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Transfer/Associate of Arts

Award: Associate of Arts Degree
Length: Four Semesters
Full or part-time students may begin at any time
 
The Associate of Arts degree may be a path for you if you plan to transfer to a four-year college or university or are uncertain of your future academic plans. This degree is also a great way to begin if a student wants to “try” college, even without having decided on a major area of study.

A transfer program is a smart and economical way to earn a bachelor’s degree. NCC will work with you to make your transfer process as smooth as possible. NCC offers small class sizes and a great student to faculty ratio. Don’t get lost in the crowd, enroll at NCC today!

NCC has seamless transfer agreements with many colleges and universities! Many of our students transfer to: the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University, Buena Vista University, Northwestern College, Dordt College and more. NCC has a transfer specialist to work with you in order to create an easy transition from earning your Associate’s Degree at NCC to earning your Bachelor’s Degree at your preferred College or University.

NCC offers nine Pre-Professional programs that prepare students to transfer on to 4-year institutions to complete their respective degrees. These program include:

• Pre-Professional Accounting
• Pre-Professional Art
• Pre-Professional Criminal Justice
• Pre-Professional Early Childhood
• Pre-Professional Education
• Pre-Professional Entrepreneurship
• Pre-Professional Environmental Science
• Pre-Professional Human Services
• Pre-Professional History
• Pre-Professional Mortuary Science
• Pre-Professional Music
• Pre-Professional Psychology
• Pre-Professional Sports & Personal Fitness
• Pre-Professional Theatre


What’s unique about this program?
Need some flexibility so you can complete your degree in two years? NCC offers a way to be on campus one day a week (Tuesday OR Thursday) and complete the rest of your coursework online. *Financial Aid is available for full-time students.

Graduation Requirements

1. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00
2. A minimum of 60 semester credits
3. A minimum of 45 semester credits of general education
• Communications: 9 credits
• Mathematics/Science: 9 credits
(A minimum of one 3-credit course in each area and a science course with a lab required)
• Social Sciences: 9 credits
• Humanities: 9 credits
• Additional from the above disciplines: 9 credits
OR Computer Literacy
(CSC110-A and/or CSC115-A)
• General education credit must be selected from courses ending in an “A” suffix
4. A minimum of 15 additional semester credits from any area or from a pre-professional focus area.
5. SDV108-A: 1 credit
All degree seeking AA students must complete "The College Experience" course.
Exemptions:
• Transfer students who have successfully completed at least 24 credits at another college and have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above, as documented on official transcripts.
• Students enrolled in the dual credit program of NCC who have applied for graduation at NCC for an AA or for an AS degree prior to graduating from high school.
• Student who wish to appeal the requirement must submit a letter to the Associate Dean of Students Services/Registrar.
    º The letter and official transcript (s) must be received no later than fourteen (14) calendar days before the start of the semester.
    º The request will be reviewed and a response will be sent to the student prior to the start of the semester.
    º The decision of the Associate Dean of Students/Registrar or of his/her designees (s) shall be final.
6. A minimum of 15 semester credits must be completed through NCC.

NOTE: Satisfactory assessment scores and/or prerequisites are required for some courses.

NOTE: It is important that you contact the college or university to which you anticipate transferring credits to assure that core courses will transer appropriately into your major. The objective of this program is to prepare you to transfer to another institution to obtain a Baccalaureate degree.

PRE-PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTING



The Pre-Professional Accounting Program is designed specifically for those students who are planning to complete a four-year degree, possibly with a major in Accounting. The core curriculum focuses primarily on Accounting Principles and Intermediate Accounting.

Accountants and Auditors are identified as one of the faster growing and higher paid occupational categories through 2010 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

AAS and Diploma in Accounting are also available.

REQUIRED CORE COURSES (FACE TO FACE & ONLINE)

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Course #               Title
Credits
ACC131-A Principles of Accounting I 4
ACC132-A Principles of Accounting II 4
ACC231-A
Intermediate of Accounting I
4
ACC232-A Intermediate of Accounting II 4

NOTE: Required to take a minimum of 45 general education credits as listed on page 45 of the catalog and SDV108-A The College Experience unless exemptions apply. See below for recommendations.

