ASSOCIATE OF ARTS (A.A.) and ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE (A.S.) DEGREES
An associate degree program reflects the larger goals of educational attainment the institution holds for its students. The associate degree indicates that the holder has developed proficiencies sufficient to prepare for upper-division collegiate work, or to enter directly into a specific occupation or to meet individual career goals. An associate degree is awarded only for completion of a coherent program of study designed for a specific purpose. This policy defines the associate degrees, program designations, and minimum standards.
ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE (A.A.S) DEGREES
This degree (with the occupational field specified) is intended to prepare individuals to enter skilled and/or paraprofessional occupations or to upgrade/stabilize their employment. These programs are not intended for transfer to baccalaureate degree programs; however, certain courses may be accepted toward a bachelor’s degree at some senior institutions. The range of semester credit hours is 60 (minimum) to 75 (maximum). Exceptions to the A.A.S. degree maximum of 75 semester credit hours may be granted in those fields in which there is a demonstrated need that requires additional course work. The general education component of the A.A.S. is 15 semester credit hours.
ASSOCIATE OF GENERAL STUDIES (A.G.S.) DEGREES
There are two types of A.G.S. degrees:
A certificate indicates a student's completion of a specific course of study. A certificate focuses on one very specific area of study as opposed to a field of study covered by a longer associate or bachelor degree program. The curriculum is dependent on the field being studies. Certificate programs are offered in a variety of different programs with times ranging from one semester to one year.
STATEWIDE ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS
The purpose of a statewide articulation agreement is to identify the courses a student at a Colorado public community college must complete as part of an associate degree to be guaranteed to be able to complete the designated baccalaureate degree program at any public four-year college and university (hereafter referred to as receiving institutions) that offers that program within the minimum number of credits designated by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.
Students who complete an associate degree and the prescribed curriculum in the articulation agreement and are admitted (with no academic deficiencies that require additional coursework) to a receiving institution participating in this agreement are guaranteed the following:
Completion of the curriculum prescribed within a statewide articulation agreement does not guarantee admission to a participating receiving institution. Students must meet all admission and application requirements at the receiving institution including the submission of all required documentation by stated deadlines.
Only courses with grades of C- or higher are guaranteed to transfer.
Admission to a receiving institution does not guarantee enrollment in a specific degree program. Some programs at receiving institutions have controlled entry due either to space limitations or academic requirements.
Receiving institutions will evaluate application of the courses designated in the agreement to other degree programs on a course-by-course basis.
Students who wish to use credits awarded by exam, such as AP (Advanced Placement), or IB (International Baccalaureate), to fulfill specific course requirements are responsible for consulting with the institution to which they are considering transferring to determine whether the credits they have been awarded by exam meet the standards of the receiving institution for specific course equivalents.
The receiving institution will accept all applicable credits earned within ten years of transfer to the receiving institution. Credits earned more than ten years earlier will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis.
Because of the limitations above, students must consult with the Office of Admissions at the institution to which they are considering transferring.
Students who do not complete an AA degree can use the prescribed curriculum within a statewide articulation agreement as a common advising guide for transfer to all public institutions that offer the designated baccalaureate degree program.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
Students transferring without a completed AA degree must consult with the Office of Admissions at the institution to which they are considering transferring to review the issues identified above and to make sure they meet all admission and application requirements at the receiving institution, including the submission of all required documentation by stated deadlines.
Besides gtPathways and statewide articulation agreements, many colleges and universities have other transfer agreements that may apply to you. If you complete an Associate of Arts degree, 60 credit hours of your A.A. degree are guaranteed to transfer to a four-year school, once you are accepted for admission. And, you should be able to finish a Bachelor of Arts degree within another *60 credit hours. This is called a 60 + 60 transfer plan..