Degree and Certificate Requirements - Metropolitan State University of Denver (2024)

Students are responsible for full knowledge of the provisions and regulations pertaining to their program contained in this catalog and elsewhere. Students have final responsibility for completing the requirements for a degree and are urged to seek advising. Students should never assume that they have approval to deviate from a stated requirement without a properly signed statement to that effect. Please refer to the Academic Policies and Proceduresin this catalog.

For degree requirements, click on a link to be taken to the entry below.

  • Requirements for All Bachelor Degrees
  • Requirements for Extended Majors
  • Requirements for a Second Degree
  • Requirements for Concurrent Degrees
  • Requirements for Dual Majors
  • Certificate Requirements
  • General Studies Requirements
  • Senior Experience Graduation Requirement

Requirements for All Bachelor Degrees

To earn a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Music, or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, a student must satisfy the following minimum requirements, plus any others stipulated for the degree for which a student is a candidate. Please refer to the Academic Policies and Proceduresin this catalog.

  • Complete a minimum of 120 semester hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher for all coursework.
  • Complete at least 39semester hours in upper-division courses (3000- and 4000-level courses).
  • Complete all General Studies requirements listed for the degree and major.
  • Complete a three-credit hour Ethnic Studies & Social Justicecourse requirement.
  • Complete a three-credit hour Senior Experience course requirement. This course must be taken at MSU Denver.
  • Complete one subject major consisting of not less than 30 semester hours.
  • Students may not major and minor in the same discipline and are encouraged to obtain verification from an advisor if uncertainty exists.
  • Complete all requirements of the student’s department, school, or college.
  • Achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher in all MSU Denver courses that satisfy the requirements for the major and for all MSU Denver courses that satisfy requirements for a minor. Students should check with an advisor for special GPA program requirements.
  • File an application for graduation through the Student Hub with the Office of the Registrar according to published dates in the Academic Calendar.
  • Academic residency (classroom credit) requirements:
    • Complete either (1) a minimum of 30 semester hours of academic credit applicable to the degree at MSU Denver, including the last 12 semester hours applicable to the degree, or (2) a minimum of 45 semester hours applicable to the degree at MSU Denver.
    • Complete at least 8 upper-division (3000- and 4000-level courses) semester hours of the major and 3 upper-division semester hours of the minor at MSU Denver (classroom credit).
    • Students should be aware that University of Colorado Denver pooled courses will not satisfy academic residency requirements at MSU Denver. Physics (PHY) courses are excluded from this restriction. To use an MSU Denver-UCD pooled course for the last 12 hours residency requirement, a student must (1) complete a minimum of 30 hours of credit at MSU Denver prior to graduation and (2) obtain permission from the major or minor department prior to taking a pooled course to meet a requirement in the major or minor program. UCDpooled credit will not count towards the 50 resident credit hours required for Honors.

Requirements for Extended Majors

These majors require course work that is so extensive and in-depth that it may take more than 120 credits to complete the major.

Credit Limitations

  • No more than 30 semester hours of omnibus-numbered courses may be applied toward graduation requirements, except for music.
  • No more than 30 semester hours taken by correspondence may be applied toward a bachelor’s degree.
  • No more than 15 semester hours of internship credit may be applied toward a bachelor’s degree.
  • No more than 16 semester hours in human performance and leisure activity (ESSA) courses will be counted towards a bachelor’s degree for students who are not majoring in Human Performance and Sport.
  • No more than 4 semester hours in varsity sports (ATH) courses will be counted towards a bachelor’s degree for students who are not majoring in Human Performance and Sport.
  • No more than 7 semester hours in music ensemble courses will be counted toward a bachelor’s degree for students who are not majoring in music.
  • No more than 12 semester hours of independent study credit may be applied toward a bachelor’s degree.

Student Bill of Rights

The General Assembly implemented the Student Bill of Rights (C.R.S. 23-1-125) to assure that students enrolled in public institutions of higher education have the following rights:

  1. Students should be able to complete their associate of arts and associate of science degree programs in no more than sixty credit hours or their baccalaureate programs in no more than one hundred twenty credit hours unless there are additional degree requirements recognized by the commission;
  2. a student can sign a two-year or four-year graduation agreement that formalizes a plan for that student to obtain a degree in two or four years, unless there are additional degree requirements recognized by the commission;
  3. students have a right to clear and concise information concerning which courses must be completed successfully to complete their degrees;
  4. students have a right to know which courses are transferable among the state public two-year and four-year institutions of higher education;
  5. students, upon completion of core general education courses, regardless of the delivery method, should have those courses satisfy the core course requirements of all Colorado public institutions of higher education;
  6. students have a right to know if courses from one or more public higher education institutions satisfy the students’ degree requirements;
  7. a student’s credit for the completion of the core requirements and core courses shall not expire for ten years from the date of initial enrollment and shall be transferrable.

