Students wishing to change or add colleges or schools within the CU Boulder campus must obtain an application from the college or school to which they wish to transfer or add.


Students from another school or college on the CU Boulder campus, including the new Program in Exploratory Studies (PES), who wish to transfer into the College of Arts and Sciences must meet the following minimum requirements.

Minimum requirements to apply to IUT into the College of Arts and Sciences:

  • 24 credit hours completed or in progress
  • CU GPA of at least 2.0 in completed coursework (12 credit hours or more)

While students can apply to arts and sciences before completing 24 credit hours, they will not be matriculated into arts and sciences until they have completed 24 credit hours and their CU GPA is still above a 2.0. A course is not considered to be “in progress” until after the term census (the third Friday of fall or spring term.)

All students who apply to IUT into arts and sciences must choose a degree-granting major offered by the college. A student cannot IUT into arts and sciences and declare an open option major.

First-year students, who were admitted to another degree granting school or college at CU Boulder, but not those admitted to PES, and who wish to pursue a second degree in A&S or change to an A&S major, may IUT during their first full academic year without meeting the usual IUT credit requirements provided that they have no GPA or their GPA is a 2.0 or higher.

The College of Arts and Sciences recommends that students, who are planning to IUT into the college, complete the following arts and sciences general education coursework before they complete the IUT process:

  • A lower-division written communication course 
  • A quantitative reasoning and mathematical skills course that is appropriate for their intended arts and sciences major

To Apply

  1. Please thoroughly read through and print the Memorandum of Understanding
  2. Contact an arts and sciences advisor to schedule a major declaration meeting by visiting MyCUHub.
  3. Bring your Memorandum of Understanding document to your major declaration meeting.
  4. Email the Memorandum of Understanding (signed by an A&S academic advisor) and your IUT application to

Students will be notified by email of the result of their IUT application and if admitted to A&S, students can then find their academic advisor assignment on MyCUInfo beginning the term for which they were admitted. Remember that students can only schedule an advising appointment through MyCUHub.

Please note that the above MOU and IUT forms are not accessible for screen readers and is in the process of remediation. For immediate assistance, please contact the office of disability services.

Arts & Sciences Requirements

General Requirements

  • 120 total credit-hours
  • 45 upper-division (UD) credit-hours/18 UD in major
  • 30 minimum credit-hours in major for Bachelor of Arts/50 for Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • 75 credit-hours outside major
  • 90 credit-hours of arts and sciences coursework
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA in all CU Boulder coursework/2.0 GPA in all major coursework

Credit Hour Requirements After Matriculation to CU Boulder (Residency Requirements)

  • Complete at least 45 credit hours on the Boulder campus
  • Complete at least 30 credit hours in upper-division courses offered by an arts and sciences department on the Boulder campus.
  • Complete at least 12 credit hours in upper-division  courses that apply to the major on the Boulder campus.

Please visit the catalog for more information

Double Degree

A double-degree is not the same as a double-major. Double-degree indicates that a student is pursing two different programs of study in two different colleges (e.g., a student may be majoring in psychology in A&S and majoring in business administration) or that the student is pursuing two A&S majors, but one is Bachelor of Arts and one is Bachelor of Fine Arts (e.g., a student may be majoring in psychology and studio arts).

Minimum Academic Preparation Standards (MAPS)

MAPS refers to the courses that students are expected to take prior to admission to the university. Usually a student’s high school coursework will fulfill these requirements. If a student did not complete MAPS in high school, they will need to complete them before graduation from CU Boulder. One unit of a high school course is equivalent to one semester of a college level course.

  • 4 units of English
  • 4 units of math
  • 3 units of natural science Including two years of lab sciences (one of which must be chemistry or physics)
  • 3 units of social science Including one year of geography (many out-of-state students need this requirement)
  • 3rd-Level of a single foreign language = three full years in high school or a third-level college semester

Gen Ed Requirements

Please visit the arts and sciences main site for gen ed requirements

Additional Requirements

  • All arts and sciences students are required to declare a degree granting major before completing 45 credit-hours.
  • Students must earn a grade of at least a C- to fulfill major requirements.
  • Elective hours allow students to take classes that are of interest, even if they fall outside of other requirements.
  • Minor or certificate: minors and certificates generally range from 18 to 24 credit-hours, at least 9 of which must be upper-division. Minors and certificates are not a degree requirement of arts and sciences but are available for students to pursue.
  • Electives: classes with a D- or better can apply to elective credit (but must be completed with the grade of C- or better if the course is also being applied to a second major or minor); students also have up to 6 credit-hours of pass/fail that can be applied to elective-only classes.
  • Students must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA in their major, second major, and minor
  • If a student’s cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0, they will be placed on academic probation. See the A&S academic advising site for more information on academic probation and suspension.