Academic Success and Resources

Where can I find a list of Academic Resources including free tutoring opportunities?

Please click here to see a list of resources available through the College of Engineering Academic Support.

Sigma Gamma Tau (SGT) is the Aerospace Honors Society and they offer free tutoring for many courses. Please visit the SGT Website for more information.

Engineering Management Certificate

I’m interested in the Engineering Management Certificate. Who can I talk to about this program? What EMEN classes will count as Professional Area Electives? What will the other classes count toward?

Please click here to visit the EMP website. Please contact them to talk about the specifics and how to sign up for the certificate.

There are two certificates. The Engineering Management Certificate is the most popular certificate. If you plan to start your own business you should do the Entrepreneurship Certificate. Junior Year is the best time to start the EMEN Certificate. Only a few of these courses can count towards Professional Area Electives. The others will count as Free Electives. Please see below (next to each course) what the course will count towards in the ASEN major requirements:


  • EMEN 4100 Engineering Economics (Jr Fall) = FREE ELECTIVE
  • EMEN 4030 Project Management (Jr Spring) = PROFESSIONAL AREA ELECTIVE
  • EMEN 4850 Technology Ventures & Marketing -(Sr Fall) = FREE ELECTIVE
  • EMEN 4050 Leadership and Professional Skills (Sr Spring) = PROFESSIONAL AREA ELECTIVE


  • EMEN 4100 Engineering Economics (Jr Fall) = FREE ELECTIVE
  • EMEN 4030 Project Management (Jr Spring) = PROFESSIONAL AREA ELECTIVE
  • EMEN 4850 Technology Ventures & Marketing -(Sr Fall) = FREE ELECTIVE
  • EMEN 4825 Business Plan Development -(Sr Spring) = PROFESSIONAL AREA ELECTIVE
  • EMEN 4840 Independent Study: Senior Project Entrepreneurial Development (2 credits total and 1 per semester during Sr Fall and Spring) = FREE ELECTIVE

Faculty Advising

How often do students have to meet with their Faculty Advisor?

Students are encouraged to meet with their Faculty Mentor once a semester but are not required to meet with them every semester. All undergraduate ASEN students are encouraged to meet with their Faculty Advisor in the Fall semester.

Many of the sessions occur in a group setting so that you can meet upper-classmen that share similar interests in research.

Where can I find the name of the Faculty Mentor that was assigned to me and how can I contact them?

In the Student Center of MyCUInfo. It is in the blue box on the right side of the page.

Graduation Information for Seniors

I'm planning to graduate this year - what do I need to do?
  • Students planning to graduate must apply for graduation through MyCUInfo. A step-by-step guide is available available on the Registrar's Graduation and Commencement website.
  • You are eligible to graduate at the end of the term in which you have successfully completed all of the requirements for the degree(s) and major(s) you are pursuing. You must apply to graduate for the term in which you complete your degree requirements. Students graduate and degrees are conferred at the end of the fall, spring or summer semesters.


Where can I find information about the College of Engineering Recognition Ceremony?

Please click here to find information about both the December & May College Of Engineering Recognition Ceremony.

Honor Code

What are the Instructions for the Honor Code Quiz and where can I find the Enrollment Code?

Download a Student Honor Code PDF that explains how to do the Honor Code Quiz and includes the Enrollment Code.

What is the website for the Honor Code Quiz?

The site for new incoming freshmen & transfer students The Center for Business Performance Improvement

Humanities and Social Sciences

Where can I find the official list of Humanities & Social Science Electives?

Please click here if you matriculated in Fall 2007 or after.

What are the requirements for Humanities & Social Sciences (H&SS)?

Students need to fulfill:

  • 9 credit hours of lower-division (1000 & 2000-level courses)
  • 6 credit hours of upper-division (3000 & 4000-level courses)
  • 3 credit hour upper-division writing course.  The choices are WRTG 3030, WRTG 3035 or HUEN 3100. HUEN 1010 can only be used by students who took the course in the fall, spring, or Maymester of their freshmen year.

The total number of H&SS credit hours that need to be completed is 18 semester credit hours.

What is the best way to search for open classes this semester (or next semester) for H&SS classes on the approved list of courses?

Please follow these directions:

You can find open H&SS classes by using the Class Search feature in MyCUInfo for the current or future semester.

