Environmental Design Orientation Program

Fall 2014 Important Notes

  • Be sure to carefully read all of the information below BEFORE you make a reservation for orientation.
  • Students, please make sure to share this information with your parents as well, whether or not they will be attending orientation.
  • Construction on the CU campus is requiring us to modify our orientation patterns.  Please do not rely on older friends or relatives for descriptions about when you need to arrive, and what you need to do.  Most things will be different from previous years.

Orientation, Advising and Registration Program for First-year students

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.

  • Orientation program dates are June 19-20 and June 23-24.
  • In addition to attending a June orientation program all new students are also required to attend the Environmental Design Program on the afternoon of Thursday, August 21.  Details about this exciting day will be emailed directly to you.
  • All first-year students are required to stay overnight in the residence halls whether or not you will be living on campus in the fall.  Costs for this are included in the academic year room & board bill.  There is a separate fee charged to cover these costs for students who elect not to live in campus housing during the academic year.
  • Orientation begins with residence hall check-in at 6:30 a.m. on day one and may run through 5:00 p.m. on day two. Make your travel arrangements accordingly.
  • Out-of-state students who are unable to attend any of the orientation dates above may attend the August 18-21 make-up session (see below).

August Make-Up Session for First-year students

  • Students who are unable to attend any of the June/July orientation dates may attend a make-up session from August 18-21. However, we are able to provide more individual support in June and July because of the smaller number of attendees, and students (and families) describe feeling less overwhelmed with the transition to college when they attend orientation prior to the August move-in.
  • If you elect to attend the August Make-up session you will likely incur additional costs.   These fees are explained here.
  • Be prepared for other time consuming obligations during this time such as moving into your residence hall and participating in new student activities.
  • Housing and Dining Services offers early move-in on Monday, for an additional fee of $53.15 (the fee is a daily rate calculated based on the Housing Contract).
  • We strongly encourage students attending the August orientation to move in on Monday, August 18 so you will have time to settle in to your residence hall room.  For those students taking advantage of this option, the first meal provided in the dining halls will be dinner on Monday, August 18.  You must participate in all orientation activities including evening presentations.  You will not be able to leave orientation to take care of move-in related business because all orientation programs are required.
  • Attendance at the August Make-Up orientation will not disadvantage you with regard to course selection.   By using pre-registration in required major courses, and reserving spaces in courses for each orientation group, students are able to get a schedule that makes progress toward their degree and general education requirements.

Advising and Registration Program for Transfer students

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.

  • The Advising and Registration program is a two-day commitment.  Day one is offered on July 31 (Thursday) and August 18 (Monday).  In addition to attending July 31 OR August 18  all new students are also required to attend the Environmental Design Program on the afternoon of Thursday, August 21.  Details about this exciting day will be emailed directly to you.
  • Transfer students will register for classes after successful completion of the orientation program. You will need to plan time to complete your registration via the web after orientation.
  • No overnight stay is required but space is available in the residence halls during the July date for the night before or the night after your session. You will indicate this when you make your orientation reservation.
  • 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.

Course Registration Information

  • Environmental Design students entering in the fall semester will register for fall classes at orientation after meeting with an academic advisor.
  • Environmental Design students entering in the summer term will register for summer classes on their own.  Summer registration information is found here.  Fall class registration occurs at orientation.
  • Additional information about course registration can be found at the Office of the Registrar website.

Preparing for Course Registration

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.

Elective Coursework
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.