University of Denver

Introduction

About the University of Denver

Founded in 1864—just a few years after the city of Denver itself was founded—the University of Denver is one of the country's premier private universities.

The University's 125-acre campus, a few miles south of downtown Denver, is home to more than 11,500 students hailing from all regions of the United States and 83 other countries.

The University offers:

  • more than 100 undergraduate programs of study.
  • more than 120 graduate and professional programs.

Regardless of what they study, University of Denver students embark on a personal educational journey that helps them find and follow their individual purpose.

COLLABORATIVE, EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

Our students work closely with faculty, peers and members of the community on projects, research and fieldwork. They cross disciplines to discover new perspectives and approaches to problem solving.

In and out of the classroom, our students learn by doing, whether they're collecting data in the field or putting theory into practice in a clinical setting.

MAKING AN IMPACT, LOCALLY AND GLOBALLY

Not only do we work to improve our immediate community, but we send our students and faculty abroad for study and research with wide-ranging impact. Just as important, we welcome students and faculty from all over the world to bring new ideas and insights to our campus.

Through local and international service learning programs, our students have worked alongside communities everywhere from downtown Denver to Africa, Europe, Asia and beyond. Research led by our faculty and students has made a tangible difference in a huge range of fields, generating new medical technologies, environmental safeguards, archaeological discoveries and much more.

But the most significant impact the University has is through its alumni. When they leave here, University of Denver students go on to make meaningful and lasting contributions to their professions and their communities.

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BS Accounting

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Denver

The School of Accountancy’s mission is to foster Enlightened Practice, Professional Achievement, Knowledge Creation and a Commitment to Community among its students, graduates, faculty and others engaged in the accounting profession and related disciplines. [+]

BS Accounting The School of Accountancy’s mission is to foster Enlightened Practice, Professional Achievement, Knowledge Creation and a Commitment to Community among its students, graduates, faculty and others engaged in the accounting profession and related disciplines. Enlightened Practice means ensuring that our graduates understand the theory and practice of accounting and its ramifications on society, the profession and organizations. Professional Achievement includes accomplishment at each level of one’s career and commitment to lifelong learning, competence and integrity. Knowledge Creation means scholarship which improves our understanding of accounting, the practice of accounting and the process of educating future accountants. Commitment to Community is the process of giving of oneself both to the community that supports one’s efforts and achievements and to the community at large. Commitment to Community is a vital aspect of the accounting profession and is critical to the School’s ongoing success. Our programs achieve this mission by emphasizing technical knowledge and analytical ability, interpersonal skills and intercultural understanding, and ethically based leadership and social responsibility. In the School of Accountancy, students learn to integrate accounting concepts and business applications in the context of communication, ethics, values and technology. This integration is accomplished in the undergraduate business core and in the School of Accountancy core. The School of Accountancy’s strengths include the following: an established reputation as a provider of quality programs highly qualified faculty who emphasize teaching and relevant research student access to faculty—both individually and in relatively small classes innovative curricula emphasis on state-of-the-art technology throughout the curricula emphasis on practical experience a rigorous educational experience The degree prepares students to work as strategic business advisors who can analyze and understand today’s complex business environment. Students gain expertise in the traditional accounting arenas of managerial accounting, financial reporting, systems, auditing and tax, as well as in the nontraditional areas of technology, marketing, strategic planning and finance. The School of Accountancy offers a bachelor of science in accounting (BSAcc), a master of accountancy (MAcc) and a dual degree option that allows completion of the bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years. Refer to the appropriate sections of this bulletin for the admission, retention and graduation requirements for the School of Accountancy, which differ from the general requirements of the Daniels College of Business. PROGRAM OBJECTIVES Objectives of the BSAcc are to prepare students for entry-level positions in accounting. In this program, students will learn how to prepare and interpret financial statements for business enterprises; use accounting data to evaluate performance and enable decision-making; apply the principles related to the design, integrity and effectiveness of accounting information systems; explain the role of auditing in society, including auditing procedures and reporting requirements; apply federal tax laws pertaining to individuals; and Analyze the legal, ethical and legislative constructs that govern the conduct of business. CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION TO THE BSACC PROGRAM Continuing Students Students must have junior status. Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA (overall and in the following courses: ACTG 2200, FIN 2800 and ACTG 2300). If a student fails to meet the required GPA, he or she may still be able to qualify for the School of Accountancy. Please consult with the director of the School of Accountancy. Other specific admission requirements apply. Please see the School of Accountancy for details. Transfer Students Undergraduate transfer students must meet the requirements listed for continuing students. Credits are considered for transfer only if they meet the following standards: A minimum grade of “B” must be earned in each accounting course. Accounting courses beyond principles must be taken at an AACSB-accredited institution or approved by the School of Accountancy. Courses must be comparable to required courses offered in the School of Accountancy. Any required courses that do not meet the above criteria must either be validated by examination or retaken. In computing the GPA for purposes of admission to the School of Accountancy, work transferred from previous schools and work at the University of Denver are included. Retention Requirement for Bachelor of Science in Accounting To remain in the program, a student must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher, both overall and in accounting courses. [-]

BSBA Finance

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Denver

The program in finance, a broad area directed toward the financial elements of business organizations and government units, focuses on investments, corporate finance, financial institutions and international finance. [+]

BSBA Finance The program in finance, a broad area directed toward the financial elements of business organizations and government units, focuses on investments, corporate finance, financial institutions and international finance. Courses in these areas prepare students for careers in business finance, investment analysis and financial institutions. [-]

BSBA Hospitality Management

Campus September 2017 USA Denver

The hospitality management program has as its foundation the core business discipline classes in the Daniels College. Within the major students select an area of focus from among Lodging/Resort Operations, Restaurant/Food & Beverage Management, and Sales & Marketing. [+]

The Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management has been preparing industry leaders since 1946. As part of the Daniels College of Business, The Knoebel School has been recognized nationally and internationally for its tradition of quality instruction, including the 2013 award for Best Educational Innovation at the Worldwide Hospitality Awards. The hospitality management program has as its foundation the core business discipline classes in the Daniels College. Within the major students select an area of focus from among Lodging/Resort Operations, Restaurant/Food & Beverage Management, and Sales & Marketing. [-]

BSBA International Business

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Denver

A BSBA in International Business prepares you to seek sustainable business solutions, embrace innovation and know how to align an enterprise’s mandate for profit and growth to its responsibility to society and the environment. [+]

BSBA International Business A BSBA in International Business prepares you to seek sustainable business solutions, embrace innovation and know how to align an enterprise’s mandate for profit and growth to its responsibility to society and the environment. This interdisciplinary degree combines courses from Daniels College of Business and DU’s Korbel School of International Studies. [-]

BSBA Management

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Denver

The management major at DU focuses on people—the most important resource in business. Students may study such areas as human resource management, organizational behavior, labor relations, ethics, international management, planning and control, and problem identification and diagnosis. [+]

BSBA Management The management major at DU focuses on people—the most important resource in business. Students may study such areas as human resource management, organizational behavior, labor relations, ethics, international management, planning and control, and problem identification and diagnosis. Graduates of the program go on to earn graduate degrees at DU and other highly respected schools around the country. Career opportunities exist in labor relations, general supervision and management, personnel/human resource management, management of family businesses and entrepreneurial endeavors. [-]

BSBA Marketing

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Denver

In our program, we will help you learn to solve marketing problems, to innovate, to think strategically, critically and creatively about the information with which you are presented, as well as to communicate your thoughts effectively. [+]

While advertising is part of marketing, it is not ALL of marketing. Peter Drucker, a very famous businessperson, describes the role of marketing in business this way: "Because the purpose of business is to create a customer, the business enterprise has two--and only two--basic functions: marketing and innovation. Marketing and innovation produce results; all the rest are costs. Marketing is the distinguishing, unique function of the business." In our program, we will help you learn to solve marketing problems, to innovate, to think strategically, critically and creatively about the information with which you are presented, as well as to communicate your thoughts effectively. You will work in teams, you will think globally about marketing, you will be able to recognize the ethical and legal issues with which you may be confronted. You will also consider the digital opportunities available as you practice using your marketing knowledge to create value for customers, shareholders, employees, and other stakeholders of the business. We will expect you to take responsibility for your learning by attending every class, contributing to your teams and to your class discussions, keeping your word, and reaching your goals. Marketing is an exciting area that addresses many of the changes taking place in business-to-consumer and business-to-business environments. Our field includes digital and other media promotions including working for either clients or ad agencies, planning social and mobile campaigns, and analyzing the results of your work. We prepare you to go into business-to-business sales or to be part of a global marketing organization, to work in supply chain management or in services marketing. Our internship program is one of the best in the college. You will have many opportunities available to secure at least one internship over the course of your studies. Students have found that the experience gained through the internship process has helped them better understand classroom discussion topics. Along with the required major courses of consumer behavior, business-to-business marketing, marketing research, international marketing and integrated marketing strategy, you will take four electives chosen from a very broad selection of courses. [-]

BS Computer Science

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Denver

Computer Science encompasses the theory and techniques by which information is encoded, stored, communicated, transformed, and analyzed. It is concerned with the theory of algorithms (that is, effective procedures or programs). [+]

BS Computer Science Computer Science encompasses the theory and techniques by which information is encoded, stored, communicated, transformed, and analyzed. It is concerned with the theory of algorithms (that is, effective procedures or programs), with the structure of languages for the expression of algorithms, and with the design of algorithms for the solution of practical problems. A central concern is the study of the computer systems (hardware and software) for the automatic execution of these algorithms. The Department of Computer Science at the University of Denver offers a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. The degree is strongly based in mathematics and, in fact, a student will automatically acquire sufficient credits for a minor in mathematics. One additional minor is required. The second minor may be in any discipline other than mathematics or computer science. Total Credit Hours 183 quarter hours. CURRICULUM Students interested in a BS Computer Science will need to complete the curriculum outlined in the Bulletin. Sample Program Since there are many variations to this schedule, students should select their own schedule in consultation with an academic advisor from the department of Computer Science. The sample also lists electives that can be taken to develop expertise in one of the research concentrations of the department. Only two COMP electives are needed in senior year, but often a sequence starts in the fall so it may be best to take the two during fall/winter quarters. All electives, especially the MATH and COMP electives, should be selected in close consultation with an academic advisor from the Computer Science Department. The courses for the non-mathematics minor should be selected in consultation with an academic advisor from the department in which the minor is administered. ADMISSIONS Scholarships The School of Engineering and Computer Science is fortunate to have endowed scholarships available for qualifying students. How to Qualify Scholarships are awarded based primarily on need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and merit. Some donors have established specific requirements for recipients of their scholarships. How to Apply By being accepted to the University of Denver, you are automatically considered for these scholarships. Current departmental scholarships include: Computer Science Scholarship Deans Undergraduate Scholarship Recipients of scholarships may meet their donors at the annual Undergraduate Scholarship Reception. HONORS & DISTINCTIONS Make the most of your undergraduate experience in a stimulating academic and social community. When you're accepted into the University Honors Program, you'll enjoy the small classes and close community of a private college along with the opportunities and resources of a research university. STUDY ABROAD Ranked in the top five for the number of undergraduates studying abroad, the University of Denver is known for the impact its students make internationally. At the department of Computer Science, we share the university’s commitment to international learning and strongly encourage our students to participate in Study Abroad programs. Cherrington Global Scholars Program Through the Cherrington Global Scholars Program, the University’s primary Study Abroad program, you can study abroad for about the same cost as a term at DU. Plan your study abroad experience carefully. Here are a few things to consider: The computer science department curricula has been designed for you to complete your studies in 4 years. To remain on the four-year graduation path, you will need to be “on track” with your degree program at the time you leave for study abroad and you may need to study at an institution that offers equivalent courses. The institutions that offer the required courses are limited, vary depending on degree and may change from one year to the next. For more information about the Cherrington Global Scholar Program, contact your academic advisor. TRANSFER STUDENTS We welcome transfer students at the School of Engineering and Computer Science and have many students who have come to us from schools in the U.S. and abroad. First Step Visit the undergraduate transfer student website and review the standards for admission as well as the DU Transfer Matrix. The matrix and review of the admissions standards will help you with a smooth 2+2 academic transfer plan from any of the Colorado Community Colleges. Second Step Schedule meetings with transfer admissions and computer science department representatives to talk about your specific interests. They will give you further information on the transfer process and requirements. [-]

BS Electrical Engineering

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Denver

The educational and research philosophy of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department recognizes the demands of the global economy, the new dynamics of the world market, cultural differences and diversity, and the need for knowledge integration. [+]

BS Electrical Engineering Welcome to the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering in the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science at the University of Denver (RSECS). As a department of the University of Denver, we are well integrated into a community and region that offers many different professional and personal opportunities for our students. Through our own initiatives and joint programs with other units of the University, we offer unique options to enhance the education we provide with a solid background in business and the entrepreneurial nature of engineering projects and companies. The educational and research philosophy of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department recognizes the demands of the global economy, the new dynamics of the world market, cultural differences and diversity, and the need for knowledge integration. Our goals embrace the challenges of the globalization era we live in. To prepare our students for an engineering career in the ever-changing world we live in. [-]

BS Mechanical Engineering

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Denver

The feature of engineering programs that most differentiates them from programs in basic or applied science and mathematics is engineering design, which is both an art and a science. [+]

BS Mechanical Engineering The undergraduate program objectives of the Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department is to produce graduates who, within a few years of graduation: 1. Apply their engineering and problem solving skills towards engineering practice, engineering graduate school, or non-engineering fields such as medicine, science, business, law, or public policy, while continuing to engage in life-long learning. 2. Value and demonstrate character in their chosen vocation by acting responsibly, ethically, and professionally while contributing to a sustainable common good for society. 3. View their educational experience as valuable and instrumental to their professional success. PROGRAM COMPONENTS All of our engineering programs have several components: 1. The University of Denver’s Common Curriculum, which includes First-year Seminar, Writing and Rhetoric, Ways of Knowing, and Advanced Seminar; 2. Basic sciences and mathematics, including chemistry, physics, and mathematics; 3. A common engineering background, with contributions from basic material in computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering; 4. A four-year integrated engineering sequence, stressing engineering design and project work, much of which is interdisciplinary and involves constructive teamwork; 5. An engineering discipline (computer engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering); 6. A specialization giving the discipline more depth, or complementing it, according to the student’s individual interests. ENGINEERING DESIGN The feature of engineering programs that most differentiates them from programs in basic or applied science and mathematics is engineering design, which is both an art and a science. Our programs feature a four-year stem of course work required of all students, regardless of curriculum, which emphasizes design, project work, team-work, and the application of scientific and technical knowledge and design skills already acquired to the solution of interdisciplinary engineering problems. As the student progresses in the curriculum, more and more reliance is placed on previous work, and more realistic constraints and considerations are required for success. The sequence culminates in a three-quarter capstone design project carried out in the final year. Additional design work is contained in specialized courses. [-]

BS or BA Mathematics

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Denver

Mathematics is a fundamental tool for the modern world. Mathematical analysis and modeling assist in weather forecasting and earthquake prediction, in the design of aircraft and electronic devices, in the development of secret codes for the secure transmission of information and in financial analysis and economic forecasting. [+]

BS or BA Mathematics Mathematics is a fundamental tool for the modern world. Mathematical analysis and modeling assist in weather forecasting and earthquake prediction, in the design of aircraft and electronic devices, in the development of secret codes for the secure transmission of information and in financial analysis and economic forecasting. The program in mathematics at DU prepares you for the many opportunities in these fields. Our students move on to careers in high-tech industries, the aerospace industry, the information management world, teaching and more. Some students may choose to pursue graduate work in mathematics, computer science or other fields. The BS and BA in Mathematics provide a strong foundation in mathematics with a particular emphasis on the development of logical and analytical problem-solving skills. This major is often combined with a major or minor in an application area such as natural sciences, computer science, or business. Career opportunities include mathematical analyst, scientific applications programmer, programmer analyst, actuary, and teacher. [-]

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BA Economics

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Denver

These certainly do seem to be interesting times in which to be studying economics.The college students of today have discovered themselves to be living in a rather turbulent economic landscape, to say the least. [+]

BA Economics “May you live in interesting times!” — reputed to be an ancient Chinese curse. These certainly do seem to be interesting times in which to be studying economics. The college students of today have discovered themselves to be living in a rather turbulent economic landscape, to say the least. As well, the political leadership and the electorate,and even the economics profession to some extent, seem to be having trouble agreeing on what to do about this. Here at the University of Denver students in economics seek to understand how the social apparatus which governs the production and distribution of goods and services works. Students inquire into the causes of the process of economic growth and development, both within and across nations, and examine its social impact. They study topics such as the availability and consequences of government policy alternatives, the relation of the financial markets to the economy, the impact of the increasing globalization of economic activities, or the interaction of the economy with both the natural and the social environment. They also study how economic theories have developed over time to address these various topics. The major uniqueness of our program is due to the fact that our faculty have a somewhat broader view of what Economics is about than is found in the average Economics program in the U.S. We present alternative perspectives on the historical and present-day relevance of our material. Our curricula encourage students not to take in received knowledge as the truth but to examine it and question it. We regard the economy as one element of a complex society, so we feel that to understand the aspects of society pertaining to Economics, students have to understand something about the other elements as well. Related benefits arising from our approach are that it decreases the “dryness” of Economics often experienced by students and that it lends itself quite readily to emphasizing the importance of writing. Indeed, theDepartment prides itself on the fact that we emphasize written assignments and critical thinking in our assessment of student performance. We also consider our use of primary sources and greater reading assignments than one finds in the typical U.S.Economics curriculum to be huge benefits to our students. The study of Economics provides students with the knowledge required to be a strong citizen-participant in economic affairs. Economics majors are prepared for a wide variety of careers in government, business, finance, politics, and education. It is also an ideal major for students who plan to pursue higher degrees in law, business, or international studies. Indeed, the kinds of writing and mathematical skills that a student can acquire in our program can prove to be very valuable to a graduate, no matter what road he or she may follow. [-]

BA International Studies

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Denver

The BA program in international studies offers undergraduate students at the University of Denver critical knowledge and skills for succeeding in a world that has gone global. Understanding how global institutions and exchanges work, and bringing an international perspective to one's professional development is a necessity for modern life. DU’s International Studies curriculum gives students this foundation. Join us to learn about international events that directly affect your life. [+]

