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

  • ENG-102 Composition & Speech I3 s.h. 4 s.h.
  • JOU-115 Intro to Journalism 3 s.h.
  • JOU-145 Logos 1 s.h.
  • MAT-110 Math for Liberal Artsa 3 s.h.
  • SDV-199 College Essentials 1 s.h.
  • Electiveb c d e 3 s.h.

Total 15 s.h.

Second Semester

  • ENG-103 Composition & Speech II 4 s.h.
  • JOU-121 News Writing/Reporting 3 s.h.
  • JOU-145 Logos 1 s.h.
  • Social Science classb 3 s.h.
  • Electiveb c d e 5 s.h.

Total 16 s.h.

Third Semester

  • PHI-105 Introduction to Ethics 3 s.h.
  • JOU-145 Logos 1 s.h.
  • MKT-110 Intro to Marketing 3 s.h.
  • Science class 3-4 s.h.
  • Social Science class b 3 s.h.
  • Humanitiesb c 3 s.h.

Total 16-17 s.h.

Fourth Semester

  • POL-111 Amer. Nat’l Government OR
  • POL-112 Amer. St. & Local Govt. 3 s.h.
  • MKT-150 Principles of Advertising 3 s.h.
  • JOU-145 Logos 1 s.h.
  • SPC-111 Public Speaking 2 s.h.
  • Natural Science class 3-4 s.h.
  • Electiveb c d e 3 s.h.

Total 15-16 s.h.

a – Appropriate math level needed before enrolling in any math class. If transferring to UNI, MAT-156 (Intro to Statistics) or if pursuing a research-focused major area of study.
b – If transferring to ISU, consider courses from U.S. Diversity/International Perspectives.
c – 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.
d – If transferring to UNI, consider HIS-254, American Indian History (Non-Western Culture requirement).
e – If transferring to UNI, take BCA-101 (Intro to Computer and information Systems) and SPC-131 (Group Communication).

Note: Please check with transfer institution for their specific requirements or check with a NIACC counselor/advisor for further transfer planning. UNI lists Journalism as a minor course of study on its web site.

  • 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.

Suggested electives and additional General Education courses:

  • College Reading Strategies
  • Computer Business Applications
  • Into to Computers
  • Literature classes
  • Creative Writing
  • Creative Photography
  • Intro to Psychology
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Intro to Sociology
  • Strategies for Academic Success
Program taught in:
  • English

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