Understanding Degrees and Transfers


AAS: Associate of Applied Science

For students who plan to enter the workforce upon completion of program. Prepares students for a career in a technical, occupational or professional occupation.  Emphasis is placed on technical, professional and career training throughout the program.

CER: Certificate

For students that are looking for short-term training leading to immediate employment.  This award is offered in many skilled trades, occupational and professional fields, or academic areas.

Transfer Degrees (AA: Associate of Arts and AS: Associate of Science)

For students intending to continue at a four-year college or university. Allows a student enroll with junior status at a Colorado university and complete the bachelor’s degree in no more than an additional 60 credits (a total of 120 credits).

AGS: Associate of General Studies

For students who wish to pursue a broad program of career and transfer coursework without the constraints of subject specialization. There are also emphasis areas within the AGS degree which enable students to pursue a particular academic interest in greater depth. While the A.G.S. degree is not designed specifically to enable transfer to a four-year institution, it can be used for that purpose. Transferability depends upon the courses taken and the requirements of the receiving institution. All of our colleges offer an AGS degree.

BAS: Bachelor of Applied Science

For students that have been awarded an AAS and wish to continue their education in professional management and leadership within a technical, occupational or professional workplace.

There are always exceptions, some Bachelors degrees will require AGS or AAS. Be sure you speak with an Advisor to determine the degree type that is best for you and to help you create an academic plan.

The degree and certificate descriptions provided here are not the same as the college official Catalog descriptions.