Degree and Certificate Criteria

Degree and Certificate Criteria

Associate of Arts Degrees (AA)

Associate of Science Degrees (AS)

  • AA/AS Degrees with Designation - A Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement, known as a Degree with Designation (DwD) in the Colorado community college system, is an agreement among Colorado community colleges and four-year colleges/universities. These agreements allow you to graduate from a community college with a 60 credit Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree with designation, such as an Associate of Arts in Business; enroll with junior status at a university; and complete the bachelor’s degree in no more than an additional 60 credits (for a total of 120 credits) unless the Colorado Commission on Higher Education has approved an exception. If you attend full-time (15 credits per semester), do not need developmental courses, and follow the structured schedule, you can complete your bachelor’s degree in four years.
  • AA/AS Without Designation – These are the following degree programs that are not included under the state articulation agreements. When you finish these programs, the degree will read Associate of Arts/Science without the "in a discipline" designation. These degrees are still covered under institutional agreements between a community college and a four-year college/university. However, check with your academic or faculty advisor discuss the transfer options. Disciplines without degrees with designation include: Computer Science, Dance, Environmental Studies, Foreign Language, Humanities, Journalism, Professional Writing, Social Work Transfer.

Associate of General Studies Degree (AGS) that allows maximum flexibility to mix career and transfer courses with options for possible transferability. Some credits may not transfer and is not approved for 60/60 articulation.

Associate of Applied Sciences Degrees (AAS) and Certificate programs designed for entry to the workforce. These also include Career and Technical Education.

Bachelor Applied Science Degree (BAS) is the designated degree for flexible baccalaureate programs that are designed to accommodate the unique demands for entry and advancement within specific workforce sectors. BAS programs provide degree completion opportunities for students from a variety of educational backgrounds, but primarily those with Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees or the equivalent.

BAS degrees typically build on the curriculum requirements for an AAS degree. As such, BAS degrees are often considered to be stackable degrees, meaning that all of the requirements for the AAS degree are either included in, or receive full recognition and credit within the BAS program requirements. Consequently, both the technical and general education courses completed in an AAS degree count fully toward BAS degree requirements.

Because the general education requirements often vary considerably for AAS degrees due to the targeted focus of their career and technical fields, PPCC provides great flexibility to faculty in structuring AAS degree general education requirements. It is the intent of the general education philosophy for BAS degrees that all general education courses successfully completed by students in their AAS degrees count fully toward the overall BAS general education requirements.

The Bachelor of Applied Science degree is designed to provide a four-year degree in a true 2+2 manner for students who already have an Associate of Applied Science degree and are ready to take on more technical responsibility. This is a popular option for workforce development and advancement. This degree provides students with an academic training to further their careers.

Each BAS completion degree will have 120 credit hours. Thirty of these credits must be taken in residence at PPCC per the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accreditation requirements. Admission criteria may change depending on the degree and academic advising is key to understanding the requirements for admission.

Prerequisites: Completion of an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in the appropriate field of study.

GT Pathways courses, in which the student earns a C- or higher, will always transfer and apply to GT Pathways requirements in AA, AS and most bachelor's degrees at every public Colorado college and university.

GT Pathways does not apply to some degrees. You should always seek advising from the appropriate advisor at the college or university you plan to attend to ensure you are selecting the appropriate coursework for your degree and that it will apply to those degree requirements.