Liberal Arts AA and AS Degrees

Liberal Arts – AS Degree Requirements

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Award: Associate of Science (AS)
Program Start: Fall, Spring, Summer
Enrollment Status: Full-time or part-time

Planning Your Class Schedule

Students should work with a Hawkeye program advisor to select courses, make a transfer plan, and review their progress.

You are also encouraged to contact the admissions office at the college to which you plan to transfer before or during your first year at Hawkeye in order to obtain specific program and transfer requirements.

I. Natural Science and Mathematics20 credits (minimum)

Requires one course from each area A, B, and C. Need 7 hours from A and B, including one 4-hour science laboratory courses.

Students must work with their advisor to determine the math and science sequences needed to transfer to the program and university of their choice.

A. Biological Sciences3 credits (minimum)

BIO105 Introductory Biology 4
BIO112 General Biology I 4
BIO113 General Biology II 4
BIO154 Human Biology 3
BIO163 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology 4
BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab 4
BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab (P) 4
BIO185 Microbiology with lab 3
CNS121 Environmental Conservation *** 3

B. Physical Sciences3 credits (minimum)

CHM122 Introduction to General Chemistry 4
CHM132 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry (P) 4
CHM165 General Chemistry I (P) 4
CHM175 General Chemistry II (P) 4
ENV115 Environmental Science *** 3
ENV116 Environmental Science Lab *** (C) 1
GEO131 Physical Geography 3
GEO132 Physical Geography Lab (C) 1
PHS120 Exploring Physical Science (P) 4
PHS142 Principles of Astronomy (P) 3
PHS152 Astronomy (P) 4
PHY162 College Physics I (P) 4
PHY172 College Physics II (P) 4
PHY212 Classical Physics I (P) 5
PHY222 Classical Physics II (P) 5

C. Mathematics 3 credits (minimum)

MAT110 Math for Liberal Arts (P) 3
MAT122 College Algebra (P) 5
MAT128 Precalculus (P) 4
MAT134 Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry (P) 3
MAT156 Statistics (P) 3
MAT210 Calculus I (P) 4
MAT216 Calculus II (P) 4
MAT219 Calculus III (P) 4
II. Humanities3 credits (minimum)
Requires one course from A, B, C, or D.

A. Western Civilization

HIS117 Western Civilization I: Ancient and Medieval 3
HIS118 Western Civilization II: Early Modern 3
HIS119 Western Civilization III: The Modern Period 3

B. Literature and Fine Arts

ART101 Art Appreciation 3
ART203 Art History I 3
ART204 Art History II 3
DRA107 Theatrical Arts and Society 3
LIT101 Introduction to Literature * (P) 3
MUS100 Music Appreciation 3

C. Philosophy and Religion

PHI101 Introduction to Philosophy * 3
PHI105 Introduction to Ethics * 3
REL101 Survey of World Religions 3
REL130 Introduction to Religions of the East 3

D. Non-Western Cultures

CLS130 African Cultures 3
CLS141 Middle Eastern History and Culture 3
CLS150 Latin American History and Culture 3
CLS160 East Asian Cultures 3
CLS164 Japanese History and Culture 3
CLS172 Russian Civilization 3
III. Social Sciences 6 credits (minimum)
Requires one course from each area A and B.

A. People and Their Relationships 3 credits (minimum)

PSY111 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC110 Introduction to Sociology 3

B. American Society 3 credits (minimum)

HIS151 U.S. History to 1877 3
HIS152 U.S. History Since 1877 3
POL111 American National Government 3
IV. Communications9 credits (minimum)

A. Written Communications 6 credits (minimum)

Assessment required

ENG105 Composition I (P) 3
ENG106 Composition II (P) 3

B. Oral Communications 3 credits (minimum)

SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication 3
V. Social Diversity 3 credits (minimum)
COM148 Diversity and the Media 3
LIT133 Minority Voices in U.S. Literature (P) (+) 3
PSY262 Psychology of Gender (P) (+) 3
SOC200 Minority Group Relations 3
SOC205 Diversity in America (+) 3
WST101 Women's Studies (+) 3
VI. Distributed Requirement4 credits (minimum)

Select 4 credits from categories I, II, III, IV, or V.

VII. Elective Courses17 credits (minimum)

Courses beyond general education requirements. May include courses from Categories I, II, III, IV, or V. Up to 16 technical credits may be used as electives. Additional classes may be available. For more information, contact a program advisor.

