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Associate of Arts

Associate of Arts Degree Program

Students who choose to fulfill the following degree requirements will be eligible to receive the Associate of Arts degree. The Associate of Arts degree program is normally utilized by those students planning to transfer to a four-year institution at the completion of two years at Otero Junior College in order to complete their Bachelor of Arts degree.

Minimum Competency Standards for Program Admission

Students desiring to enroll in the Associate of Arts degree program must meet or exceed the entrance examination score based on the results of a basic skills assessment test (Accuplacer). Otero Junior College uses multiple measures to direct students into appropriate English, reading and mathematics courses and to advise students in the selection of other courses. Prior to enrollment, all new students must complete an assessment. Please call Student Services at 719-384-6831, for more information regarding course placement.  (This skills assessment and placement applies to both degree or certificate programs).

Graduation Expectations

The Colorado Community College System's (CCCS) colleges have adopted a set of guidelines to define the conditions under which a student can expect to graduate with an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree in two calendar years. The Academic Advising Center at each individual CCCS community college can provide additional information. The CCCS colleges guarantee that a student will be able to complete all course work necessary to earn an AA or an AS degree from a specific CCCS college in 60 credit hours and in 24 months. Students must satisfy all the conditions described below to be eligible for this guarantee:

1. Enroll at the same community college for at least four consecutive semesters, excluding summer.
2. Register within one week of the beginning of registration for each semester.
3. Have completed all required remedial coursework before beginning the count of two years to degree completion.
4. Enroll in and pass (with a C or better in each course) an average of 15 credit hours in coursework that applies to the AA/AS in each four consecutive semesters.
5. Obtain a recommended plan of study for the AA or AS degree plan of study, signed by the student and community college advisor, prior to registration for the second semester, and according to the requirements of the students' community college.
6. Follow the signed plan of study.
7. Continue with the same degree (AA or AS) from entrance to graduation.
8. Retain documentation demonstrating that all the above requirements were satisfied. (Advising records, transcripts, etc.).

Associate of Arts - General Education Core

Students who complete an Associate of Arts degree are guaranteed to transfer 60 credit hours of courses required for those degrees to a four-year school, once they have been accepted for admission. Students who follow this plan should be able to finish a Bachelor of Arts degree within another 60 credit hours.

To earn an A.A. degree, a student must complete the specified number of GT Pathways general education courses in Written and Oral communication, Math, Arts and Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Natural and Physical Sciences, to total 37 credits, as listed on the chart on the following page. In addition the student completes 23 credits of transferable electives.

Academic and Related Requirements

A. Earn a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average from Otero Junior College.
B. Complete a minimum of 15 semester hours at Otero Junior College.
C. Complete a minimum of 60 semester hours as outlined in the above Course Requirements for the Associate of Arts Degree.
D. Complete with a grade of “C” or higher all required courses (38/39 semester credit hours) that are to be counted towards the general education core curriculum.
E. Complete the application for graduation form by the end of the first week of spring semester and pay for cap, gown, and diploma by March 1.
F. Be enrolled in Otero Junior College classes for semester of intended graduation.
G. Complete the requirements for graduation in effect at the time of first-time enrollment. (NOTE: Students not enrolled for two semesters are required to complete all degree requirements in effect at the time of re-enrollment.)
H. Meet all financial obligations to the College.

Graduation Restrictions

A. May not use Basic Skills courses (those numbered below the general education core curriculum) toward the degree program.
B. May not be granted more than one academic degree in the same semester.
C. May not apply career and technical education courses toward the degree program other than those specified above.

Core requirements = 37 credits Elective requirements = 23 credits

AA Degree Total = 60 credits (100 level or higher)

*Remedial courses, (courses below 100 level) do not count toward graduation requirements

PLEASE NOTE: Some degrees may exceed the typical 60 credit hours required to successfully graduate.




Total Degree Credits = 60
Remedial Courses (Courses below 100 level) do not count toward graduation

37 Credits = Core      23 Credits= Electives

Written & Oral Communication: 9 Credits or 3 Courses, 1 must be COM
ENG 121     TOTAL
ENG 122      
COM 115   Community College Graduation Requirement
COM 125   Community College Graduation Requirement
Math: 3 Credits or 1 Course, additional credit beyond 3 credits will be applied to electives
MAT 120     TOTAL
MAT 121      
MAT 122    
MAT 125   Additional credit beyond 3 credits will be applied to electives
MAT 135  
MAT 201  
MAT 202    
Social & Behavioral Sciences: 6 Credits - 2 courses
AGE 102      
ECO 201    
ECO 202    
POS 105    
POS 111    
POS 125    
POS 205    
POS 225    
GEO 105    
AGR 260    
ANT 101    
ANT 107    
CRJ 110    
JOU 105    
PSY 101, 102    
PSY 235, 238    
PSY 249    
SOC 101    
SOC 102    
SOC 215    
SOC 231    
History: 3 credits - 1 GT History course
HIS 101, 102     TOTAL
HIS 121, 122      
HIS 225    
Electives: 23 credits
Arts & Humanities: 6 Credits - 2 courses from 2 different areas
ART 110      
ART 111    
ART 112    
ART 207    
MUS 120, MUS 121    
MUS 122, MUS 125    
THE l05, THE 108    
THE 211    
THE 212    
HUM 115    
HUM 121    
HUM 122    
HUM 123    
LIT 115    
LIT 201, 202    
LIT 205    
LIT 211, 212    
LIT 221, 222    
LIT 225, 246    
PHI 111    
PHI 112    
PHI 113    
SPA 211, 212    
Arts/Hum ./Soc . Behav ./ History: 3 additional credits
Natural & Physical Sciences: 7 Credits or 2 courses with at least one w/lab, ANT taken before 201610 counts as a CORE, 3-credit Social & Behavioral Science (SS3) course
Additional credit beyond 7 credits will be applied to electives   TOTAL
AGY 240     CHE 112  
ANT 111     ENV 101  
AST 101, 102     GEY 111  
BIO 105     GEY 112  
BIO 111     GEY 135  
BIO 112     NRE 251  
BIO 201     PHY 105  
BIO 202     PHY 111  
BIO 204     PHY 112  
CHE 101     PHY 211  
CHE 102     PHY 212  
CHE 105     SCI 105  
CHE 111        

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