Red Rocks Community College

Academic Catalog

AS Degree Requirements

Four-year college transfer guides are available via the CCHE website at:

Statewide GT (Guaranteed Transfer) Courses (39-44 credits). Approved Electives (16-21 credits). Total Credits (60 required).

Communication - 3 courses (9 credits)

ENG 121 English Composition I, GT-CO1 (3)

ENG 122 English Composition II, GT-CO2 (3)

COM 115 Public Speaking (3)

or COM 125 Interpersonal Communication (3)

or COM 220 Intercultural Communication (3)

Note: Communication is a Colorado Community College System requirement and is in addition to the Statewide Guaranteed transfer (GT) courses

Mathematics -GT-MA1 - 1 course (3-5 credits)

MAT 121 College Algebra (4)

MAT 122 College Trigonometry (3)

MAT 166 Pre-Calculus (5)

MAT 201 Calculus I (5)

MAT 202 Calculus II (5)

MAT 204 Calculus III with Engineering Applications (5)

MAT 261 Differential Equations with Engineering Applications (4)

Arts & Humanities (6 credits)

Two guaranteed transfer Arts & Humanities courses from two different areas (AH1, AH 2, AH3 or AH4.)

• Arts & Expression - GT-AH1

ART 110 Art Appreciation (3)

ART 111 Art History: Ancient to Medieval (3)

ART 112 Art History: Renaissance to Modern (3)

DAN 125 History of Dance I (3)

MUS 120 Music Appreciation (3)

MUS 121 Music History: Medieval through Classical (3)

MUS 122 Music History: Romantic to Present (3)

MUS 123 Survey of World Music (3)

MUS 125 History of Jazz (3)

THE 105 Theatre Appreciation (3)

THE 108 Theatre Script Analysis (3)

THE 211 Development of Theatre: Greek-Renaissance (3)

THE 212 Development of Theatre: Restoration to Modern (3)

THE 215 Playwriting I (3)

• Literature & Humanities - GT-AH2

HUM 103 Introduction to Film Art (3)

HUM 115 World Mythology (3)

HUM 121 Humanities: Early Civilization (3)

HUM 122 Humanities: Medieval to Modern (3)

HUM 123 Humanities: The Modern World (3)

LIT 115 Introduction to Literature (3)

LIT 201 World Literature to 1600 (3)

LIT 202 World Literature after 1600 (3)

LIT 205 Ethnic Literature (3)

LIT 211 American Literature to Civil War (3)

LIT 212 American Literature after Civil War (3)

LIT 221 British Literature to 1770 (3)

LIT 222 British Literature since 1770 (3)

LIT 225 Introduction to Shakespeare (3)

LIT 246 Literature of Women (3)

LIT 268 Celtic Literature (3)

• Ways of Thinking - GT-AH3

PHI 111 Introduction to Philosophy (3)

PHI 112 Ethics (3)

PHI 113 Logic (3)

PHI 114 Comparative Religions (3)

PHI 115 World Religions: West (3)

PHI 116 World Religions: East (3)

PHI 214 Philosophy of Religion (3)

PHI 218 Philosophy of the Environment (3)

PHI 220 Philosophy of Death and Dying (3)

• Foreign Languages - GT-AH4

Must be intermediate/200-level.

FRE 211 French Language III (3)

GER 211 German Language III (3)

ITA 211 Italian Language III (3)

JPN 211 Japanese Language III (3)

RUS 211 Russian Language III (3)

SPA 211 Spanish Language III (3)

FRE 212 French Language IV (3)

GER 212 German Language IV (3)

ITA 212 Italian Language IV (3)

JPN 212 Japanese Language IV (3)

RUS 212Russian Language IV (3)

SPA 212 Spanish Language IV (3)

History -GT-AH1 - 1 course (3 credits)

HIS 101 History of Western Civilization I (3)

HIS 102 History of Western Civilization II (3)

HIS 111 World Civilization I (3)

HIS 112 World Civilization II (3)

HIS 121 U.S. History to Reconstruction (3)

HIS 122 U.S. History Since Civil War (3)

HIS 205 Women in World History (3)

HIS 207 American Environmental History (3)

HIS 208 American Indian History (3)

HIS 215 Women In U.S. History (3)

HIS 225 Colorado History (3)

HIS 235 History of the American West (3)

HIS 236 U.S. History Since 1945 (3)

HIS 243 History of Modern China (3)

HIS 244 History of Latin America (3)

HIS 245 US in the World (3)

HIS 247 Contemporary World History (3)

HIS 249 History of Islamic Civilizations (3)

HIS 251 The History of Christianity in the World (3)

HIS 260 US Foreign Relations History (3)

Social & Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)

Two guaranteed transfer Social and Behavioral Science courses (GT-SS1, GT-SS2, GT-SS3)


One guaranteed transfer Social and Behavioral Science course (GT-SS1, GT-SS2, GT-SS3)

AND One guaranteed transfer History course (GT-HI1).

