Red Rocks Community College

Academic Catalog

Getting Started

1. Apply for Admission, the College Opportunity Fund (COF), and Financial Aid.

  1. If you are new to RRCC or have been away from RRCC for a year or more, you need to complete the online application for admission at www.rrcc.edu/apply, or stop by the Admissions Office. Upon completion, you will receive a Student ID (example: S12345678). Save this number, as you will need it for registration and all other correspondence with RRCC. There is no deadline or fee to apply. Acceptance letters are sent by email or by regular U.S. mail. Please contact the Admissions office with any questions regarding the acceptance letter. Information: 303-914-6348.
  2. Apply for and authorize COF: If you are a Colorado resident for tuition purposes and did not sign up for COF through your admissions application, you can sign up online. The State of Colorado provides funding for students to attend college through COF. This is the state-paid portion of your tuition, which is a benefit to all Colorado residents. The COF application is free and can save you hundreds of dollars each semester on your tuition. You only have to apply for this benefit once. Please note that if you do not apply for and authorize COF funding, you are responsible for both the student share and the state share of all tuition and fees. When you fill out the college application you may select "yes" to have a COF account automatically created, or you may visit: www.rrcc.edu/college-opportunity-fund and click on Sign up here!
  3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov to see if you are eligible for any kind of aid (grants, loans, work study, and scholarships). The RRCC school code for your application is 009543. The application process can take 6-8 weeks to complete, so apply early! RRCC has three priority consideration dates during the year:
    • Fall Semester: April 1
    • Spring Semester: September 1
    • Summer Semester: February 1

Your financial aid file is not complete until you receive an award letter.

2. Complete the Red Rocks 101 Orientation Session (required).

The Red Rocks 101 student orientation is offered in an online format. This orientation is MANDATORY for all new students and for all students returning to Red Rocks following a break of a year or more. Red Rocks 101 is designed to help students successfully navigate the college experience. The orientation will cover important topics such as class registration, financial aid, degree and certificate options, and student services. You can access the online orientation at: www.rrcc.edu/orientation.

3. Provide transcripts from any previously attended colleges.

If you have taken college coursework prior to starting classes at RRCC, please provide a transcript from any previous college you have attended. This will help an advisor determine if you need to take the placement test.

RRCC also accepts credit for prior learning for students who have completed standardized exams such as College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement (AP), and International Baccalaureate (IB). RRCC will apply credits that meet the content and rigor of RRCC’s courses and that apply to your declared degree or certificate program at RRCC. Please visit our Student Records web page for more information at www.rrcc.edu/student-records.

4. Satisfy Assessment Requirements.

You must provide evidence of college readiness before registering for courses. To determine which courses you should take, you must complete the placement test if you are: 1) a degree- or certificate-seeking student, 2) registering for a course with any prerequisites, or 3) under the age of 20 (regardless of degree/certificate status).

The untimed placement test is available on both the Lakewood and Arvada campuses. You must have applied for and received an RRCC student identification number prior to taking the placement test and present a government-issued photo ID at least two hours before the Assessment Center closes.

We strongly recommend you review the online study guides available before taking the placement test. The study guides can be found at www.rrcc.edu/assessment. Your score is an indication of the level of coursework you are ready to take. You are responsible for completing basic skills courses during your first 30 credit hours of attendance if your placement scores are below college level.

Students enrolling in Fire Science or Emergency Services coursework must consult the Emergency Services Department for their placement requirements.

You may be exempt from taking the placement test if you have satisfied one of the following requirements:

  • Taken the ACT or SAT placement test within the past five years. Please check our website to see if your scores exempt you from this requirement. Your Reading and English scores are valid for five years; Math scores are only valid for two years. Submit your score report to the RRCC Assessment Center.
  • Earned an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or higher degree from an accredited college or university. You must submit your transcripts to the RRCC Student Records Office.
  • Have qualifying AP and IB test scores. You must submit your transcripts and/or official score reports to RRCC to be exempt from taking the corresponding sections of the test.
  • Registered for a non-guaranteed transfer course for which placement scores are not required as a prerequisite.
  • Concurrently enrolled high school students who do not need to meet a prerequisite for a course, until they are matriculated by the institution as degree seeking undergraduates by an institution.

Please note that English courses taken outside of the United States do not meet the placement requirements.

