Associate of General Studies Degree

Community College of Denver offers an Associate of General Studies Degree. It requires lower-division core general education courses that transfer to all majors at all state baccalaureate colleges and universities. Courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. Up to four credits of physical education may apply toward this degree.

In addition to the general education core requirements, the degree allows students to self-select 23-26 credits of transfer and/or Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses. The general education core courses fully meet the general education requirements of all Colorado baccalaureate schools. Transferability of career courses is not guaranteed. If students select this option, they should consult with an Academic Advisor. A student can complete this program in four semesters, going full time and carrying the required number of hours. A student may choose, because of personal circumstances, to extend the amount of time for completion.

NOTE: Students who have taken prerequisite courses more than seven years ago are strongly encouraged to take an assessment test over the prerequisite material to ensure adequate prior knowledge to be successful in future courses. The outcome of the assessment test will help the student determine whether or not he or she needs to re-take the prerequisite course. The assessment test is available in the CCD Testing Center.

Required Courses

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
COM 115 Public Speaking 3
Or COM 125
INterpersonal Communication 
Or COM 220
Intercultural Communication (GT-SS3) 
ENG 121 English Composition I : GT-CO1 1,2 3
MAT 120 Math for Liberal Arts: GT-MA1 1,3 4
Guaranteed Transfer Arts & Humanities Course (GT-AH1, GT-AH2, GT-AH3, GT-AH4) 4 3
Elective 6 3
Second Semester
ENG 122 English Composition II: GT-CO2 2 3
Guaranteed Transfer Arts & Humanities Course (GT-AH1, GT-AH2, GT-AH3, GT-AH4) 4 3
Guaranteed Transfer History Course (GT-HI1) 3
Guaranteed Transfer Social & Behavioral Sciences Course (GT-SS1, GT-SS2, GT-SS3) 3
Elective 6 3
Third Semester
Guaranteed Transfer Arts & Humanities Course (GT-AH1, GT-AH2, GT-AH3, GT-AH4) 4 3
Guaranteed Transfer Natural & Physical Sciences Course (GT-SC1) 5 4
Elective 6 3
Elective 6 3
Elective 6 3
Fourth Semester
Guaranteed Transfer Social & Behavioral Sciences Course (GT-SS1, GT-SS2, GT-SS3) 3
Elective 6 3
Elective 6 3
Elective 6 3
Elective 6 1
 Total Credits60

Building Block course


Students can take ENG 122 and an additional GT-CO3 course instead of ENG 121 and ENG 122.


MAT 120 or higher GT MA1 course will fulfill this requirement. 


Select 3 courses with no more than 2 courses from any one GT-Arts & Humanities area (AH1, AH2, AH3, AH4)


If choosing SCI 155 and SCI 156, both must be taken to fulfill the natural and physical science requirement.


A minimum of 6 credits must be either 100 level guaranteed transfer courses or 200 level courses.

NOTE: Any course whose number begins with "0" in any prefix will not meet requirements for the AGS degree. English and mathematics courses numbered before the core general education courses will not meet requirements for the AGS.

About The Integrated Nursing Pathways (INP) Program

Community College of Denver and the University of Colorado, College of Nursing offer a program to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. This is done under an articulation agreement with the University of Colorado to allow students to begin their coursework at CCD and then to complete a baccalaureate degree at CU. Students may apply to the Integrated Nursing Pathway when the initial 32 credits of prerequisites are close to being completed.

Application Process

The annual application deadline is March 31, once prerequisite course work is completed or will be completed by the end of the spring semester. A minimum of a 3.0 GPA is required to apply and will need to be maintained while taking the required pathway courses. Entry into nursing programs is a competitive process, and the INP program will accept a limited number of students each year. Accepted students begin the program during the fall semester of the year of application and will complete the final 30 credits of required pathway classes at CCD and earn their Associate of General Studies Degree.

After graduation, students who have maintained admission standards automatically transition to the CU College of Nursing on the state-of-the-art Anschutz Medical Center campus in Aurora. There they will complete six more semesters leading to their Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing. Information sessions about the program are held monthly. For more information about this program, visit or call the INP Program Coordinator at 303.352.3321.

NOTE: Acceptance to Integrated Nursing Pathway Program is required.

Course Requirements

Program Prerequisite Requirements for Integrated Nursing Pathway
BIO 111General College Biology I with Lab: GT-SC15
CHE 101Introduction to Chemistry I with Lab: GT-SC15
ENG 121English Composition I : GT-CO13
HWE 100Human Nutrition3
MAT 121College Algebra : GT-MA14
MAT 135Intro to Statistics: GT-MA13
PSY 101General Psychology I: GT-SS33
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology I: GT-SS33
Arts and Humanities:
Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation: GT-AH1
Art History Ancient to Medieval: GT-AH1
Art History Renaissance to Modern: GT-AH1
Art History 1900 to Present: GT-AH1
World Mythology: GT-AH2
Humanities: Early Civilization: GT-AH2
Humanities: Medieval-Modern: GT-AH2
Humanities: Modern World: GT-AH2
The Cultural History of Rock and Roll
Introduction to Literature I: GT-AH2
Study of Poetry
World Literature to 1600: GT-AH2
World Literature After 1600: GT-AH2
Ethnic Literature: GT-AH2
American Literature to Civil War: GT-AH2
American Literature After Civil War: GT-AH2
Introduction to Shakespeare: GT-AH2
Science Fiction
Literature of Women: GT-AH2
Children`s Literature
Survey of African American Literature: GT-AH2
The Bible as Literature
Music Appreciation: GT-AH1
Music History Medieval thru Classical Period: GT-AH1
Music History Romantic Period to Prsent: GT-AH1
Theatre Appreciation: GT-AH1
Development of Theatre Greek to Renaissance: GT-AH1
Development of Theatre Restoration to Modern: GT-AH1
Subtotal: 32
Required Pathway Courses
ANT 250Medical Anthropology: GT-SS33
BIO 201Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab I: GT-SC14
BIO 202Human Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab: GT-SC14
BIO 204Microbiology with Lab: GT-SC14
ENG 122English Composition II: GT-CO23
HIS 121U.S. History to Reconstruction: GT-HI1 ( or any GT-HI1 history course)3
HPR 209Professional Nursing Pathway3
HPR 219Professional Nursing Path II3
PSY 235Human Growth and Development: GT-SS33
Subtotal: 30
Total Credits62

NOTE: This degree will be conferred as an Associate of General Studies Degree. "Integrated Nursing Pathway Program" will not be listed on the student’s transcript or diploma but will be recognized by the transferring institution for program admission. Students interested in completing an Associate of Science Degree should consult with the INP Program Coordinator. Although the INP Program requires 62 credits for completion, only 60 of those credits are fully transferable to CU.