What if you’re Undecided?

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 Criminal Justice
  • Pre-Professional Early Childhood
  • Pre-Professional Education
  • Pre-Professional Human Services
  • Pre-Professional History
  • Pre-Professional Psychology
  • Pre-Professional Art

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

  • 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
    • 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
  • A minimum of 15 semester credits must be completed through NCC.

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


  • Associate of Arts Degree


  • Four Semesters
  • Full or part-time students may begin at anytime

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Requirements for this program

CreditsRecommended Courses
9 Credits CommunicationComposition I
Composition II
Public Speaking
9 Credits Math & ScienceMath for Liberal Arts
Human Biology & Lab
9 Credits HumanitiesIntroduction to Literature
Western Civilization: Ancient to Early Modern
Western Civilization: Early Modern to Present
9 Credits Social ScienceIntroduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Developmental Psychology
9 additional credits from the previous areasIntroduction to Ethics
Introduction to Philosophy
15–20 additional creditsThose 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.

Your Instructors

Sue Grapevine

Amy Jurens

Brian Albrecht

Steve Gibbons

Lucinda Talsma

Brad Gill

Adam Thiner

Karla Harris

Patrick Johnson