DWD Degrees and Requirements (AA & AS)

Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreements/Degrees With Designation (DWD)

A Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement is an agreement among Colorado community colleges and universities. These agreements allow you to graduate from a community college with a 60-credit Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree with designation, such as an Associate of Arts in Business; enroll with junior status at a university; and complete the bachelor’s degree in no more than an additional 60 credits (for a total of 120 credits). If you attend full-time (15 credits per semester) and follow the structured schedule, you can complete your bachelor’s degree in four years. All Statewide Articulation Agreements can be found on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website: https://cdhe.colorado.gov/transfer-degrees

Catalog DWD Program Requirements

The State-Guaranteed Colorado Community College General Education requirements and the Approved Elective Transferable courses have been incorporated into the AA and AS Designated degrees. A grade of C or higher is required for all coursework. Completion of the degree guarantees that you can transfer, upon admission, to specific Colorado public four-year colleges or universities with the appropriate 60 transferable credits. A minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) is required for degree completion.

You will graduate under the catalog requirements listed for the semester in which you were first enrolled. If you interrupt attendance for two consecutive semesters or more (excluding summer term) and then return, the catalog pertaining to the semester of re-admission is the governing document. You may also choose to use the catalog that is in effect the semester you graduate. Be sure to keep a copy of the appropriate catalog for your degree.

  • If you are planning to transfer to a four-year college or university, you should consult an advisor for assistance in planning your program of study. Also consult the transfer guide for GPA requirements of the college to which you are planning to transfer.
  • You must complete a minimum of 15 credits through Red Rocks Community College.
  • You must submit a graduation application for your degree or certificate before the graduation application deadline for the term in which you intend to graduate. The application is available on the RRCC website. The deadline is published in the academic calendar for that semester.
  • No more than 6 credits of independent study course work may be applied toward this degree.
  • There is no limit on special-topic courses allowed to count toward an AA degree. In individual cases, the limit will be determined by the program area. If you are taking special-topic courses, you should consult with your advisor regarding how these credits will apply toward a degree.
  • To earn multiple RRCC degrees, you must complete an additional 15 credits of coursework (above and beyond the original 60 credits required for the first degree) for each successive degree. These 15 credits must all apply toward the additional degree and must be completed through RRCC.
  • With the approval of a faculty advisor and the instructional vice president, up to 3 credits of internship may apply toward this degree.
  • All coursework must be completed within ten years of the date of graduation from Red Rocks Community College.

All Statewide Articulation Agreements can be found on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website: https://cdhe.colorado.gov/transfer-degrees