 

PRE-PROFESSIONAL ART

This program features a variety of art courses, including courses in theory and studio art. You will learn basic art principles, increase your artistic skills, and gain valuable art experiences. This program will prepare you for a career as a painter, sculptor, illustrator or multi-media artist, although you may also find a job in areas such as architecture, software publishing and motion picture or video production.

 

REQUIRED CORE COURSES (FACE TO FACE & ONLINE)
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Course #               Title
Credits
ART101-A Art Appreciation
3
ART106-A Art Appreciation Studio 3
ART173-A Ceramics 3
ART133-A Drawing
3
ART143-A Painting
3

NOTE: Required to take a minimum of 45 general education credits as listed on page 47 of the catalog and SDV108-A The College Experience unless exemptions apply. See below for recommendations.


PRE-PROFESSIONAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE


REQUIRED CORE COURSES (ONLINE ONLY)
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Course #               Title
Credits
CRJ100-A Introduction to Criminal Justice
3
CRJ120-A Introduction to Corrections 3
CRJ130-A Criminal Law
3
CRJ141-A Criminal Investigation
3
CRJ200-A Criminology 3
CRJ101-A Ethics in Criminal Justice
3

NOTE: Required to take a minimum of 45 general education credits as listed on page 45 of the catalog and SDV108-A The College Experience unless exemptions apply. See below for recommendations.

 

PRE-PROFESSIONAL EARLY CHILDHOOD

A degree in early childhood education trains professionals for work with children below the typical school age, usually children between three and five. The curriculum in this educational track includes child psychology, parenting and early learning strategies. Most professionals in this field work in elementary or pre-schools.

 

REQUIRED CORE COURSES (ONLINE ONLY)
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Course #               Title
Credits
ECE103-E
Introduction to Early Childhood Education
3
ECE295-E Supervision of Childcare Services
5
ECE243-E Early Childhood Guidance
3
ECE245-E Guidance and Intervention
3
PEH205-A
Childhood Health, Safety, and Nutrition
3

NOTE: Required to take a minimum of 45 general education credits as listed on page 47 of the catalog and SDV108-A The College Experience unless exemptions apply. See below for recommendations.

 

PRE-PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

If you enjoy learning, possess good communication skills, and are good at interacting with people, education could be the right field for you. There is currently a great demand for qualified teachers in Iowa and across the nation.

There are also requirements set by the Iowa Board of Education Examiners for Teacher Licensure.

  • You must graduate with a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher in the courses required in your major and/or minor.

  • You must take two science courses; one of which must be in the life sciences.

The following curriculum profile focuses upon the completion of appropriate general education requirements in each of the respective disciplines.

 

REQUIRED CORE COURSES (FACE TO FACE & ONLINE)
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Course #               Title
Credits
EDU210-A Foundations of Education
3
EDU220-A Human Relations for the Classroom Teacher 3
EDU240-A Educational Psychology
3
EDU255-A Technology in the Classroom
3
CSC110-A Introduction to Computers
3
PEH115-A Wellness Education
3
or
 
ART101-A Art Appreciation
3

NOTE: Required to take a minimum of 45 general education credits as listed on page 47 of the catalog and SDV108-A The College Experience unless exemptions apply. See below for recommendations.

 

PRE-PROFESSIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

This program is geared for those who want to start their own business. The core courses include topics such as writing your business plan, putting together financial plans, and supervising diverse employees. If you are serious about developing a business idea for the corporate or creative world, you will learn how to develop it and take it to the market. This program will show you how to strategize and find funding for your venture. Your courses will take you from the conceptualization process to explore financial, legal, and distribution issues and finally to develop your business plan and pitch your ideas to investors.


REQUIRED CORE COURSES (ONLINE ONLY)
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Course #               Title
Credits
BUS130-E Introduction to Entrepreneurship
3
BUS197-A Leadership Development
3
BUS238-A Business Problem Solving
3
BUS180-A Business Ethics
3
MGT210-A Management Decision Making
3

NOTE: Required to take a minimum of 45 general education credits as listed on page 47 of the catalog and SDV108-A The College Experience unless exemptions apply. See below for recommendations.


 

PRE-PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

The environmental science pre-professional program offers you an opportunity to achieve a basic knowledge of plant biology, ecology, and relevant aspects of natural science. Environmental science is an interdisciplinary field that integrates physical, biological, and information sciences to the study of the environment and the solution of environmental problems. As an environmental scientist or specialist, you will use your knowledge of natural sciences to protect the environment and human health. The field of environmental science provides an integrated, quantitative, and interdisciplinary approach to the study of environmental systems. Environmental scientists help to clean up pollution, advise policymakers, or work with industry to reduce waste.