• Economic & Political Systems - GT-SS1

ECO 101 Economics of Social Issues (3)

ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)

ECO 202 Principles of Microeconomics (3)

ECO 245 Issues in Environmental Economics (3)

POS 105 Introduction to Political Science (3)

POS 111 American Government (3)

POS 125 American State and Local Government (3)

POS 205 International Relations (3)

POS 215 Current Political Issues (3)

POS 225 Comparative Government (3)

• Geography - GT-SS2

GEO 105 World Regional Geography (3)

GEO 106 Human Geography (3)

• Human Behavior, Cultural & Social Frameworks - GT-SS3

AGR 260 World Interdependence: Population and Food (3)

ANT 101 Cultural Anthropology (3)

ANT 107 Introduction to Archaeology (3)

ANT 108 Archaeology of World Rock Art (3)

ANT 201 Introduction to Forensic Anthropology (3)

ANT 215 Indians of North America (3)

ANT 225 Anthropology of Religion (3)

ANT 250 Medical Anthropology (3)

COM 220 Intercultural Communication (3)

CRJ 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)

JOU 105 Introduction to Mass Media (3)

PSY 101 General Psychology I (3)

PSY 102 General Psychology II (3)

PSY 205 Psychology of Gender (3)

PSY 217 Human Sexuality (3)

PSY 226 Social Psychology (3)

PSY 227 Psychology of Death and Dying (3)

PSY 235 Human Growth and Development (3)

PSY 238 Child Development (3)

PSY 240 Health Psychology (3)

PSY 249 Abnormal Psychology (3)

PSY 265 Psychology of Personality (3)

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology I (3)

SOC 102 Introduction to Sociology II (3)

SOC 205 Sociology of Family Dynamics (3)

SOC 207 Environmental Sociology (3)

SOC 215 Contemporary Problems (3)

SOC 216 Sociology of Gender (3)

SOC 218 Sociology of Diversity (3)

SOC 220 Sociology of Religion (3)

SOC 231 Sociology of Deviant Behavior (3)

SOC 237 Sociology of Death and Dying (3)

Natural & Physical Sciences w/Lab - GT-SC1 - 3 courses (12-15 credits)

Choose three courses (two courses must be in sequence).

AST 101 Astronomy w/Lab: Planetary Systems (4)

AST 102 Stellar Astronomy w/Lab: Stars and Galaxies (4)

BIO 111 General College Biology I w/Lab (5)

BIO 112 General College Biology II w/Lab (5)

BIO 201 Anatomy & Physiology I w/Lab (4)

BIO 202 Anatomy & Physiology II w/Lab (4)

BIO 204 Microbiology w/Lab (4)

BIO 220 General Zoology w/Lab (5)

BIO 221 Botany w/Lab (5)

BIO 224 Genetics w/Lab (4)

CHE 111 General College Chemistry I w/Lab (5)

CHE 112 General College Chemistry II w/Lab (5)

ENV 101 Environmental Science w/Lab (4)

GEO 111 Physical Geography: Landforms w/Lab (4)

GEO 112 Physical Geography: Weather & Climate w/Lab (4)

GEY 111 Physical Geology w/Lab (4)

GEY 112 Historical Geology w/Lab (4)

GEY 135 Environmental Geology w/Lab (4)

MET 150 General Meteorology w/Lab (4)

NRE 251 General Oceanography w/Lab (4)

PHY 111 Physics: Algebra Based I w/Lab (5)

PHY 112 Physics: Algebra Based II w/Lab (5)

PHY 211 Physics: Calculus Based I w/Lab (5)

PHY 212 Physics: Calculus Based II w/Lab (5)

Approved AS Electives (16-21 credits)

These courses transfer to one or more of the public four-year colleges or universities in Colorado. All courses will count toward the AS degree. However, transferability depends on the four-year institution. Additional courses may be transferable. For specific information, please consult an advisor in the Advising Center.

In addition to general education courses, you must complete an additional 16-21 credits of approved electives, 14 credits of which are to be taken from any of the science or math courses listed below. These include AST, BIO, CHE, CSC, ENV, GEO 111 & GEO 112, GEY, MAT, MET, NRE, and PHY. Please see an advisor in your program of study for specific course suggestions. Credits earned above the minimum to satisfy a requirement may be applied to a different area.

