Sep 19, 2019  
2019-2020 Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Catalog

About Our Degrees



General Information

Whether a student’s academic goal is to complete a bachelor’s degree at CMC or transfer to a four-year school or upgrade technical job skills, Colorado Mountain College degree and certificate programs are designed to challenge and prepare students for greater educational and professional success.

The Programs of Study  pages summarize all of our current degree and certificate offerings including locations and program requirements. More information is available on our website at https://coloradomtn.edu/programs/.

Where Our Programs are Offered

For information about where our programs are offered see Academic Programs at Colorado Mountain College.

Degree & Certificate General Information

The degree and certificate requirements in this catalog are current for the 19-20 academic year. Degree and certificate programs are reviewed on an annual basis and there may be additions, deletions, and/or changes for the 19-20 academic year. Students are encouraged to work with an advisor to avoid any confusion or disappointment when working through the degrees.

Students must submit a Petition to Graduate during the semester prior to their last semester in order to receive a diploma. Refer to the Graduation  section of this catalog for more details and work with an advisor.

Transferability Symbols

CMC encourages students to take their learning experience with them and has established two symbols used in the catalog and class schedules 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: http://highered.colorado.gov/Academics/Transfers/gtPathways/curriculum.html. Visit the Guaranteed Transfer ◆ Course List  in this catalog for a list of the Guaranteed Transfer Courses available at Colorado Mountain College.

The asterisk (✽) symbol designates courses that apply to the CMC Bachelor and Associate degrees and that may satisfy program-specific transfer agreements or meet general education requirements. Students are encouraged to work with an advisor to ensure that the courses selected will be accepted at the four-year institution of 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 students 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

Graduates of educational programs at CMC demonstrate the following competencies. For each program, students will demonstrate one or more sub-component of each outcome.

Critical and Creative Thinking:

  • Apply concepts and/or practices to new situations.
  • Synthesize concepts/information to explain or develop theories or inform practices.
  • Analyze ideas and/or practices within their social and ecological contexts.
  • Interpret texts and cultural artifacts within relevant social and ecological contexts.
  • Understand how individuals and social systems operate within particular contexts.

Communication and Expression:

  • Comprehend and interpret oral, textual, and media communications.
  • Develop and support ideas, orally and in writing.
  • Interpret and respond appropriately when communicating in multiple contexts.
  • Demonstrate effective communication with diverse audiences.
  • Communicate using the conventions of one’s chosen profession.

Information Literacy and Research Ethics:

  • Locate appropriate resources to satisfy information needs.
  • Evaluate information for credibility, reliability, and authority.
  • Adhere to ethical and legal standards of information access, creation, and use.
  • Appropriately cite sources of information.
  • Engage ethically with research subjects.

Responsible Application of Learning:

  • Apply ethical or sustainability principles to thinking and/or action.
  • Responsibly apply technical or professional competencies relevant to one’s career path.
  • Engage with others to support common goals.
  • Apply social responsibility to address ethical issues.

Career, Professional, and Technical Skills:

  • Develop employment seeking skills.
  • Display professionalism in diverse settings.
  • Demonstrate understanding and use of technologies appropriate to the field of study.
  • Apply relevant legal standards within the scope of practice.

Recognize and Support Diversity:

  • Recognize diverse viewpoints, skills, backgrounds, and abilities as they influence collective thinking and action.
  • Appreciate differing perspectives/worldviews.
  • Develop cultural competency.
  • Recognize how differing levels of privilege shape life experiences.
  • Engage and work with diverse others.

Collaboration and Teamwork:

  • Collaborate inclusively with class/team members.
  • Plan and accomplish collective goals.
  • Document and communicate collaborative/group processes and progress.
  • Fulfill commitments to the group.

Computation and Quantitative Reasoning:

  • Solve computational problems.
  • Use quantitative and computational processes to solve problems and create solutions.
  • Interpret and apply quantitative information relevant to one’s area of study.
  • Describe the value and limitations of quantitative methods and approaches to understanding and addressing problems.
     

Planning a Bachelor Degree

A bachelor’s degree from CMC shows students have knowledge and training beyond the high school or associate degree level. Students need a high school diploma or High School Equivalency (HSE) by exam (GED, HiSET, or TASC) to earn a bachelor’s degree. Normally it takes a student a full four years to earn a bachelor’s degree; however, it’s more common to attend school part-time and thus it takes longer. Nationally, the average time to complete a bachelor’s degree is 7 years.