REQUIRED CORE COURSES (ONLINE ONLY)
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Course #               Title
Credits
ENV115-A Environmental Science
3
BIO105-A Introductory Biology 4
BIO125-A Plant Biology
4
ENV145-A Conservation Biology
4
PHS185-A Introduction to Earth Science
3

NOTE: Required to take a minimum of 45 general education credits as listed on page 47 of the catalog and SDV108-A The College Experience unless exemptions apply. See below for recommendations.


 

PRE-PROFESSIONAL HUMAN SERVICES


REQUIRED CORE COURSES (FACE TO FACE & ONLINE)
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Course #               Title
Credits
SOC120-A Marriage and Family
3
SOC160-A Introduction to Social Work 3
SOC115-A Social Problems
3
SOC230-A Juvenile Delinquency
3
HSV259-A Introduction to Chemical Dependency
3

NOTE: Required to take a minimum of 45 general education credits as listed on page 45 of the catalog and SDV108-A The College Experience unless exemptions apply. See below for recommendations.

 

PRE-PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

 
REQUIRED CORE COURSES (FACE TO FACE & ONLINE)
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Course #               Title
Credits
HIS110-A
Western Civilization: Ancient to Early Modern
3
HIS111-A Western Civilization:Early Modern to Present
3
HIS151-A U.S. History to 1877
3
HIS152-A U.S. History Since 1877
3
POL111-A American National Government
3

NOTE: Required to take a minimum of 45 general education credits as listed on page 45 of the catalog and SDV108-A The College Experience unless exemptions apply. See below for recommendations.


PRE-PROFESSIONAL MORTUARY SCIENCE

Mortuary science is the study of the deceased bodies through mortuary work. This program will prepare you for a career that cares of the dead and comforts the living. If you take this program, you will work as a mortician, embalmer, or funeral director. Mortuary science includes studies in chemistry, biology, science, and embalming. Funeral directors are responsible for the day-to-day management of funeral homes. They work with staff and the family of the deceased to plan and implement the funeral service and burial. Morticians must be licensed in their state in order to work their profession.


REQUIRED CORE COURSES (ONLINE ONLY)
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Course #               Title
Credits
BIO168-A
Human Anatomy & Physiology I With Lab
4
BIO173-A Human Anatomy & Physiology II With Lab 4
BIO186-A Microbiology
4
CHM122-A Introduction to General Chemistry
4
PHY228-A Death & Dying
3

NOTE: Required to take a minimum of 45 general education credits as listed on page 47 of the catalog and SDV108-A The College Experience unless exemptions apply. See below for recommendations.


 

PRE-PROFESSIONAL MUSIC

This program will help you develop your love for music. The core courses in this program will help you study music for a deeper understanding of our culture and to discover how music fits into our society. This program will prepare you to become a conductor, instrumentalist, music teacher, or professional musician with an appreciation of music. You will receive an opportunity to enrich, inspire, and enlighten others as music is an avenue to bring together people of all backgrounds and interests. Through this program, you will learn about the elements of music theory, sight seeing and ear training, as well as music performance. You will develop practical skills and a deeper understanding of the structure of music that you can apply on a daily basis.


REQUIRED CORE COURSES (ONLINE ONLY)
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Course #               Title
Credits
MUS100-A Music Appreciation
3
MUS102-A Music Fundamentals
3
MUS200-A Music History I
3
MUS201-A Music History II
3
MUS202-A World Music
3
OR

MUS204-A History of Rock-N-Roll
3

NOTE: Required to take a minimum of 45 general education credits as listed on page 47 of the catalog and SDV108-A The College Experience unless exemptions apply. See below for recommendations.


 

PRE-PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

If you enjoy working with and helping people, you may be interested in the field of psychology. This program will help you to understand various aspects of human development, mental and behavioral features of human nature, and social dynamics based on internal and external features of individuals. Psychologists help individuals and families better manage everyday issues, change behaviors, and/or learn new life skills. The field of psychology is very diverse including areas of counseling psychology, general psychology, marriage and family psychology, developmental psychology, or industrial and organizational psychology.


