The University reserves the right to change courses in this section without notice. There is no assurance that a given course will be offered in complete accordance with the catalog listing.

Key to Courses of Instruction

CO1 1502  College Composition (GT-CO2)3  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)4

Course Description: Understanding and writing for rhetorical situations; critical reading and response; writing source-based argument for academic and public audiences.5
Prerequisite: CO 130.6
Registration Information: Must have taken CO 130 or Composition Challenge Exam (score of 3, 4, or 5) or have a SAT verbal/critical reading score of 600 or above or ACT COMPOSITE score of 26 or above or Directed Self-Placement Survey score of 15.7
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.8
Grade Mode: Traditional.9
Special Course Fee: No.10
Additional Information: Intermediate Writing 1A,11 Intermediate Writing (GT-CO2).

Refer to the sections below for an explanation of each numbered item.

1. Course Subject Codes

Courses offered by colleges, departments, or units are indicated by course subject codes.

2. Course Numbering

Course numbering is based on the content level of material presented in a course.

100-299 Courses primarily for freshman and sophomore students.
300-499 Courses primarily for junior and senior students. Acceptable for graduate credit for students holding bachelor's degrees when approved by the student's graduate committee.
500-599 Courses primarily for students enrolled in master's-level degree programs or equivalents. Qualified junior and senior students may enroll.
600-699 Courses primarily for students enrolled in master's level programs or equivalents. Undergraduate students may not enroll to satisfy undergraduate degree requirements.
700-799 Courses primarily for students enrolled in Ph.D.-level programs or equivalents and professional veterinary medicine courses. Undergraduate students may not enroll.
8000-8999 Not for academic credit English Language Program Courses.

3. State Guaranteed Transfer (GT-subcode)

By legislation, lower-division CSU courses in categories 1-3 of the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC)  must be submitted to and approved by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE) as general education courses guaranteed to transfer among all public higher education institutions within the state. The subcode refers to the specific statewide general education category the course fulfills. For a complete listing of the courses approved statewide, visit the CCHE. 

4. Credits and Clock Hour Distribution

The distribution of credit for lecture‑laboratory‑discussion or recitation class periods per semester is as follows: in the example 04(2‑2‑1), the figure outside the parentheses indicates the number of credits of this course. Inside the parentheses, the first figure indicates the number of clock hours spent in lectures each week, the second figure indicates the number of clock hours spent in laboratory/studio each week, and the third figure indicates the number of clock hours spent in discussion, recitation, seminar, or other each week.

Variable Credit Courses

VAR indicates variable credit with no specific minimum credit or no maximum credit indicated. Varies 1-18 credits. Prior to registering, students should consult department for the number of credits to enroll in.

Var[3‑9] indicates variable credit with minimum credit and maximum credit limitations per term. The course listing may indicate other credit limitations.

5. Course Description

A brief description of the content of the course.

6. Prerequisites

Students must meet all course prerequisites prior to registration for a specific course, or acquire the instructor’s permission.

Permission of the instructor for a student to attend a course is implied when the student has met specified prerequisites. All prerequisites may be considered to have been met if a student presents evidence of credit earned in equivalent courses or if knowledge equivalent to the prerequisites indicated is demonstrated.

A department may limit the enrollment in a course; courses may be limited to a specified number of students, to students of particular majors, or to students of particular class levels.

In the listing in this catalog, only the most recent version of a course number is shown as a prerequisite.

7. Registration Information

Additional course information students need prior to registering for a course.  Courses are offered Face-to-Face unless otherwise noted.  Courses approved for online are identified.  There may be courses offered through CSU Online/Division of Continuing Education.  Check the class schedule or department for availability. Additional information (e.g. Required Field trips) will be listed here. 

8. Terms Offered

Fall Scheduled fall semester
Spring Scheduled spring semester
Summer Scheduled summer session

The term or terms listed are those which the course could be scheduled to be offered during the terms indicated. Since the frequency of class offerings is determined by the department in accordance with program needs, students should consult the official, applicable on-line class schedule (available on RAMweb) for courses to be offered in a given term.

The following types of courses do not always indicate term; they will be offered when there is sufficient demand: -84, Supervised College Teaching; ‑86, Practicum; ‑87, Internship; -89, Cooperative; ‑90, ‑91, Workshop; ‑92, ‑93, Seminar; ‑94, ‑95, Independent Study; ‑96, ‑97, Group Study; ‑98, Research; and ‑99, Thesis or Dissertation.

9. Grade Mode 

Refer to the Glossary for grade mode defintions.

  • Traditional letter grades;
  • Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grading only;
  • Student Option - Traditional or S/U;
  • Instructor Option - Traditional or S/U

10. Special Course Fees 

Certain courses carry a special fee which is assessed at the time a student registers for the course. For a list of current course fees, refer to the Office of the Provost.

Certain courses carry a variable fee which is assessed each student enrolled in the course based on expenses that fluctuate (e.g., expendable materials).

11. Additional Information

This notation identifies which, if any, of the  categories (i.e., AUCC 1A) the course fulfills in the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC).

Students are strongly advised to see if their preferred major and concentration has particular recommendations to meet AUCC requirements.