Welcome to the CU-Boulder 2012–13 Catalog

THE 2012–13 UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOULDER CATALOG contains a summary of campus offerings, policies, and requirements; descriptions of colleges, schools, and individual departments; and degree requirements, course descriptions, and faculty listings as of February 2012. Students should refer to the degree, major, and certification requirements listed at the time they formally enter a program. For additional information, students should consult their dean’s office. Because the catalog is compiled in advance of the academic year it covers, changes in programs and policies may occur. Up-to-date information may be obtained by consulting departmental advisors, checking departmental bulletin boards, visiting MyCUinfo (mycuinfo.colorado.edu), and reviewing registration materials distributed each semester. All catalog information is subject to change without notice or obligation.

About the Course Descriptions

The courses listed through the Courses tab above are offered on the Boulder campus during the 2012–13 academic year. This listing does not constitute a guarantee that any particular course will be offered during this year. Consult specific programs and major requirements within each school and college for more information. Also see the online Schedule Planner for details about course offerings.

Course Numbering

Always consult specific departments and programs within schools and colleges for restrictions, requirements, and prerequisites.

  • 1000–2000 courses are usually intended for lower-division students (freshmen and sophomores).
  • 3000–4000 courses are intended for upper-division students (juniors and seniors), and may require instructor’s consent. Consult the program or department for other restrictions.
  • 5000-level courses usually require graduate-student status, but may be open to qualified undergraduates with instructor consent. Consult the program or department.
  • Courses at the 6000, 7000, and 8000 level are usually open only to graduate students. Consult the program or department for restrictions.



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