You are a first-year student or freshman, if you will be a senior in high school in the 2013/2014 school year, or you have never taken a college class after graduating from high school.
You are a transfer student if you have enrolled at another college, university, or another campus of the University of Colorado (including Continuing Education and Professional Studies) since earning your high school diploma or equivalent.
Transfer students who wish to attend a more comprehensive two-day orientation program should call the Office of Orientation to make this request at 303-492-4431.
First-year and transfer students lacking a college composition course are recommended to complete the Writing Self-Placement Questionnaire. Completing this simple questionnaire now (it is not an exam) will help pre-enroll you for one of your recommended classes for the fall term. For most students this will be WRTG 1150.
Most new incoming students are also required to complete the ALEKS mathematical skills assessment.
Learn more about assessment tests for Environmental Design students by following the link to Placement Testing in the right-hand column.
You should begin to review course options (see course recommendations under "July" below) and plan for your fall semester course selection. As an entering student, you will build a schedule that includes both courses within the Program (designated with the Environmental Design "ENVD" prefix) and courses outside the program (like WRTG 1150).
You are encouraged to preview the general guidelines for registration offered on the Registrar's Office web pages and to acquaint yourself with the course search process available through the Guest Course Search.
After you successfully complete orientation you will register for your fall courses. You may refer to the instructions for online course registration offered on the Registrar's Office web pages. Please keep in mind that though you may be pre-registered for WRTG 1150 (see above) you should give priority to the three required ENVD courses and may need to drop the WRTG 1150 course if it conflicts in time with any of those ENVD classes.
Selecting your Fall classes
The recommended classes for entering ENVD students are noted below. These recommended courses are also designated on this downloadable advising sheet.
NOTE: Freshmen are encouraged to plan for 15 credit hours their first semester. (For most purposes, full-time status is defined as enrollment for 12 or more credit hours.) As you begin to plan your classes, it's always a good idea to create a preliminary list with several extra courses, as alternative candidates, should you need them as backup choices. This is especially true of the courses outside the ENVD program.
Course Recommendations (15 hours total)
ENVD classes (9 hours)
All incoming Freshman and Transfer students will enroll in the following three courses.
These classes are linked instructionally, so you must enroll in all three classes.
ENVD 1004 Introduction to ENVD Theory.........................3 hours
ENVD 1052 Design and Communication 1...............3 hours
ENVD 2001 Human Behavior in Design and Planning......3 hours
Non-ENVD course options (6 hours)
Choose from the following categories:
General Education: WRTG 1150 (or ARSC 1150)................ 3 hours
General Education: Humanities (see below) ................... 3 hours
General Education: Social Science (see below) .............. 3 hours
Non-ENVD elective....................................................... 3 hours
NOTE: Students with significant credits from AP or transfer coursework may also wish to consider one of the General Education course options for mathematics or natural sciences listed below.
General Education Course Options
One course is required from each of the following areas:
Writing: WRTG 1150 (or ARSC 1150)
Humanities: Choose one class from these Arts & Sciences core areas: Human Diversity, Literature and the Arts, or Ideals and Values
Social Science: Choose one class from these Arts & Sciences core areas: Historical Context, United States Context, or Contemporary Societies
Mathematics: Choose one class from your intended emphasis area: Architecture: MATH 1150 or MATH 1300; Planning: MATH 2510 or SOCY 2061; Landscape Architecture: MATH 1150, MATH 1300, MATH 2510 or SOCY 2061.
Natural Sciences: Choose one class (or pair) from your intended emphasis area: Architecture: PHYS 2010; Planning/Landscape Architecture: EBIO 1030+1050, EBIO 1210 +1230, CHEM 1113, PHYS 2010.
Regardless of their emphasis, all ENVD students will complete at least 20 hours of elective courses as a part of their degree. As you request your fall courses, you may want to select elective course options that meet your personal and academic interests.
ENVD electives (taught within our program) are typically taken after the freshman year.
Non-ENVD electives—from arts and sciences, engineering, business, music, education, or journalism—may be completed any time from the first term onward.