A. Required Elective Course 1 credit (minimum)

SDV108 The College Experience 1
SDV109 College 101 3

B. Suggested Elective Courses for the Liberal Arts AS Degree 16 credits (minimum)

ACC131 Principles of Accounting I (P) 4
ACC132 Principles of Accounting II (P) 4
AGA114 Principles of Agronomy ° 3
AGA154 Fundamentals of Soil Science ° 3
AGA214 Cash Grains ° 3
AGA284 Pesticide Application Certification ° 3
AGA376 Integrated Pest Management ° 3
AGB101 Agricultural Economics ° 3
AGB111 Agriculture Enterprise Lab ** ° 1
AGB235 Introduction to Agriculture Markets ° 3
AGB303 Agriculture Leadership ° 3
AGB331 Entrepreneurship in Agriculture ° 3
AGB336 Agricultural Selling ° 3
AGB466 Agricultural Finance ° 3
AGC103 Ag Computer ° 3
AGH112 Introduction to Turfgrass Management 3
AGH119 Herbaceous Plant Materials ° 2
AGH122 Woody Plant Materials ° 2
AGH161 Irrigation Systems ° 3
AGH211 Advanced Turfgrass Management ° 3
AGH221 Principles of Horticulture ° 3
AGH222 Plant Propagation I ° 2
AGH280 Botany for Horticulture ° 3
AGH322 Plant Propagation II ° 2
AGP333 Precision Farming Systems ° 3
AGP401 Introduction to GIS Software ° (P) 1
AGP450 Fundamentals of GIS 3
AGS113 Survey of the Animal Industry ° 3
AGS211 Issues Facing Animal Science ° 2
AGS218 Domestic Animal Physiology (P) 4
AGS272 Foods of Animal Origin ° (P) 5
AGS305 Livestock Evaluation ° 3
AGS319 Animal Nutrition ° 3
AGT805 Employment Experience ° 5
AGV123 Companion Animal ° 3
ART120 2-D Design 3
ART123 3-D Design 3
ART133 Drawing 3
ART134 Drawing II (P) 3
ART143 Painting 3
ART144 Painting II 3
ART173 Ceramics 3
ART184 Photography 3
BCA201 Introduction to Information Systems 3
BIO151 Nutrition 3
BUS102 Introduction to Business 3
BUS180 Business Ethics 3
BUS183 Business Law 3
BUS210 Business Statistics (P) 3
BUS230 Quantitative Methods for Business Decision Making (P) 3
CNS201 Conservation Biology (P) 4
COM140 Introduction to Mass Media ** 3
CSC110 Introduction to Computers (P) 3
DRA110 Introduction to Film 3
ECN110 Introduction to Economics **** 3
ECN120 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ECN130 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ENG221 Creative Writing (C) 3
FLS151 Elementary Spanish I 5
FLS152 Elementary Spanish II (P) 5
HIS201 Iowa History 3
HIS251 U.S. History 1945 to Present (P) 3
HIS257 African-American History 3
HIS277 History of Women in the U.S. (P) 3
HUM130 Holocaust Perspectives: Confronting the Future ** 3
LIT189 Women and Literature 3
LIT949 Special Topics in Literature ** 1
MAT102 Intermediate Algebra (P) 4
MGT101 Principles of Management 3
MIL103 Military Survival Skills ** 2
MIL110 Leadership and Personal Development ** 1
MIL115 Foundations of Tactical Leadership 1
MIL120 Innovative Team Leadership 2
MIL122 Leadership in Changing Environment 2
MKT110 Principles of Marketing 3
MUA120 Applied Piano I 1
MUA319 Applied Voice ** 1
MUS102 Music Fundamentals 3
MUS154 Chorus 1
PEA102 Aerobic Fitness I ** 1
PEA117 Bowling I ** 1
PEA123 Circuit Training ** 1
PEA125 Indoor Cycling ** 1
PEA150 Powerwalking ** 1
PEA176 Volleyball I ** 1
PEA187 Weight Training I ** 1
PEA191 Pilates ** 1
PEA194 Vinyasa Yoga ** 1
PEA196 Iron Yoga-Pilates Infusion 1
PEC110 Coaching Ethics, Techniques and Theory 1
PEC115 Athletic Development and Human Growth 1
PEC123 Anatomy for Coaching 1
PEC127 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries 2
PEH111 Personal Wellness 3
PEH141 First Aid ** 2
PHI121 Classical/Medieval Philosophy 3
POL121 International Relations 3
POL125 Comparative Government and Politics 3
PSY121 Developmental Psychology 3
PSY241 Abnormal Psychology (P) 3
PSY251 Social Psychology (P) 3
PSY261 Human Sexuality 3
PSY924 Honors Project 1
PSY926 Honors Seminar 3
SDV127 Study Strategies 1
SDV131 Career Exploration 2
SOC115 Social Problems 3
SOC120 Marriage and Family 3
SOC135 Death and Dying 3
SOC160 Introduction to Social Work 3
SOC195 Urban Studies (P) 3
SOC208 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
SOC220 Sociology of Aging 3
SOC850 Cultural Immersion Field Experience ** 1
SPC122 Interpersonal Communication 3
SPC132 Group Communication 3
XXX924 Honors Project 1
XXX926 Honors Seminar 3

* Meets the Ethics requirement at ISU for College of Agriculture.
** Repeatable: see course description for number of times.
*** CNS121 or ENV115/116 – only one can be taken toward your 7 hours of science requirements.
**** No credit if ECN120 or ECN130 earned
+ Meets the Diversity requirement at ISU for College of Agriculture.
° Other AGP, AGB, AGA, AGS, and AGH transfer classes may be taken. Please contact your program advisor.
P Must complete a prerequisite.
C Must take a corequisite.

Program Contacts


Lisa Ciesielski
Student Services
Hawkeye Center 208
319-296-2329 ext.1727
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Lacy Knipper
Student Services
Hawkeye Center 208
319-296-2329 ext.1086
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Dean of Math, Natural and Social Sciences

Cynthia Bottrell
Grundy Hall 207
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