Programs of Study
Associate of Arts & Associate of Science Transfer Degrees
Colorado public four-year higher education institutions will honor the transfer of an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree and the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree earned at a Colorado public institution that offers A.A. or A.S. degrees. A student who earns an A.A. or A.S. degree at a Colorado public college, which includes completing the state guaranteed general education courses with a grade of “C” or better in all courses, will transfer with junior standing into any arts and science degree program offered by a Colorado public four-year college. Since 1988 Colorado has had an operating 2+2 transfer agreement that ensures a student who completes an A.A. or A.S. degree with a grade of "C" or better in all courses, will have junior standing at the receiving institution i.e., transfer 60 credit hours. Because most liberal arts and sciences degrees are designed to be completed in 120 credit hours, a transfer student may complete a four-year degree in the same time as a native student, 120 hours. The receiving institution will evaluate credit for prior learning, advanced placement, and correspondence courses following its standard policy.
Programs of Study: Transfer Degrees
The following program curricula are designed to prepare the student to transfer to a four-year college or university with Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreements developed by the Colorado Department of Higher Education. The purpose of a statewide transfer articulation agreement is to identify the courses a student at a Colorado public community college must complete as part of an Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree to be guaranteed to be able to complete a bachelor’s degree program (B.A. or B.S.) at any public four-year college or university that offers that bachelor’s degree program.
Transfer of General Education
Colorado's state guaranteed general education courses are designed to allow students to begin their general education courses at one Colorado public higher education institution and later transfer to another without loss of general education credits. That is, the state guaranteed general education may be applied to the general education graduation requirement or the graduation requirements of the declared major, whichever is in the student's best interest. Effective fall 2003, Colorado policy ensures that students who successfully complete a state guaranteed general education course will receive transfer credits applied to graduation requirements in all majors at all public institutions unless a specific statewide articulation agreement exists. The state's guaranteed general education curriculum is organized into five categories: communication, mathematics, fine arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and physical and life sciences. To complete the Colorado state guaranteed general education core, students are required to take 11 courses or 38 to 39 semester credit hours and earn a "C" grade or better in each course. The guarantee is limited to the number of semester credit hours in each general education category.