The fundamental requirement for a bachelor’s degree is to successfully complete a minimum number of “credit hours,” usually a minimum of 120 semester credit hours. Full-time students typically take fifteen credits each semester. The first courses are often called the “core curriculum” and include mathematics, English, communication, science, arts and humanities, and social science courses that are required for all students. Each student selects a major field (for example business administration or sustainability studies) and possibly an emphasis area. To earn a bachelor’s degree, students must complete a minimum number of required and elective courses in the major and emphasis. In addition, most students take a few elective courses to complete the minimum 120-credit hour requirement.

The requirements for a bachelor’s degree are intended to ensure that students are adequately prepared to take the next step, whether in the working world or as a graduate student. However, the quality of an academic record is just as important as the quantity of credit hours. A minimum 2.0 (C) grade point average (GPA) is required in bachelor degree coursework.

Bachelor’s degrees are awarded in many different disciplines. The two most common types are the Bachelor of Arts (BA) that tends to focus on theoretical and general knowledge, as well as liberal arts (for example literature, history, or social sciences), and the Bachelor of Science (BS) which focuses on technical or hard sciences such as mathematics, natural and physical sciences, business, engineering and similar fields. CMC offers five bachelor degree programs: the Bachelor of Arts degree in Sustainability Studies (BASS), the Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (BSBA), the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN), the Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Leadership and Management (BAS), and the Bachelor of Arts degree in Education (BAE).

See the section on Scholarships and Awards  for opportunities related to earning bachelor’s degrees.

Bachelor of Arts Degrees

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree offers a liberal arts education that includes the Colorado State Guaranteed Transfer General Education Curriculum. This curriculum includes a minimum of 31 credits of general education classes across five content areas, plus 3 credits of communication. These are the same basic general education requirements in CMC’s Associate of Arts degree program. Some specific degree programs may have additional general education requirements (consult an advisor or this catalog for more information).

The Bachelor of Arts degree is designed to offer a variety of students from diverse backgrounds and academic interests the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree. Students who have earned their associates degree at CMC, or other community colleges in Colorado, will have an easier pathway to complete their bachelor’s degree because they will have already met several degree requirements such as the speech communication requirement and certain general education prerequisites that are important for student success.

Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

All Bachelor of Art degree programs have the following minimum requirements:

  1. Completion of at least 120 credits from among general education courses and specific core degree requirements and program electives as per the Colorado Department of Higher Education guidelines.
  2. Students who have earned an AA or AS degree and earned a C- or better in all courses shall be fully considered for admission into the BA program. Under the state transfer guidelines for AA and AS degrees, if offered admission, students will enter with a junior standing and will be required to take 60 or more credits to earn a bachelor’s degree (students matriculating from an AGS or AAS program will probably need more than 60 credits to earn a bachelor’s degree). Students who do not fully complete AA or AS degree requirements will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis and may lose transfer credits depending on their previous course of studies. Students from other colleges are best advised to complete their associates degree from their home institution. Individual courses may transfer and count towards specific degree requirements for a four-year degree, but the transferable courses are limited to the course equivalents of the courses specified in the curriculum of the four-year degree program.
  3. To graduate, a student must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (“C” average) or “P” (passing) or better on all courses taken at Colorado Mountain College.
  4. At least 80 percent of the semester credits applied toward graduation must be letter graded.

Please see information contained in the Graduation and Transfer  section for information about combining transfer credit with CMC credit towards earning a Bachelor’s degree at CMC.

Bachelor of Science Degrees

The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree is designed to provide four-year degrees in the areas of business, technology, mathematics, sciences, and engineering, but also includes the Colorado State Guaranteed Transfer General Education Curriculum. This curriculum includes a minimum of 28-31 credits of general education classes across five content areas, plus 3 credits of communication. These are the same basic general education requirements in CMC’s Associate of Science degree. Some specific degree programs may have additional general education requirements (consult an advisor or this catalog for more information).

The Bachelor of Science degree is designed to offer a variety of students from diverse backgrounds and academic interests the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree. Students who have earned their associates degree at CMC, or other community colleges in Colorado, will have an easier pathway to complete their bachelor’s degree because they will have already met several degree requirements such as the speech communication requirement and certain general education prerequisites that are important for student success.

