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2024-2025 Catalog 
2024-2025 Catalog

Educational Programs

Degree and Certificate Criteria



  • AA/AS Degrees with Designation - A Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement, known as a Degree with Designation (DwD) in the Colorado community college system, is an agreement among Colorado community colleges and four-year colleges/universities. These agreements allow you to graduate from a community college with a 60 credit Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) 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) unless the Colorado Commission on Higher Education has approved an exception. If you attend full-time (15 credits per semester), do not need developmental courses, and follow the structured schedule, you can complete your bachelor’s degree in four years.
  • AA/AS Without Designation - These are the following degree programs that are not included under the state articulation agreements. When you finish these programs, the degree will read Associate of Arts/Science without the “in a discipline” designation. These degrees are still covered under institutional agreements between a community college and a four-year college/university. However, check with your academic or faculty advisor discuss the transfer options. Disciplines without degrees with designation include: Dance, Environmental Sustainability Studies, World Language, Humanities, Professional Writing, Social Work Transfer.

   allows maximum flexibility to mix career and transfer courses with options for possible transferability. Some credits may not transfer and is not approved for 60/60 articulation.

  programs are designed for entry to the workforce. These also include Career and Technical Education.

  is designed for students who intend to pursue a four-year degree in an engineering field.

Bachelor Applied Science Degree (BAS) is the designated degree for flexible baccalaureate programs that are designed to accommodate the unique demands for entry and advancement within specific workforce sectors. BAS programs provide degree completion opportunities for students from a variety of educational backgrounds, but primarily those with Associate of Applied Science Degrees AAS and Certificates  or the equivalent.

BAS degrees typically build on the curriculum requirements for an AAS degree. As such, BAS degrees are often considered to be stackable degrees, meaning that all of the requirements for the AAS degree are either included in, or receive full recognition and credit within the BAS program requirements. Consequently, both the technical and general education courses completed in an AAS degree count fully toward BAS degree requirements.

Because the general education requirements often vary considerably for AAS degrees due to the targeted focus of their career and technical fields, PPSC provides great flexibility to faculty in structuring AAS degree general education requirements. It is the intent of the general education philosophy for BAS degrees that all general education courses successfully completed by students in their AAS degrees count fully toward the overall BAS general education requirements.

The Bachelor of Applied Science degree is designed to provide a four-year degree in a true 2+2 manner for students who already have an Associate of Applied Science degree and are ready to take on more technical responsibility. This is a popular option for workforce development and advancement. This degree provides students with an academic training to further their careers.

Each BAS completion degree will have 120 credit hours. Thirty of these credits must be taken in residence at PPSC per the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accreditation requirements. Admission criteria may change depending on the degree and academic advising is key to understanding the requirements for admission.

Prerequisites: Completion of an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in the appropriate field of study.

GT Pathways courses, in which the student earns a C- or higher, will always transfer and apply to GT Pathways requirements in AA, AS and most bachelor’s degrees at every public Colorado college and university. GT Pathways does not apply to some degrees. You should always seek advising from the appropriate advisor at the college or university you plan to attend to ensure you are selecting the appropriate coursework for your degree and that it will apply to those degree requirements.

Degree Eligibility

Students who receive an AGS degree may subsequently pursue an AA, AS or AAS degree. If they have received an AAS degree, they may pursue an AA, AS or AGS degree. However, students who have completed the degree requirements for an AA or AS degree from PPSC may not then also apply for an AGS degree.

PPSC will accept 45 applicable credits toward a second degree or certificate.

Having earned an associate or higher academic degree from an accredited school generally disqualifies students from receiving an associate degree from PPSC in an identical or closely related program. However, students may appeal this decision.

College Preparatory Programs

Purpose and Goals

To maximize student success, PPSC provides college prep courses so students can be assured they are prepared to begin their course of study. Students enroll in college prep courses in mathematics and English as prerequisites for college courses as well as for personal enrichment. Research indicates that students who need and take these courses do better in their college-level courses than they would have without them.

Students who place into college prep courses in mathematics and/or English must complete college prep courses within the first 30 semester credit hours. Students who have not completed college prep courses and have completed 30 or more semester credit hours must meet with an academic advisor before registering for additional coursework. Refer to Getting Started / Advising & Testing to speak with an academic advisor.




