Degree and Certificate Requirements

For Degrees students must:

  • Complete a minimum of 60 semester hours for the Associate of Arts (A.A.), Science (A.S.), or General Studies Degree (A.G.S.), or a specified number of semester hours for an Associate of Applied Science Degree.
  • Complete 15 credit hours of general education coursework for the AAS Degree.
  • Earn a grade of "C" or better in all applicable courses.
  • Complete a minimum of 15 credit hours toward a degree at FRCC. These 15 credits hours include online courses taught by FRCC; CCCOnline courses also are considered FRCC courses when the student declares FRCC as their home institution.
  • To obtain a second degree, a student must meet all degree requirements as well as complete 15 additional semester hours at FRCC that apply toward the second program of study.
  • Provide official transcripts to the college if transfer credit is to be applied.
  • Complete a graduation application by the priority deadline and submit to the Office of Admissions and Records.
  • If necessary and due to extenuating circumstances, request a course substitution. The request must be documented on the Course Substitution Form and approved by the appropriate dean, Registrar, and Chief Academic Officer. Please note that the A.A. and A.S. Degrees with Designations do not allow for course substitutions.
  • Complete the requirements in effect for the officially declared program of study as published in the college catalog. This catalog is effective beginning each Summer Semester for students enrolling at Front Range Community College for the first time. It should be noted that specific catalog requirements are subject to change by the college or its governing agencies. When such changes occur, the college notifies students affected by these changes and provides advising assistance.
  • Continuing students who have not had a 12-month lapse in enrollment will be allowed to use the requirements listed in any catalog published while continuously attending the college. Students may not combine requirements from multiple catalogs in order to graduate.

Students may not:

  • Apply more than a total of six semester hours of independent study courses, variable credit courses or internship courses to an associate degree program, unless otherwise specified.
  • Apply an “S” grade to any Guaranteed Transfer course.
  • Apply more than 6 semester hours of an “S” grade to an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science Degree.
  • Use a “U” grade toward any associate degree program.
  • Use developmental courses toward any associate degree program.
  • Earn a lower academic degree after a higher degree has been awarded.

The hierarchy of academic degrees, from high to low is A.S. Degree with Designation, A.S., A.A. Degree with Designation, A.A. and A.G.S. Exception: Multiple A.A.S. degrees may be earned if degree requirements for each degree are met.

For Certificates students must:

  • Complete all course requirements listed in the catalog.
  • Earn at least 25 percent of the total certificate credit hours at FRCC.
  • Earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required for the certificate. Please note that some programs require a higher GPA or have minimum required grades above a “C” to be eligible for a certificate.
  • Provide official transcripts to the college if transfer credits are to be applied http://www.frontrange.edu/transfertoFRCC/.
  • Complete a graduation application by the priority deadline at http://www.frontrange.edu/Current-Students/Graduation/.
  • Complete the requirements in effect for the officially declared certificate as published in the college catalog. This catalog is effective beginning each Summer Semester for students enrolling at Front Range Community College for the first time. Continuing students who have not had a 12-month lapse in enrollment will be allowed to use the requirements listed in any catalog published while continuously attending the college. Students may not combine requirements from multiple catalogs in order to graduate. It should be noted that specific catalog requirements are subject to change by the college or its governing agencies. When such changes occur, the college notifies students affected by these changes and provides advising assistance.