Frequently Asked Questions
Can I major in HASS?
Unfortunately, no. You can, however, choose to minor in LAIS.
Which economics classes can be used for H&SS requirements?
- EBGN301 Intermediate Microeconomics
- EBGN302 Intermediate Macroeconomics
- EBGN310 Environment & Resource Economics
- EBGN320 Economics and Technology
- EBGN330 Energy Economics
- EBGN340 Energy and Environmental Policy
- EBGN342 Economic Development
- EBGN437 Regional Economics
- EBGN441 International Economics
- EBGN443 Public Economics
- EBGN470 Environmental Economics
What classes can be used for the 400-level requirement?
Any class that starts with LAIS 4…, including LAIS 498. Also, select 400-level economics classes will fulfill the requirement (see list above).
Why won’t Trailhead let me enroll in a 400-level class?
Graduating seniors get priority registration for 400-level classes. Once preregistration has ended, the registrar will open the course up for other students. Registration may also be denied for failure to meet the pre- or co-requisites.
Can I take my 400-level class at Red Rocks?
No. Because community colleges do not award bachelor’s degrees, they do not offer 400-level (senior level) courses. 400-level courses are offered by 4-year schools, and students may take the class at one of those institutions. As with any transfer credit, students will need to provide a course syllabus in order to receive Prior Approval.
I took college classes in high school. Can I use them for LAIS credit?
It depends. The only 100-level humanities or social sciences class that Mines requires is Nature and Human Values. So, if the courses you took are 100-level, they would be applied as free elective credit. If the courses are 200-level or above, they can be used for midlevel LAIS credit.
Can I use AP or IB credit for LAIS credit?
AP and IB classes are designed to be 100-level courses, and since Mines only requires one LAIS course at the 100-level, AP and IB credit will probably be applied as free electives. The exception is foreign language. View CSM's foreign language policy.
I took a bunch of classes at a community college, but they only transferred in as free electives. Why?
The only 100-level humanities or social sciences class that Mines requires is Nature and Human Values. So, if the courses you took are 100-level, they would be applied as free elective credit. If the courses are 200-level or above, that can be used for midlevel LAIS credit, and should show on your transcript as LAIS 2XX or LAIS 3XX.
Is there a class that transfers for NHV?
NHV (LAIS100) is a course unique to Mines. It is a combination of Freshman Composition and Environmental/Professional Ethics. It is therefore virtually impossible to find a one-for-one substitution at other colleges.
I heard there is a “shortform” NHV. Can I take it?
This class is no longer offered.
Is there a class that transfers for Human Systems?
Human Systems is a course unique to Mines. It is a combination of Modern World History with an emphasis on globalization. It is therefore virtually impossible to find a one-for-one substitution at other colleges.
Should I focus on my technical classes and delay taking LAIS classes until my senior year?
That would be ill-advised. Although it may be tempting to get your major courses out of the way, it becomes increasingly difficult to schedule LAIS courses (especially NHV and Human Systems) as schedules become filled with labs and design courses. We encourage students to take Human Systems no later than their sophomore year, and not to attempt to fit multiple LAIS courses into one semester.
I want to take classes at Red Rocks Community College. How do I do that?
Mines has a transfer agreement with Red Rocks, and taking courses there is relatively easy to do. You must, however, complete a Prior Approval Form before taking any classes, and do know that 100-level courses can only be used as free electives. See RRCC Admissions at www.RRCC.edu/admissions/.
What foreign languages does Mines teach?
We consistently offer first and second year German, French, Spanish, and Arabic.
What if I want to learn a foreign language that isn’t offered at Mines?
Foreign languages offered at any accredited institution can be transferred to Mines and will be counted as midlevel LAIS credit. Red Rocks and CU-Boulder have robust foreign language offerings.
How do I study abroad?
Study abroad is handled in the Office of International Programs.
Does LAIS have art classes?
Unfortunately no. You can, however, take studio art classes at Red Rocks and we will transfer the credit in as a free elective.
Do I have to try out for the band?
No. Please explore our music program offerings.