Class Format Options

PPSC offers a variety of non-traditional learning options for students including traditional, online, and alternate deliveries. Go to www.pikespeak.edu/admissions/class-plans.php

Online and alternative delivery classes meet the same class outcomes as their traditional counterparts and are subject to the same transfer agreements. In addition, there are transfer agreements with colleges both in-state and out-of-state that offer Baccalaureate completion programs using distance/electronic technology.


Face-to-face classes that meet on campus at pre-determined times.


Classes are entirely online with no real-time expectations. Classes may be taken using home computers or the computers at PPSC in the instructional computer labs. Internet access and an email address are required.

CO Online (Sections CZ1, CZ2, CZ4, CZ5)

Courses are offered through a consortium of thirteen community colleges in Colorado. Students will register as a PPSC student, but an instructor may teach the classes from any of the thirteen colleges. For more information regarding CO Online classes go to www.cccs.edu/colorado-online.

PPSC Online Campus (Sections 1N1, 2N1, 3N1, etc.)

PPSC online class taught by PPSC instructors. If you are interested in registering for a PPSC Online class, look for sections with an N in the section number (for example, BUS 115-1N1).

1N* sections are Full semester courses

2N* sections are 1st Bi-Semester courses

3N* sections are 2nd Bi-Semester courses

4N* sections are Late Start courses

Hyflex Classes

A highly flexible experience where the class is delivered entirely remotely in real-time, entirely in person in real-time, or a combination of the two. For Hy-flex with Lab classes, lab will require in-person attendance.

Hybrid Classes

Part online, part in the classroom. Hybrid courses are courses that combine on-campus classroom instruction with online learning components and/or out-of-class activities. Hybrid learning is for students who wish to combine the flexibility of face-to-face instruction with activities such as online collaborative discussions, group projects, and/or other out-of-class assignments. In a Hybrid Class, traditional face-to-face instruction will be reduced but not eliminated. Internet access and an email address are required for the online Class activities.

If you are interested in registering for a Hybrid Class, look for sections with an H in the section number (for example, BUS 115 1H1).

1H* sections meet at Centennial Campus

2H* sections meet at Rampart Range Campus

3H* sections meet at the Downtown Studio Campus

9H* sections meet at various Military installations

Remote Classes

Class will be taught in real-time with 100% remote delivery at pre-determined times. There is no scheduled in person attendance. Class will be 100% real-time live meetings delivered remotely via technology.

If you are interested in registering for a Remote Class, look for sections with a V in the section number (for examples, BUS 115 1V1).

1V* sections are Full semester courses

2V* sections are Bi-Semester courses

3V* sections are Tri-Semester courses

4V* sections are Late Start courses

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

Students may earn credit for learning outside the classroom. Prior Learning Assessment must apply to a degree or certificate goal. Credit will be evaluated for:

  • portfolio: learning through experiences such as reading and study, work, and on-the-job training or special classes
  • standardized testing: a satisfactory score on nationally accepted tests such as CLEP and DSST
  • Institutional Challenge Exam: institutional exams developed by faculty that are typically the equivalent of a comprehensive final exam and may include a skills demonstration to assess mastery of the competencies required for the CCNS course being challenged
  • published guide: learning given in a nontraditional setting such as a military or industry classroom which must be evaluated in a published guide by a nationally known organization such as the American Council on Education (ACE)

PPSC evaluates prior learning through the Prior Learning Assessment program (PLA). Students may receive up to 75 percent of their total credits for all types of prior learning.

Students who wish to receive credit for prior learning and plan to transfer to another college or university should verify these credits will transfer. Policies on awarding transfer credit vary from school to school.

For more information, contact PriorLearning@pikespeak.edu or call 719-502-3000. Military and Veteran students, contact Department of Military & Veterans Programs at mvp@pikespeak.edu.

Independent Study Courses

Extended learning options may be offered for students who cannot come to the PPSC campus or cannot attend courses that are scheduled for a standard semester. Learning options available for both regular curriculum and special contract programs include independent study.

College credit is awarded for these courses.

Students receiving financial aid are cautioned to contact the Student Services Centers when registering for independent study courses.

Service Learning Program

Service Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with course content and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach social and civic responsibility and strengthen communities. Service learning is fully integrated into the formal academic course. For additional information and to see a current list of classes offered, visit www.pikespeak.edu/High-Impact-Learning/service-learning-courses.

Options for Current High School Students

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Career Start

High school junior and senior students may enroll in Career Start which provides career and technical training in the program areas listed below. Career Start is a cohort program that enrolls students into Pikes Peak State courses applicable to a career pathway for college and high school credit. Classes are in person and on the Centennial Campus from 9-11:40 a.m., Monday through Friday and follow a Career Start specific calendar.

Career Start Programs

  • Auto Collision Technology
  • Automotive Service Technology
  • Building and Construction Technology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Culinary Arts
  • Cyber Security
  • Diesel Power Technology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Fire Science Technology
  • Health Career Exploration Exploration (Medical Assisting, Medical Records & Reception, Medical Billing & Coding)
  • Health Science Technology (Certified Nursing Assistant)
  • Multimedia Graphic Design
  • Radio and Television
  • Veterinary Assisting
  • Welding
  • Zoo Keeping Technology

Students enroll in the Career Start as part of their daily high school schedule. School districts under contract pay the costs of this program. The Career Start Program delivers career and technical education that provides each student with the concepts, academic and technical competencies, career skills, attitudes, and work habits essential to gain entry-level employment following high school graduation.

Instruction is provided in a two hour and forty-minute day, five-day-a-week schedule throughout the school year. Instruction is provided in classrooms, laboratories, and community settings that use equipment similar to that used in business and industry.

Enrollment in Career Start is completed at the high school. Contact your high school counselor or call PPSC High School Programs at 719-502-3111 for more information.

Articulation Agreements

High school students may earn college credits by successfully earning an A or B grade in approved career-technical education courses at their high school. Pikes Peak State College has articulation agreements with most local school districts. A transcription fee of $10 per PPSC course is applicable. Articulated courses can apply toward corresponding degrees and certificates at Pikes Peak State College but are not designated as transfer courses to four-year colleges and universities. For more information, call PPSC High School Programs at 719-502-3111.

Concurrent Enrollment

Concurrent Enrollment (CE) enables high school students to take college classes at PPSC and earn high school and/or college credit. Students have the opportunity to enroll in any courses for which they meet the prerequisites and applicable to students’ future career and academic goals.

To participate in CE, students must obtain permission from a parent or guardian, high school counselor and/or district administrator and must apply for the College Opportunity Fund (COF). Many school districts have a cooperative agreement with PPSC and may pay for the tuition as well as fees and/or books for qualifying courses. Contact your high school counselor for more specific information. Home-schooled students are also welcome to participate. Contact the High School Programs Office at 719-502- 3111 for more information.

Degree Start

Degree Start is a program for junior and senior high school students majoring in a liberal arts field. Students interested in Degree Start will demonstrate their readiness to be successful in college level courses through placement testing. Classes are in person and on the Centennial Campus from 9-11:40 a.m., Monday through Friday and follow the traditional college instructional calendar. Classes for Degree Start are predetermined, cannot be substituted, and include English composition, philosophy, sociology, and communication. Students should talk with their high school counselors to determine if Degree Start is a good fit to meet high school graduation requirements and to start earning college credits toward a liberal arts transfer degree. For more information, contact High School Programs at 719-502-3111 or hsp@pikespeak.edu.


The Pivot program is an opportunity for students between the ages of 16-20 who have disengaged or are at risk of disengaging from their high schools to earn a high school diploma and free college credits.

There are three criteria for identifying the ideal candidate:

• A student who expresses the desire to complete a high school diploma (rather than an equivalency diploma).

• A student at least 16 and who can earn enough high school credits to fulfill graduation requirements by 21 years of age.

• A student who has expressed some interest in post-secondary education or training.

School districts under contract with Pikes Peak State pay the costs of this program. Students taking part in Pivot need to be re-enrolled through a district program or school so that they may continue to add credits to a high school transcript. A school counselor supports the Pivot Success Coach with the development of a student success plan. Pivot students spend 100% of their school time on the college campus. For more information, contact High School Programs at 719-502-3111 or hsp@pikespeak.edu.

High School Student Records

All students attending courses at PPSC are assumed to be independent, and therefore, information is not provided to parents. Students may authorize the release of any data to any person or agency by completing the “Release of Non-Directory Information” form. For additional information on options available for current high school students, visit www.pikespeak.edu/hsp.