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Frequently Asked Questions

The Undergraduate Program



 

 MAJORING IN MATH:

 

 What is a math option?

The BS in Mathematics offers several options for concentration areas, such as mathematics education, actuarial science, probability and statistics, and applied mathematics. These options allow students to choose specific courses, among the required courses, to emphasize certain areas within the broad field of mathematics.

The option will appear on your transcript, not on your diploma. The option requirements are stricter than the general requirements, and you should not choose an option unless you are certain you are willing to abide by such strict requirements in order to have the option listed on your transcript.

You may declare an option with your CLAS advisor or use the option requirements as a guide to help choose courses for the requirements for the BS degree. The list of options and their requirements are on the degree requirements page.​
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 What must I do to have another major and a math major?

It depends what the non-Mathematics major is. If the other major is also in CLAS, then you must simply satisfy the requirements for both majors and the rules for the college. If the other major is in a different college, like the College of Engineering or College of Business, then you must be registered in the college with the highest tuition. You must also satisfy: 
  • The requirements for both colleges

  • The requirements for both majors

  • Additional 30 credit hours over the required hours in order to graduate from the college with the highest required hours for graduation. 

  • You do not have to satisfy the CLAS residency requirement, which states that the last 30 credit hours must be courses taken in CLAS, provided that at least 30 credit hours have already been taken in CLAS.

You should be aware that if one college accepts a course as part of the core requirement, the other college may not. Talk to the advisors in both colleges before taking a core course.

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 REGISTRATION:

 

 Can I apply a 5000 level math class to both an undergraduate and graduate degree?

No. In fact, if you take a 5000 level or above math class while still an undergraduate, you must inform CLAS advising and your math advisor if you do not want to have it count toward the undergraduate degree. There is a restriction on the number of graduate courses taken as an undergraduate that you can transfer to the graduate program.​​​

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 Why can't I register for Calculus I (MATH 1401)?

You may not have met the pre-requisites for the course. Students must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Placement/Prerequisite Test administered at MERC Lab (North Classroom 4015): Must receive a MyMathTest score of 68% (17/25) or better.

  • At least one of the following credits or scores within 3 years of the course start date:

    • ​AP Calculus credit on official transcript, minimum score of 3

    • ACT Math score of 27+

    • SAT Math score of 620+

​If you have met one of the above prerequisites, then email MathStaff through your CU Denver university email account to receive a permission code to register. You may also request a code if you have already taken and did not pass MATH 1401, and you are not able to re-register. We will not accept permission code requests through non-CU Denver or personal email accounts. 

Please provide the following information in the email: Your full name, student ID number, the prerequisite you fulfilled, and the course and section number you wish to register for. 

AP, ACT, and SAT scores must be recorded with the Registrar in order for us to honor your claim. Otherwise, we also accept an official hard copy of your scores, or you may log in to your CollegeBoard or ACT account with a supervisor in the MERC Lab to verify your scores electronically.

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 Why can't I register for Polynomial Calculus (MATH 1080)?

​You may not have met the prerequisites for the course. Students must satisfactorily complete MATH 1070: College Algebra for Business, or MATH 1110: College Algebra, or an equivalent course with a grade of C- or better.​​

​If you have met one of the above prerequisites, then email MathStaff through your CU Denver university email account to receive a permission code to register. We will not accept permission code requests through non-CU Denver or personal email accounts. 

Please provide the following information in the email: Your full name, student ID number, the prerequisite you fulfilled, and the course and section number you wish to register for.​​

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 Why can't I register for Applied Linear Algebra (MATH 3191)?

You may not have met the prerequisites for the course. Students must satisfactorily complete MATH 2411: Calculus II, or an equivalent course. Students who have a grade of B- or better in MATH 2411 pass MATH 3191 at a much higher rate​.

​If you have met one of the above prerequisites, then email MathStaff through your CU Denver university email account to receive a permission code to register. We will not accept permission code requests through non-CU Denver or personal email accounts. 

Please provide the following information in the email: Your full name, student ID number, the prerequisite you fulfilled, and the course and section number you wish to register for.​​

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 Why can't I register for Introduction to Real Analysis (MATH 4310)?

You may not have met the prerequisites for the course. Students must satisfactorily complete MATH 2421: Calculus III or equivalent, and MATH 3000: Introduction to Abstract Mathematics or equivalent.