Approved Science and Math electives - a minimum of 14 credits are required


AST-All courses


BIO-All courses except 105, 106, and 116


CHE-All courses

Computer Science

CSC 119, 160, 161, 165, 225, 236, 237 and 240

Engineering Graphics

EGT 140: IDEA (transfers to Colorado School of Mines for EPICS I.)

Environmental Science

ENV 101 and ENV 110


GEO 111 and GEO 112


GEY 111 and above


MAT 121 and above except 123, 125, 155, and 156. Note: MAT 135 is only recommended for students in health career programs.


MET 150

Natural Resources

NRE 251


PHY-All courses except 105 and 107

Additional approved electives may be taken in addition to the 14 credits from Science and Math

American Sign Language

ASL 121 and ASL 122


ANT-All courses


COM-All courses

Computer Information

CIS 118, 240, 243, 268


ECO-All courses


ENG-All courses above 122

Foreign Language

ARA, FRE, GER, ITA, JPN, RUS, SPA-All courses except 101 and 102


GEO-All courses except 111 and 112

Health and Wellness

HWE 100


HNR-All courses


PSY 235

Additional AS Catalog Requirements

The State-Guaranteed Colorado Community College General Education requirements and the Approved Elective Transferable courses have been incorporated into this AS degree. Completion of the degree with a C or higher in every course guarantees that you can transfer, upon admission, to any Colorado public four-year college or university with 60 transferable credits. Grades C or higher are required for all general education coursework. D grades for elective courses will count for degree completion but will not transfer. In addition, a minimum 2.0 grade point average is required for degree completion. This is an open-ended degree plan, allowing you to tailor your coursework toward a particular transfer institution and/or major. Please refer to other degree offerings for specific articulations and designations.

When choosing general education requirements and electives, it is important to contact an advisor and the college or university where you intend to transfer. You will graduate under the catalog requirements listed for the semester in which you were first enrolled. If you interrupt attendance for two consecutive semesters (excluding summer term) or more, and then return, the catalog pertaining to the semester of re-admission is the governing document. Also you may choose to use the catalog that is in effect the semester you graduate. Be sure to obtain and keep a copy of the catalog governing your degree.

Other AS Degree Requirements

  1. A minimum of 60 credits is required for the Associate of Science Degree. This must include 39-44 credits in general education transfer courses, which includes COM 115, COM 125, or COM 220 (3 credits), and 16-21 credits in the areas specified above in approved electives.
  2. If you are planning to transfer to a four-year college or university, consult an advisor for assistance in planning your program of study. Also consult the Transfer Guide for GPA requirements of the college to which you are planning to transfer.
  3. You must complete a minimum of 15 credits through Red Rocks Community College.
  4. 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 term (submit to Student Records). You must apply to graduate within one year of completing degree requirements.
  5. No more than 6 credits of independent study course work may be applied toward an associate degree program.
  6. There is no limit on special-topic courses allowed to count toward an AS degree. In individual cases, the limit will be determined by the program area. If you are taking special-topic courses, consult with your advisor regarding how these credits will apply toward a degree.
  7. To earn multiple RRCC 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 RRCC.
  8. With the approval of a faculty advisor and the instructional vice president, up to 3 credits of internship may apply toward this degree.

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Red Rocks Community College Catalog

Red Rocks Community College 2018-2019 Catalog

Academic Calendar

Welcome from the President

About Red Rocks Community College

Admissions and Enrollment

Scheduling Options (Red Rocks Options)

Tuition Rates and Fees

Paying for College

RRCC Foundation

Academic Matters

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Student Success Services and Campus Services


Associate Degrees (AA, AS, AGS and AAS) and Smart Track Degrees

AA, AS, and AGS Degree Requirements

Associate of Applied Science Degrees (AAS)

AAS Degree Requirements

DWD Degrees (AA and AS Degrees With Designation)

Bachelor Degrees (BAS, BS)

Master Degrees

GT Courses (Guarantee Transfer)

Rocky Mountain Education Center/Occupational Safety & Health Administration

Academic Programs and Areas of Study


Accounting Certificates (Stackable)

Accounting Degrees (Stackable)

Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration


Applied Technology


Auto Collision Repair

Automotive Customization

Automotive Parts Management

Automotive Service Technology






Computer Information Systems

Computer Science

Computer Science Certificates

Computer Science Degrees


Criminal Justice

Culinary Arts


Dental Assisting

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Early Childhood Education


Electricity Commercial-Industrial-Residential

Elementary Education

Emergency Management and Planning

Emergency Medical Services

Engineering Graphics Technology

Engineering - Pre-Engineering


Fine Woodworking

Fire Science Technology

Foreign Languages




Health Sciences Programs


Holistic Health

Honors Program


Law Enforcement

Management and Marketing


Mechanical Trades

Medical Imaging

Medical Assisting Professional

Medical Office Technology

Multimedia Graphic Design

Nurse Assistance


Outdoor Education

Park Ranger Technology




Physician Assistant Studies



Political Science

Power Equipment and Sport Vehicle Technology

Precision Machining Technology


Radiologic Technology

Real Estate

Secondary Education

Social Work




Speech and Communication

Teacher Education

Theatre Arts and Dance

Water Quality Management Technology



Course Descriptions

AAA – Academic Achievement Courses

ACC – Accounting Courses

ACT – Automotive Collision Technology Courses

AEC – Architecture, Engineering and Construction Courses

AGR – Agriculture Courses

ANT — Anthropology Courses

ARA – Arabic Courses

ARM – Military Science Courses (U.S. Army ROTC)

ART – Art Courses

ASE – Automotive Service Technology Courses

ASL – American Sign Language Courses

AST – Astronomy Courses

AUT — Auto Motorsports Technology Courses

BIO – Biology Courses

BTE– Business Technology Courses

BUS – Business Courses

CAD – Computer-Aided Drafting Courses

CAR – Carpentry Courses

CCR - College Composition and Reading Courses

CHE – Chemistry Courses

CIS – Computer Information Systems Courses

CNG – Computer Networking Courses

COM – Communication Courses

CON - Construction Technology Courses

COS – Cosmetology Courses

CRJ – Criminal Justice Courses

CSC – Computer Science Courses

CUA – Culinary Arts Courses

CWB – Computer Web Courses

DAN – Dance Courses

DEA - Dental Assisting Courses

DMS – Diagnostic Medical Sonography Courses

ECE – Early Childhood Education Courses

ECO – Economics Courses

EDU – Education Courses

EGG - Engineering Courses

EGT – Engineering Graphics Technology Courses

EIC – Electricity Industrial/Commercial/Residential Courses

EMP – Emergency Management and Planning Courses

EMS – Emergency Medical Services Courses

ENG – English Courses

ENT – Engineering Technology Courses

ENV – Environmental Science Courses

ESL – English as a Second Language Courses

EST – Esthetician Courses

ETH - Ethnic Studies Courses

FIW – Fine Woodworking Courses

FRE – French Courses

FST – Fire Science Technology Courses

FSW 100 S-190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior

FSW 101 S-130 Firefighting Training

FVT - Film & Video Technology Courses

GED – General Education Courses

GEO – Geography Courses

GER – German Courses

GEY – Geology Courses

GIS – Geographic Information Systems Courses

HHP – Holistic Health Professional Courses

HIS – History Courses

HNR - Honors Courses

HPR – Health Professional Courses

HUM – Humanities Courses

HVA – Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Courses

HWE – Health and Wellness Courses

ITA – Italian Courses

JOU – Journalism Courses

JPN – Japanese Courses

LEA – Law Enforcement Courses

LIT – Literature Courses

MAC – Machining Courses

MAN – Management Courses

MAP - Medical Assisting Professional Courses

MAR – Marketing Courses

MAT – Mathematics Courses

MET – Meteorology Courses

MGD – Multimedia Graphic Design Courses

MOT – Medical Office Technology Courses

MST - Massage Therapy Courses

MUS – Music Courses

NAT – Nail Technician Courses

NRE – Natural Resources Courses

NUA – Nurse Aide Courses

NUR – Nursing Courses

OSH – Occupational Safety Technician Courses

OUT - Outdoor Education Courses

PAS - Physician Assistant Studies Courses

PED – Physical Education Courses

PHI – Philosophy Courses

PHO – Photography Courses

PHY – Physics Courses

PLU – Plumbing Courses

POS – Political Science Courses

PRA – Park Ranger Courses

PSY – Psychology Courses

PVT – Power Equipment and Sports Vehicle Technology Courses

REC - Recreational Courses

REE – Real Estate Courses

RTE – Radiologic Technology Courses

RUS – Russian Courses

SBM – Small Business Management Courses

SCI – Science Courses

SOC – Sociology Courses

SPA – Spanish Courses

SWK – Social Work Courses

THE – Theatre Arts Courses

WEL – Welding Courses

WQM – Water Quality Management Technology Courses

Guide to Catalog Terms

Staff & Faculty Directory