Graduate Transfer Credit

A maximum of six semester hours of transfer credit form other accredited institutions may be used to fulfill graduate-level degree, licensure, or endorsement requirements. Students must request permission to transfer course work using the Petition to Transfer Credit Form - Graduate Students. Students must provide official transcripts and course syllabi and obtain the advisor's signature. Students requesting transfer or substitution of prior course work must declare so within their first semester of study. Students who take courses and ask for approval after the fact are in danger of losing those credits regardless of the source of their advisement.

Undergraduate Transfer Credit

Currently enrolled undergraduate students who plan to take courses at another college or university (during the summer break for example) and transfer the credits to Adams State must have the coursework approved by the department chair in the content area prior to enrolling as a transient student elsewhere. General education courses may be approved by the Records Office or its designee with the Petition to Transfer Credit Form - Undergraduate Students. Failure to receive this approval may result in the transfer courses not being accepted toward an Adams State University degree or teacher licensure program. Guaranteed transfer courses in Colorado can be viewed online at Colorado's statewide guaranteed transfer (gt) program, gtPathways site.

Transferring Credits

  1. Adams State will accept coursework in which grades of A, B, C, P (Pass), CR (Credit) and S were earned for transfer credit. Courses in which a grade of D was earned are not accepted for transfer unless the course is an integral part of an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree.
  2. Students with advanced placement scores of three or higher and CLEP scores in the 50th percentile or higher may receive credit upon approval by the department chair of the appropriate department. Vocational courses and courses which are listed as "no equivalent" at Adams State can be considered for credit after the student completes 24 hours of course work at Adams State with a 2.0 or higher GPA. The credit must be approved by the department chair of the student's major.
  3. There is no limit to the number of transfer hours accepted. However, students are required to complete a minimum number of 30 institutional hours to obtain a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree.
  4. Transfer students are urged to visit the campus and meet with the transfer student coordinator to ensure a smooth transition of transfer credits.
  5. Transfer credit more than 10 years old must be evaluated by the transfer student coordinator (if the course falls under the general education requirements 'or equivalent') or the department chair of the area offering the course for which the credit would be issued.
  6. The writing assessment is an institutional graduation requirement that must be satisfied.

Coursework Transfers

Individuals with coursework seeking admission to degree programs at Adams State University will be evaluated using Adams State’s general admission policies and the transfer policy (see below). Adams State will evaluate courses in three categories:

  1. General education courses, their equivalents (both in state and out of state), and courses specified in the statewide core transfer process or the guaranteed transfer process with grades of C- or better will be evaluated by the designee of the Records Department for acceptance.
  2. Upper-level courses (300 to 499) or courses specifically related to a student’s intended major with grades of C- or better will be evaluated for acceptance by the department chair for which the credit would be issued.
  3. Credits that fall outside of Categories One and Two (i.e., elective credits) will be evaluated for acceptance by the designee of the Records Department and/or the department chair for which the credit would be issued.

Undergraduate Degree Transfers

Individuals with a B.A./B.F.A./B.S. (including degrees more than 10 years old) will have their general education courses accepted in total as meeting Adams State's general education requirements with the exception of time-sensitive courses (e.g., computer science courses, geography). Time-sensitive courses more than 10 years old will not be accepted. Individuals with an in-state A.A./A.S. degree (including degrees more than 10 years old) will have their general education courses accepted in total as meeting Adams State's general education requirements. Individuals with an out-of-state A.A./A.S. degree (including degrees more than 10 years old) will have their general education courses accepted if they have successfully completed at least one course in each of the following areas: communication (English), history, science with a lab, college-level math, art and literature, and social and behavioral science. Courses from these areas that have not been completed may be completed at Adams State. Upon completion, the entire degree will be accepted. In addition, students must fulfill the writing assessment requirement before they may be considered complete for the purposes of degree conferral.

Individuals with an Associate of Applied Science degree or an Associate in General Education degree will have their general education courses accepted in total as meeting Adams State's general education requirements if they have successfully completed at least one course in each of the following areas: communication (English), history, science with a lab, college-level math, art and literature, and social and behavioral science. Courses from these areas that have not been completed may be completed at Adams State. Upon completion the entire degree will be accepted.

Individuals who have satisfied either track of the "common core" will have their general education courses accepted in total as meeting Adams State's general education requirements. In addition, students must fulfill the writing assessment requirement before they may be considered complete for the purposes of degree conferral.

In order to receive transfer credit from non-accredited schools, the student must complete 24 hours with a minimum 2.0 GPA. Credits may then be presented to the department chair over the course content area and the vice president for Academic Affairs for approval.

Undergraduate Degree/Program Requirements

  1. Undergraduate students who have not completed the GT Pathways core curriculum will be required to meet all Adams State general education requirements in effect at the time of admission.
  2. The Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts or Science degree is conferred upon completion of a minimum of 120 academic (non-PE) semester hours composed of general education, major requirements, and elective credits. Additionally a scholastic average of at least 2.0 must be earned in all work attempted at Adams State. A grade of D+ or lower in any course required for a major or minor will not count toward degree completion. (A 2.75 minimum GPA is required for admission to the Teacher Education Preparation Program.)
  3. Forty-two non-PE semester hours of the course work required for a degree at Adams State must be upper-division (300- to 499-level) academic hours.
  4. Transfer students must meet the Adams State requirements in effect during the first semester of their enrollment at Adams State.
  5. All students must fulfill and pass the writing assessment. All students pursuing Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts or Science degrees are required to undergo an assessment of their writing during the semester in which they will have completed 60 credit hours. Students are strongly advised to confer with the chair of their major department or program about the unit’s writing assessment policy as soon as they have chosen a major. Students seeking an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree should visit Academic Advising. All students pursuing Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts or Science degrees should meet with the appropriate department chair.
  6. Requirements for majors are listed in this catalog.
  7. Courses to be substituted in the Professional Education Program require teacher education department chair approval.
  8. A minor will not be granted until a student completes the requirements for a bachelor's degree.
  9. PE credits of all levels (100 to 499) may not be applied toward the total number of required credits for an associate's degree or a bachelor's degree. In relation to this, 300- to 499-level PE courses cannot be counted toward the 42 upper-level credits required for the conferring of a B.A./B.S. degree.
  10. Courses numbered 500 or above, or a course numbered 400 or above taken for graduate credit, will not be counted toward the completion of an undergraduate degree.
  11. A grade of C- (1.67 on the GPA scale) is considered passing; however, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0 to be considered for graduation. Students are responsible for satisfying specific program requirements imposed by their departments such as the minimum 2.75 GPA requirement for admission into the Teacher Education Preparation Program.