-Year American Sign Language II3
LSPA 200Second-Year Spanish I (GT-AH4)3
LSPA 201Second-Year Spanish II (GT-AH4)3
LSPA 230Spanish for Heritage Speakers3
LSPA 250Spanish Language, Literature, Culture in Translation (GT-AH2)3
MU 100Music Appreciation (GT-AH1)3
MU 111Music Theory Fundamentals (GT-AH1)3
MU 131Introduction to Music History and Literature (GT-AH1)3
PHIL 100Appreciation of Philosophy (GT-AH3)3
PHIL 103Moral and Social Problems (GT-AH3)3
PHIL 110Logic and Critical Thinking (GT-AH3)3
PHIL 120History and Philosophy of Scientific Thought (GT-AH3)3
SPCM 100Communication and Popular Culture (GT-AH1)3
SPCM 201Rhetoric in Western Thought (GT-AH3)3
TH 141Introduction to Theatre (GT-AH1)3

C. Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 credits)

The Social and Behavioral Sciences use similar methods of description and analysis to study the complex behaviors of individuals and their relationships with others in families, public associations, and cultures. The objective of the Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement is to explore the forms and implications of individual and collective behaviors, their ties to formal institutions, and the methods by which they are studied.

ANTH 100Introductory Cultural Anthropology (GT-SS3)3
AREC 202Agricultural and Resource Economics (GT-SS1)3
AREC 240Issues in Environmental Economics (GT-SS1)3
ECON 101Economics of Social Issues (GT-SS1)3
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1)3
ECON 204Principles of Macroeconomics (GT-SS1)3
ECON 212Racial Inequality and Discrimination (GT-SS1)3
ECON 240Issues in Environmental Economics (GT-SS1)3
EDUC 275Schooling in the United States (GT-SS3)3
GR 100Introduction to Geography (GT-SS2)3
HDFS 101Individual and Family Development (GT-SS3)3
HONR 492Honors Senior Seminar3
JTC 100Media in Society (GT-SS3)3
POLS 101American Government and Politics (GT-SS1)3
POLS 103State and Local Government and Politics (GT-SS1)3
PSY 100General Psychology (GT-SS3)3
PSY 152Science of Learning3
SOC 100General Sociology (GT-SS3)3
SOC 105Social Problems (GT-SS3)3
SOWK 110Contemporary Social Welfare (GT-SS1)3
SPCM 130Relational and Organizational Communication (GT-SS3)3

D. Historical Perspectives (3 credits)

The objective of the Historical Perspectives requirement is to engage students in an analytical, chronological study of significant, multi-dimensional human experiences. It should also provide students with a foundation for relating beliefs about the past to aspirations for the future.

AGED 210History of Agriculture in the United States3
AMST 100Self/Community in American Culture, 1600-1877 (GT-AH2)3
AMST 101Self/Community in American Culture Since 1877 (GT-AH2)3
ANTH 140Introduction to Prehistory (GT-HI1)3
ETST 250African American History (GT-HI1)3
ETST 252Asian-American History (GT-HI1)3
ETST 255Native American History (GT-HI1)3
HIST 100Western Civilization, Pre-Modern (GT-HI1)3
HIST 101Western Civilization, Modern (GT-HI1)3
HIST 115The Islamic World: Late Antiquity to 15003
HIST 116The Islamic World Since 15003
HIST 120Asian Civilizations I (GT-HI1)3
HIST 121Asian Civilizations II (GT-HI1)3
HIST 150U.S. History to 1876 (GT-HI1)3
HIST 151U.S. History Since 1876 (GT-HI1)3
HIST 170World History, Ancient-1500 (GT-HI1)3
HIST 171World History, 1500-Present (GT-HI1)3
HIST 250African American History (GT-HI1)3
HIST 252Asian American History (GT-HI1)3
HIST 255Native American History (GT-HI1)3
NR 320Natural Resources History and Policy3

E. Global and Cultural Awareness (3 credits)

The objective of the Global and Cultural Awareness requirement is to engage students in the study of particular cultural identities, explore the interactions among these cultural identities, and consider the ways in which these patterns of interaction are related to the larger global context in which they take place. Courses listed in this category may have been approved as meeting Arts and Humanities, Historical Perspectives, or Social and Behavioral Sciences in the gtPathways statewide transfer program but they do not fulfill any of those categories of the AUCC. They only satisfy category 3E, Global and Cultural Awareness, in the AUCC.

AGRI 116Plants and Civilizations (GT-SS3)3
AGRI 270World Interdependence-Population and Food (GT-SS3)3
AM 250Clothing, Adornment and Human Behavior (GT-SS3)3
ANTH 200Cultures and the Global System (GT-SS3)3
E 142Reading Without Borders (GT–AH2)3
E 23820th-Century Fiction (GT-AH2)3
E 245World Drama (GT-AH2)3
ECON 211Gender in the Economy (GT-SS1)3
ETST 100Introduction to Ethnic Studies (GT-SS3)3
ETST 205Ethnicity and the Media (GT-SS3)3
ETST 253Chicana/o History and Culture (GT-HI1)3
ETST 256Border Crossings: People/Politics/Culture (GT-SS3)3
HONR 293Honors Seminar—Knowing Across Cultures (GT–SS3)3
HORT 171Environmental Issues in Agriculture (GT-SS3)3
IE 116Plants and Civilizations (GT-SS3)3
IE 179Globalization: Exploring Our Global Village (GT-SS3)3
IE 270World Interdependence-Population and Food (GT-SS3)3
IE 370Model United Nations3
LB 170World Literatures to 1500 (GT-AH2)3
LB 171World Literatures-The Modern Period (GT-AH2)3
PHIL 170World Philosophies (GT-AH3)3
POLS 131Current World Problems (GT-SS1)3
POLS 232International Relations (GT-SS1)3
POLS 241Comparative Government and Politics (GT-SS1)3
SA 482Study Abroad1-18
SOC 205Contemporary Race-Ethnic Relations (GT-SS3)3
SOC 220Global Environmental Issues (GT-SS3)3
SOCR 171Environmental Issues in Agriculture (GT-SS3)3

Certain CSU courses have been approved by the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) as general education courses guaranteed to transfer statewide among all public higher education institutions in Colorado. The subcode refers to the specific statewide general education category the course fulfills.