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Associate of Arts (AA)

Picture of students at CMC's Spring Valley Campus earning their Associate of Arts (AA) degree.The Associate of Arts degree includes several options selected from courses listed below. By completing your AA degree requirements before transferring to a public four-year institution in Colorado, 60 credits are guaranteed to transfer once you are accepted for admission. Liberal arts majors will be able to finish a BA degree with 60 additional credits at the transfer institution. This is called a 60 + 60 transfer plan.

If you do not finish the full 60-credit AA degree then non-state guaranteed general education courses (✽ courses) may transfer on a course-by-course basis. This decision is at the discretion of the receiving institution; please see your advisor. If you change your major between two liberal arts programs, the same general education guarantee applies; however, students who change their major after the first 60 hours accept the responsibility that this decision may require additional courses. This will help you avoid any confusion or disappointment as you work toward completing your degree.

See the section on Scholarships and Awards  for scholarship opportunities related to this program. For a list of CMC campuses offering this program, please see the Where Our Programs are Offered   table. Not every course is offered on every campus.

Learn more about the Associate of Arts Program

State Guaranteed General Education Requirements

(31 credits minimum across 5 content areas, plus 3 credits of COM required)

Communication (GT-CO1-3)

3 courses.  9 credits total.  6 credits ENG (select either  ENG 121 and ENG 122, or ENG 122 and ENG 201).  Plus 3 credits COM (select either COM 115 or COM 125).

Natural & Physical Sciences (GT-SC1-2)

2 courses (7 credits) from the following courses.  One course must have a laboratory (GT-SC1).  Credits over 7 will be applied to the electives category.  

Courses with Required Laboratory (GT-SC1)

Arts & Humanities (GT-AH1-4)

2 courses (6 credit hours)

Social & Behavioral Sciences

2 courses (6 credit hours). Select 2 courses, 1 of which must be history.

Human Behavior, Culture, & Social Frameworks (GT-SS3)



  • 1 additional course from Arts & Humanities or Social & Behavioral Sciences courses listed above.  3.0 Credits.

Wellness Requirements Transfer Level (✽)

2 credits.

Colorado Mountain College Requirements

Colorado Mountain College requires its graduates to be proficient in computer use. To graduate, a student must demonstrate proficiency via an examination administered by the college or take CIS 118 . If you take the course, it will be applied to the elective credit.


24 credits from courses numbered 100-299 that are Guaranteed Transfer (◆) or General Transfer (✽) in the Course Description section and CIS 118 , if required. No PED or activity-based OUT courses allowed for this requirement.

Total Elective Credits (minimum 24)

Total Credits Earned (minimum 60)

State Guaranteed General Education Requirements (min. 31)
COM 115  or COM 125  (3)
Wellness Requirements (min. 2)
Electives (min. 24)
Total credits toward Associate of Arts degree (min. 60)


◆ State Guaranteed Transfer Course

✽ Applies to CMC AA/AS/AGS Degrees

Note:  Not all programs/courses are available at every campus and may require travel to another campus or access via distance learning (IVS, hybrid, or online).

For more information see Degree & Certificate Descriptions & Requirements  .