Requirements for a Second Bachelor’s Degree

To earn a second bachelor’s degree, a student must satisfy the following minimum requirements, plus any others stipulated for the degree for which a student is a candidate.

Students should be aware that depending on the amount of curricular overlap between the first-degree program and the second-degree program, it might be difficult or impossible to fulfill the degree requirement. Students should consult with an advisor in the department of the prospective program to determine the feasibility of a second-degree.

Please refer to theAcademic Policies and Proceduresin thiscatalog; requirements for a dual major can be found under Requirements for Dual Majors.

Students must comply with the following to be awarded an additional bachelor’s degree:

  • The first bachelor’s degree must be recognized by Metropolitan State University of Denver.
  • Declaration of a second bachelor’s degree major must be approved by the major department. Failure to do so may result in unawareness of issues with the completion of the degree requirements.
  • Students must complete all degree requirements for the major.
  • Students do not need to complete a minor unless specifically required by the major.
  • General Studies will be considered complete unless deficiencies exist according to the major program requirements.
  • Students must satisfy the Ethnic Studies & Social Justiceand Senior Experience course requirements for the second degree even if these requirements were met as part of the first degree.
  • Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher for all coursework taken after the awarding of the previous degree. Students should check with an advisor for special GPA program requirements.
  • An application for graduation must be filed through the Student Hub with the Office of the Registrar according to published dates in the Academic Calendar.

Academic Residency Requirements

  • Students previously awarded a bachelor’s degree by another accredited institution must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours at MSU Denver , with a minimum of eight semester hours in upper division courses (3000- and 4000-level courses) in the major, after the awarding of the previous degree.
  • Students previously awarded a bachelor’s degree by MSU Denver do not need to meet the academic residency requirements but must complete a minimum of eight semester hours in upper division courses (3000- and 4000-level courses) in the major and complete required coursework for their second degree.

Requirements for Concurrent Degrees

Students must comply with the following to be awarded two diplomas for two concurrent baccalaureate degrees of different types (e.g., B.S. and B.M.E.):

  • Declaration of concurrent degrees requires department approval(s) and must be made prior to completion of 90 hours. Both degrees must utilize the same catalog year.
  • Students who declare two degrees do not need to complete a minor unless the minor is specifically required for either of the majors.
  • Students must satisfy all requirements for both majors.
  • Students must complete a minimum requirement of eight unique MSU Denver upper-division semester hours for each major.
  • Students must complete a minimum requirement of 30 MSU Denver semester hours.
  • Students must complete a minimum upper division requirement of 40 hours total.
  • Students must complete university requirements for General Studies, including General Studies courses specific to each major.
  • Students must satisfy only one Ethnic Studies & Social JusticeCourse requirement.
  • Students must complete two unique Senior Experience courses.

Requirements for Dual Majors

Students must comply with the following to be awarded one diploma for a single baccalaureate degree with dual majors (B.A., B.F.A., B.M., B.M.E., or B.S.). See advisors in each of the majors for specific degree requirements.

  • Students who declare dual majors must select a primary major. A primary major is the major for which General Studies requirements will be satisfied (students who declare dual majors need not satisfy General Studies requirements for their second major).

  • Students who declare dual majors do not need to complete a minor unless the minor is specifically required for either of the majors.
  • Students who complete two concentrations under one major have not completed two majors.

Certificate Requirements

Students are responsible for full knowledge of the provisions and regulations pertaining to their program contained in this catalog and elsewhere. Students have final responsibility for completing the requirements for a certificate and are urged to seek advising. Students should never assume that they have approval to deviate from a stated requirement without a properly signed statement to that effect. Please refer to theAcademic Policies and Proceduresin this catalog.

To earn a certificate, a student must satisfy the following minimum requirements, plus any others stipulated for the certificate. For students in a standalone certificate program to receive financial aid, the certificate must be 24 credits or more and must be approved by the U.S. Department of Education prior to students enrolling.

  • Complete a minimum of 15 semester hours (or 18 hours for post-baccalaureate certificates) as recommended by the certificate program. Credit hours may not be waived from certificate programs.
  • Complete all special requirements of a department, school, or college.
  • Achieve at least a “C” or higher in each of the certificate courses. The courses may not be taken Pass/Fail.
  • A maximum of one course substitution is permitted per certificate. Lower division courses may not replace upper division courses.
  • File an application for graduation through the Student Hubwith the Office of the Registrar according to published dates in the Academic Calendar.
  • Academic residency (classroom credit) requirements:
    • Complete a minimum of 60% of semester hours applicable to the certificate at MSU Denver.
    • Students should be aware that University of Colorado Denver pooled courses will not satisfy academic residency requirements at MSU Denver. Physics (PHY) courses are excluded from this restriction.