For transfer credit, upper-division course requirements must be earned through an accredited four-year program as upper-division coursework. If an approved emphasis area or concentration is pursued, all requirements for that emphasis or concentration must be completed prior to awarding of the degree. Specific courses that fulfill the general education requirements may be stipulated by the specific bachelor’s degree program. Students are encouraged to seek advising on meeting course prerequisites and other degree requirements.

Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements

All Bachelor of Science degree programs have the following minimum requirements:

  1. Completion of at least 120 credits from among general education courses and specific core degree requirements and program electives as per the Colorado Department of Higher Education guidelines.
  2. Students who have earned an AA or AS degree and earned a C- or better in all courses shall be fully considered for admission into the BS program. Under the state transfer guidelines for AA and AS degrees, if offered admission, students will enter with a junior standing and will be required to take 60 or more credits to earn a bachelor’s degree (students matriculating from an AGS or AAS program will probably need more than 60 credits to earn a bachelor’s degree). Students from other colleges are best advised to complete their associates degree from their home institution. Individual courses may transfer and count towards specific degree requirements for a four-year degree, but the transferable courses are limited to the course equivalents of the courses specified in the curriculum of the four-year degree program.
  3. To graduate, a student must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (“C” average) or “P” (passing) or better on all courses taken at Colorado Mountain College.
  4. At least 80 percent of the semester credits applied toward graduation must be letter graded.

Please see information contained in the Graduation and Transfer  section for information about combining transfer credit with CMC credit towards earning a Bachelor’s degree at CMC.

Bachelor of Applied Science

The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree in Leadership and Management is designed to prepare individuals as managerial and supervisory personnel in a variety of professions and offers a seamless transition from an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree to a bachelor’s degree. The program provides a pathway for students who have earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in a career or technical field from a regionally accredited school, by building on their technical specialties and general education courses and combining them with upper division course work to acquire management, supervision, and leadership skills.

Bachelor of Applied Science Requirements:

The Bachelor of Applied Science degree program has the following minimum requirements:

  1. Students must have completed an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in a specific discipline from a regionally accredited school with 60 credits minimum. Applicable AAS degrees include, but are not limited to: Accounting, Action Sports Industry, Applied Engineering, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Digital Media, Early Childhood Education, EMT Paramedic, Fire Science Technology, Graphic Design, Information Technology Specialist, Medical Assistant, Natural Resource Management, Paralegal, Professional Photography, Resort Management, Restaurant & Culinary Management, Ski & Snowboard Business, Ski Area Operations, and Veterinary Technology.
  2. The lower division courses must be completed before a student can enroll in more than 15 upper-division credits at CMC.
  3. For transfer credit, upper-division course requirements must be earned through an accredited four-year program as upper-division coursework.
  4. Specific courses that fulfill the general education requirements may be stipulated by the specific bachelor’s degree program.
  5. To graduate, a student must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (“C” average) or “P” (passing) or better on all courses taken at Colorado Mountain College. 
  6. At least 80 percent of the semester credits applied toward graduation must be letter graded.

Please see information contained in the Graduation and Transfer  section for information about combining transfer credit with CMC credit towards earning a Bachelor’s degree at CMC.

 


Planning an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science Degree

The Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees give students a solid, affordable start before transferring into CMC’s Bachelor’s degrees or 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 for transfer to a four-year college in Colorado or elsewhere. After transfering to a four-year college or university students may concentrate in a major area of study during their junior and senior years.

See the Graduation and Transfer  section of this document for details on transferring credits to other four-year colleges and universities.

CMC’s AA and AS degrees provide the foundation for a traditional liberal arts and sciences education. Studies include the Colorado Guaranteed Transfer (GT) courses in the following disciplines: humanities, social sciences, communication, mathematics, and science.

The Associate of Arts degree is offered at all campuses. The Associate of Science degree is offered at all campuses except Aspen. Please see the Academic Programs at Colorado Mountain College and consult an advisor for more information.

Associate of Arts Degrees

The Associate of Arts degree program offers a liberal arts education that includes the Colorado State Guaranteed Transfer General Education Curriculum. This curriculum includes a minimum of one year of course work in communication, humanities, social sciences, mathematics, and science. In addition to these required disciplines, CMC encourages students to explore a broad range of subjects through elective course work in the fine arts, behavioral sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, literature, business, and humanistic studies.

