FAQ

Here you will find a list of frequently asked questions. Click on any that interest you to see their answers.

About the Baker Hall Residential Academic Program

What kind of clothing and other gear do I need for field trips?

Field trips to museums, the Denver Aquarium and other facilities don’t require any special clothing other than comfortable walking shoes.  Day hikes, snowshoe trips, mine tours, etc. will require not only sturdy hiking boots, but also layers of clothing like long underwear, comfortable sweaters and pants, and waterproof outerwear.  A day-pack for carrying extra clothing, food, and water will be needed.  On overnight backpack trips, a pack, sleeping bag and pad, and tents will be needed—these can be rented, if necessary, from local stores or the Recreation Center on campus.

How do I sign up to go on field trips?

A list of dates and field trips will be available at the beginning of each semester (click the Activities button).  In the fall, students can sign up for a field trip at the opening picnic held just before the first week of classes.  Students who signed up for a given trip will be contacted a week or so in advance of that trip about the time and date of an informational meeting that will discuss plans, times of departure, equipment needed, etc.  In the spring semester, announcements about trips are made by email and sign-up sheets are available in the BRAP office.    Because space is limited on each trip, students need to be watchful for emailed announcements and be prompt in signing up to ensure they get a place on a trip.

Can I participate in BRAP for more than one year?

Yes, we welcome sophomores to live in the dorm and participate in BRAP activities.  Furthermore, you can continue to take BRAP classes and participate in our activities as a sophomore even if you don’t live in Baker Hall.

If I leave Baker RAP, can I get a refund of the BRAP fee?

No, this fee is non-refundable, unless a student withdraws from the university before the drop/add period in the fall.

What does the RAP fee cover?

Students who are members of RAPs on the Boulder Campus pay a special fee.  This fee covers all the salaries of the instructors, field trip costs (food, vehicle rentals, gas, special gear rentals), office supplies, and costs of special events, like the opening barbeque before classes.

How do BRAP courses differ from those offered by departments?

Freshman level courses offered by the departments are generally very large (200-600 students). Faculty generally do not get to know students unless they are very active in going to office hours of the faculty member. BRAP course are a special section of departmental courses, carrying the same name and credit as departments. BRAP instructors use the same textbook and follow the same syllabus as departmental courses. The same percentage of A’s, B’s and other grades are given in BRAP and departmental sections. However, enrollment in BRAP courses is not more than 20 students, and faculty members know each student’s name. Students find it easy to ask for help and find that the individual attention they get in BRAP courses greatly facilitates learning.

What are the BRAP course requirements?

Students in BRAP must take a minimum of one 3-credit course in the fall and one 3-credit course in the spring.  Students are encouraged, when space is available, to take more than one BRAP course in a given semester.

How do I register for courses?

Admitted students will be mailed an information packet in early May. You will send back via email, fax or mail the course request form which will be used to enroll you in a Baker RAP course. When you come to CU during the summer for freshman orientation, a special meeting will be scheduled at which you will meet with BRAP faculty and staff. At that time, a tentative schedule of classes, based on your stated interests, for which you’ve already been registered will be provided. You may change, add or delete any classes from that schedule the next day during registration after you meet with your academic advisor. Changes in class schedules after the beginning of classes by contacting the BRAP Program Assistant, Claire Figel, who is located in the Baker Hall RAP offices, Baker Hall room 200H. Registration for spring courses is completed by students on the dates assigned by the university. Assistance with spring registration can be provided by Claire Figel.

Do I have to be interested in natural science or the environment to participate in BRAP?

No. While most of our students are interested in biology, chemistry, geology, archeology, paleontology, astronomy or environmental sciences, we have a number of open-option (no major declared) students, plus some students from colleges other than Arts and Sciences. Baker RAP benefits from the richness of a variety of interests, backgrounds and viewpoints among students.

About Living in Baker Hall

Should I bring a bike?

Yes, a bike is very useful.  There are many bike racks outside of Baker Hall.  All bikes must be registered.  For information on registering your bike see the Parking Services website.

Is Baker Hall completely co-ed?

Men and women students are primarily divided by wings, but are sometimes across the hallway from each other.

Is Baker Hall a secure building?

Baker Hall is a secure building. Living areas and classrooms can only be entered through locked doors.

How do I find out my room assignment and roommate?

All residence hall room assignments are managed by the Housing Reservation Center. You are welcome to contact them with any questions you may have about the halls or living environments at 303-492-6871 or by visiting the Housing website.

Are the rooms air-conditioned?

No.  We suggest you bring fans for the warm days in August and May.

Are the bathrooms co-ed?

No, there are separate bathrooms for men and women, conveniently located in each hallway. All bathrooms have showers.

What public transportation is available near the University?

Both Boulder and Denver are served by the Regional Transportation District (RTD), and several buses stop near the CU-Boulder campus. CU-Boulder also provides Stampede and Buff Bus Shuttles around campus.  All CU-Boulder students ride the RTD and CU buses free with their Buff One cards. More information can be found on the Parking Services website or on the RTD website.

Should I have a car?

Based on current information, it appears that freshman will not be allowed to have cars on campus.  In special cases, in which students live in rural areas of Colorado or have jobs off campus, some freshman may be allowed to get a parking permit.  For information about parking, please see the Parking Services website or call (303) 492-7384.

Should I bring a printer?

Many students decide to have a printer in their rooms, but it is not necessary to have your own printer. Printers are available in Norlin Library and elsewhere on campus. See the Student Printing and Scanning website for further information.

What do the rooms come equipped with?

All Baker dorm rooms have wireless Internet access and a microwave/refrigerator.   A bed, desk, desk chair, bookcase, dresser, closet and study lamp are provided for each occupant.