General Studies Requirements

A baccalaureate degree includes a broad-based education that prepares students for the more focused study of the academic major. The general education component of the degree equips each student with crucial intellectual skills in analysis, research, and communication, in addition to foundational skills. General education coursework offers an introduction to a broad range of studies in the natural sciences, the human condition, aesthetic experience, and global and cultural diversity.

Click here to view the complete General Studies curriculum.

Ethnic Studies & Social Justice and Senior Experience Course Requirements

In addition to completing the General Studies requirements, a student must complete a 3-credit ESSJ course and a 3-credit Senior Experience course, or selection of courses, to be awarded a bachelor’s degree from MSU Denver. The ESSJ course does not require three credits as a separate category and can be taken in the major, minor, or as an elective. The rules pertaining to those requirements and the courses that will satisfy those requirements are described below.

Ethnic Studies & Social Justice Graduation Requirements

The Ethnic Studies & Social Justice (ESSJ) curriculum requirement is designed to equip students with the tools to challenge, understand, and contextualize the treatment of racially and ethnically marginalized groups in the United States. As a fluid and contested space, the United States has been a historically, geographically, and politically contingent region. These courses center the experiences of marginalized groups and examine the ways in which the existences and experiences of these groups have been historically shaped by oppression and systems of white supremacy. ESSJ coursework interrogates relationships between power, privilege, and oppression.

Senior Year Assessment Examinations and Other Activities

In their senior year, students may be required to participate in an assessment of their education. The faculty has determined educational goals or outcomes that it wants graduates to achieve. A copy of those goals and the methods by which their achievements are measured can be obtained from the department offices.

The Senior Experience course provides a culmination of the undergraduate experience, allowing students to synthesize their learning, using critical analysis and logical thinking. Students may use the course to satisfy major or minor requirements if the course is approved for that use. Students should consult with their advisor and check prerequisites. Students must complete a Senior Experience course at the end of the undergraduate program and must take the course or courses at MSU Denver. Senior Experience courses include “senior standing” as a prerequisite in addition to other prerequisites designated by the department. In some cases, students may need to take two courses to satisfy the requirement. See an advisor in the major for specific degree requirements.

Senior Experience Courses

The following courses are approved to satisfy the Senior Experience requirement. Students should review the requirements of their specific degree program to see which Senior Experience course is required for that program. If uncertainty exists as to which Senior Experience course is appropriate, the student should consult the department offering the student’s degree program.

