Certificates and Degrees

About This Section

This section of the catalog is designed to give students information about each degree or certificate offered at CCD, with details on courses, degree plans, and more. With this knowledge, students can start to map out their best route to complete a degree at CCD. It will also give students the best tools to transfer from CCD to a four-year college or university.

Start Here

CCD's Institutional Outcomes

  • A CCD graduate is a COMPLEX THINKER
  • A CCD graduate is an EFFECTIVE AND ETHICAL USER OF TECHNOLOGY
  • A CCD graduate is an EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATOR
  • A CCD graduate is GLOBALLY AWARE
  • A CCD graduate is PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE
  • A CCD graduate is a NUMERIC THINKER

Each CTE program area has identified student performance objectives. These performance objectives are provided to students in course syllabi.

Associate of Arts

An Associate of Arts (AA) degree provides a learning foundation in communications, social sciences, arts, and humanities. Some students work toward the AA degree for purposes of personal enrichment. Many others plan to transfer to four-year colleges and universities to continue their work toward baccalaureate degrees and pre-professional training in such fields as law, business, education, the arts, and social sciences. A student can complete this program in four semesters, going full-time and carrying the required number of hours. A student may choose, due to personal circumstances, to extend the amount of time for completion. The AA degree sometimes is referred to as a "university parallel" or "transfer" degree. The general education core requirements, when completed at CCD, meet the lower-division general education requirements of all public baccalaureate colleges and universities in Colorado. Students graduating with the AA degree may transfer into liberal arts programs in most public baccalaureate colleges and universities with junior standing. Courses to be counted toward the general education core curriculum must be completed with a grade of C or better. Students planning to transfer should familiarize themselves with the full requirements of the school to which they plan to transfer and should consult with their Academic Advisor.

Associate of Science

The AS degree provides a learning foundation in mathematics and the sciences. Although some students work toward the AS degree for personal enrichment, many plan to transfer to four-year colleges and universities to continue work toward a baccalaureate degree and professional training in such fields as engineering, medicine, mathematics, biology, chemistry, and physics. A student can complete this program in four semesters, going full-time and carrying the required number of hours. A student may choose, due to personal circumstances, to extend the amount of time for completion.

The AS degree is sometimes referred to as a "university parallel" or "transfer" degree. The general education core requirements, when completed at CCD, meet the lower-division general education requirements of all public baccalaureate colleges and universities in the state of Colorado. Students graduating with the AS degree may transfer into liberal arts or sciences programs in all public baccalaureate colleges and universities with junior standing. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. Students planning to transfer should familiarize themselves with the full requirements of the school they plan to attend. Many of these guides are available in the Transfer Success Center. Students should also check the website of their transfer school for the most recent information.