Catalog Guide

All students need to become familiar with the language of the college catalog and the necessity of planning a sequence that will provide either a certificate or degree. Every course is not offered each year. Some courses are taught only when there is a demand for specific instruction to complete a major curriculum. For a list of courses available each semester, students should consult the current class schedule. A course listing consists of the following elements:

Each course has a three-letter code designating the instructional department or division.


Prefix Instructional Department or Division
AAA Academic Achievement Strategies
ACC Accounting
AEC   Arch ENG/Construction Mgmt
ANT Anthropology
ASE  Auto Service Technology
ASL American Sign Language
AST Astronomy
BIO Biology and Biotechnology
BTE Business Technology
BUS Business
CCR College Composition and Reading
CHE Chemistry
CIS Computer Information Systems
COM Communication
CNG Computer & Networking Technology
CRJ Criminal Justice
CSC Computer Science
CWB Computer Web Based
DPM Diesel Power Mechanics
ECE Early Childhood Education
ECO Economics
EDU Education
EMS Emergency Medical Services
ENG English
ENP Entrepreneurship
ESL English as a Second Language
ETH Ethnic Studies
FIN Finance
FST Fire Science Technology
FVM Film and Video Media
GEO Geography
GEY Geology
HIS History
HPR Health Professional
HUM   Humanities 
HWE Health Wellness
LEA   Law Enforcement 
LIT Literature
MAN Management
MAR Marketing
MAT Math
MGD Multimedia Graphic Design
MUS Music
NUA Nursing Assistant
NUR Nursing
OSH  Occupational Safety Technician
PAR Paralegal
PED Physical Education
PHI Philosophy
PHO Photography
PHY Physics
POS Political Science
PSY Psychology
REE Real Estate
SBM Small Business Management
SCI Science
SOC Sociology
SPA Spanish
THE Theatre
TRI Translation & Interpretation
WST Women's Studies

Course number

A three-digit number is assigned to all college courses. Courses listed in the 100s are designed for freshman level; 200s are intended for sophomore level. (Ex. COM 115 = Public Speaking)

Section Number

A three-digit number or letter combination is assigned to all college courses. The section number is found immediately following the course number. (Ex. COM 115-111 = Section 111 of Public Speaking). This number is not indicative of the number of sections offered at CCA.

Course Title

This is the official course title. Class schedules and transcripts will often abbreviate the course title.

Credit hours

Each course has state approval for a specific number of "semester credit hours" that translates into a number of clock hours of interaction with the instructor. Practicums, clinicals, laboratory, and vocational skill training classes have specific clock hour requirements. Tuition charges are based on credit hours, not clock hours. Some vocational programs have set costs because of equipment requirements.


Some courses require another course or special permission before enrolling. For example, students cannot enroll in ECE 103 until CCR 092 is successfully completed or an appropriate assessment score is achieved. Prerequisites are listed in the course description.


Some courses require special permission, or another course be taken at the same time as the current course. For example, students cannot enroll in FVM 105 without enrolling in FVM 136 and FVM 160 because the material covered in the courses complement each other. Co-requisites are listed in the course description.


At CCA, students can obtain Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of General Studies, or Associate of Applied Science degrees. Each degree has specific course requirements of major courses and general education courses.

Recommended Electives

College curriculums have courses that are not required, but would be helpful to the student’s future. Students should consult their academic advisor before selecting electives.

Attention: Course numbers and descriptions are subject to changes.

The Colorado Community Colleges participate in a common course numbering and common competency system to provide students ease of transfer and to ensure curriculum quality across the colleges. This system includes all courses offered for credit at every community college and is available for review at



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