  • AAS 4850 - Research Seminar in Africana Studies Credits: 3
  • AES 4210 - Airport Planning and Management II Credits: 3
  • AES 4910 - Aviation and Aerospace Strategic Planning Credits: 3
  • AES 4930 - Professional Flight Standards Seminar Credits: 3
  • AMS 4700 - Team Project Experience Credits: 3
  • AMS 4940 - Capstone: Advanced Manufacturing Project Planning and Process Development Credits: 3
  • AMS 4950 - Professional Internship Credits: 1-15
  • ANT 4100 - Biological Anthropology Research Design Credits: 3
  • ANT 4251 - Advanced Ethnographic Field Experience Credits: 3
  • ANT 4710 - Advanced Archaeological Research Credits: 3
  • ART 4701 - Studio Art Senior Experience: Exhibition and Thesis Credits: 3
  • ART 4703 - Student Teaching and Seminar: Elementary K-6 Credits: 6
  • ART 4710 - Art Senior Experience Credits: 3
  • BIO 4230 - Issues in Conservation Biology Credits: 3
  • BIO 4271 - Parasitology Credits: 4
  • BIO 4300 - Neurobiology Credits: 3
  • BIO 4510 - Microbial Ecology Credits: 4
  • BIO 4540 - Plant Ecology Credits: 4
  • BIO 4550 - Animal Ecology Credits: 4
  • BIO 4820 - Developmental Biology Credits: 4
  • BIO 4850 - Evolution Credits: 3
  • BVG 4850 - Applied Brewing Operations Credits: 3
  • CDES 4600 - Communication Design Portfolio Development Credits: 3
  • CDES 4721 - Communication Design Senior Experience: Exhibition and Thesis Credits: 3
  • CET 4100 - Capstone: Design Project I Credits: 1
  • CET 4110 - Capstone: Design Project II Credits: 2
  • CHE 4300 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Credits: 4
  • CHE 4390 - Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory Credits: 3
  • CHE 4710 - Criminalistics Internship II Credits: 3
  • CHE 4950 - Senior Experience in Chemistry Credits: 3
  • CHE 4960 - Senior Experience in Biochemistry Credits: 3
  • CHS 4850 - Research Experience in Chicana/o Studies Credits: 3
  • CIS 4050 - Systems Analysis and Design Credits: 3
  • CIS 4920 - Health Care Information Systems Internship Credits: 3
  • CJC 4700 - Capstone Seminar in Criminal Justice and Criminology Credits: 3
  • CLD 4225 - CLD Residency II Credits: 3-9
  • COMM 4420 - Freedom of Speech Credits: 3
  • COMM 4910 - Applied Communication Research Project Credits: 3
  • COMM 4920 - Senior Seminar Credits: 3
  • COMM 4930 - Senior Communication Internship Credits: 3-6
  • CPE 4700 - Senior Design I Credits: 1
  • CPE 4800 - Senior Design II Credits: 2
  • CPM 4950 - Professional Internship Credits: 1-15
  • CS 4360 - Senior Experience in Computer Science Credits: 4
  • CYB 4990 - Capstone Seminar in Cybersecurity Credits: 3
  • DANC 4990 - Dance Senior Experience Credits: 3
  • DSML 4360 - Senior Experience in Data Science and Machine Learning Credits: 4
  • ECO 3459 - Policy Debates in the History of Economic Thought Credits: 3
  • ECO 4800 - Economic Policy Analysis Credits: 3
  • ECE 4350 - Senior Experience in Early Childhood Education Credits: 6
  • ECE 4390 - Student Teaching and Seminar: Early Childhood (Preschool through Third Grade) Credits: 6,12
  • ECE 4395 - Student Teaching and Seminar: Early Childhood Special Education (Preschool through Third Grade) Credits: 6 or 12
  • ECE 4425 - Early Childhood Residency II Credits: 9
  • EDS 4010 - Action Research within Communities of Practice Credits: 3
  • EDS 4290 - Student Teaching and Seminar: Secondary 7-12 Credits: 6,12
  • EDU 4115 - Residency I Credits: 3-7
  • EDU 4116 - CLD Residency I Credits: 3-7
  • EDU 4190 - Elementary Student Teaching and Seminar: K-6 Credits: 6,12
  • EDU 4225 - Residency II Credits: 9
  • EDU 4226 - CLD Residency II Credits: 9
  • EET 4100 - Senior Project I Credits: 1
  • EET 4110 - Senior Project II Credits: 2
  • ENG 4500 - Senior Project Credits: 3
  • ENG 4520 - Creative Writing Capstone Credits: 3
  • ENG 4540 - Professional Writing and Rhetoric Capstone Credits: 3
  • ENG 4640 - Teaching English, 7-12 Credits: 3
  • ENG 4660 - Teaching Literature and Language K-6 Credits: 3
  • ENV 4960 - Global Environmental Challenges Credits: 3
  • ENV 4970 - Environmental Field Studies Credits: 3
  • ESS 4950 - Community Coaching for Health Credits: 3
  • EVE 4610 - Senior Design Project Credits: 3
  • EXS 4880 - Internship in Exercise Science Credits: 10
  • FER 4610 - Disaster Planning and Control Credits: 3
  • FRE 4520 - Modern French Theater Credits: 3
  • FRE 4530 - The French Novel Credits: 3
  • GEG 4975 - Geography Capstone Credits: 3
  • GEL 4970 - Undergraduate Research in Geology Credits: 3
  • GIS 4890 - Advanced GIS Project Credits: 3