REQUIRED CORE COURSES (FACE TO FACE & ONLINE)
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Course #               Title
Credits
PSY111-A
Introduction to Psychology
3
PSY121-A Developmental Psychology
3
PSY241-A Abnormal Psychology
3
PSY251-A
Social Psychology
3
EDU240-A Education Psychology
3

NOTE: Required to take a minimum of 45 general education credits as listed on page 47 of the catalog and SDV108-A The College Experience unless exemptions apply. See below for recommendations.


 

PRE-PROFESSIONAL SPORTS & PERSONAL FITNESS

Through this program, you can take first steps toward a career that allows you to work with others to achieve their fitness goals and pursue your passion for fitness. The core courses are designed to teach you various aspects of working as a fitness trainer, from health menus and weight loss strategies to targeting routines. If you are a fitness enthusiast, you will find that a career in personal training allows you to help others transform their lives. you will be able to help others achieve their health and fitness goals through nutrition planning and individual training sessions or small group training programs. As a personal trainer, you will be able to work in gyms, health clubs, resorts and hotels, schools, or private homes. 


REQUIRED CORE COURSES (ONLINE ONLY)
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Course #               Title
Credits
PEC108-A Sports & Society
3
PEH120-A Principles of Personal Training I
3
PEH122-A Principles of Personal Training II 3
PEH255-A Principles of Sports Management 3
PEH111-A Personal Wellness
3

NOTE: Required to take a minimum of 45 general education credits as listed on page 47 of the catalog and SDV108-A The College Experience unless exemptions apply. See below for recommendations.


 

PRE-PROFESSIONAL THEATRE

This program will provide the basics to launch your career in theatre. You will take classes that introduce you to acting, vocal and physical expressiveness, improvisation, and analysis and performance of acting. If your goal is to work in professional theatre, to act in front of a camera, or to become a playwright, this program is a place to explore theatre, sharpen your acting skills, and learn about film making. You will learn that theatre requires both creatively and dedication to the craft. In this program, you will have the opportunity to prepare for a professional career in the theatre by sharpening your imaginative and innovative thinking and acting skills.


REQUIRED CORE COURSES (ONLINE ONLY)
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Course #               Title
Credits
DRA101-A Introduction to Theatre
3
DRA110-A Introduction to Film
3
ENG221-A Creative Writing
3
LIT101-A Introduction to Literature
3
LIT135-A Film as Literature
3

NOTE: Required to take a minimum of 45 general education credits as listed on page 47 of the catalog and SDV108-A The College Experience unless exemptions apply. See below for recommendations.

AA DEGREE GENERAL COURSES

9 Credits Communication
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Recommended Courses
Composition I
Composition II
Public Speaking

9 Credits Math & Science
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Recommended Courses
Math for Liberal Arts
Nutrition
Human Biology & Lab
Statistics

9 Credits Humanities
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Recommended Courses

Introduction to Literature
Western Civilization: Ancient to Early Modern
Western Civilization: Early Modern to Present

9 Credits Social Science
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Recommended Courses
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Developmental Psychology

9 additional credits from the previous areas
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Recommended Courses
Introduction to Ethics
Introduction to Philosophy

15–20 additional credits
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Those taking the pre-professional AA degree should take the core courses listed for their program.

 

Sue Grapevine

Math Instructor
Instructor at NCC since: 1994
Email me at SGrapevine@nwicc.edu



Amy Jurens
Communications Instructor
Instructor at NCC since: 1997
Email me at AJurrens@nwicc.edu





Brian Albrecht
Science Instructor
Instructor at NCC since: 1999
Email me at BAlbrecht@nwicc.edu



Steve Gibbons
Social Sciences

Instructor at NCC since: 2004
Email me at SGibbons@nwicc.edu

 

Lucinda Talsma

Science Instructor
Instructor at NCC since: 2006
Email me at LTalsma@nwicc.edu



Brad Gill
Business Instructor
Instructor at NCC since: 2008
Email me at BGill@nwicc.edu





Adam Thiner
Humanities Instructor
Instructor at NCC since: 2010
Email me at AThiner@nwicc.edu



Karla Harris
Math Instructor

Instructor at NCC since: 2013
Email me at KHarris@nwicc.edu



Patrick Johnson
Communications Instructor
Instructor at NCC since: 2013
Email me at PJohnson@nwicc.edu





 






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