Graduation Requirements

Catalog Requirements for Graduation

This catalog is effective summer semester 2018 through spring semester 2019. First-time students at CCD who are admitted during this period should use this catalog.

Continuing students who have not had a 12-month lapse in enrollment since first enrolling at CCD have the following "catalog of record" options for meeting their graduation requirements. A student may use the catalog in effect when the student

  • is admitted to CCD;
  • first registers at CCD;
  • submits a Program of Study Change Request form;
  • or applies for graduation.

As a student, you cannot combine major requirements from multiple catalogs for graduation purposes. The catalog of record can be used for only six years for degree programs and three years for certificate programs. Students who do not maintain continuous enrollment (attend at least one term during each 12-month period) must be readmitted and are subject to the catalog in effect beginning with the term for which they are readmitted.

Auto-Conferral

Mid-way through the fall or spring semester, the Office of Registration and Records will research records of students who have attended CCD in the previous three semesters to identify and automatically award those who are determined to be eligible for a general Associate of Art (A.A.), a general Associate of Science (A.S.), or an Associate of General Studies (A.G.S.) based on courses taken at CCD. Awards will be posted at the end of the semester.

Reverse Transfer

Reverse transfer allows students who have transferred from CCD to a Colorado four-year institution to combine credits from both institutions and apply them towards an associate degree. This can be done either by opting in to the Degree within Reach program when notified by the four-year institution (students will only be eligible for the A.A., A.S. or A.G.S. degrees) or students may initiate this process by submitting their official transcript from a four-year institution along with a completed CCD graduation application to the Office of Registration and Records.

Degrees and certificates will be granted during the semester in which the final requirements are completed. You need to apply for graduation by the published deadline.

An incomplete grade in a course required for graduation in the final semester will result in a denial for graduation and you must submit a new graduation application by the following graduation deadline.

Check Your Progress for Graduation

How to Use Degree Works

Degree Works is a web-based degree audit and advising tool that allows you to view requirements for all degrees and certificates and see how credits apply towards a selected degree plan.

  1. Log into CCDConnect.
  2. Click on the Degree Check icon.
    • The audit for officially declared program(s) will appear in a new window.
    • If you are pursuing multiple programs (i.e. a certificate and an associate degree) or have changed your major in a previous term, the desired program can be selected from the "program type" drop-down box at the top of the page.
    • NOTE: If you do not have a correct degree declared with the Office of Registration and Records, you may submit a program change form at CCD.edu/Change-Program. It will take seven business days for Degree Works to be updated with the corrected degree.
  3. Print the Degree Works audit by clicking "print" at the top center of the page.

What-If Audit

To see how coursework will fit in another major, you can do a "what-if" audit. On the left-hand side of the screen, click on "what-if" and a new screen will open.

  1. Under the what-if "program type," select a degree option or click on "certificate" for any of the certificate options.
  2. For "academic year," select the year coursework was begun or the current academic year.
  3. Select a specific "program" or "concentration," if applicable.
  4. Click the "process what-if" button.

Preparation Checklist

  • You are encouraged to meet with your academic advisor to ensure certificate/degree requirements have been met.
  • If applying for an A.A., A.S. or A.G.S. degree, you must submit a completed graduation application to the Office of Registration and Records by the published deadline.
  • If applying for a certificate or an A.A.S. degree, graduation application and department chair review forms must be submitted. You should contact your academic advisor before the published deadline to discuss completion of this paperwork. Graduation applications submitted without a department chair review form will be denied.
  • To request credit for previous college coursework, you must have all official transcripts sent to the Office of Registration and Records. Official transcripts must be submitted prior to the end of the semester of graduation. You must check your unofficial CCD transcripts to ensure the transfer credit has been applied to your records.
  • Prior Learning Assessment Credit (PLAC) may be applied toward your degree or certificate only after formal processing and granting of credit. The PLAC evaluation must be completed prior to the end of the semester of graduation.
  • Diplomas will be printed with the name currently on record with CCD's student information system. All requests for name changes must be submitted to Office of Registration and Records before or during the semester the graduation application is submitted.
  • Each degree/certificate requires a separate graduation application and, if applicable, a department chair review form.
  • An incomplete grade will result in a denied graduation.
  • If the graduation application is disapproved for any reason, you must reapply during the new semester of graduation. All application deadlines apply.
  • Degree/certificates may be picked up from the Office of Registration and Records or will be mailed to you approximately eight weeks after grades have posted for the semester of graduation. All financial obligations to CCD or other Colorado Community College System (CCCS) colleges must be cleared before a degree, certificate or transcript will be released. Diplomas will be mailed to the address currently on record with CCD's student information system.
  • Diplomas that are returned to CCD due to incorrect addresses will be held for one year, after which they will be destroyed.
  • Duplicate copies of diplomas may be requested for $25 each.

