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Mission

The General Studies program provides the foundation for the Bachelor’s degree. Students develop thinking, reasoning, and communication skills while discovering new ideas and expanding their views.  The coursework is designed to create the opportunity for learning across different disciplines and builds experiences for students as they grow into lifelong learners.

For more information, please visit the General Studies webpage.  


General Studies Requirements

Please refer to the Current Catalog for information on General Studies Requirements or a checklist on the Advising page.

 Note: General Studies requirements may change based on catalog year. Contact your academic advisor if you are unsure which catalog year your degree falls under or look it up in your degree progress report.

 

Our department offers a variety of General Studies courses.

  

ENV 1200 - Introduction to Environmental Science



Credits: 3 

Prerequisite(s): Minimum performance standard scores on reading, writing, and mathematics preassessment placement tests

Description: This course introduces students to environmental concepts and issues from an interdisciplinary approach.  Students will gain an understanding of the scientific methods and techniques needed to understand the and analyze environmental issues such as ecology, human population growth, soils and agriculture, deforestation, urbanization, air pollution, freshwater resources, ocean pollution, climate change, fossil fuels, alternative energy sources, waste disposal, as well as environmental ethics and policy.  Course topics will be complemented with computer exercises.

General Studies: Natural and Physical Sciences

Guaranteed Transfer: GT-SC2

 

GEG 1100 - Introduction to Physical Geography



Credits: 3 

Description: This course explores the various elements of the physical environment and interactions between the elements. The course emphasizes the atmosphere (weather and climate), the lithosphere (soils, geology, and landforms), and the hydrosphere (oceans, streams, and groundwater).

General Studies: Natural and Physical Sciences

Guaranteed Transfer: GT-SC2

 

GEG 1910 - Global Water Concerns



Credits: 3 

Prerequisite(s): Minimum performance standard scores on reading and writing placement tests

Description: In this course, water is examined as a natural and societal resource using local, national, and intemational examples. Landforms and processes related to water such as the hydrologic cycle, watersheds, surface water, and groundwater are surveyed. Students leam about water use in early civilizations, water and culture, water quality and treatment, and water law. The critical issue of water conservation and scarcity is reviewed in the context of the social, legal, political, economic, and physical infrastructure that controls water around the world.

General Studies: Natural and Physical Sciences, Global Diversity

 

GEL 1010 - Physical Geology



Credits: 4 

Description: This course introduces the basic theories, concepts, and assumptions used in geology, utilizing both lecture and laboratory components. It includes earth’s internal systems from core to crust, as well as the dynamics of the lithosphere with its processes, products, and effects on the environment. Students will learn to identify common rocks and minerals.

Field Trips: A field trip is required.

General Studies: Natural and Physical Sciences

Guaranteed Transfer: GT-SC1

 

GEL 1020 - Geology of Colorado



Credits: 3 

Description: This science course focuses on the State of Colorado to introduce basic concepts, principles, theories, and assumptions in geology. The course covers Colorado’s major geological provinces and landforms; common minerals, rocks, and fossils; geologic processes; geologic resources and hazards; and important events in Colorado’s geologic history.

Field Trips: One field trip is required.

General Studies: Natural and Physical Sciences

Guaranteed Transfer: GT-SC2

 

GEL 1150 - Physical Oceanography



Credits: 3 

Prerequisite(s): Minimum performance standard scores on reading, writing, and mathematics pre-assessment placement tests

Description: This introductory course studies the world’s oceans, including geographic, geologic and physical features of the ocean basins and the physical and chemical properties of ocean water. Other major topics include ocean exploration, ocean waves, currents and tides, air-sea interactions, marine ecology, and geologic history. The course emphasizes the use and control of ocean resources and the impact of ocean pollution.

General Studies: Natural and Physical Sciences

Guaranteed Transfer: GT-SC2

 

GEL 1510 - Geology of Red Rocks Park and Vicinity



Credits: 1 

Prerequisite(s): GEL 1010 recommended

Description: This course examines the geology of Red Rocks Park and vicinity, including rocks formed over a period of approximately 1.7 billion years. Along with basic concepts of geology, the formations exposed along the Front Range, including their ages, rock types, origins, and economic products, are examined within a concept of geologic history.  The geologic history includes Colorado’s famous “disappearing” mountain range (the Ancestral Rocky Mountains), evidence of ancient oceans and deserts, dinosaur bones and tracks and the uplift of the modern-day Rocky Mountains.

Note: Students may not receive credit for both GEL 1510 and GEL 1520. Students cannot enroll in both GEL 1510 and GEL 3510 for credit at the same time.

General Studies: Natural and Physical Sciences

 

GEL 1520 - Garden of the Gods-Front Range Geology



Credits: 2 

Prerequisite(s): GEL 1010 recommended

Description: This course examines the geology along the Front Range from Boulder to Colorado Springs through rock exposures covering a span of approximately 1.7 billion years. Basic concepts of geology are applied to the formations exposed along the Front Range. These formations are examined with respect to age, rock type, origin, and economic products. The geologic history includes Colorado’s famous “disappearing” mountain range (the Ancestral Rocky Mountains), evidence of ancient oceans and deserts, dinosaur bones and tracks, and the uplift of the modern-day Rocky Mountains.