To be accepted into the Associate of Arts program students must demonstrate college-level proficiency through ACT/SAT scores, college transcripts, or placement tests. Inadequate skills in reading, writing, or mathematics may require students to enroll in developmental studies courses before enrolling in courses required for the degree. This could affect the sequence in which students can take courses and may extend the time required to earn a degree. For more details please see Academic Placement and Testing .

Please note the Colorado Department of Education’s policy for Higher Education Admissions Requirements (HEAR) stipulates 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 this requirement is not fulfilled, please be advised that it may be required for students 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 within the Associate of Arts degree.

Associate of Arts Degree Requirements

All Associate of Arts degree programs have the following minimum requirements:

  1. Completion of at least 60 credits from among courses numbered 100-299 which are designed for transfer. State Guaranteed General Education Curriculum courses are designated by a diamond (◆) symbol. An asterisk (✽) symbol denotes courses which apply to the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees, and are generally transferable to other Colorado public universities and colleges. Colorado public four-year higher education institutions will honor the full transfer of an Associate of Arts (AA) degree earned at Colorado Mountain College. When students earn an Associate of Arts degree at Colorado Mountain College, completing the State Guaranteed Transfer General Education courses with a grade of C- or better in each course applied to the degree, students will transfer with 60 credit hours toward a baccalaureate degree into any arts and science degree program offered by a Colorado public four-year college.
  2. To graduate, a student must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (“C” average) or “P” (passing) or better on all courses taken at Colorado Mountain College.
  3. At least 80 percent of the semester credits applied toward graduation must be letter graded.
  4. Students must earn 45 credits at Colorado Mountain College or, if transferring previous credits, a minimum of 15 college-level credit hours must be earned at Colorado Mountain College. Awarded or non-traditional credit may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
  5. No more than six credits of work experience, internship, special topics (courses numbered 175 or 275), and/or cooperative education may be applied toward graduation. These credits must be considered transferable to a four-year school.
  6. If a student already has a Colorado Mountain College degree, they must earn at least 15 additional credits, not already applied to the first degree, to receive a second degree.

Students should be able to complete an Associate of Arts degree program in no more than 60 credit hours and a baccalaureate (four-year) degree in no more than a total of 120 credit hours, unless there are additional degree requirements recognized by the Colorado Department of Higher Education or by the receiving institution. This means that if an Associate of Arts degree at Colorado Mountain College is earned, a four-year degree can be earned with the same number of credits as students who began at the receiving institution. If students have received credit for prior learning, Advanced Placement, or correspondence courses, this will be reviewed by the receiving institution.

Students must complete the entire AA degree to guarantee transfer of any course not included in the State Guaranteed Transfer curriculum. Transfer of courses marked by the asterisk (✽) symbol is probable but not guaranteed. Please check the requirements of the receiving institution.

Associate of Science Degrees

The Associate of Science degrees are designed for those who plan to seek a four-year degree in advanced technology, mathematics, or physical, natural or computer science areas. The disciplines covered in this program are traditionally included in the freshman and sophomore curriculum at all colleges and universities. This includes course work in the areas of communication, humanities, social science, biological science, physical science and mathematics.

To be accepted into this program students must demonstrate college level proficiency through ACT/SAT scores, college transcripts, or placement tests. Inadequate skills in reading, writing, or mathematics may require students to enroll in developmental studies courses before enrolling in courses required for the degree. This could affect the sequence in which students can take courses and may extend the time required to earn a degree. For more details please see the Academic Placement and Testing  section. There are often scholarships available for Associate of Science students, particularly the David Alden Cooke scholarship. See the Scholarships and Awards  section for these scholarship opportunities.

Please note the Colorado Department of Education’s policy for Higher Education Admissions Requirements (HEAR) stipulates 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 this requirement is not fulfilled, please be advised that it may be required for students to take FRE 111 , GER 111 , ITA 111 , JPN 111 , RUS 111 , or SPA 111  to gain admittance to a four-year school. Please note these courses do not fulfill the Guaranteed Transfer Arts and Humanities requirement and will not count as elective credits within the Associate of Science degree.

