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The Office of Undergraduate Experiences at the University of Colorado Denver offers first-year seminar courses to help first-year students successfully transition into university life. Courses in the First-Year Seminar (FYS) program offer a wide range of benefits to entering freshman. They are content-based and taught by faculty dedicated to your success. FYS faculty members integrate academic skills into their courses to help you become more successful in your academic career. FYS classes are limited to 24 students, which creates an environment for strong interaction between you and your professor, who also doubles a mentor for your first semester of college. FYS courses also introduce students to and engage them in CU Denver's vast student resources. In addition to these benefits, FYS students experience a higher overall satisfaction with their time at the university.
Students are encouraged to take a FYS course outside of their major in order to receive Core credit (see below for details). You can take a look below and see what fits you best! However, you can also click here for a presentation of our FYS courses and learning communities. Remember, students may take only one FYS course.

To register for your FYS course:

New freshmen are able to sign up for an FYS course during the registration section of New Student Orientation. FYS staff will be present at Orientation to answer questions and distribute FYS course brochures.

Please contact Christy Heaton, 303-315-2160, at the Office of Undergraduate Experiences if you have further questions.

2019 Course Offerings​  



CDenver Core Status for First-Year Seminar Courses

Beginning in fall 2009, the CU Denver Core Curriculum Oversight Committee (CCOC) approved using one FYS course towards Core curriculum requirements. Each FYS course is individually reviewed by the CCOC for the knowledge area content, critical thinking, and writing requirements of the Core. FYS courses may only be applied toward a specific Knowledge Area of the Core, which excludes using a FYS course towards writing or mathematics proficiency in Intellectual Competencies, International Perspectives, or Cultural Diversity areas of the Core. The following table outlines all FYS courses by department/program, title, and instructor for official Core status.


First-Year Seminar Core Curriculum Table



 Office of Undergraduate Expereinces

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

Street Address: 1380 Lawrence Street, Ste. 1400

Denver, CO 80204


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