Associate of Science Degrees

Statewide Transfer Degree

The Associate of Science (A.S.) degree provides a learning foundation in mathematics and the sciences. Although some students work toward the A.S. 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.

You can complete this program in four semesters, going full-time and carrying the required number of hours. You may choose, due to personal circumstances, to extend the amount of time for completion. The A.S. 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.

As a graduate with an A.S. degree, you 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. You should familiarize yourself with the full requirements of the school you plan to attend. Many of these guides are available in the Career & Transfer Center. You should also check the website of your transfer school for the most recent information.

Requirements

Students must complete a total of 60 credit hours for the associate degree. Requirements in four-year or professional programs sometimes change yearly. Meet regularly with your academic advisor to ensure satisfactory progress is being made toward completion of the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree and transferability of credit to a four-year institution or professional program.

COURSE MAP

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
ENG 121 English Composition I: GT-CO1 (or ENG 122 and a GT-CO3) 3
Studio 121  
SOC 102 FYE Introduction to Sociology II: GT-SS3 3
Choose One Natural & Physical Sciences Course (GT-SC1) 4-5
Astronomy II with Lab: GT-SC1  
General College Biology I with Lab: GT-SC1  
General College Chemistry I with Lab: GT-SC1  
Environmental Science with Lab: GT-SC1  
Physical Geology with Lab: GT-SC1  
Physics Algebra-Based I with Lab: GT-SC1  
Choose One Mathematics Course (GT-MA1) 3-5
College Algebra: GT-MA1  
Algebra Lab  
Pre-Calculus: GT-MA1  
Calculus I: GT-MA1  
 Subtotal13-16
Second Semester
ENG 122 English Composition II: GT-CO2 3
PHI 113 Logic: GT-AH3 3
Choose One Natural & Physical Sciences Course (GT-SC1) 4-5
Astronomy II with Lab: GT-SC1  
General College Chemistry II with Lab: GT-SC1  
Gen College Biology II with Lab: GT-SC1  
Environmental Science with Lab: GT-SC1  
Physical Geology with Lab: GT-SC1  
Physics Algebra-Based II with Lab: GT-SC1  
Choose One Mathematics Course (GT-MA1) 5
Pre-Calculus: GT-MA1  
Calculus I: GT-MA1  
 Subtotal15-16
Third Semester
Choose One History Course (GT-HI1) 3
Western Civilization: Antiquity-1650: GT-HI1  
Western Civilization: 1650-Present: GT-HI1  
The World: Antiquity-1500: GT-HI1  
Women in World History: GT-HI1  
History of Latin America: GT-HI1  
History of Islamic Civilization: GT-HI1  
Choose One Communication Course 3
Public Speaking  
Interpersonal Communication  
Intercultural Communication: GT-SS3  
Choose One Science Elective Course (GT-SC1) 4-5
General College Biology I with Lab: GT-SC1  
Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab I: GT-SC1  
General College Chemistry I with Lab: GT-SC1  
Organic Chemistry I with Lab  
Physics Algebra-Based I with Lab: GT-SC1  
Physics Calculus Based I with Lab: GT-SC1  
Choose One Mathematics Course (GT-MA1) 5
Calculus I: GT-MA1  
Calculus II: GT-MA1  
 Subtotal15-16
Fourth Semester
Choose One Arts & Humanities Course (GT-AH1) (GT-AH2) (GT-AH4) 3
Art History Ancient to Medieval: GT-AH1  
Ethnic Literature: GT-AH2  
Survey of African American Literature: GT-AH2  
Survey of World Music: GT-AH1  
History of Jazz: GT-AH1  
Choose One Social & Behavioral Sciences Course (GT-SS1) (GT-SS2) 3
Principles of Macroeconomics: GT-SS1  
Principles of Microeconomics: GT-SS1  
World Regional Geography: GT-SS2  
Human Geography: GT-SS2  
Intro to Political Science: GT-SS1  
International Relations: GT-SS1  
Choose One Natural & Physical Sciences Course (GT-SC1) 4-5
Gen College Biology II with Lab: GT-SC1  
Human Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab: GT-SC1  
General College Chemistry II with Lab: GT-SC1  
Organic Chemistry II with Lab  
Physics Algebra-Based II with Lab: GT-SC1  
Physics Calculus-Based II with Lab: GT-SC1  
Choose One Mathematics Course (GT-MA1) 5
Calculus II: GT-MA1  
 Subtotal15-16
 Total Credits58-64

NOTE FOR STUDENTS PLANNING TO TRANSFER: Students who plan on transferring to a four-year institution should review the transfer requirements of the desired program at that institution prior to selecting courses in the third and fourth semester at CCD. It is strongly recommended that students meet with their advisor for assistance after completing 30 credits toward an Associate of Science degree.

NOTE ON DEGREE COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS: Students must complete at least 60 credits in order to graduate with an Associate of Science degree. In any semester, if the total load is less than 15 credits, additional credits must be taken in subsequent semesters to reach 60 credits to graduate. Therefore, when making choices about individual classes, be mindful of the transfer requirements of your anticipated four-year institution and of the impact on the 60 credit Associate of Science degree. It is strongly recommended that an individualized degree plan be completed with the help of an advisor.

NOTE ON PREREQUISITES: Students who have taken prerequisite courses longer 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.

For Health Science degrees, because of program accreditation requirements, students must have completed all science courses within the previous seven years before the first day of class in a health program.