Associate of Science Degree Requirements

All Associate of Science degree programs have the following minimum requirements:

  1. Completion of at least 60 credits from among courses numbered 100-299 which are designed for transfer. State Guaranteed Transfer General Education courses are designated by a diamond (◆) symbol. An asterisk (✽) symbol denotes courses which apply to the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees, and are generally transferable to other Colorado public universities and colleges. Students must complete the entire AS degree to guarantee transfer of any course not on the State Guaranteed Transfer curriculum. When students earn an Associate of Science degree at Colorado Mountain College, completing the State Guaranteed Transfer General Education courses with a grade of C- or better in each course applied to the degree, students will transfer with 60 credit hours toward a baccalaureate degree into any arts and science degree program offered by a Colorado public four-year college.
  2. To graduate, a student must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (“C” average) or “P” (passing) or better on all courses taken at Colorado Mountain College.
  3. At least 80 percent of the semester credits applied toward graduation must be letter graded.
  4. Students must earn 45 semester credits at Colorado Mountain College or, if transferring previous credits, a minimum of 15 college-level credit hours must be earned at Colorado Mountain College. Awarded or non-traditional credit may not be used to fulfill this requirement. No more than six credits of work experience, internship, special topics (courses numbered 175 or 275), and/or cooperative education may be applied toward graduation. These credits must be considered transferable to a four-year college.
  5. If a student already has a Colorado Mountain College degree, they must earn at least 15 additional credits, not already applied to the first degree, to receive a second degree.

Students should be able to complete an Associate of Science degree program in no more than 60 credit hours and a baccalaureate (four-year) degree in no more than a total of 120 credit hours, unless there are additional degree requirements recognized by the Colorado Department of Higher Education or by the receiving institution. This means that if an Associate of Science degree at Colorado Mountain College is earned, a four-year degree can be earned with the same number of credits as students who began at the receiving institution. If students have received credit for prior learning, Advanced Placement, or correspondence courses, this will be reviewed by the receiving institution.

Students must complete the entire AS degree to guarantee transfer of any course not on the State Guaranteed Transfer curriculum. Transfer of courses marked by the asterisk (✽) symbol is probable but not guaranteed. Please check the requirements of the receiving institution.

Certificates of Completion

Colorado Mountain College offers several Certificates of Completion to students who complete a group of courses with a particular emphasis. A Certificate of Completion attests to successful completion of a structured program of courses designed to establish proficiency in a specific field. Individual courses are posted on a student’s transcript; however, the certificate is not recognized on a transcript. Please see a CMC advisor for more information.

These courses are helpful for learning special skills or for concentrated learning in a special area of interest. There are nine Certificates of Completion: Basic Carpentry, Basic Construction Technology, Basic Electric Technician, Creative Arts, Fly Fishing Guide, Outdoor Education, Permaculture, Spanish Proficiency, and Sustainability Leadership.

The Certificates of Completion are not Career & Technical Education certificates. Because they are not CTE certificates, they are not eligible for financial aid unless taken as part of a state-recognized degree or certificate. However, many requirements have been specially designed so that courses count as credit for the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate of General Studies degrees, which are received for transfer by Colorado’s public colleges and universities and several other institutions as well.

 


Planning an Associate of General Studies Degree

CMC offers the Associate of General Studies (AGS) degrees for students whose needs are not met by CMC’s other degree programs. Students may design the Associate of General Studies degree to fit their personal needs, to upgrade job skills, or to prepare for professional school. This degree includes Colorado Guaranteed Transfer Curriculum. Several options allow students to take specialized transfer programs; while earning the Associate of General Studies degree students can focus on 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.

Colorado Mountain College offers two types of Associate of General Studies degrees: the Generalist degree and program-specific AGS degrees.

To be accepted into an AGS program, students must demonstrate college-level proficiency through ACT/SAT scores, college transcripts, or placement tests. Inadequate skills in reading, writing, or mathematics may require students to enroll in developmental studies courses before enrolling in courses required for the degree. This could affect the sequence in which students can take courses and may extend the time required to earn a degree. For more details please see the Academic Placement and Testing  section.

Please note the Colorado Department of Education’s policy for Higher Education Admissions Requirements (HEAR) stipulates 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 this requirement is not fulfilled, please be advised that it may be required for students 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 within the Associate of General Studies degree.

AGS Degree Requirements

All Associate of General Studies degree programs have the following requirements:

  1. Completion of at least 60 credits.
  2. To graduate, a student must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (“C” average) or “P” (passing) or better on all courses taken at Colorado Mountain College.
  3. At least 80 percent of the semester credits applied toward graduation must be letter graded.
  4. Students must earn 45 credits at Colorado Mountain College or, if transferring previous credits, a minimum of 15 college-level credit hours must be earned at Colorado Mountain College. Awarded or non-traditional credit may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
  5. No more than six credits of work experience, internship, special topics (courses numbered 175 or 275), and/or cooperative education may be applied toward graduation.
  6. If a student already has a Colorado Mountain College degree, they must earn at least 15 additional credits, not already applied to the first degree, to receive a second degree.

