Degree and Certificate Criteria

To receive a degree or certificate, students must satisfactorily complete the program requirements outlined in the PPCC Catalog in effect when they were first admitted to the College. If students have not attended for two semesters (excluding the summer term), they must meet the program requirements published in the catalog in effect at the time of re-enrollment. In some cases, the Vice President for Instructional Services may waive this requirement and specify an alternative course of study. Students may not re-enroll in a program which has been or is in the process of being discontinued. If students take longer than five years to complete a program and the program requirements change, they will need to request a waiver from the program division to graduate under the old requirements.

Pikes Peak Community College offers Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS), Associate of Applied Science (AAS), Associate of General Studies (AGS) degrees and Certificates of Completion. There are day and night classes in over 120 areas of study in arts and sciences (transfer) and career and technical areas. Career and technical programs prepare students to enter the workforce after graduation. Arts and sciences (transfer) courses provide the first two years of a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, courses may be taken for personal enrichment or to learn specific skills. Some career and technical programs run for 5 or 71/2 week sessions, and some will accept student enrollments at any time.

Many freshman and sophomore level courses (numbered in the 100s and 200s) will transfer to four-year colleges and universities in Colorado, and a number of public and private schools outside Colorado. PPCC is a member of the GT Pathways Curriculum project, a statewide articulation process among all state community colleges, four-year colleges, and universities. Academic advising is available if students wish to transfer to another school after graduating from PPCC. Pikes Peak Community College has special transfer arrangements with many public and private four-year colleges and universities. Visit to learn more.

AA and AS students must complete all required courses with a grade of C or better in order to apply for a degree or certificate. Remedial courses and elective credits that are not required by the applicable program are not included in this requirement.

Certain courses are scheduled to be taken together as a set during one semester. Each of these courses builds on and complements the knowledge and skills learned in the other. The course description for each of these paired courses refers to the concurrent enrollment requirements.

Some programs require that a course sequence be completed. Courses in one sequence are not interchangeable with courses in the other.

College preparatory courses in English, reading, mathematics, study skills, and English as a Second Language are designed to help improve skills and facilitate success in college work. Courses numbered below 100 are developmental and normally are not accepted for transfer by other schools and normally do not count toward degree requirements at PPCC.

Independent study and selected topic courses are individually evaluated for transfer by the receiving school based on petition. Students should keep all records of the class (syllabus, tests, papers, and other projects) for evaluation by the receiving school.