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Office of Undergraduate Experiences

Core Curriculum Oversight Committee


Manuel Espinoza, Chair of CCOC
The campus core curriculum is governed by an elected body of faculty from each of the undergraduate schools and colleges, chaired by Manuel Espinoza. The Core Curriculum Oversight Committee (CCOC) is responsible for implementing, maintaining, and coordinating the CU Denver core curriculum. Furthermore, CCOC supervises conformity with the guidelines adopted for core courses, oversee content and instructional quality of the core courses, and implements general education assessment strategies adopted by the CU Denver downtown campus.

Please direct all questions, comments, and/or concerns to: or Neda Barrett.

For information on the current CU Denver core curriculum, please click here.
Departments or programs wishing to propose courses to CCOC for core approval need to submit the following forms and documentation to
Submission Deadlines and Requirements:
  1. Submissions must be made by the department chair or program director.

  2. CCOC accepts course proposals for review in the CU Denver core curriculum during the fall and spring semesters only.

  3. A course proposal is accepted for review only when all completed proposal forms (available below) and the course syllabus are submitted to the CCOC.

  4. A new/modified course proposed for the CU Denver core curriculum must be received by the CCOC prior to census date (1st week in September or February) of the semester prior to offering the course as core. For example, a course to be first taught as core in spring 2014 has a submission deadline of the first week of September 2013.

CCOC proposal forms for submission:
  1. CCOC cover sheet
  2. Course syllabus
  3. Specific core area approval form:
          - CCOC intellectual competency (English or Mathematics)
          - CCOC knowl area (Arts; Humanities; Natural, Physical, Behavioral, or  Social  Sciences)
          - CCOC cultural diversity
          - CCOC int'l perspectives

All lower division courses approved by the CCOC must be submitted to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE) for acceptance into the Guaranteed Transfer (gtPathways) Program. The forms used to submit courses to the CCHE can be found here., in the middle of the page.

CCOC began its oversight role of all CU Denver core curriculum courses in spring 2008. Working with the assistant and associate deans of the undergraduate schools and colleges, CCOC annually requests that syllabi from each area of approved core courses be submitted to by census date.
Once an undergraduate student has matriculated at CU Denver, that student is expected to complete the core curriculum with CU Denver courses approved by the CCOC. Exceptions to this general policy must be approved by the CCOC.

Students and programs who believe there are special circumstances that warrant a petition to the CCOC must complete and submit the Petition Form, which is available below.

CCOC Petition Form

Office of Undergraduate Experiences

Phone: 303-315-2133 • Fax: 303-315-5829

Street Address: 1380 Lawrence Street, Ste 1400

Denver, CO 80204

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