Information: 303-914-6720 www.rrcc.edu/assessment

5. Meet with an academic advisor.

An advisor will help you select courses, identify course prerequisites, obtain program information, evaluate placement results, assist with transfer planning to a four-year college or university, and prepare you for graduation. They can check your progress in AA, AS, AGS, and AAS degree plans, and develop a course schedule that fits your needs and academic goals. A team of academic advisors, on both the Lakewood and Arvada campuses, is available year-round by appointment or on a walk-in basis. An important step toward succeeding at RRCC is meeting regularly with an academic advisor. Information: 303-914-6255 or www.rrcc.edu/advising

6. Register for classes.

You may register for classes in person at the Lakewood or Arvada campus or you may register online. Go to www.rrcc.edu and click on "The Rock." Enter your student ID (S number) and password. Click on "Add or Drop Classes." Follow directions to register for your classes.

Although we can’t register you over the phone or via email, we can guide you through the process. Please contact us should you have any questions. Remember to print your schedule a few days before the semester begins to get current room information.

Information: 303-914-6348 or www.rrcc.edu/admissions

7. Get your RRCC Student ID card. (Student IDs are not issued to students taking only online courses.)

You will need a photo ID and a copy of your current schedule, which you can get online or in Admissions.

Information: 303-914-6370

8. Activate your student email account.

Your college email account is the official method of communication at RRCC, so it is extremely important that you activate your account and check it frequently. To activate your account, log in to "The Rock" and click the "Student Email" link at the top of the page. Activate your account today at www.rrcc.edu/admissions/student-email.

9. Activate your refund preference.

Watch your mail for an envelope from BankMobile (do not mistake this for junk mail). This envelope contains your refund preference activation kit! Just as soon as you receive this letter, go online to www.refundselection.com and use the included personal code to activate a refunding preference according to the instructions mailed with it. You only need to activate it one time when you first start attending Red Rocks Community College. If a preference was already set up for a previous term, you are all set to go for the current term.

What else should I do?

  1. Purchase books and supplies.

    The RRCC Bookstore, located on the Lakewood campus, is your source for all of your educational materials, including those for CCCOnline classes. Books can be ordered and delivered to the Arvada campus with adequate notice.

    Information: Lakewood campus 303-914-6232 or Arvada campus 303-914-6720 www.rrcc.bncollege.com

  2. Apply for a Red Rocks Community College Foundation scholarship.

    Information: 303-914-6426 or www.rrcc.edu/foundation

  3. Check-in with Accessibility Services.

    If you are a student with a disability, contact Accessibility Services at 303-914-6733 for support or accommodations. The Arvada Campus is by appointment only: 303-914-6733.

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Catalog Contents

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RRCC Catalog - Summer 2017, Fall 2017, and Spring 2018

2017-2018 Addendum and Catalog Updates

Red Rocks Community College 2017-2018 Catalog

Academic Calendar

Welcome from the President

About Red Rocks Community College

Admissions and Enrollment

Scheduling Options (Red Rocks Options)

Paying for College

Tuition Rates and Fees

RRCC Foundation

Academic Matters

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Student Success Services and Campus Services

Certificates

Associate Degrees (AA, AS, AGS and AAS) and Smart Track Degrees

AA, AS, and AGS Degree Requirements

Associate of Applied Science Degrees (AAS)

AAS Degree Requirements

DWD Degrees (AA and AS Degrees With Designation)

Bachelor Degrees (BAS, BS)

Master Degrees

GT Courses (Guarantee Transfer)

RMEC/OSHA Industry Training

Academic Programs and Areas of Study

Accounting

Accounting Certificates (Stackable)

Accounting Degrees (Stackable)

Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration

Anthropology

Applied Technology

Art

Auto Collision Repair

Automotive Customization

Automotive Parts Management

Automotive Service Technology

Biology

Business

Carpentry

Chemistry

Communication

Computer Information Systems

Computer Science

Cosmetology

Criminal Justice

Culinary Arts

Dance

Dental Assisting

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Early Childhood Education

Economics

Electricity Commercial-Industrial-Residential

Elementary Education

Emergency Management and Planning

Emergency Medical Services

Energy Technology Programs

Energy Technology

Engineering Graphics Technology

Engineering - Pre-Engineering

English

Fine Woodworking

Fire Science Technology

Foreign Languages

French

Geography

Geology

Health Sciences Programs

History

Holistic Health

Honors Program

HVAC

Law Enforcement

Management and Marketing

Mathematics

Mechanical Trades

Medical Imaging

Medical Assisting Professional

Medical Office Technology

Multimedia Graphic Design

Nurse Assistance

Nursing

Outdoor Education

Park Ranger Technology

Philosophy

Phlebotomy

Photography

Physician Assistant Studies

Physics

Plumbing

Political Science

Power Equipment and Sport Vehicle Technology

Precision Machining Technology

Psychology

Radiologic Technology

Real Estate

Secondary Education

Social Work

Sociology

Sonography

Spanish

Speech and Communication

Teacher Education

Theatre Arts

Water Quality Management Technology

Welding

Woodworking

Course Descriptions

AAA – Academic Achievement Courses

ACC – Accounting Courses

ACT – Automotive Collision Technology Courses

AEC – Architecture, Engineering and Construction Courses

AGR – Agriculture Courses

ANT — Anthropology Courses

ARA – Arabic Courses

ARM – Military Science Courses (U.S. Army ROTC)

ART – Art Courses

ASE – Automotive Service Technology Courses

ASL – American Sign Language Courses

AST – Astronomy Courses

AUT — Auto Motorsports Technology Courses

BIO – Biology Courses

BTE– Business Technology Courses

BUS – Business Courses

CAD – Computer-Aided Drafting Courses

CAR – Carpentry Courses

CCR - College Composition and Reading Courses

CHE – Chemistry Courses

CIS – Computer Information Systems Courses

CNG – Computer Networking Courses

COM – Communication Courses

COS – Cosmetology Courses

CRJ – Criminal Justice Courses

CSC – Computer Science Courses

CUA – Culinary Arts Courses

CWB – Computer Web Courses

DAN – Dance Courses

DEA - Dental Assisting Courses

DMS – Diagnostic Medical Sonography Courses

ECE – Early Childhood Education Courses

ECO – Economics Courses

EDU – Education Courses

EGG - Engineering Courses

EGT – Engineering Graphics Technology Courses

EIC – Electricity Industrial/Commercial/Residential Courses

EMP – Emergency Management and Planning Courses

EMS – Emergency Medical Services Courses

ENG – English Courses

ENT – Engineering Technology Courses

ENV – Environmental Science Courses

ENY – Energy Technology Courses

ESL – English as a Second Language Courses

EST – Esthetician Courses

ETH - Ethnic Studies Courses

FIW – Fine Woodworking Courses

FRE – French Courses

FST – Fire Science Technology Courses

FSW 100 S-190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior

FSW 101 S-130 Firefighting Training

FVT - Film & Video Technology Courses

GED – General Education Courses

GEO – Geography Courses

GER – German Courses

GEY – Geology Courses

GIS – Geographic Information Systems Courses

HHP – Holistic Health Professional Courses

HIS – History Courses

HNR - Honors Courses

HPR – Health Professional Courses

HUM – Humanities Courses

HVA – Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Courses

HWE – Health and Wellness Courses

ITA – Italian Courses

JOU – Journalism Courses

JPN – Japanese Courses

LEA – Law Enforcement Courses

LIT – Literature Courses

MAC – Machining Courses

MAN – Management Courses

MAP - Medical Assisting Professional Courses

MAR – Marketing Courses

MAT – Mathematics Courses

MET – Meteorology Courses

MGD – Multimedia Graphic Design Courses

MOT – Medical Office Technology Courses

MST - Massage Therapy Courses

MUS – Music Courses

NAT – Nail Technician Courses

NRE – Natural Resources Courses

NUA – Nurse Aide Courses

NUR – Nursing Courses

OSH - Occupational Safety Technician Courses

OUT - Outdoor Education Courses

PAS - Physician Assistant Studies Courses

PED – Physical Education Courses

PHI – Philosophy Courses

PHO – Photography Courses

PHY – Physics Courses

PLU – Plumbing Courses

POS – Political Science Courses

PRA – Park Ranger Courses

PSY – Psychology Courses

PVT – Power Equipment and Sports Vehicle Technology Courses

REC - Recreational Courses

REE – Real Estate Courses

RTE – Radiologic Technology Courses

RUS – Russian Courses

SBM – Small Business Management Courses

SCI – Science Courses

SOC – Sociology Courses

SPA – Spanish Courses

SWK – Social Work Courses

THE – Theatre Arts Courses

WEL – Welding Courses

WQM – Water Quality Management Technology Courses

Guide to Catalog Terms

Staff & Faculty Directory

Index