Minimum Academic Preparation Standards (MAPS) 2013-2014

The College of Arts and Sciences MAPS requirements apply to students who graduated from high school in the Spring of 1988 or later. Students are required to complete 16 units of course work at the high school level or to make up the deficiencies at the college level.

The MAPS requirements consist of 5 categories: 4 units of English, 4 units of mathematics, 3 units of natural science, 3 units of social science and 3 units of a single foreign language. The following is a list of the MAPS requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences and the Colorado Community College courses which meet the MAPS requirements. Some courses are listed under more than one MAPS area. Please note that a single course may be used to fulfill only one MAPS deficiency. Community College Core courses taken at Colorado Community Colleges , where applicable, may be used to fulfill both a MAPS requirement and an Arts and Sciences Core Curriculum requirement.

ARTS AND SCIENCES (17 units)

One unit equals one year of high school study or one semester of college course work. Students should consult their high school transcripts to determine the number of units and discipline areas completed.

4 units of English

(includes 2 of composition)

  • ENG 121-3 English Composition I
  • ENG 122-3 English Composition II

Some developmental courses may be used to meet MAPS requirements, but will not be accepted in overall transferable hours to CU-Boulder, for example: ENG 100-3 Composition Style and Technique.

4 units of mathematics

(includes 2 of algebra and 1 of geometry and one of college preparatory math such as trigonometry, analytic geometry, or elementary functions.)

To fulfill one mathematics deficiency any 3 credit college-level math course may be used. MAT 121-4 College Algebra or above will transfer in as college credit. Some developmental courses may be used to meet MAPS requirements, but will not be accepted in overall transferable hours to CU-Boulder, for example: MAT 100-4 Introductory Algebra and MAT 101-4 Intermediate Algebra.

3 units of natural science

(includes 2 of laboratory science, 1 of which must be either chemistry or physics)

  • Non-Lab
    • ANT 111-3 Physical Anthropology
    • AST 102-4 Astronomy II
  • Lab Science
    • AST 101-4 Astronomy I
    • BIO 105-4 Science of Biology
    • BIO 109-4 Humans and the Environment
    • BIO 111-5 General College Biology I
    • BIO 112-5 General College Biology II
    • GEO 111-4 Physical Geography – Landforms
    • GEO 112-4 Physical Geography – Weather and Climate
    • GEY 111-4 Physical Geology
    • GEY 121-4 Historical Geology
  • Chemistry or Physics
    • CHE 101-5 Introduction to Chemistry I
    • CHE 102-5 Introduction to Chemistry II
    • CHE 111-5 General College Chemistry I/Lab
    • CHE 112-5 General College Chemistry II/Lab
    • PHY 105 (4) Conceptual Physics
    • PHY 111-5 Physics: Algebra-Based I
    • PHY 112-5 Physics: Algebra-Based II
    • PHY 211-5 Physics: Calculus-Based I
    • PHY 212-5 Physics: Calculus-Based II

3 units of social science

(includes 1 unit of U.S. or world history and 1 unit of geography. If U.S. history is used to meet the history requirement, then the geography requirement may be met with 1/2 unit of geography and 1/2 unit of world history.

  • World History
    • HIS 101-3 Western Civilization I
    • HIS 102-3 Western Civilization II
  • U.S. History
    • HIS 201-3 U.S. History I
    • HIS 202-3 U.S. History II
    • POS 111-3 American Government
  • Geography
    • GEO 105-3 World Regional Geography
    • GEO 106-3 Human Geography
  • General Social Science
    • GEO 105-3 World Regional Geography
    • GEO 106-3 Human Geography
    • HIS 101-3 Western Civilization I
    • HIS 102-3 Western Civilization II
    • HIS 201-3 U.S. History I
    • HIS 202-3 U.S. History II
    • POS 111-3 American Government
    • PSY 101-3 General Psychology I
    • PSY 102-3 General Psychology II
    • SOC 101-3 Intro to Sociology I

3 units of a single foreign language *

The following courses demonstrate third-semester college proficiency:

  • ASL 211-3 American Sign Language III
  • FRE 211-3 French Language III
  • GER 211-3 German Language III
  • SPA 211-3 Spanish Language III

* In order to graduate from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder, all students must demonstrate third-semester college proficiency in a single foreign language. Students may fulfill the requirement by completing either three progressive years of a single foreign language in high school or three college semesters at Colorado Community Colleges or three college semesters at UCB or by passing a proficiency exam administered by one of the foreign language departments in the College of Arts and Sciences.