2023-2024 Catalog


Before registering for courses, meet with your Pathways Advisor and refer to DegreeCheck or Navigate, which will keep you on track. The DegreeCheck and Navigate icons are located in eWOLF in the Student Dashboard. Registration instructions are published on-line through our website at https://www.frontrange.edu/registration. In addition, in-person registration assistance can be obtained on campus at the Admissions & Outreach 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 1022: English Composition II, you must meet one of these requirements:

   - ENG 1021: 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 1340: College Algebra is a co-requisite for CHE 1111: 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 P/A, P/B, or P/C to have successfully completed that prerequisite or co-requisite requirement. An F/D or F/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 requirement(s) with appropriate score(s) 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, or to determine if you need to take an academic assessment before registering for classes, complete the Pre-Registration form. Be prepared to upload documentation such as test scores (e.g. ACT or SAT) and/or transcripts (official or unofficial).

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, consideration for 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.

Course Load/Credit Hours

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

12 + credit hours = full-time

9-11 credit hours = 3/4 time

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

Credit hours are awarded on a semester basis. 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, students need to log into their eWOLF account or Navigate. 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 (census) deadline for that course. Dropping a course deletes the course from the student's record. Failure to officially drop a course by the published deadline will result in a financial obligation for the course tuition and fees and may result in the assignment of a failing grade. Add and drop deadlines for our main part of terms are published each semester at https://www.frontrange.edu/deadlines. Students can view their course(s) specific drop (census) deadlines through their eWOLF account (detailed schedule), Navigate or through their course syllabus. It is the student's responsibility to add or drop courses by the published deadline.

Drop for Non-Attendance

Although it is ultimately the responsibility of a student to drop a course that they do not plan to attend, FRCC faculty members may report students who have not attended or submitted course assignments (exams, discussions, assignments, etc.) as a "No-Show" which will cause the student to be dropped from the course for the semester. Once dropped as a No-Show, a student cannot re-register in that same section, regardless of No-Show reason. In addition, the student could be dropped from any prerequisite or co-requisite course(s), regardless of attendance in the prerequisite/co-requisite course(s). To avoid being dropped, please plan to attend the early sessions of your course(s) and ensure that you meet all assignment deadlines. Being dropped for non-attendance can have negative consequences for students using financial aid or Veteran's benefits.

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 1021-001 and ENG 1021-601. 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 course(s) on the published deadline after the drop (census) deadline has passed. 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.

To withdraw from a course students need to log into their eWOLF account or Navigate. Our main part of term withdraw deadlines are published at https://www.frontrange.edu/deadlines. You can also view the withdraw deadline for your course(s) each semester in your course syllabus or your course schedule. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their Pathways 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.

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 form and include supporting documentation for their appeal to be considered by the Extenuating Circumstances Appeals Committee.

  • Students must submit a completed appeal form with supporting documentation after the semester ends, and within 1 year of the semester for which they are appealing. The form can be found in eWOLF in the Student Resources pull down menu - Student Forms.
  • 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 submitted 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.
  • Repeated appeals for the same reason will not be considered.
  • Completed appeal forms will be reviewed by a committee and the student will be notified by their college-issued email of the committee's decision.
  • The decision made by the committee is final.
  • If approved, the Extenuating Circumstances Appeals Committee may award a withdraw. A grade of "WX or WD" is recorded on the transcript depending on the decision of the committee. 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.
Note to Financial Aid Students: Making changes to your schedule and courses may have Financial Aid implications. If you drop or withdraw from classes, you may owe some or all of the funds you have received. It is advised that students meet with a Financial Aid Advisor prior to submitting the appeal to discuss the impact of this withdrawal. An appeal will not dismiss any prior balances owed and cannot guarantee avoidance of state collections for past due amounts.