Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Students seeking degrees from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University may select from the following majors:

  • Agricultural and Life Sciences Education
  • Agricultural Biochemistry
  • Agricultural Business
  • Agricultural Studies
  • Agricultural Systems Technology
  • Agriculture & Society
  • Agriculture Exploration
  • Agronomy
  • Animal Ecology
  • Animal Science
  • Biology
  • Culinary Food Science
  • Dairy Science
  • Diet and Exercise
  • Dietetics
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Food Science
  • Forestry
  • Genetics
  • Global Resource Systems
  • Horticulture
  • Industrial Technology
  • International Agriculture
  • Microbiology
  • Nutritional Science
  • Seed Science

Transfer Requirements

  • Must have a minimum GPA of 2.00 on all college-level courses. However, some majors may require a GPA higher than 2.00.
  • Must complete 24 transferable credits prior to enrolling OR meet all admission requirements of incoming freshmen.

CALS Core Curriculum

The following courses are CALS requirements that must be met. Completion of the AA degree does not exempt CALS students from these requirements.

I. Interpersonal and Public Communication Skills (minimum grade of C, depending on major)

Hawkeye Courses ISU Courses
ENG-105 Composition I ENG 150 Critical Thinking & Comm.
ENG-106 Composition II ENG 250 Written, Oral, Verbal, & Electr.
SPC-101 Fundamentals of Oral Comm. SP CM 212 Fundamentals of Pub. Speaking

II. Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences (17 cr.)

  • 3 cr. of Mathematics
  • 3 cr. of Statistics
  • 5 cr. of Physical Science (Chemistry, Geological and Atmospheric Sciences, Physics)
  • 6 cr. of Life Sciences (including BIO-105, or BIO-112, or BIO-113, and 3 cr. of Life Sciences)
    • AGA-114
    • AGS-113
    • AGS-216
    • AGS-225
    • AGA-284
    • AGS-218
    • AGS-226
    • AGS-229
    • AGS-272
    • BIO-151
    • AGH-119
    • AGH-122
    • AGH-221
    • AGH-280
    • BIO-112*
    • BIO-113*

III. Personal Development (15 cr.)

  • 3 cr. Ethics: PHI105
  • 3 cr. of Humanities
    • HIS-151
    • EDU-235
    • DRA-107
    • HIS-152
    • PHI-101
    • REL-101
    • WST-101
  • 3 cr. of Social Sciences
    • SPC-122
    • COM-140
    • PSY-111
    • SOC-115
    • ECN-130
    • POL-111
    • PSY-121
    • SOC-120
    • ECN-120
    • POL-121
    • PSY-251
    • SOC-208
    • PSY-261
    • POL-125
    • SOC-110
    • SOC-230
  • IV. U.S. Diversity and International Perspectives courses. See list below.

IV. U.S. Diversity and International Perspectives Requirements (3 cr. in each area)

Courses can be dual-assigned in General Education areas.

Hawkeye Courses—U.S. Diversity (3 cr.)

  • ART-101 Art Appreciation
  • COM-148 Diversity & the Media
  • LIT-133 Minority Voices in U.S. Lit.
  • LIT-189 Women and Literature
  • PSY-261/SOC-261 Human Sexuality
  • PSY-262 Psychology of Gender
  • SOC-205 Diversity in America
  • SOC-200 Minority Group Relations
  • SOC-220 Sociology of Aging
  • SOC-235 Social Problems
  • WST-101 Women’s Studies

Hawkeye Courses—Int'l Persp. (3 cr.)

  • ANT-105 Cultural Anthropology
  • CLS-130 African Cultures
  • CLS-141 Middle Eastern Hist. & Culture
  • CLS-160 East Asian Cultures
  • CLS-164 Japanese Cultures
  • CLS-172 Russian Culture
  • FLF-245 French II
  • FLS-152 Elementary Spanish II
  • HIS-214 Russian History & Culture
  • HUM-130 Holocaust Perspectives
  • LIT-142 Major British Writers
  • MUS-100 Music Appreciation
  • POL-121 International Relations
  • SOC-208 Intro to Cultural Anthropology
  • SPC-120 Intercultural Communications
  • POL-125 Comparative Gov. & Politics
  • REL-101 Survey of World Religions

Major Specific Courses and Requirements

This tip sheet is meant for students completing the AA prior to transferring to Iowa State. For students planning on transferring prior to completing the AA, please refer to the appropriate tip sheet, and work closely with your advisors at both Hawkeye and ISU in selecting courses.

