Hundreds of North Iowa Area Community College graduates transfer to four-year colleges and universities every year. Whether you want to become a teacher, lawyer, engineer, physician, artist or (you name it!), we can get you started. And if you’re unsure about a major, NIACC is a great place to get your feet wet.

NIACC offers the first two years toward a bachelor’s degree in virtually any field. The Associate Degree earned provides you with the general education requirements and core courses needed to continue your education as a junior at a four-year school.


Sample Schedule (2 year plan)

First Semester

  • SDV-199 College Essentials 1 s.h.
  • ENG-105 Composition I 3 s.h.
  • SPC-112 Public Speaking 3 s.h.
  • MAT-156 Intro to Statisticsa 3 s.h.
  • JOU-115 Intro to Journalism 3 s.h.
  • JOU-145 Logos 1 s.h.

Total 14 s.h.

Second Semester

  • ENG-106 Composition II 3 s.h.
  • LIT-101 Intro to Literature 3 s.h.
  • JOU-145 Logos 1 s.h.
  • PSY-111 Intro to Psychology 3 s.h.
  • Science 3-4 s.h.
  • Electivec d e 2-3 s.h.

Total 15-17 s.h.

Third Semester

  • LIT-150 World Literature I 3 s.h.
  • LIT-131 Native American Literature 3 s.h.
  • JOU-245 Logos 1 s.h.
  • POL-111 Amer. Natl. Govt. 3 s.h.
  • Natural Science 3-4 s.h.
  • Electivec d e 2 s.h.

Total 15-16 s.h.

Fourth Semester

  • LIT-151 World Literature II 3 s.h.
  • LIT-130 African American Literature 3 s.h.
  • LIT-170 Poetry/Drama 3 s.h.
  • JOU-245 Logos 1 s.h.
  • Social Scienceb c d 3 s.h.
  • Electivec d e 3 s.h.

Total 16 s.h.

Note: Please check with transfer institution for their specific requirements or check with a NIACC counselor/advisor for further transfer planning.

a – Appropriate math level needed before enrolling in any math class.
b – PSY-121, Developmental Psychology if transferring to Iowa State University.
c – If transferring to ISU, consider courses from U.S. Diversity/International Perspectives.
d – If transferring to the University of Iowa, consider courses from the General Education lists of International & Global Issues; Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts; and Values, Society, and Diversity.
e – If transferring to UNI, consider HIS-254/260, American Indian History/Latin American History and Culture (Non-Western Culture requirement).

Suggested electives and additional General Education courses:

Intro to Teaching
Short Story/Novel
Oral Interpretation
Intro to Computers
Strategies for Academic Success
Educational Psychology
Group Communication
U.S. History
Computer Business Apps
Creative Writing
Interpersonal Communication
Social Problems
College Reading Strategies

  • AA Degree meets the General Education Requirements for the College of Liberal Arts at most transfer institutions.
  • Check with transfer institution for Foreign Language Requirement.
  • Admission requirements vary from institution to institution. Contact the transfer institution or check with a NIACC counselor/advisor for assistance.
  • Suggested schedule dependent on entry level of student.
Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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