Red Rocks Community College

Academic Catalog

Getting Started

Our website and the following pages of this catalog include details on how to get started at RRCC:

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 e-mail or by regular U.S. mail. Please contact the Admissions office at 303.914.6360 with any questions regarding the acceptance letter. Information: 303.914.6348.
  2. Apply 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/cof 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. Transfer to RRCC

RRCC accepts credit for prior learning for students who have previously attended a college other than RRCC or who have completed standardized exams such as CLEP and, AP/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. Take the Accuplacer placement test

You must provide evidence of college readiness before registering for courses. To determine which courses you should take, you must complete the 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).

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

The test, available on both the Arvada and Lakewood campuses, is given on a walk-in basis (no appointment necessary) and is not timed. You must have applied for and received a student identification number prior to taking the test and arrive with a government-issued photo ID at least 2 hours before the Assessment Center closes.

We strongly recommend you review the online study guides available prior to taking the 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 transcript(s) to the RRCC Student Records Office.
  • Completed college-level English composition or college-level math with a grade of C or higher
  • Have qualifying AP/IB test scores. You must submit your transcript(s) and/or official score report to RRCC to be exempt from taking the corresponding section(s) of the test.
  • registered for a non-guaranteed transfer course for which placement score is not required as a prerequisite. Information: 303.914.6720 or www.rrcc.edu/assessment

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

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 AAS, AA, AS, and AGS degree plans, and develop a course schedule that fits your needs and academic goals. A team of academic advisors, available on both the Arvada and Lakewood 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 on the Lakewood campus.

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 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/studentemail.html

9. Activate your debit card

A little more than a week after you register for classes, your Higher One debit card will arrive in the mail (look for the bright green envelope). This card will be used to apply your financial aid or any other refund, so it is important that you look for the card and activate it when it arrives!

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: 303.914.6232 or www.rrcc.bncollege.com

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

    Information: 303.914.6426 or www.rrcc.edu/foundation.

  3. Stay current with RRCC.

    "Like" us on Facebook and sign up with Twitter and you'll never miss free food, events, or guest speakers visiting campus.

  4. Check-in with the Office of Disability Services (ODS).

    If you are a student with a disability, contact ODS at 303.914.6733 for support or accommodations.

Catalog Contents

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Academic Catalog

Welcome to Red Rocks Community College (RRCC)

Academic Calendar Fall 2014 – Summer 2015

Welcome from the President

About Red Rocks Community College

Admissions and Enrollment

Financing Your Education

Tuition Rates

RRCC Foundation

Scheduling Options (Red Rocks Options)

Student Services

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Academic Standards

Certificates

Associate Degrees (AA, AS, AGS, AAS)

Degree Requirements

Degrees With Designation (DWD)

Noncredit Continuing Education

Programs and Areas of Study

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

CMD – Communication Disorders Courses

CNG – Computer Networking Courses

COM – Communication Courses

CON - Construction Technology 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

DPM – Diesel Power Mechanics Courses

ECE – Early Childhood Education Courses

ECO – Economics Courses

EDU – Education 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

FIW – Fine Woodworking Courses

FRE – French Courses

FST – Fire Science Technology Courses

GED – General Education Courses

GEO – Geography Courses

GER – German Courses

GEY – Geology Courses

GIS – Geographic Information Systems Courses

HEM – Heavy Equipment Mechanics Courses

HHP – Holistic Health Professional Courses

HIS – History Courses

HPR – Health Professional Courses

HUM – Humanities Courses

HVA – Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Courses

HWE – Health and Wellness Courses

IND – Interior Design Courses

ITA – Italian Courses

JOU – Journalism Courses

JPN – Japanese Courses

LEA – Law Enforcement Academy Courses

LIT – Literature Courses

MAC – Machining Courses

MAN – Management Courses

MAR – Marketing Courses

MAT – Mathematics Courses

MET – Meteorology Courses

MGD – Multimedia Graphic Design Courses

MIL – Milwright 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

PAP – Physician Assistant Program 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

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

SVT – Sport Vehicle Technology Courses

THE – Theatre Arts Courses

WEL – Welding Courses

WQM – Water Quality Management Technology Courses

Guide to Catalog Terms

Staff & Faculty Directory

Index