Consult closely with a Hawkeye advisor and ISU to ensure that you are completing the necessary course requirements for transfer.

These requirements are subject to change without notice.

* Both courses in the series must be taken at Hawkeye to transfer as the listed courses.
** Other course choices exist at ISU that meet this requirement.
! Meets major requirement for STAT 101; will need additional 1 cr. of electives.
+ Required for some options within this major.

Agricultural and Life Sciences Education, B.S.: Teacher Certification

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
PSY-121 Developmental Psychology PSYCH 230
HIS-151/HIS-152 U.S. History To/Since 1877 HIS 221/222
BIO-112 General Biology I BIOL 211/L*
BIO-113 General Biology II BIOL 212/L*
MAT-156 Statistics STAT 104
ACC-131 Principles of Accounting I ACCT 284
AGB-303 Agriculture Leadership AGEDS 315
AGA-114 Principles of Agronomy AGRON 114
AGA-154 Fundamentals of Soil Science AGRON 154
AGS-113 Survey of the Animal Industry AN S 114/101
ECN-120 Principles of Macroeconomics ECON 102
ECN-130 Principles of Microeconomics ECON 101
AGH-221 Principles of Horticulture HORT 221
EDU-216 Introduction to Teaching C I 204
EDU-240 Educational Psychology C I 333
PHI-105 Introduction to Ethics PHIL 230

Agricultural and Life Sciences Education: Communications

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
BIO-112 General Biology BIOL 211/L*
BIO-113 General Biology II BIOL 212/L*
MAT-156 Statistics STAT 104
ECN-120/ECN-130 Princ. of Mac/Microeconomics ECON 101/102
PSY-111/PSY-121/PSY-251 Psychology Course (any level) PSYCH 101/230/280
Humanities Elective (see list)
PHI-105 Introduction to Ethics PHIL 230
COM-140 Introduction to Mass Media JL MC 101**

Agricultural Biochemistry

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
CHM-165 General Chemistry I CHEM 177/L
CHM-175 General Chemistry II CHEM 178/L
MAT-210 Calculus I MATH 165
MAT-216 Calculus II MATH 166
MAT-219 Calculus III MATH 265**
BIO-112 General Biology I BIOL 211/L*
BIO-113 General Biology II BIOL 212/L*
PHI-105 Introduction to Ethics PHIL 230

Agricultural Business

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
Humanities Elective (see list)
ECN-120 Principles of Macroeconomics ECON 102
PHI-105 Introduction to Ethics PHIL 230
PHY-162 College Physics I PHYS 111**
BIO-105/BIO-112 Intro to Bio/General Bio I BIOL 101/211
Life Science Course (see list)
ECN-130 Principles of Microeconomics ECON 101
ACC-131 Principles of Accounting I ACCT 284
ACC-132 Principles of Accounting II ACCT 285**

Agricultural Studies

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
ECN-130 Principles of Microeconomics ECON 101
Humanities Elective (see list)
PHI-105 Introduction to Ethics PHIL 230
BUS-230 Quant. Methods for Bus. Dec. MATH 150**
MAT-156 Statistics STAT 104
BIO-105 Introduction to Biology BIOL 101
AGB-303 Agriculture Leadership AGEDS 315
AGA-114 Principles of Agronomy AGRON 114
AGA-154 Fundamentals of Soil Science AGRON 154
AGS-113 Survey of the Animal Industry AN S 101/114
ACC-131 Principles of Accounting I ACCT 284

Agricultural Systems Technology

  • Ag & Biosystems Option OR
  • Machine Systems Option
Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
PHY-162 College Physics I PHYS 111
MAT-156 Statistics STAT 104
BIO-105/BIO-112 Intro. Biology/Gen. Bio. I BIOL 101/BIOL 211
Life Sciences (see list)
ACC-131 Principles of Accounting I ACCT 284
ECN-130 Principles of Microeconomics ECON 101
Humanities (see list)

