Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

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 (www.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. Students should check with their 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 course work.
  • 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 CCCOnline (registration through CCD and CCD declared as home institution) courses will be included in residency hours.
  • To obtain a second degree from CCD, a student 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 course work 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. Students are responsible for consulting with their 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. Students with insufficient credit due to quarter hour conversions must speak with their Academic Advisor to see if they qualify for a course substitution.

Certificate Requirements

All CCD graduates for certificate programs must meet the following requirements. The program Department Chair and Center Dean 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 grade point average 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 program, complete the capstone course at CCD.
  • CCD Online and CCCOnline (registration through CCD and CCD declared as 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. Students with insufficient credit due to quarter hour conversions must speak with their Academic Advisor to see if they qualify for a course substitution.