Colorado School of Mines/Red Rocks Community College Transfer Agreement

Thanks to an innovative partnership, students can begin their academic career at Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) and transfer to Colorado School of Mines (CSM) to complete their undergraduate degree. This transfer agreement allows students to enjoy the benefits of an exceptional community college and the rigor and reputation of a widely respected four-year university.

Red Rocks Community College offers small classes and individual attention together with affordable tuition and a variety of financial aid and scholarship opportunities. The college’s 10,000 students can choose from approximately 650 courses with classes offered in a variety of formats – days, evenings, weekend, online, and self-paced – to accommodate students’ busy lives.

Founded in 1874, Colorado School of Mines is located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. It is a public research university and one of the leading institutions in the world in applied programs in science, mathematics, engineering, economics and energy. CSM accommodates approximately 3,800 undergraduate and 1,300 graduate students, boasts a student-faculty ratio of 16-1 and an average of 34 students per class.

Degree Programs at Colorado School of Mines

  • Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Chemistry and Geochemistry
  • Economics and Business
  • Engineering: Civil, Electrical, Environmental, Mechanical
  • Applied Mathematics & Statistics
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering Physics
  • Geology and Geological Engineering
  • Geophysics
  • Metallurgical & Materials Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering

Transfer Agreement

The Engineering Academy at Red Rocks Community College prepares students to transfer to Colorado School of Mines. A student who completes all of the prescribed Red Rocks coursework with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 and a grade no lower than “C” in any of the courses, may transfer the prescribed coursework upon admission to Colorado School of Mines.

Students may transfer from Red Rocks Community College to Colorado School of Mines either upon completing, or prior to completion of all coursework prescribed in the transfer agreement. If a student decides to transfer prior to completion of the prescribed coursework, the student must have first completed a minimum of 30 credit hours, have a minimum GPA of 3.00, and have completed a minimum of trigonometry and one semester of general chemistry and/or physics to be eligible. See the transfer guide from Mines’ Admissions Office here.

Members of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Red Rocks Community College are encouraged to meet with a Colorado School of Mines Financial Aid Counselor to learn about a possible PTK scholarship when transferring to CSM.

CSM Transfer Guide pdg

Red Rocks Community College prescribed courses

Science and Mathematics – 29 credits
MAT 201 - Calculus I (5)
MAT 202 - Calculus II (5)
MAT 204 - Calculus III (5)
MAT 261 - Differential Equations (4)
CHE 111 -  General College Chemistry I (5)
PHY 211 -  Physics I: Calculus-Based (5)

[Note: CHE 112 - General College Chemistry II and/or PHY 212 Physics II: Calculus-Based may also be required depending on chosen major]

Electives: EGG 211 Statics, 3 credits]

Philosophy and Communication – 6 credits
PHI 218 -  Environmental Ethics (3)
ENG 122 - English Composition II (3)
ENG 131 - Technical Writing (3)
Social & Behavioral Sciences - 6 credits
ECO 201 - Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
ECO 202 - Principles of Microeconomics (3)

History – 3 credits
HIS 247 - Contemporary World History (3)

Engineering Practices Introductory Course Sequence (EPICS) - 3 credits
Cornerstone 151 - Design I (3)
(Complete at CSM while attending RRCC)
EGT 140 Introduction to Design and Engineering Applications Sequence (IDEA) - 3 credits
(transfers to CSM as EPICS 151)

Distributed HSS Requirements – 6 credits
Foreign Language at 100 or 200 level (excluding conversational) and/or courses at the 200 level or above in literature, history, humanities, political science or social science.  (6)

Physical Education - 4 credits
Four separate courses - must be completed in 4 separate semesters. This requirement is waived for students with DD 214 (veterans) or students 26 years of age or older.

Consult with an Academic Advisor regarding additional science requirements determined by individual CSM Majors.

For more information:
Red Rocks Community College
Advising Center
Fax: 303.989.6919

Colorado School of Mines
CSM Admissions
Fax: 303.273.3509