May 20, 2024  
2011-2012 Catalog 
2011-2012 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Programs of Study


Whether your academic goal is to transfer to a four-year school or upgrade your technical job skills, Colorado Mountain College degree and certificate programs are designed to challenge and prepare you for greater educational and professional success.

The Degree and Certificate Programs chapter summarizes all of our current degree and certificate offerings including locations and program requirements. More information is available on our web site at

Where Our Programs are Offered

The table shown here  summarizes our certificate and degree programs and the location and delivery methods for each.

Planning Your Degree

The Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees give you a solid, affordable start before transferring to a four-year college. All of the Colorado Mountain College Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) degrees are designed to satisfy the lower division requirements of a four-year Bachelor’s/Baccalaureate degree. After you transfer to a four-year college or university you may concentrate in a major area of study during your junior and senior years.

See the Moving On  section of this document for details on transferring your credits to four-year colleges and universities.

CMC’s AA and AS degrees provide the foundation for a traditional liberal arts education. Studies include the humanities, social sciences, communication, mathematics and science. The liberal arts develop critical and analytic skills demanded by constantly changing social and work environments.

The Associate of Arts degree is offered at all campuses. The Associate of Science degree is offered at all campuses except Aspen.

We also offer the Associate of General Studies (AGS) degrees for students whose needs are not met by our other degrees. You may design the Associate of General Studies degree to fit your personal needs, upgrade job skills or prepare for professional school. This degree includes Colorado Guaranteed Transfer Curriculum. Several options allow you to take specialized transfer programs. While earning the Associate of General Studies degree you can focus on Criminal Justice, Engineering, or Outdoor Recreation Leadership and transfer most of the credits earned to one or more four-year schools that have majors in these areas.

Please note that recent changes to the Colorado Department of Education’s policy for Higher Education Admissions Requirements (HEAR) stipulate that students wishing to enter or transfer to any public four-year school in Colorado must successfully complete at least one year of foreign language at the high school level. If you have not fulfilled this requirement, please be advised that you are required to take FRE 111 , GER 111 , ITA 111 , JPN 111 , RUS 111 , or SPA 111  to gain admittance to a four-year school. Although these courses do not fulfill the Guaranteed Transfer Arts and Humanities requirement, they do count as five elective credits.

Degree & Certificate Descriptions & Requirements

The degree and certificate requirements in this printed catalog are current for the 11-12 academic year. Degree and certificate programs are reviewed on an annual basis and there may be additions, deletions, and/or changes for the 11-12 academic year. Please see the most current program information on our web site at Please work with your advisor to avoid any confusion or disappointment as you work toward your degree.

Please be sure to submit a Petition for Graduation during the semester prior to your last semester in order to receive your diploma. See the Graduation section of this catalog for more details, and work with your advisor.

Transferability Symbols Because we want you to take your learning experience with you, the Colorado Mountain College catalog and class schedules use two symbols to designate course transferability.

The diamond symbol (◆) designates courses that are part of the approved State Guaranteed General Education Transfer Course list. The complete list of these general education courses is available on the Colorado Department of Higher Education web site at:

The asterisk (✽) symbol designates courses that apply to the CMC AA/AS/AGS degrees, and that may satisfy program-specific transfer agreements for the business, engineering, and elementary education programs. Please work with your advisor to ensure that the courses you select will be accepted at the four-year college of your choice.

General Education Philosophy

General education benefits students by encouraging them to acquire the intellectual tools, knowledge, and creative capabilities necessary to be able to study the world as it is, as it has been understood, and as it might become. General education prepares students for fulfilled lives as educated persons and effective contributors to a democratic society. To develop a breadth of knowledge, general education courses acquaint students with the methods of inquiry of the various academic disciplines and the different ways these disciplines view the world as well as prepare you for employment. Effective general education helps students act ethically and responsibly, and develops habits of critical thinking and action, intellectual sophistication, and an orientation to learning and investigation that will become lifelong.

CMC Signature Learning Outcomes

CMC students will be able to incorporate in their lives by the time they graduate the following institutional learning outcomes:

Knowledge of Human Cultures and Physical and Natural World

  • Through study in the sciences and mathematics, social sciences, humanities, histories, languages, and the arts
  • Respect for the interconnectedness of the human, physical, and natural world

Focused by engagement with big questions, both contemporary and enduring.

Intellectual and Practical Skills, including

  • Inquiry and analysis
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Written and oral communication
  • Quantitative literacy
  • Information literacy
  • Technological literacy
  • Teamwork and problem solving

Practiced extensively, across the curriculum, in the context of progressively more challenging problems, projects, and standards for performance.

Personal and Social Responsibility, including

  • Civic knowledge and engagement – local and global
  • Intercultural knowledge and competence
  • Ethical reasoning and action
  • Foundations and skills for lifelong learning
  • Incorporation of life practices leading to health and wellness
  • The ability to apply ethical and responsible behaviors towards our environment
  • Taking responsibility for academic success

Anchored through active involvement with diverse communities and real-world challenges.

Integrative and Applied Learning, including

  • Synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general and specialized studies.

Demonstrated through the application of knowledge, skills, and responsibilities to new settings and complex problems.