Catalog 2017-2018 
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Liberal Arts, A.A. (2 years)

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(Associate of Arts Liberal Arts Degree)

The Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree is awarded to the student who successfully completes a program designed to transfer to a four-year college or university for the purpose of earning a baccalaureate degree. Although the requirements of the Associate of Arts (A.A.) and the Associate of Science (A.S.) degrees are similar, the Associate of Science degree includes more science and mathematics.

All courses included in General Education in the A.A. degree are intended to transfer. Occasional elective arts and sciences courses and most career and technical courses may not be accepted for transfer by particular baccalaureate institutions. See Approved Degree Electives for appropriate electives for the A.A. degree. Once students have determined which baccalaureate institution they wish to transfer to, they should confirm and obtain in writing the receiving institution’s transfer requirements, including a list of specific courses. Students can also consult the web site at for transfer guides to arts and sciences majors at Colorado’s four-year colleges and universities.

General Requirements for the A.A. Degree:

The following are general requirements for the A.A. degree:

  1. Sixty (60) semester credit hours in approved course work are required for graduation.
  2. A student must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (a ‘C’ average) in the A.A. degree program curriculum. GPA requirements for admission into four year institutions may be higher than 2.0. Students interested in transferring should contact the receiving institution for specific admission requirements.
  3. Fifteen (15) semester hours of course work applicable to the degree program and completed prior to graduation must be Aims Community College courses.
  4. No courses numbered below 100 may be applied toward completion of the A.A. degree.
  5. Courses with a 3-character bracketed code (for example, “English Composition I [CO1]” ), in which a student earns the final grade of “C” or better are guaranteed to transfer to every public Colorado college or university. Although courses in which a “D” grade is earned may apply toward the AA degree at Aims, they are not guaranteed to transfer. Students may want to check with the next school they plan to attend in order to determine transferability, or may want to repeat those courses to receive a better grade.

Students seeking the Associate of Arts degree must earn minimum credits in the following subject areas:

General Education Credits

  • Communication 9
  • Arts & Humanities 9
  • Behavioral & Social Sciences 9
  • Mathematics 3
  • Physical & Life Sciences 8
  • Electives 22

Total: 60

Associate of Arts Curriculum:

Communication: (9 Credits)

Select three courses, two of which must be ENG 121 + ENG 122 and one additional course from the available selections below.

Total Communication Credits for A.A. Degree: 9

Arts & Humanities: (9 Credits)

Select three courses:

Total Arts and Humanities Credits for A.A. Degree: 9

Behavioral & Social Sciences: (9 Credits)

Select three courses, one of which must be History.

Total Social & Behavioral Sciences Credits for A.A. Degree: 9

Mathematics: (3 Credits)

Select one course.

Note: All course prerequisites must be met for the following courses. Students who earn a “D” grade in a course which is part of a sequence (e.g.  MAT 090 , MAT 099 ) may not continue on with the next course in the series; students are required to repeat the course and demonstrate mastery of the material by earning a grade of C or better. (See the Mathematics Department  for Math course flow chart.)

Total Mathematics Credits for A.A. Degree: 3

(Credits above the minimum of 3 will be counted in the elective category.)

Physical & Life Sciences:

Select two courses. Students may choose an entire full-year sequence (e.g. CHE 111 , 112 ) or a combination of courses. All course prerequisites for science courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.


In order to receive General Education credit for Integrated Science courses, students must complete both SCI 155  and SCI 156 . Successful completion of both SCI 155  and SCI 156  will satisfy all General Education requirements in the Physical and Life Sciences category for the A.A. degree.

Total Physical and Life Sciences Credits for A.A. Degree: 8

(Credits above the minimum of 8 will be counted in the elective category.)


Electives may be chosen from the general education curriculum, other arts and sciences courses and specific Career and Technical courses (see Approved Degree Electives ). A maximum of 3 credits of Physical Education courses are allowed in A.A. degree electives.

Total Elective Credits for A.A. Degree: 22

Total Credits for A.A. Degree: 60

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