Agriculture & Society

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
MAT-156 Statistics STAT 104
BIO-105 Introductory Biology BIOL 101
Ethics Elective (see list)
Humanities Elective (see list)
POL-111 American Nat’l Government POL S 215
AGB-336** Agricultural Selling ECON 336**
ECN-130 Principles of Microeconomics ECON 101
ECN-120 Principles of Macroeconomics ECON 102
ACC-131** Principles of Accounting I ACCT 284**

Agriculture Exploration

Curriculum not listed

Agronomy

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
ECN-130 Principles of Microeconomics ECON 101
MAT-156 Statistics STAT 104
MAT-122/MAT-165/BUS-230** College Algebra/ Calculus/Quant. Methods MATH 140/165/ 150**
CHM-165** General Chemistry I CHEM 177/L**
PHY-162** College Physics I PHYS 111**
BIO-112 General Biology I BIOL 211/L
AGA-114 Principles of Agronomy AGRON 114
AGA-154 Fundamentals of Soil Science AGRON 154

Animal Ecology

The following options have additional courses that can be taken at Hawkeye. Please see ISU website for lists.

  • Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences
  • Interpretation of Natural Resources
  • Preveterinary & Wildlife Care
  • Wildlife
Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
BIO-112* General Biology I BIOL 211/L
BIO-113* General Biology II BIOL 212/L
CNS-121 Environmental Conservation NREM 120
CHM-165 General Chemistry I CHEM 177/L
CHM-175 General Chemistry II CHEM 178/L
MAT-122 College Algebra MATH 140
MAT-134 Trig & Analytic Geometry MATH 142
MAT-156 / BUS-210 Statistics / Business Statistics STAT 104
PHY-162 College Physics I PHYS 111
PHI-105 Introduction to Ethics PHIL 230
SOC-205 / WST-101 Diversity in America / Women’s Studies SOC235 / W S 201
SOC-208 / REL-101 / POL-121/POL-125 / MUS-100 Cultural Anthro. / Survey of World Rel. / Int’lRelations / Comparative Gov’t/Music Appreciation ANTHR201 / RELIG205 / POL121 / POL125 / MUS100
ECN-120/ECN-130 /
PSY-111/PSY-121/PSY-251 /
SOC-110/SOC-115/SOC-120/SOC-230/SOC-261
Principles of Macro / Principles of Micro / Intro to Psych / Dev. Psych/Social Psych / Intro to Soc. / Soc. Problems / Marriage & Family / Juvenile Delinquency / Human Sexuality ECON102/101 /
PSYCH101/230/280 /
SOC124/235/219/241 /
HD FS 276
DRA-107 / EDU-235 / HIS-151/HIS-152 / LIT-101 / MUS-100 / PHI-101/PHI-105 / REL-101 / WST-101 Theatrical Arts / Children’s Lit / U.S. History to 1877 / U.S. History from 1877 / Intro to Lit / Intro to Ethics / Survey of World Rel. / Women’s Studies DRA107 / HD FS240 / HIST221 / HIST222 / ENGL201 / MUSIC102 / PHIL201 / PHIL230 / RELIG205 / W S 201

Animal Science

Each option within this major may have additional courses that can be taken at Hawkeye. Please see ISU website for lists.

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
AGS-113 Survey of Animal Industry AN S 114/101
AGS-211 Issues Facing Animal Sci. AN S 211
AGS-218 Domestic Animal Physiol. AN S 214/L
Social Science Course (see list)
Humanities Course (see list)
PHI-105 Introduction to Ethics PHIL 230
CHM-165 General Chemistry I CHEM 177/L
BIO-112* General Biology I BIOL 211/L*
BIO-113* General Biology II BIOL 212/L*
MAT-156 Statistics STAT 104
MAT-122 / BUS-230 / MAT-210 College Algebra / Quant. Methods / Calculus I MATH 140 / MATH 150 / MATH 165
ECN-120/ECN-130 / ACC-131 Princ. of Macro / Princ. of Micro / Princ. of Accounting ECON101/102 / ACCT284