Note: The Engineering and Outdoor Recreation Leadership programs are the result of articulation agreements with public baccalaureate degree-granting institutions. They are transferable only into the particular program identified by the articulation agreement. Consult with an academic advisor for additional information.

 


Planning an Associate of Science (AAS) or Certificate of Occupational Proficiency (COP) Degree (Career & Technical Education Degrees)

Associate of Applied Science degree programs are focused on Career & Technical Education (CTE). Whatever direction students choose, the CTE degrees and certificates at Colorado Mountain College can lead them into a challenging career. Work experience allows students to practice their skills before job hunting. To stay current with the latest trends, CMC partners with industry leaders and asks them to assist in developing and reviewing the CTE programs.

The two-year Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS) programs include skills training and general education course work. The programs leading to a Certificate of Occupational Proficiency (COP) take one year or less to complete and usually provide only skills training.

While Colorado Mountain College is an eligible institution under regulations for federal student aid programs, not all programs are eligible. All associate degree programs are eligible; however, certificate programs must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Each certificate is identified as eligible or not eligible for federal funds in the certificate description in this catalog.

Associate of Applied Science Degree Requirement Information

All Associate of Applied Science Degree programs have the following minimum requirements:

  1. Completion of at least 60 credit hours.
  2. Achievement of a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (“C” average), or “P” (passing) or better on all courses taken at Colorado Mountain College.
  3. At least 80 percent of the credit hours applied toward graduation must be letter graded.
  4. Completion of 45 credit hours at Colorado Mountain College or, if transferring previous credits, a minimum of 15 college-level credit hours must be earned at Colorado Mountain College. Awarded or non-traditional credit may not be used to fulfill this requirement.
  5. Fulfillment of all requirements of the specific program, including:
    • Completion of all CTE courses required in a specified occupational program.
    • Completion of a program of study which is directed toward meeting the student’s declared intent and purpose for pursuing studies in a specific program. In addition to required CTE courses, it is recommended that courses be taken, where appropriate, from other areas which relate to the specific program being studied.
  6. Completion of at least 15 semester hours of General Education courses required in specific AAS degrees. Advised General Education elective choices can be selected from the Associate of Arts degree General Education courses, any transfer level (✽) course numbered 100-299 (except PED), or as listed below in AAS General Education Options.
  7. Courses in physical activities shall not be included in the 60 semester hours minimum except where specifically noted.
  8. No more than six semester hours applied toward graduation may be Special Topics (courses numbered 175 or 275).
  9. If a student already has a Colorado Mountain College degree, they must earn at least 15 additional credits not already applied to the first degree to receive a second degree.

Certificates of Occupational Proficiency Information

Certificates of Occupational Proficiency (COP) programs provide career and technical training in specific skills. The curriculum usually includes only job skills training and limited general education courses.

Students must demonstrate college-level proficiency through ACT/SAT scores, college transcripts, or placement tests. Inadequate skills in reading, writing, or mathematics may require students to enroll in developmental studies courses before enrolling in courses required for the degree. This could affect the sequence in which students can take courses and may extend the time required to earn a degree. For more details please see the Academic Placement and Testing  section.

Individual programs and courses have certain physical and academic standards which students may be required to meet before being admitted to that program or enrolled in that course. Please see a Colorado Mountain College advisor for details.

Certificates of Occupational Proficiency Requirements

All Certificates of Occupational Proficiency have the following minimum requirements:

  1. Completion of all requirements for the specific program as prescribed in this catalog.
  2. Achievement of a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (“C” average), or “P” (passing) or better on all courses taken at Colorado Mountain College.
  3. At least 80 percent of the credit hours applied toward graduation must be letter graded.
  4. Students must have been enrolled at Colorado Mountain College as a part-time or full-time student for at least 10 credit hours; except for any certificate requiring a total of 10 credits or less. For those certificates all classes must be taken at Colorado Mountain College. Awarded or non-traditional credit may not be used to fulfill this requirement.

Once all COP requirements have been fulfilled, students who submit a Petition to Graduate will receive a diploma for the completed certificate.