General Graduation Requirements
Arts and sciences students must fulfill the following requirements for graduation:
- Pass a total of 120 hours.
- Maintain a 2.00 (C) grade point average in all University of Colorado work and a 2.00 (C) in all major course work attempted. (Some majors may require a higher minimum grade point average.)
- Pass 45 credit hours of upper-division work (courses numbered in the 3000s and 4000s).
- Arts and Sciences students must complete a minimum of 45 credit hours in University of Colorado courses on the Boulder campus. Of these 45 credits, a minimum of 30 credits must be in arts and sciences upper-division credit hours completed as a matriculated student in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder and at least 12 of these upper-division hours must be in the major. A maximum of 6 credit hours taken at other University of Colorado campuses (CU-Denver and CU-Colorado Springs) can be counted toward the minimum 45 credits required on the Boulder campus. Courses taken while on CU-Boulder study abroad programs, through CU-Boulder continuing education, or CU-Boulder correspondence courses are considered to be in residence.
- For the bachelor of arts degree, students must complete a minimum of 75 hours outside their major department. Students who complete designated departmental honors courses in their major department and/or in honors thesis credit can reduce the 75 hours required outside the major department by a corresponding number of credits, up to a maximum of 6.
- For the bachelor of fine arts degree, students must complete a minimum of 53 credit hours outside of their major.
- Complete a major. Students are subject to the major requirements in force when they declare the major. See the sections Majors and Other Areas of Interest and Minimum Major Requirements in this chapter.
- Complete the general education (college core curriculum) and MAPS requirements with the following limitations:
- Although a single course may be listed in more than one core area, a student may use it to meet only one area requirement.
- Neither independent study nor pass/fail courses may be used to meet MAPS deficiencies, core requirements, minor requirements, or the minimum major requirements.
- A single course may be used to meet both MAPS and core requirements as long as the course is applicable to both requirements. For example, a student admitted with a MAPS deficiency in English composition may take WRTG 1150, First-Year Writing and Rhetoric, to satisfy both the MAPS requirement and the core curriculum lower-division written communication requirement.
This policy only applies to college level course work (University of Colorado or accepted transfer credit). If a student is exempt from a given core area, this does not exempt the student from fulfilling a MAPS deficiency in that area.
Note: A description of the College of Arts and Sciences MAPS requirements can be found here