We're Here to Support Your Journey
Congratulations on your admission to the Applied Computer Science Post-Baccalaureate program at the University of Colorado Boulder! We’re thrilled to welcome you and offer you the knowledge, skills and professional credentials to help you meet your goals.
Dedicated Help to Foster Your Success
Our Academic Advisor is here to help you identify academic and professional goals, access any university resources you might need to achieve those goals, and help you focus on life and learning.
During your time in the degree program, she will be your liaison to various university departments. Whether you need help registering for classes, paying your tuition, or applying for graduation, your academic advisor is your advocate at CU Boulder.
Shortly after being admitted and once fully matriculated into the program, you will receive a welcome email to your CU student email account and instructions on how to set up an appointment with your academic advisor. You must meet with your advisor before you can register for classes your first term in the program.
The following information outlines everything you need to get started on your academic journey at CU Boulder. This page is full of important information and resources, so we encourage you to bookmark it for your reference. In addition to the information in this section, you will receive email communications from the program to guide you as an incoming student.
Activate Your IdentiKey & CU Email
The first step is to activate your IdentiKey login. Your IdentiKey is a unique credential that provides you with access to a majority of our campus systems and services.
You will also need to set-up your CU Boulder email account. All official forms of communication will be through this account, so it is important that you log in regularly.
Complete Your Pre-Registration Tasks
Before you can register for classes, there are a few pre-registration items that you need to complete including updating your contact information, accepting the tuition and fee agreement, and applying for and authorizing the College Opportunity Fund (Colorado Residents Only). Log into the Buff Portal to complete these items.
Get to Know the CU Buff Portal
The Buff Portal is also known as the student portal and is where you’ll manage your student transactions while you’re at CU Boulder. Upon first logging into Buff Portal, you must consent to conduct business electronically during your time at CU Boulder. Students also have the option of conducting official university business in-person.
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Registration & Enrollment
Program Policy and Requirements
The following section outlines the policies specific to the Applied Computer Science Post-Baccalaureate program. Please contact the program’s academic advisor if you have questions or concerns about policies and requirements outlined by the program, the College of Engineering & Applied Science or the university.
The graduation requirements for the Applied Computer Science Post-Baccalaureate program are as follows:
- You must receive an overall GPA in the program of at least 2.000 (prior to December 2021, this threshold was 2.250)
- You must complete a minimum of 45 credit hours within the Applied Computer Science Post-Baccalaureate program
- You cannot receive a grade lower than C- in any class in the program.
Note: If no grade higher than C- is achieved in all classes, this will not result in the minimum GPA required to graduate.
- If you receive a grade below C- in a class, you must retake that class.
- Once matriculated into the program, you are required to register for the online Applied Computer Science section 001 classes and must have chosen the letter grade option in order to receive credit for those classes.
You are required to complete 45 credit hours of computer science courses in order to graduate. The residency requirement for the program is that of the 45 credit hours, 30 credit hours must be taken from courses in the program (online courses) while the student is matriculated in the program as an Applied Computer Science Post-Baccalaureate student.
The College of Engineering and Applied Science policy states that students enrolled in the Applied Computer Science Post-Baccalaureate program may not earn minors and cannot register for on-campus courses. Please note: If you attempt to register for on-campus courses, you will be dropped from those courses by the Registrar’s Office and/or your academic advisor.
You can complete the program by following a 1-year, 1.5-year (both considered accelerated pathways), 2-year or 3-year pathway to completion. Register for the appropriate classes as listed on the pathway you have decided on. For students in the accelerated pathway, with petition approval, a registration hold will be placed to prevent enrolling in future semesters without first meeting with an advisor to discuss your proposed schedule. Accelerated pathways, both 1-year & 1.5-year tracks, are where 4 or more classes in fall/spring terms, or 3 or more classes in summer term, are proposed.
If you are enrolled in the program but do not register for classes for three consecutive semesters, you will need to reapply to the program. If you plan to take a semester or two off before enrolling in classes again, you should notify your academic advisor that you are taking a semester off and when you plan to return.
Students in the Applied Computer Science Post-Baccalaureate program will be reviewed for academic standing immediately following the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.
Good academic standing is considered a cumulative GPA of at least 2.000. If your cumulative GPA falls below this threshold, your academic status will change to one of the following: Academic Alert, Academic Warning or Academic Suspension. Learn more about these classifications.
A Note on Repeated Courses
CU Boulder will automatically apply grade replacement if a student repeats the same course at CU Boulder. The most recent attempt will count in the cumulative GPA. The College of Engineering & Applied Science permits a student is a maximum of three attempts to demonstrate sufficient proficiency in a particular course required for their major, including attempts at CU Boulder or other collegiate institutions. A successful attempt means earning the minimum grade needed for a pre-requisite course or earning D- or higher if the course is not a pre-requisite.
As a student of the University of Colorado Boulder, you have a wealth of CU Boulder resources available to you. The most commonly used resources are listed and linked below for your easy access: