2016-2017 Catalog


Before registering for courses, meet with your advisor and refer to DegreeCheck, which will keep you on track. Find DegreeCheck in eWOLF under the Student tab. Registration instructions are published online each semester at www.frontrange.edu/Prospective-Students/Getting-Started/how-to-register-step-by-step.aspx, and help can be found in eWOLF. In addition, in-person registration assistance can be obtained on campus at the Admissions Office, Advising, the Student Success Center or Welcome Desk.

Course Prerequisite and Co-requisite Requirements

A prerequisite is a requirement that must be met before you can enroll in certain courses. For example, at FRCC, before you can take ENG 122: English Composition II, you must meet one of these requirements:

  • ENG 121: English Composition I, completed with a "C" or better
  • ACT English score of 26 or higher
  • SAT Verbal score of 600 or higher  
  • Appropriate score on AP English and Language Composition

A co-requisite is a course that, in most cases, must be taken at the same time or in the same semester as another course. Some co-requisites can be taken prior to the class. For example, MAT 121: College Algebra is a co-requisite for CHE 111: College Chemistry I, unless it has already been successfully completed.

A student enrolled in a developmental education course that is a prerequisite or co-requisite to a college-level course, must earn a S/A, S/B, or S/C to have successfully completed that prerequisite or co-requisite requirement. An U/D or U/F are considered failing and will not fulfill the prerequisite or co-requisite and that course is not financial aid eligible.

All prerequisites and co-requisites are included in the course descriptions as listed in this catalog. In lieu of taking the prerequisite course, you can meet prerequisite requirements with appropriate scores on one of the following tests if taken within the last five years:

  • ACT or SAT scores
  • AP test scores
  • CLEP scores
  • DSST scores
  • Other placement test scores
  • Prior college level credit earned from a regionally accredited university or college completed with a grade of "C" or better. This credit can, in most cases, be more than 5 years old. Science courses using pre-requisites must have been completed within the last 7 years. All other coursework should be completed within 10 years.

To have test scores or prior college credit evaluated for prerequisite exemption, submit in person or email from your student.cccs.edu account an unofficial copy of your transcripts to your campus advising or testing department. When submitting information by email, please include your name, S#, and course(s) for which you are registering.

If you are currently taking a course at a different institution and need to register for the higher level course at FRCC, bring proof of your enrollment in the course to the campus advising or testing center. You will also need to submit proof of a final passing grade no later than the payment deadline for the term or you will be dropped from the higher level course at FRCC.

In certain subject areas, a prerequisite override may be an option. Please see the campus academic department if you feel this applies.

If you intend to earn a certificate or degree from FRCC and have had previous college-level learning experiences (through testing, other college coursework, or job training), find out how to transfer credit into FRCC in the Academic Matters section of this catalog.

Credit Hours

In general, students attend 50 minutes of lecture or class each week, for 15 weeks, for each credit hour earned. Class time requirements differ for certain lab, lecture/lab, and hybrid courses. Typically, students spend a minimum of two hours on class assignments for every one hour of class.

Course Load

The typical course load for full-time students is 12-18 credit hours.

12 + credits = full-time

9-11 credits = 3/4 time

6-8 credits = 1/2 time
0.5-5 credits = less than 1/2 time

Students must receive course overload approval from an Academic Advisor, Dean, and/or their designee to enroll in more than 18 credits in any semester. In order to complete a degree within 2 years, a student must complete at least 30 credit hours per academic year.

Students receiving financial aid or VA educational benefits should contact their Financial Aid or Veteran Services Advisor for more information on the impact of course load on the amount of financial aid or VA educational benefits.

Adding and Dropping Courses

To add or drop courses, go to www.frontrange.edu and log into eWOLF. Students can add classes to their course schedule until the published deadline for that course. Students can drop courses from their course schedule and receive a refund up to the published drop deadline for that course. Dropping a course deletes the course from the student's record. Failure to officially drop a course by the applicable deadline will result in a financial obligation for the course tuition and fees and may result in the assignment of a failing grade and financial obligations. Add and drop deadlines are published each semester at www.frontrange.edu/Academics/Drop-Add-Withdraw-Deadlines/. It is the student's responsibility to add or drop courses by the published deadline.

Course Waitlist

When a course is full, a waitlist is created to facilitate registration for open spaces that may occur. The waitlist allows students an opportunity to get into a course that is currently full but may have openings prior to the start of the course. The waitlist will record the time and date that the student placed his/her name on the waitlist and students will be notified of an opening to enroll via their college-issued email account.

Most courses have a waitlist option when the course is full. However, waitlists are not available for programs with special admission requirements (e.g., nursing). A student cannot waitlist for more than one section of the same course. For example, a student cannot waitlist for ENG 121-001 and ENG 121-601. In addition, students cannot register for a course and waitlist for a different section of the same course.

A student's schedule cannot exceed 18 credit hours, including both the waitlisted and enrolled courses combined, unless the student has received approval for course overload from an academic advisor or Dean for that semester.

Instructions on how to waitlist for a course can be found at www.frontrange.edu/waitlist/.

Withdrawing from Courses

Students can withdraw from courses after the drop deadline has passed and before 80% of the course has been completed. A course withdrawal does not delete the course from the academic record, and does not provide the student a refund of tuition, fees, or COF stipend. A grade of "W" is recorded on the transcript. This does not impact a student's GPA, but may impact a student's academic progress as it pertains to degree or certificate completion rate and awarding of financial aid. A withdraw will also affect a student's enrollment status, as it will not count toward the total number of credits enrolled in a semester. Non-attendance does not activate the withdrawal process and may result in a failing grade and/or financial obligation.

Deadlines for withdrawing vary from course to course and are published each semester in your course syllabus and at www.frontrange.edu/Academics/Drop-Add-Withdraw-Deadlines/. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor and a financial aid advisor prior to withdrawing from a course or courses. Student veterans, students enrolled through Concurrent Enrollment, and International students must meet with their advisor prior to withdrawing. To withdraw from courses, go to www.frontrange.edu and log into eWOLF or complete the process in person on campus in the Registrar's Office.

Withdrawal Appeal for Extenuating Circumstances:

An appeal process is available to students who experience an extenuating circumstance beyond their control that affects their ability to participate in coursework for prolonged periods of time or impacts their ability to drop and/or withdraw from a course by the published deadline. Students must complete an appeal application packet, including supporting documentation, for their appeal to be considered by the Extenuating Circumstances Appeals Committee.

  • Students must submit a completed Extenuating Circumstances Appeal form with supporting documentation within 6 months of the semester for which they are appealing. The form can be found in eWOLF under the Student tab.
  • Students must document the extenuating circumstance. Please note that a change in employment or work hours does not constitute an extenuating circumstance. Extenuating circumstances can include but are not limited to extended and unexpected illness, accidents, natural disasters, and unexpected requirements for military personnel and emergency management officials during an academic term. Documentation of the extenuating circumstance must be received within 30 days of submitting the appeal. Appeals without supporting documentation will be denied.
  • All appeals for medical circumstances must be accompanied by the Front Range Community College Medical form only. Other forms of medical documentation will not be accepted by the Extenuating Circumstances Appeals Committee.
  • Repeated appeals for the same reason will not be considered.
  • Completed Extenuating Circumstances Appeal forms will be reviewed by a committee and the student will be notified by their college-issued email of the committee's decision.
  • If an appeal is denied, a student may submit a formal, written request within 30 days of notification letter to have the appeal reconsidered by a second-level committee, only if the student can supply additional documentation to support the extenuating circumstance. When a second review is requested, the decision made by the committee is final.
  • If approved, the Extenuating Circumstances Appeals Committee may award an administrative withdrawal and/or tuition credit. A grade of "AW" is recorded on the transcript. This does not impact a student's GPA, but may impact a student's academic progress as it pertains to degree or certificate completion rate and awarding of financial aid. A withdrawal will also affect a student's enrollment status, as it will not count toward the total number of credits enrolled in a semester. Tuition credit is to be used for future terms only and cannot be granted in the form of a refund or debt forgiveness. Credit balances will be used to repay federal financial aid first.
  • If awarded a tuition credit, the tuition credit must be used within 6 months of being awarded. The tuition credit will expire and be forfeited by the student if not used within the 6 months.