College Credit for Environment & the Economy

FTE has a long and successful relationship with the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS) and the Department of Economics will offer undergraduate credit (optional) for students participating in the Environment & the Economy program. 

Information on the credit registration process will be provided to all enrolled students in their Orientation Packets – please do NOT register for credit until you have reviewed your Orientation Packet (information will be available about four weeks before the start date of your program).   

Economics 1340, Environment & the Economy, is an undergraduate economics course for non-majors. Students who successfully complete the requirements will receive a transcript from UCCS, showing two semester hours of graded undergraduate credit.  (Individual university policies for accepting this type of “transfer” credit vary, and FTE does not provide information about the acceptability of this credit at various universities. We can, however, report that we have encountered no problems in acceptance of UCCS credit granted in FTE’s teacher programs.) 

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs – Optional Credit Information: 

Course Number:  ECON 1340 (entry-level, elective, does not count toward an economics major) 

Fee:  $244 (fee payable through the FTE/UCCS online portal; do not send payment to FTE) 

Transcripts: Available from UCCS after grade is posted to your account. Order at https://www.uccs.edu/lases/programs-a-l/fte. Pull down the “Student Resources” tab in the top menu bar. 


  • Attend all program sessions
  • Read required materials
  • Participate in discussions on required readings
  • Actively participate in classroom activities
  • Complete a public policy project and presentation
  • Take the post-test


  • 25% Participation (attend sessions, participate in group discussions, activities & presentations)
  • 50% Post-test (administered at the end of the program)
  • 25% Public policy project and presentation

Course Materials:

  • Course readings will be provided at the program, including selected current event articles related to topics like climate change, ground and surface water allocation, endangered species, land use, and renewable resources.

Registration Steps: 

  1. To enroll in Economics 1340, go to the FTE/UCCS portal at https://www.uccs.edu/lases/programs-a-l/fte.  Choose Environment & the Economy (Student Program) from the course listing. 
    • Download the registration directions and follow the steps listed in the downloaded document. Note that this is a several step process which may take a week to 10 days; you must first apply to and be accepted by the UCCS Extended Studies program. The pdf download gives step-by-step instructions. Follow them carefully. NOTE the registration deadline for this course is July 26, 2024. Registration must be complete (not just started) by the UCCS deadline. Give yourself plenty of time. 
  2. Access the UCCS Canvas course – UCCS will provide you with a UCCS login and password to access their UCCS Canvas platform.
    • E&E will use the UCCS Canvas Course to record your post-test, presentation, and participation grades. 
  3. Attend the E&E program and notify the Mentor Teacher in your program that you are taking the course for college credit so they can submit post-test, presentation, and participation grades for you. 

We’re excited to be able to offer high school students the chance to earn college credit at a very low cost and we look forward to your participation. If you have additional questions about the E&E college credit, contact Debbie Henney at dhenney@fte.org