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  • Center for Advanced Technologies and Optical Materials

    Since its foundation in 2011, the Center for Advanced Technologies and Optical Materials has been devoted to serve and enrich the following major interrelated areas: research, technological development, and education. From fundamental understanding of physical properties of liquid crystals, polymers, thin films, and nanoparticles to technological advancement creating novel functional materials and designing devices based on them, the Center establishes pioneering research to reach ground-breaking hi-tech milestones.

    The Center brings together faculty from across UCCS as well as many collaborators from multiple institutions and agencies, providing unique multidisciplinary expertise to bridge the gap in research and development for current industries, increase the speed of innovational and technological break-through of industrial partners, and leverage knowledge and expertise for best R&D investment payoff.

  • UCCS Aging Center

    The Aging Center is a community-based non-profit mental health services facility administered by the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS), and is the primary practicum training site for the APA accredited clinical psychology Ph.D. program.

    It is currently one of the few geropsychology training clinics in the nation linking the academic standards of excellence and innovative clinical training with the practical needs of the community. The Aging Center provides comprehensive psychological and neuropsychological assessment and treatment services to individuals 55+ as well as their families, trains graduate students in clinical geropsychology and supports the study of psychological aging processes.

  • Center for Cognitive Archaeology

    The mission of the Center for Cognitive Archaeology (CCA) is to provide graduate and undergraduate students at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS) and throughout the world the opportunity to study the evolutionary development of cognition in humans and other primates through the lenses of psychology, anthropology, and philosophy.

    The Center for Cognitive Archaeology (CCA) provides both undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to study the evolutionary development of cognition in humans and other primates. The CCA offers 12 different online courses, which are taught by professors from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and by experts from all over the world. Upon successful completion of any four courses, the University of Colorado will award an official Certificate of Cognitive Archaeology at the undergraduate or graduate level.

  • Center for Critical Sport Studies
  • Center for Economic Education

    The Center for Economic Education engages in programs and activities designed to raise the general level of economic understanding, with special emphasis given to K-12 school teachers and school districts in Colorado, including international economics study tour travel opportunities for teachers. The Center also conducts additional economic and financial literacy education programs in Colorado and in other partner countries.

    The Center is affiliated with the Colorado Council on Economic Education (CCEE) and the National Council on Economic Education. The primary objective of the Center and CCEE is to promote and improve the quality and quantity of economic education in Colorado's K-12 schools.

    The Center and CCEE offer classes, workshops, and a comprehensive library of instructional resources designed to equip teachers with the needed background of economic understanding and the finest classroom materials available for their students.

  • Heller Center for Arts and Humanities

    The Heller Center is vital to the humanities, fine arts, and social sciences on UCCS campus and in the Pikes Peak region, providing a sense of place, history, and creativity, as well as a retreat for visiting artists and scholars. The Center provides creative academic spaces and collaborative programs for faculty, students, and community partners.


    The UCCS Heller Center for the Arts & Humanities preserves, engages, and explores the West of the imagination.


    The Heller Center is vital to the arts, humanities, and culture of the UCCS campus and the Pikes Peak region, providing a sense of place, history, and creativity, as well as a retreat for visiting artists and scholars.

  • Center for Legal Studies

    The Legal Studies Center coordinates the pre-law minor and organizes programs and events for students considering a legal career.

  • Center for Magnetism & Magnetic Nanostructures

    The Center for Magnetism and Magnetic Nanostructures does both fundamental and applied research in the general field of magnetism and magnetic materials. Specific topics include: signal processing in the 10-100 GHz range using magnetic materials, development of new magnetic materials, on-wafer magnetic inductors, and magnetic nanoparticles and their use in biotechnology, drug delivery, and microwave devices.

  • Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity & Inclusion

    The purpose of the Matrix Center is to examine the intersections of gender, race/ethnicity, and sexuality as they interact with each other and with other dimensions of privilege, oppression, and inequality. The Matrix Center offers workshops and training, both on and off campus, facilitated by national experts, authors, and educators involved in shaping the national discourse around diversity and contributing to the development of best practices.

  • Center for Plasmonics, Nanophotonics, and Metamaterials

    The mission of the Center for Plasmonics, Nanophotonics and Metamaterials (CPNM) is to foster education of 21st century scientist and engineers through an active learning process involving research in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. The CPNM promotes innovation in the area of Plasmonics, Nanophotonics, and Metamaterials and provides a common collaborative framework for education, research and development. The CPNM is housed by the UCCS Physics Department. The CPNM focuses its activities on fundamental and applied research in the area of Photonics, Plasmonics, and Metamaterials.

  • Colorado Center for Policy Studies

    The Colorado Center for Policy Studies applies economic principles and research results to critical policy issues such as economic development, education, and tax structures. Faculty with expertise in a variety of areas, along with some of our best students, conduct applied research and provide advice and information to state and local governments and nonprofit organizations.

  • Center for Religious Diversity and Public Life

    The Center for Religious Diversity and Public Life aims to foster a healthy and fruitful relationship between the university and the surrounding community as it concerns religious issues and public life. The Center neither aligns itself with any political ideology or religion, but provides a needed platform for faculty, students, guest speakers, pastors, community leaders, and citizens to engage in scholarly efforts, open dialogue, and future action.