  • Go to the Student Center for MyCUInfo and do "Class Search". Or you can use the Course Search tool
  • Then Select the semester/term
  • You do NOT need to put in a Course Subject
  • Then click on “show open classes only”
  • Then click on Additional Search Criteria
  • Then click on Class Attributes
  • Then drop down menu of Arts & Sciences Core Curriculum
  • Then pick one of the following Attribute Values: Ideals & Values, Literature & the Arts, historical context, US History, Contemporary Societies, Human Diversity & foreign language. Any of those classes are fair game for engineering H&SS requirements.

Please use this tool to search for open H&SS classes that fit your schedule. You'll need to click on the class to see if you have the prerequisites for them.

I noticed that HUEN 3100 is listed as both an upper-division H&SS class as well as an upper-division writing class. Can I use this class for both requirements?

No. You must complete 6 credit hours of upper-division H&SS as well as 3 credit hours of upper-division writing for a total of 9 upper-division credits. You may not "double-dip" with HUEN 3100.

There's a class that I'm really interested in taking. How can I find out if it will count as a H&SS elective?

The easiest way to find out if a class will count as a H&SS elective is to search through this website.

I received a lot of credits from AP/IB/Transfer credit. How do I know which of those classes count towards H&SS requirements?

Please log into MyCUInfo. From there, click on the “Degree Audit/ Transfer Credit Evaluation” link. Further directions on how to run your degree audit can be found by clicking here.

There is a class I want to take that is NOT on the approved list of Engineering H&SS courses. Will it count as a Humanities/Social Sciences elective?


Do Geology (GEOL) or Astronomy/Astrophysics (ASTR) courses count as H&SS electives?

No. They are science classes. However, ASTR 2000 Ancient Astronomies of the World does count for LDHSS.

Do any of the following classes count as H&SS electives? ASTR 1110, 1120, 1010, 1020?

No. They are science classes.

Upper-Division Writing Requirement

What classes fulfill the Upper-Division Writing Requirement and what are the differences between each course?
  • WRTG 3030 Writing on Science & Society, WRTG 3035 Technical Communication & Design & HUEN 3100 Humanities for Engineers 1 (Junior Seminar). To get the most updated course description for each course, look them up in the university course catalog.
  • WRTG 3035 Technical Communication & Design is a great class because it is technical writing & technical presentation skills in the context of designing something for a customer. Dr. Rolf Norgaard designed this course with engineering students in mind. Here's the course description: Rhetorically informed introduction to technical writing that hones communication skills in the context of technical design activities. Treats design as a collaborative, user-oriented, problem-based activity, and technical communication as a rhetorically informed and persuasive design art. Taught as a writing workshop emphasizing critical thinking, revision, and oral presentation skills. Focuses on client-driven design projects and effective communication with multiple stakeholders.
  • WRTG 3030 Writing on Science and Society - here's the course description: Through selected reading and writing assignments, students consider ethical and social ramifications of science policy and practice. Focuses on critical thinking, analytical writing, and oral presentation. Taught as a writing workshop, the course addresses communication with professional and non-technical audiences.
  • HUEN 3100 Humanities for Engineers 1 (Junior Seminar) is an awesome class! Here's the course description: First course in a two-semester sequence of Herbst Humanities Program for engineering students. Small group seminar that explores the values and ideals of culturally and historically significant novelists, artists, dramatists, and philosophers. No you do not need to take the second course (HUEN 3200) if you don't want to. Yes, this course will be the most time-consuming out of the three choices.
I noticed that HUEN 3100 is listed as both an upper-division H&SS class as well as an upper-division writing class. Can I use this class for both requirements?

No.  You must complete 6 credit hours of upper-division H&SS as well as 3 credit hours of upper-division writing for a total of 9 upper-division credits. You may NOT "double-dip" with HUEN 3100.

I tried to register for WRTG 3030 but it would not let me register for the class. Why can't I register for it?
  • If you don't have 60 credit hours under your belt you will not be allowed to register for WRTG 3030 because it is restricted to Juniors & Seniors (i.e. 60 credit hours or more).  Since this is a degree requirement for all engineering students they don't usually allow lower-classmen into the class as it usually fills up quickly.  Also the course is designed for students who are third year college students because the cognitive ability of a third year college student is very different from the cognitive ability of a first or second year college student.
  • Are you trying to register for section 800 or 801?  Those two sections are restricted to foreign students - i.e. students who do not have English as their first language.  If you are not a foreign student or if your first language is English, you will NOT be allowed to take this section.
Can I take WRTG 3030 online?

Yes, you may but keep in mind that courses taught through the Division of Continuing Education are not part of your regular CU-Boulder tuition & bill - i.e. it will cost extra.


I'm interested in getting a minor. Where can I find a list of classes?
Am I required to obtain a minor?

