AAS Degree Requirements
General education courses (15 credits). Total credits (45-60 required).
The Associate of Applied Science degree is for the student who is preparing for entry-level employment in a career-oriented program of study or who is upgrading skills in a specific occupation. This degree is not intended for transfer; however, courses are considered for transfer on an individual basis by the receiving college or university. Individual departments may specify particular courses for general education. Meet with a faculty advisor for a degree worksheet.
Note: Courses numbered below 100 will not apply to any degree.
Communication (3 Credits)
ENG or COM
Mathematics (3 credits)
MAT 107 and above
Credit from any two of the following three areas (6 credits):
Arts and Humanities (3 credits)
ART, FRE, GER, HUM, ITA, JPN, LIT, MUS, PHI, RUS, SPA, THE
Natural & Physical Sciences (3 credits)
AST, BIO, CHE, ENV, GEY, PHY, SCI
Social and Behavioral Science: (3 credits)
ANT, ECO, GEO, GIS, HIS, POS, PSY, SOC
Electives from any of the below subjects (3 credits)
ENG, COM (100 and above)
MAT (100 and above)
ART, FRE, GER, HUM, ITA, JPN, LIT, MUS, PHI, RUS, SPA, THE (100 and above)
AST, BIO, CHE, ENV, GEY, PHY, SCI (100 and above)
ANT, ECO, GEO, GIS, HIS, POS, PSY, SOC (100 and above)
Other AAS degree requirements
- A minimum of 60 credits is required for the Associate of Applied Science degree. Some degrees require more than 60 credits. These must include 45 credits in specific program courses and 15 credits in general education courses.
- If you are planning to transfer to a four-year college or university, meet with an appropriate faculty advisor and consult the Transfer Guide.
- You must complete a minimum of 15 credits through Red Rocks Community College.
- No more than six credits of independent study course work may be applied toward an Associate Degree program.
- You must earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C average) in order to graduate. You must file an application for graduation during the term in which you intend to graduate according to the deadline published in the class schedule for that semester. You must apply to graduate within one year of completing requirements.
- There is no limit on special-topics courses that count toward an AAS degree. In individual cases, the limit will be determined by the program area. If you are taking special-topics courses, consult with a faculty advisor regarding how these credits will apply toward a degree.
- To earn multiple Red Rocks degrees, you must complete an additional 15 credits of coursework (above and beyond the original 60 credits required for the first degree) for each successive degree. These 15 credits must all apply toward the additional degree and must be completed through Red Rocks Community College.
- With the approval of a faculty advisor, no more than five credits of internship may count toward a degree. Some AAS degrees will require internship credits.