  • GIS 4910 - Satellite Image Processing and Analysis Credits: 3
  • GIS 4920 - Advanced Directed Study in Geospatial Sciences Credits: 3
  • GWS 4750 - Feminist Research and Activism Credits: 3
  • HCM 4161 - Disaster Planning and Control Credits: 3
  • HCM 4510 - Health Care Management Practicum Credits: 6
  • HCM 4610 - Health Professions Internship Credits: 3
  • HCM 4920 - Health Care Information Systems Internship Credits: 3
  • HIS 4010 - Methods of Teaching Social Science: Secondary School Credits: 3
  • HIS 4820 - Senior Seminar Credits: 3
  • HLDR 4500 - Applied Leadership in Hospitality Credits: 3
  • HLDR 4800 - Applied Hospitality and Tourism Concept Development Credits: 3
  • HON 4300 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Credits: 4
  • HON 4830 - Workforce Diversity Credits: 3
  • HON 4910 - Aviation and Aerospace Strategic Planning Credits: 3
  • HON 4960 - Global Environmental Challenges Credits: 3
  • HSP 4025 - Peer Health Education- Field Experience Credits: 3
  • HSP 4780 - Human Services Internship II Credits: 8
  • HSP 4840 - Human Services Internship Credits: 5-20
  • HSP 4880 - Addiction Studies Internship Credits: 5 or 15
  • HTE 4000 - Hospitality Field Experience Credits: 3
  • HTL 4500 - Applied Hotel Management Credits: 3
  • IND 4960 - Professional Internship Credits: 3
  • ITP 4900 - Theories and Application of Knowledge for Integrative Health Credits: 3
  • ITP 4950 - Community Coaching for Health Credits: 3
  • ITP 4999 - Applied Learning with Lifestyle Medicine Credits: 3
  • JMP 4500 - Ethical and Legal Issues in Journalism Credits: 3
  • JMP 4790 - Senior Seminar Credits: 3
  • LING 4060 - Modern Language Theory Credits: 3
  • MET 4100 - Senior Project I Credits: 1
  • MET 4110 - Senior Project II Credits: 2
  • MGT 4420 - Entrepreneurial Business Planning Credits: 3
  • MGT 4430 - Operationalizing a Small Business Credits: 3
  • MGT 4700 - Global Management Credits: 3
  • MGT 4830 - Workforce Diversity Credits: 3
  • MGT 4950 - Strategic Management Credits: 3
  • MKT 4250 - Advanced Selling Credits: 3
  • MTH 4210 - Probability Theory Credits: 4
  • MTH 4410 - Real Analysis I Credits: 4
  • MTH 4480 - Numerical Analysis I Credits: 4
  • MTL 4630 - Teaching Secondary Mathematics Credits: 4
  • MTR 4600 - Meteorology Research Seminar Credits: 3
  • MUS 4740 - Senior Recital Performance Credits: 3
  • MUS 4790 - Senior Recital Project Credits: 1
  • MUS 4800 - Seminar in Music Repertoire Credits: 2
  • MUS 4899 - Commercial Music Capstone Credits: 3
  • MUS 4950 - Senior Project Credits: 3
  • NUR 4860 - Nursing Capstone: Culmination of the Magnet Journey Credits: 3
  • NURA 4850 - Nursing Senior Experience Credits: 5
  • NURS 4850 - Nursing Senior Experience Credits: 5
  • NUT 4720 - Nutrition Capstone Credits: 3
  • PHI 4100 - Senior Seminar Credits: 3
  • PHY 4611 - Computational Physics Credits: 3
  • PHY 4711 - Senior Physics Laboratory Credits: 2
  • PHY 4921 - Physics Senior Seminar Credits: 1
  • PSC 4020 - Democracy Credits: 3
  • PSY 4320 - Advanced Psychological Research Methods Credits: 3
  • PSY 4330 - Psychology in the “Real World”: Thinking Like a Psychologist Credits: 3
  • PSY 4510 - History and Systems of Psychology Credits: 3
  • PSY 4650 - Advanced Internship in Psychology Credits: 3
  • PSY 4700 - Senior Experience in Human Development and Family Studies Credits: 3
  • PUB 4020 - Peer Health Education- Field Experience Credits: 3
  • RECR 4890 - Internship in Recreation, Parks, or Therapeutic Recreation Credits: 10-14
  • RST 4100 - Applied Foodservice Operations Credits: 4
  • RST 4500 - Concept Development for Restaurants Credits: 3
  • SED 4440 - K-12 Practicum in Special Education Credits: 3 or 6
  • SED 4490 - Special Education Student Teaching and Seminar Credits: 6 or 12
  • SLHS 4300 - Senior Experience in Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences Credits: 3
  • SLHS 4350 - Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Methods Credits: 7
  • SM 4860 - Seminar in Sport Management Credits: 3
  • SOC 4600 - Advanced Survey Research Credits: 3
  • SOC 4710 - Advanced Qualitative Methods Credits: 3
  • SPA 4200 - Spanish-American Essay: 19th and 20th Centuries Credits: 3
  • SPA 4310 - History of the Spanish Language Credits: 3
  • SSE 4610 - Senior Design Project Credits: 3
  • SWK 4500 - Professional Field Experience I Credits: 3
  • SWK 4510 - Professional Field Experience II Credits: 3
  • THE 4230 - Stage Directing Credits: 3
  • TTM 4800 - Inbound Tourism Credits: 3
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