Associate of Arts Programs

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Associate of Arts Programs General Info

The Associate of Arts degree is a wise path for you if you plan to transfer to a four-year college or university or are uncertain about your future academic plans.

This degree is an insightful way to begin if a student wants to “try” college, even without having decided on a major area of study.

NCC has seamless transfer agreements with many colleges and universities! 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 help you make 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 to 4-year institutions:

  • 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?

You can complete your AA degree in two years.

NCC lets you take on-campus courses 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

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00
  • A minimum of 60 semester credits
  • 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
    • Electives 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
  • A minimum of 15 additional elective semester credits from any area (including pre-professional)
  • 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 NCC dual credit program who have applied for graduation from NCC for an AA or AS degree prior to graduating from high school
    • Students who wish to appeal the requirements must submit a letter to the Associate Dean of Students Services/Registrar.
      • The letter and official transcript (s) must be received no later than 14 calendar days before the start of the semester.
      • The request will be reviewed, and a response will be sent to the student prior to the start of the semester.
      • The decision of the Associate Dean of Students/Registrar or of his/her designees (s) shall be final.
  • A minimum of 15 semester credits must be completed through NCC.

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

You must contact the college or university to which you will transfer to assure that core courses will transfer into your major.

NCC’s objective is to prepare you to transfer to another institution and obtain a Baccalaureate degree.

Award

  • Associate of Arts Degree

Length

  • Four semesters
  • Full or part-time students may begin at any time

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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)

Course #TitleCredits
ACC131-APrinciples of Accounting I4
ACC132-APrinciples of Accounting Ii4
ACC231-AIntermediate of Accounting I4
ACC232-AIntermediate of Accounting II4

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)

Course #TitleCredits
ART101-AArt Appreciation3
ART106-AArt Appreciation Studio3
ART173-ACeramics3
ART133-ADrawing3
ART143-APainting3

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)

Course #TitleCredits
CRJ100-AIntroduction to Criminal Justice3
CRJ120-AIntroduction to Corrections3
CRJ130-ACriminal Law3
CRJ141-ACriminal Investigation3
CRJ200-ACriminology3
CRJ101-AEthics in Criminal Justice3

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)

Course #TitleCredits
ECE103-EIntroduction to Early Childhood Education3
ECE285-ESupervision of Childcare Services5
ECE243-EEarly Childhood Guidance3
ECE245-EGuidance and Intervention3
PEH205-AChildhood Health, Safety, and Nutrition3

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)

Course #TitleCredits
EDU210-AFoundations of Education3
EDU220-AHuman Relations for the Classroom Teacher3
EDU240-AEducational Psychology3
EDU255-ATechnology in the Classroom3
CSC110-AIntroduction to Computers3
PEH115-AWellness Education3
or
ART101-AArt Appreciation3

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)

Course #TitleCredits
BUS130-EIntroduction to Entrepreneurship3
BUS197-ALeadership Development3
BUS238-ABusiness Problem Solving3
BUS180-ABusiness Ethics3
MGT210-AManagement Decision Making3

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)

Course #TitleCredits
ENV115-AEnvironmental Science3
BIO105-AIntroductory Biology4
BIO125-APlant Biology4
ENV145-AConservation Biology4
PHS185-AIntroduction to Earth Science3

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)

Course #TitleCredits
SOC120-AMarriage and Family3
SOC160-AIntroduction to Social Work3
SOC115-ASocial Problems3
SOC230-AJuvenile Delinquency3
HSV259-AIntroduction to Chemical Dependency3

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)

Course #TitleCredits
HIS110-AWestern Civilization: Ancient to Early Modern3
HIS111-AWester Civilization: Early Modern to Present3
HIS151-AU.S. History to 18773
HIS152-AU.S. History Since 18773
POL111-AAmerican National Government3

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)

Course #TitleCredits
BIO168-AHuman Anatomy & Physiology I With Lab4
BIO173-AHuman Anatomy & Physiology II With Lab4
BIO186-AMicrobiology4
CHM122-AIntroduction to General Chemistry4
PHY228-ADeath & Dying3

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)

Course #TitleCredits
MUS100-AMusic Appreciation3
MUS102-AMusic Fundamentals3
MUS200-AMusic History I3
MUS201-AMusic History II3
MUS202-AWorld Music3
OR
MUS204-AHistory of Rock-N-Roll3

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)

Course #TitleCredits
PSY111-AIntroduction to Psychology3
PSY121-ADevelopmental Psychology3
PSY241-AAbnormal Psychology3
PSY251-ASocial Psychology3
EDU240-AEducation Psychology3

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)

Course #TitleCredits
PEC108-ASports & Society3
PEH120-APrinciples of Personal Training I3
PEH122-APrinciples of Personal Training II3
PEH255-APrinciples of Sports Management3
PEH111-APersonal Wellness3

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)

Course #TitleCredits
DRA101-AIntroduction to Theatre3
DRA110-AIntroduction to Film3
ENG221-ACreative Writing3
LIT101-AIntroduction to Literature3
LIT135-AFilm as Literature3

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 Recommended Courses

  • Composition I
  • Composition II
  • Public Speaking

9 Credits: Math & Science Recommended Courses

  • Math for Liberal Arts
  • Nutrition
  • Human Biology & Lab
  • Statistics

9 Credits: Humanities Recommended Courses

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

9 Credits: Social Science Recommended Courses

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Developmental Psychology

9 Additional Credits from the Previous Areas Recommended Courses

  • Introduction to Ethics
  • Introduction to Philosophy

15–20 Additional Credits

  • Those taking the pre-professional AA degree should take the core courses listed for their program.

More Information

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit nwicc.edu/compliance.

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office will work with you to reach the goal of attending college. Federal and state programs, scholarships and other funding sources, may be available to help you to afford college. We know there are a lot of questions and stress planning to pay for a college education. The Financial Aid Office staff administers aid programs and counsels students in planning individual methods of meeting college costs. Contact the Financial Aid Office for answers to any questions regarding financial aid. What are you waiting for? Let’s get started! Northwest Iowa Community College follows a nationally accepted philosophy in administering financial aid programs.

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