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2015-2016 Catalog 
2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associate of Science: Biology

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Students are strongly encouraged to seek academic advising prior to registration regarding the acceptability of online science courses if they anticipate transferring to a 4-year institution or completed graduate work in the sciences or health professions.  It should be noted that per Colorado Revised Statute, 23-1-125(1)(e), general education courses taken online are guaranteed to satisfy core course (gtPathways) requirements at all Colorado public institutions of higher education.

Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreements

The purpose of a statewide articulation agreement is to identify the courses a student at a Colorado public community college must complete as part of an AA/AS degree to be guaranteed to be able to complete the designated Baccalaureate degree program at any public four-year college and university (hereafter referred to as receiving institutions) that offers that program within the minimum number of credits designated by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.  For more information, please see the Colorado Department of Higher Education web site.

The guarantees and limitations below describe the minimum requirements to which all participating institutions have agreed.

An appeal related to denial of transfer credits will follow the Colorado Commission on Higher Education student appeal process.  An appeal may be filed at highered.colorado.gov/Academics/Complaints/.


Students who complete an AA/AS degree and the prescribed curriculum in the articulation agreement and are admitted (with no academic deficiencies that require additional coursework) to a receiving institution participating in this agreement are guaranteed the following:

  • Junior standing with no more than 60 remaining credits to meet the graduation requirements for a Baccalaureate degree in the degree program covered by this articulation agreement.
  • Completion of the receiving institution’s lower-division general education requirements as defined by the gtPathways curriculum.
  • The same graduation requirements as students who begin and complete this degree program at the receiving institution.


  • Completion of the curriculum prescribed within this statewide articulation agreement does not guarantee admission to a participating receiving institution.  Students must meet all admission and application requirements at the receiving institution including the submission of all required documentation by stated deadlines.  Please note:  students transferring to a University of Colorado institution (Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver) must satisfy the CU System’s MAPS (Minimum Academic Preparation Standards) requirement.
  • Only courses with grades of C- or higher are guaranteed to transfer.
  • Admission to a receiving institution does not guarantee enrollment in a specific degree program.  Some programs at receiving institutions have controlled entry due either to space limitations or academic requirements.
  • The credit and course transfer guarantees described in the agreement apply to the specific degree program covered by this agreement.  Receiving institutions will evaluate application of the courses designated in this agreement to other degree programs on a course-by-course basis.
  • Students who wish to use credits awarded by exam, such as AP (Advanced Placement) or IB (International Baccalaureate) to fulfill specific course requirements are responsible for consulting with the institution to which they are considering transferring to determine whether the credits they have been awarded by exam meet the standards of the receiving institution for specific course equivalents.
  • The receiving institution will accept all applicable credits earned within ten years of transfer to the receiving institution.  Credits earned more than ten years earlier will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis.
  • All the courses a student needs to take in the discipline covered by this Articulation Agreement are listed in the Prescribed Curriculum.  Any additional courses taken in the discipline covered by this Agreement may not count toward the requirements of the major at the receiving institution.  Students can avoid this problem by either taking no more courses in the discipline than the ones identified in the prescribed curriculum or by consulting first with the receiving institution to assure that any additional courses they take in the discipline will count toward the major.

Because of the limitations above, students must consult with the Office of Admissions at the institution to which they are considering transferring.


(Written) Communication (GT-CO1-3)

2 courses (6 credits)

ENG-121 and ENG-122 OR ENG-122 and ENG-201.


1 course (5 credits)

Arts & Humanities (GT-AH1, GT-AH2, GT-AH3, GT-AH4)

2 courses (6 credits)

Social & Behavioral Sciences (GT-SS1, GT-SS2, GT-SS3)

2 courses (6 credits)

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

Natural & Physical Sciences

2 courses (10 credits)

Additional Required Courses

4 courses (20 credits)

Please note:  if these credits are not required for the major at a receiving 4-year institution, they will be applied to the bachelor’s degree as elective credit towards graduation.  Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.




4 credits


Total Credits Earned

Required courses that fulfill general education requirements (36 credits)

Additional required courses (20 credits)

Electives (4 credits)

Total credits towards degree (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 .

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