We interact with the global community in a thousand different ways every day. We connect with friends near and far via computer and phone. We view updates on elections and currency crises, we track the spread of diseases and civil unrest, and we even follow the latest in music and dance from blogs and videos posted by people around the world. We do this using devices designed by international teams and built with materials and components from dozens of countries. We are part of a truly globalized planet. The sheer volume and the speed of trans-border movement of people, products and data mean that no country or individual exists as an island isolated from international forces. Our interdependence is a fact of life. The challenges of the 21st century are great: from controlling weapons of mass destruction to minimizing the impacts of climate change, from managing borderless trade and investment to tackling entrenched poverty and food insecurity, modern issues require international cooperation and collective solutions. The BA program in international studies offers undergraduate students at the University of Denver critical knowledge and skills for succeeding in a world that has gone global. Understanding how global institutions and exchanges work, and bringing an international perspective to one's professional development is a necessity for modern life. DU’s International Studies curriculum gives students this foundation. Join us to learn about international events that directly affect your life. Students are required to complete a minimum of 44 credits in international studies to fulfill the major requirements. Students must also choose a specialization within the broad field of international studies. Specialization areas include global political economy and international politics; international health and development; and international organizations, security, and human rights. In addition, students are required to complete an approved study abroad program, as well as attain intermediate proficiency in at least one foreign language. Students should verify detailed requirements with the department. Graduate Degree Options for Undergraduate International Studies majors Whether you are following a traditional four-year plan or are moving through your undergraduate degree at an accelerated pace, we offer two pathways for qualified international studies majors to earn a master of arts degree at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies (via the Dual Degree BA/MA Program in INTS or the Priority MA Admission option). Prospective students must be in touch with their advisor early on for planning purposes and must meet normal standards of graduate admission at the time of application. For specific requirements, please contact the BA program in international studies. [-]

BA or BS Biology

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Denver

The Department of Biological Sciences offers four distinct life sciences majors provided by a nationally recognized faculty that excels in teaching and research. Many faculty members have received University wide recognition for outstanding teaching. [+]

BA or BS Biology The Department of Biological Sciences offers four distinct life sciences majors provided by a nationally recognized faculty that excels in teaching and research. Many faculty members have received University wide recognition for outstanding teaching. Research programs are funded by grants from agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. The department has three excellent teaching and research facilities. F.W. Olin Hall is a state-of-the-art facility for lectures and laboratories. Faculty offices and research labs are located across the science quad from Olin Hall in the Seeley G. Mudd building, which has teaching laboratories for advanced technique courses in molecular biology, cell biology and microbiology. Field-oriented courses are offered at the Mount Evans Field Station. The up-to-date and highly integrated curriculum provides a sound foundation in molecular, cellular, developmental, organismal, ecological and environmental biology. Curriculum prepares students for futures in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, graduate programs in the life sciences, graduate programs in health-related fields like physical therapy or physician assistant programs, ecology, environmental science, conservation biology and science education at the secondary school level. PROGRAMS OF STUDY IN BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES The department offers majors in the following areas: biological sciences, molecular biology, ecology and biodiversity, and integrated sciences. [-]

BA Psychology

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Denver

Within the psychology department, students can work toward a BA and can focus study in a number of different content areas, including clinical, developmental, cognitive/neuroscience, social or quantitative psychology. [+]

The quest to understand human behavior is the heart of psychology. Through application of scientific principles, the psychologist searches for laws that explain human behavior and looks for ways to help people improve the quality of their lives. Within the psychology department, students can work toward a BA and can focus study in a number of different content areas, including clinical, developmental, cognitive/neuroscience, social or quantitative psychology. Faculty members are nationally recognized scholars and researchers as well as dedicated instructors. The department has excellent research and computing facilities and undergraduate students are encouraged to participate actively in research with their professors. Many students have coauthored one or more papers or publications with faculty members. The department also has an outstanding two-year distinction sequence, beginning in the junior year with an introduction to basic research principles and culminating in the senior year with the completion of a senior honors research project. A one-year internship experience is also available in a community hospital or agency for students with clinical interests. While many psychology students pursue advanced degrees, interesting positions in related fields are also available for students with a BA or BS. These include positions as counselors, educators, parole officers, welfare officers and childcare and advocacy workers. A major in psychology can also provide strong preparation for careers in fields such as business, law and medicine. Students with an interest in brain function may want to consider the concentration in cognitive neuroscience, a joint major involving psychology and biological sciences. Please see the cognitive neuroscience section of this bulletin for more information. [-]

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