Catalog 2023-2024 
    Apr 23, 2024  
Catalog 2023-2024

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 1000 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.  Science courses include those in the HLT prefix.

Degree Requirements for the Associate of Science Liberal Arts Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement: 

General Education Requirements

(Written) Communication:

One GT Pathways Introductory Writing Course (GT-CO1), and one GT Pathways Intermediate Writing Course (GT-CO2).
One GT Pathways Intermediate Writing Course (GT-CO2), and one GT Pathways Advanced Writing Course (GT-CO3).

Total (Written) Communication Credits: 6


One GT Pathways Mathematics course (GT-MA1).  Credits over 3, will be applied to electives. 

Total Mathematics Credits: 3-4

Arts & Humanities:

Two GT Pathways Arts & Humanities courses (GT-AH1, GT-AH2, GT-AH3, GT-AH4)

Total Arts & Humanities Credits: 6


Total History Credits: 3

Social & Behavioral Sciences:

Two GT Pathways Social & Behavioral Sciences courses (GT-SS1, GT-SS2, GT-SS3)

GT-SS3 (Human Behavior, Culture, or Social Frameworks)

Total Social & Behavioral Sciences Credits: 6

Natural & Physical Sciences:

Two GT Pathways Natural & Physical Sciences courses (GT-SC1, GT-SC2); one of these courses must have the required laboratory (GT-SC1).  Credits over 7, will be applied to electives. 

GT-SC1 (Natural & Physical Sciences w/Req Lab)


Student must complete two science with lab courses (GT-SC1) to earn an Associate of Science Liberal Arts Degree, and in order to receive General Education credit for Integrated Science courses, students must complete both SCI 1055 and SCI 1056. Successful completion of both SCI 1055 and SCI 1056 will satisfy all General Education requirements in the Physical and Life Sciences category for the A.A. degree.

Total Natural & Physical Sciences Credits: 7-8

Additional Required Course:

Choose one additional course (minimum 3 credits) from the following options, or any 1000 level or higher World Language course. 

Total Additional Required Course Credits: 3


Students will select other A.S. approved electives from the Approved Electives 

Total Elective Credits: 26

Total Credits for A.S. Degree: 60

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