No, minors are not required. However, some minors can make you more marketable for future positions in industry.

When should I declare a minor?

If you're pretty certain that you'd like to begin taking classes for a particular minor, it's better to declare early. Once you've declared a minor then you can work with an advisor in that department to make sure you're taking the correct courses. Keep in mind that if you haven't declared a minor and the department decides to change the requirements, you will have to adjust to those requirements. Declaring early is best.

Professional Area Electives

What are Professional Area Electives (PAEs) and how many credits do I have to complete?

Professional Area Electives are 3000, 4000, & 5000-level Math, Science & Engineering Courses.  Students can use PAE courses to specialize their degree focus.  Aerospace majors must complete 15 credit hours of Professional Area Electives. 

Where can I find a list of Professional Area Electives?
  • Since PAEs are 3000, 4000 or 5000-level Math, Science or Engineering courses there is not an official list. You can download a list of PAEs that are available. Students must make sure that they have the prerequisites for the courses. Please view the University Course Catalog, the department or Course Search to obtain the most current information about each course. Some courses are not technical in nature (i.e. ASEN 3036 Introduction to Human Spaceflight which counts as a UDHSS course) so if you are not sure please email Claire Yang.

Another source is to look at the Graduate Program Focus Areas. For specific courses and course numbers, please read the Graduate Handbook. Graduate Courses in ASEN are restricted to graduate students and BS/MS students. Seniors will need instructor consent to take 5000-level ASEN courses. To obtain instructor consent, please email the instructor and give them your GPA. If they approve of your enrollment into their class they will need to either email Carrie Simon or Claire Yang to register you for the class.

What are some courses that ASEN students have found useful and interesting?
  • The 5000-level ASEN courses are all excellent but they are restricted to graduate students and students currently enrolled in the Aerospace BS/MS program. Seniors in ASEN need instructor consent in order to take the class.
  • APPM 3310-3 Matrix Methods is a great class for aerospace majors.  I call it "The Great A-ha Class" because students get more "a-ha" moments during the ASEN classes if they have taken it.  Also, if you are interested in doing the BS/MS, this class is a must. If you plan to take ASEN 5014, 5070, 5007 then you should definitely take Matrix Methods.
  •  EMEN 5080-3 Engineering Ethics.  Many students have commented on how much they liked this class and how useful it was to them.  It is normally offered in the spring.
  • ASEN 4114/5114-3 Automatic Control Systems (fall only)
  • ASEN 4519-010 Aerobotics/Microavionics (fall only)
  • ASEN 4138-3 Aircraft Design (fall only)
  • ASEN 4148/5148-3 Spacecraft Design (spring only)
  • ASEN 4178-3 Human Factors in Engineering & Design
  • APPM 4650-3 Numerical Analysis 1 (offered fall & spring)
  • APPM 4350-3 Fourier Series (fall only)
  • APPM 4360-3 Complex Variables (spring only)
  • APPM 3350-3 Advanced Engineering Calculus (fall only)
  • ASEN 4123-3 Vibration Analysis (fall only)
  • ASEN 4222-3 Composite Manufacturing
  • MCEN 3025-3 Component Design
  • ASTR 4800-3 Space Science: Practice & Policy
  • CHEN 4630-1 Intellectual Property Law and Engineering


Where can I find out when I register for classes?

. Please log onto MyCUInfo

  • Select the Student Tab
  • Look under Academic Resources
  • Select Register for Classes
  • This will take you into the Student Center
  • On the right side you'll see several blue boxes.  The box called "Enrollment Dates" will list your "Enrollment Assignment".  Your Enrollment Assignment lists the date you can register for classes.  If you click on the "details" link it will show what time on that day that you can begin registering for classes. BTW one of the blue boxes lists the name of your Faculty Mentor.
It says that I have a hold on my registration. How can I find out what the hold is and how to resolve it?

Please see the answer to the question above and follow the same directions.  One of the blue boxes lists Holds. Click on Details.  This will take you to a screen that shows what the hold is. You will need to contact the department listed to remove the hold. If it is a Bursar's Office hold (i.e. unpaid balances, etc,) contact them - they often lift the hold for 24 hours so that you can register for classes.  Other holds usually need some sort of resolution before they can be lifted.

What classes should I take?
  • Please take a look at the AES Curriculum, which lists the courses required for the degree.
  • If you have additional questions, please email your advisor.
  • The Degree Audit (DARS) tool allows students to view their remaining degree requirements. You can find this tool under Academic Resources once you log onto MyCUInfo (and select the Student Tab).