A.A. Degree – General Education

AA Degree General Studies

North Iowa Area Community College considers education to be the foundation of a democratic society. At the core of the educational experience is general education, an ongoing endeavor that engages students in acquiring the knowledge and tools necessary to under-stand their environment and contribute to their communities.

Purposes of the degree:

    1. Provide a degree goal for students who choose to follow a course of study which is specifically designed for transfer to a baccalaureate degree program.
    2. Provide the essential general education, grade, and semester hour requirements for upper division status at most senior colleges and universities.

Requirements for the degree include:

    1. Completion of at least sixty-two (62) semester hours of work consisting of courses whose principal design is for a baccalaureate program. Up to 16 semester hours of career courses can be used as elective credit. Developmental courses cannot be used to meet this requirement.
    2. One-half of the required semester hours must be completed under the aegis of North Iowa Area Community College including 15 of the last 30 semester hours.
    3. A minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 2.00 (C) including a 2.00 (C) cumulative grade point average in all course work at NIACC. Developmental courses are not used in calculating the cumulative grade point average for graduation.
    4. Completion of College Essentials (1 s.h.) – SDV-199
    5. Completion of the following General Education Core with a minimum of 41 semester hours:

Communication                                      9 s.h.

This requirement can be satisfied by baccalaureate-oriented communication or speech courses with a minimum of two courses in English composition.

Social Sciences                                       8 s.h.
Humanities                                              8 s.h.

Performance courses such as vocal and instrumental music may satisfy no more than four hours of this requirement. (Additional performance courses will be counted as elective

Natural Science/Mathematics*          8 s.h.

(including at least one math and at least one science course)

Distributed Requirement                      8 s.h.

(to be taken from among the four divisions above)
*It is recommended that students take a minimum of four semester hours of laboratory science.

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