Catalog 2021-2022 
    Feb 23, 2024  
Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Liberal Arts, A.S. (2 years)

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(Associate of Science Liberal Arts Degree)

The Associate of Science (A.S.) 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.S. 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.S. 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 website at for transfer guides to arts and sciences majors at Colorado’s four-year colleges and universities.

General Requirements for the A.S. Degree

Students pursuing an Associate of Science degree must see an advisor to develop their educational plan. Furthermore, all degree plans must be approved by the faculty advisor and the appropriate Mathematics or Science Department Chair.

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

  1. Sixty (60) semester credit hours in approved course work are required for graduation.
  2. 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.S. 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 some courses in which a “D” grade is earned may apply toward the AS degree at Aims (provided they are not in Math, Science, or Computers), 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.
  6. All mathematics, science, and computer courses applied to this degree must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better.

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

General Education Credits

  • Communication 6
  • Mathematics 3
  • Arts & Humanities, History and SOcial and Behavioral Sciences  15
  • Natural and Physical Sciences Sciences 7
  • Additonal Required Course 3
  • Electives 26

Total Requirements for A.S. Degree: 60


Associate of Science Curriculum:

Written Communication: (6 Credits)

  • Introductory Writing Course GT-CO1 +  Intermediate Writing Course GT-CO2 


  • Intermediate Writing Course GT-CO2 + Advanced Writing Course GT CO3

Total Written Communication Credits: 6

Mathematics: (3 Credits)

1 course (minimum of 3 credits). Select courses from GT-MA1 group.

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 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: 3

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

Arts & Humanities, History and Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 Credits)

Social and Behavioral Sciences 1 course (minimum 3 credits) :

1 course (minimum 3 credits). Select a course from GT-SS1, GT-SS2, or GT-SS3 groups.

Total Arts & Humanities, History, and Social & Behavioral Science Credits: 15

To reach a minimum of 15 credits, please select 1 additional course (minimum 3 credits) in Arts & Humanities or History or Social Behavioral Sciences.

Natural & Physical Sciences (7 credits)

Select two courses– ONE course must be a GT-SC1.

All course prerequisites for science courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Total Natural & Physical Sciences Credits: 7

(Credits above the minimum of 7 will be counted in the elective category.)

Additional Required Course:

Choose one additonal course (min 3 credits) from the following options: 

Total Additional Required Course Credits: 3


Students will select other A.S. approved electives from the following prefixes: AST, BIO, CHE, CIS, COM, CSC, ENV, GEY, MAT, or PHY (see Approved Degree Electives 2021-2022   ).


Note: Student must complete two science with lab courses (GT-SC1) to earn an AS: Liberal Arts. 

Total Elective Credits: 26

Total Credits for A.S. Degree: 60

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