All degrees have general education requirements that meet goals for general education, established by the Colorado State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education. For additional information, please visit the Colorado Community College System (CCCS.edu) website.

The diploma received at the time of graduation will list the degree only. The diploma will not list an area of emphasis unless majoring in an Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Arts Degree with Designation or Associate of Science Degree with Designation.

Associate Degree Requirements

Associate degree applicants must meet all of the following requirements. The department chair and center dean may approve exceptions.

  • Earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 — a C average – or better. All courses considered for graduation require a C or better. You should check with your department chair, center dean or academic advisor for information about these requirements, as some programs may have higher GPA requirements. Only the center dean may approve exceptions for the minimum grade earned towards a degree. If a grade lower than a C is approved, it may nullify certain transfer agreements and does not guarantee that it will be accepted at other institutions of higher education.
  • Complete a minimum of 60-semester hours of credit in approved coursework.
  • Complete a minimum of 15 credits at CCD within the selected program of study.
  • Prior Learning Assessment Credit will apply toward degree requirements, but not toward guaranteed transfer or residency requirements.
  • CCD Online and CCC Online (registration through CCD and CCD declared as the home institution) courses will be included in residency hours.
  • To obtain a second degree from CCD, you must meet all degree requirements as well as complete 15 additional semester hours at CCD that apply towards the second program of study.
  • No more than six semester hours of independent study coursework can be applied toward an associate degree program.
  • Special topics credit hours may be limited when applied towards a degree. In individual cases, the limit is determined by the program area. You are responsible for consulting with your academic advisor before registering for special topics courses in order to determine how these credits apply toward a degree.
  • Quarter-hour transfer credits will be converted to semester credit hours using the formula one quarter hour credit = 2/3 semester credit hour. Thus, a four-quarter-credit course becomes 2.7 semester credits. For the purpose of awarding a degree, CCD will allow up to a one-credit course substitution per course for this insufficient credit, as long as the course substitution is not being used for an Associate of Arts Degree with Designation or an Associate of Science Degree with Designation. If you have insufficient credit due to quarter-hour conversions, you must speak with your academic advisor to see if you qualify for a course substitution.

Certificate Requirements

All CCD graduates for certificate programs must meet the following requirements. The program department chair and center dan may approve exceptions.

  • Earn a C average or better in coursework included in the certificate program. All courses considered for graduation require a C grade or better unless otherwise approved. Check with the instructional center and academic advisor for information about the minimum GPA required for graduation as some certificates may have higher GPA requirements.
  • Complete the specified requirements of an approved vocational/technical program.
  • Complete a minimum of 25 percent of the selected program of study at CCD.
  • If required by the program, complete the capstone course at CCD.
  • CCD Online and CCC Online (registration through CCD and CCD declared as the home institution) courses will be included in residency hours.
  • Quarter-hour transfer credits will be converted to semester credit hours using the formula one-quarter-hour credit = 2/3 semester credit hour. Thus a four-quarter-credit course becomes 2.7 semester credits. For the purpose of awarding a certificate, CCD will allow up to a one-credit course substitution per course for this insufficient credit. If you have insufficient credit due to quarter-hour conversions, you must speak with your academic advisor to see if you qualify for a course substitution.