Note: Students may not receive credit for both GEL 1510 and GEL 1520. Students cannot enroll in both GEL 1520 and GEL 3520 for credit at the same time.

General Studies: Natural and Physical Sciences

 

MTR 1400 - Weather and Climate



Credits: 3 

Prerequisite(s): Minimum performance standard scores on reading, writing, and mathematics pre-assessment placement tests

Description: This course introduces the fundamental physical processes in the atmosphere-heat and energy, temperature, pressure, wind, clouds, precipitation, and stability. These concepts provide the basis for understanding weather systems, such as thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes. These processes are also applied to climatic patterns and the impacts of human activity on weather and climate, such as air pollution and climate change. An optional 1-credit lab course, MTR 2020 Weather and Climate Lab for Scientists, is available for students interested in additional experience in the measurement and analysis of atmospheric data, and is required for some science programs.

General Studies: Natural and Physical Sciences

Guaranteed Transfer: GT-SC2

 

MTR 1600 - Global Climate Change



Credits: 3 

Prerequisite(s): Minimum performance standard scores on reading, writing, and mathematics preassessment placement tests.

Description: This course presents the science behind global climate change from an Earth systems and atmospheric science perspective.  These concepts then provide the basis to explore the effect of global warming on regions throughout the world.  This leads to the analysis of the observed and predicted impacts of climate change on these regions; the effect of these changes on each region’s society, culture, and economy; and the efforts of these regions to mitigate or adapt to climate change.  The interdependence of all nations will be discussed in regards to fossil fuel-rich regions, regions responsible for greenhouse gas emissions, and regions most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

General Studies: Natural and Physical Sciences, Global Diversity

Guaranteed Transfer: GT-SC2

 

MTR 3500 - Hazardous Weather



Credits: 3 

Prerequisite(s): MTR 1400 or MTR 2400 or AES 1400; and completion of General Studies requirements in Written Communication

Description: This course considers the nature and causes of hazardous weather, the predictability of hazardous weather events, and the economic and societal impacts of these events. The strategies for the protection of life and property from hazardous weather are also considered.

General Studies: Natural and Physical Sciences

 

SCI 2610 - Integrated Natural Science I



Credits: 3 

Prerequisite(s): Minimum performance standard scores on reading and writing pre-assessments and MTH 1610 or equivalent

Description: The course examines the nature of energy and matter, their interactions and changes, and the application of fundamental scientific concepts to the study of our natural world. These concepts are explored through hands-on laboratory experiments that focus on basic physics and chemistry principles.

General Studies: Natural and Physical Sciences

Guaranteed Transfer: GT-SC1

 

SCI 2620 - Integrated Natural Science II



Credits: 3 

Prerequisite(s): Minimum performance standard scores on reading and writing pre-assessments and MTH 1610 or MTH 1080 or equivalent

Description: The course examines the application of fundamental scientific principles, such as the Conservation of Mass and Energy, to Earth systems. Systems to be studied include: the hydrologic and geologic cycle; ecosystem structure and development; atmospheric processes and terrestrial systems. These concepts will be explored through hands-on laboratory experiments, which focus on basic physics and chemistry principles.

General Studies: Natural and Physical Sciences

Guaranteed Transfer: GT-SC1

 

GEG 1000 - World Regional Geography



Credits: 3 

Prerequisite(s): Minimum performance standard scores on reading, writing, and mathematics preassessment placement tests

Description: This course presents the study of the formation, behavior, and interaction of social, political, cultural, and economic regions throughout the world.

General Studies: Social and Behavioral Sciences I, Global Diversity

Guaranteed Transfer: GT-SS2

 

GEG 1300 - Introduction to Human Geography



Credits: 3 

Prerequisite(s): Minimum performance standard scores on reading, writing, and mathematics preassessment placement tests

Description: This course provides an introduction to geographic perspectives, concepts, and methods as they apply to the study of human activities. Emphasis is placed on explaining human spatial patterns and their consequences. Topics covered include population, migration, language, religion, folk and economic development, political systems, and resources.

General Studies: Social and Behavioral Sciences I, Global Diversity

Guaranteed Transfer: GT-SS2

 

GEG 1700 - Principles of Sustainability



Credits: 3 

Description: This course is an introduction to the transdisciplinary field of sustainability that examines current debates about how to respond to the problems of climate change, environmental degradation, and social inequalities from the local to the global scales.  The course begins with an overview of the historical conditions that continue to shape the current human imprint on the global environment.  It also explores how different perspectives from the natural and social sciences can be used to examine the environmental implications of human endeavors. Throughout the course, emergent sustainable practices, such as renewable energy, sustainable agriculture and food systems, and urban sustainability, are discussed to show how communities across the world are finding sustainable and equitable solutions. 

University Requirement(s): Social and Behavioral Sciences I

  

GEG 2020 - Geography of Colorado



Credits: 3 

Description: Geography of Colorado presents the study of the physical, economic, and cultural features of Colorado. These features include climate, landforms, history, water resources, energy and minerals, mining, soil, natural vegetation, agriculture, population characteristics, the economy, current issues, as well as their interactions, and the overall geographic setting.

General Studies: Social and Behavioral Sciences I

Guaranteed Transfer: GT-SS2

 

 


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