​If you have met one of the above prerequisites, then email MathStaff through your CU Denver university email account to receive a permission code to register. We will not accept permission code requests through non-CU Denver or personal email accounts. 

Please provide the following information in the email: Your full name, student ID number, the prerequisite you fulfilled, and the course and section number you wish to register for.​​​

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 Why can't I register for Numerical Analysis I (MATH/CSCI 5560)?

This course requires that students are in graduate standing in Applied Mathematics. If you are a graduate student in a different department, i.e., Computer Science, you may register through CSCI sections of the course. If those sections are full and you wish to register in a MATH section, please contact mathstaff@ucdenver.edu to obtain the correct permissions to register.

Please also note that this course assumes that students have the equivalent of differential and integral calculus (e.g., MATH 2411) and linear algebra (e.g., MATH 3191 or 3195). Programming experience is also strongly recommended.
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 ADVISING:

 

 I'd like to set up an appointment with an advisor, how do I do that?

If you have already been given an advisor, email the advisor with three dates and times that will work for you to schedule an appointment, and they will respond to you with when works best for them.

If you do not yet have an advisor, call or visit the Math Department to be assigned an advisor: (303)315-1700 or Student Commons Building, Suite 4000.

The front desk math staff does not directly handle individual schedules for advisors. Students must make the initiative to correspond with their advisor to schedule an appointment.​

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 I am not a Mathematics major. Can I still have a math advisor?

It depends. Mathematics minors and certificate students are able to see an advisor, and should follow the protocol stated above for setting up an appointment. For more information about advising for non-math and undeclared undergraduates, please see the Math Advising page.

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 TRANSFERRING CREDITS:

 

 How do I transfer math credits from another university to an equivalent course at CU Denver?

The first step you must complete is to submit an official transcript from your previous college or institution to the CU Denver Registrar, and receive notice that they have accepted your credits. This is typically done when you apply to the university.

Once this first step has been completed, you may move forward with the rest of the process with us here in the Math Department.​ The person to see is the staff support person at the front desk of the Mathematics Department located on the 4th floor of the Student Commons Building. The math staff support will provide a Transfer Credit Evaluation Form that they require you fill out.*

You must bring:

  • A syllabus or course outline, which includes any prerequisites, if applicable, for the course in question. If you do not have an original syllabus, you may provide a current syllabus offered by the transferring institution or instructor teaching that course at the transferring institution.

  • (Optional) Copies of work you completed for the course, i.e. homework assignments or tests. If you cannot provide a thorough syllabus, this option will assist in the evaluation process.

If the institution at which you took the course is not an accredited institution of higher education in the United States, you will need to provide information about that institution. 

Decision process. Transfer credit requests are reviewed roughly once a week. You will be notified through your university email of the decision.

*Note: If you are unable to come in to the office, you may email mathstaff@ucdenver.edu through your CU Denver university email address, and provide the following: your full name, student ID number, student major, phone number (optional, for contact purposes), the full name of the institution you wish to transfer the credits from (no initials please!), and the course number and title of each course undergoing evaluation (for example, MATH 1401: Calculus I). Math staff will not under any circumstances accept transfer credit information through non-CU Denver or personal email accounts.

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 Which upper division math courses can I take at MSU Denver and still get credit for a UC Denver math degree?

Every upper division math course at Metro that is equivalent to a CU Denver math course can be applied toward your degree at CU Denver. There are, however, three residency requirements:

  • The first is a department requirement that at least 15 upper division math credits applied toward the degree must be from classes taken at CU Denver.

  • ​The other two are college requirements: a student must earn a minimum of 30 residence credit hours in CLAS, AND a minimum of 21 out of the last 30 credit hours applied toward the degree must be in residence in CLAS. 

Students with further questions in this area should see a CLAS advisor.

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 I have been going to school part time. Do the math courses I took 10 years ago still apply toward my degree?

If you are working on an undergraduate math degree and you have not used the courses toward any other degree, then there is no time limit for credit. If they are to be transferred, there must be equivalent courses at CU Denver. However, if some of the courses you took several years ago are prerequisites for current courses, then the instructors will assume you know the material currently taught in the prerequisite courses. If you have forgotten the material or if the course has changed, it might be advisable to retake it.​​​

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