Biology

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
BIO-112* General Biology I BIOL 211/L*
BIO-113* General Biology II BIOL 212/L*
CHM-165 General Chemistry I CHEM 177/L
CHM-175 General Chemistry II CHEM 178/L
PHY-162** College Physics I PHYS 111**
MAT-210 AND MAT-156 -OR-
MAT-210 AND MAT-216 -OR-
MAT-156 AND _______
Calculus I and Statistics -OR-
Calculus I and Calculus II -OR-
Statistics and ISU Statistics
MATH 165 AND STAT 104 -OR-
MATH 165 AND 166 -OR-
STAT 104
PHI-105 Introduction to Ethics PHIL 230

CALS Requirements

Biology requirements differ between CALS and LAS colleges. Please refer to the tip sheet corresponding to the ISU college in which you intend to study.

  • Foreign Language: None
  • Comm.: SP CM 212
  • Math: Math and Statistics
  • Science: Biol. & Phys. Sci.
  • Humanities – 3 cr.
  • Soc. Sci. – 3 cr.

Culinary Food Science, B.S.

Dual administered through CALS and HS colleges at ISU.

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
SPC-101 Fund. of Oral Communication SP CM 212
ECN-130 Principles of Microeconomics ECON 101
MAT-156 Statistics STAT 101
MAT-122** College Algebra MATH 140**
CHM-165 General Chemistry I CHEM 177
BIO-112 General Biology I BIOL 211
BIO-113 General Biology II BIOL 212
AGS-272 Foods of Animal Origin AN S 270
BIO-151 Nutrition FS HN 167

Dairy Science

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
AGS-113 Survey of Animal Industry AN S 114/101
AGS-211 Issues Facing Animal Sci. AN S 211
AGS-218 Domestic Animal Physiol. AN S 214/L
Humanities Course (see list)
PHI-105 Introduction to Ethics PHIL 230
CHM-165** General Chemistry I CHEM 177/L**
BIO-112* General Biology I BIOL 211/L*
BIO-113* General Biology II BIOL 212/L*
MAT-156 Statistics STAT 104
MAT-122 / BUS-230 / MAT-210 College Algebra / Quant. Methods / Calculus I MATH 140 / MATH 150 / MATH 165
ECN-120 Principles of Macroeconomics ECON101
AGS-272 Foods of Animal Origin AN S 270
AGS-218 Domestic Animal Physiology AN S 214/L

Diet and Exercise

This accelerated program prepares students for admission to accredited dietetic internships/supervised practice programs. Upon completion of the experience program, graduates are eligible to take the national exam to become a registered dietitian. ISU offers the only accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics in the state of Iowa.

Dual administered through CALS and HS colleges at ISU.

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
CHM-165* General Chemistry I CHEM 177*
CHM-175* General Chemistry II CHEM 178*
BIO-12* General Biology I BIOL 211*
BIO-113* General Biology II BIOL 212*

Dietetics

Students enter as “Pre-dietetics” students and apply to the Dietetics program upon completion of required coursework. GPA of 3.0 or above is required. This program leads to eligibility to take the exam needed to become a Registered Dietitian (RD).

Dual administered through CALS and HS colleges at ISU.

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
SPC-101 Fund. of Oral Communication SP CM 212
PSY-111 Introduction to Psychology PSYCH 101
ENV-115 Environmental Science ENV S 201
MAT-122** College Algebra MATH 140**
MAT-156 Statistics STAT 101
CHM-165* General Chemistry I CHEM 177*
CHM-175* General Chemistry II CHEM 178*
BIO-112* General Biology I BIOL 211*
BIO-113* General Biology II BIOL 212*
BIO-151 Nutrition FS HN 167

Environmental Science

Environmental Science requirements differ between CALS and LAS colleges. Please refer to the tip sheet corresponding to the ISU college in which you intend to study.

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
BIO-112 General Biology I BIOL 211
ENV-115 Environmental Science ENSCI 201
CHM-165 General Chemistry I CHEM 177 & 177L
CHM-175 General Chemistry II CHEM 178 & 178L
MAT-210 Calculus I MATH 165
MAT-156 Statistics STAT 104
Social Science Course (see list)
Humanities Course (see list)
PHI-105 Introduction to Ethics PHIL 230
AGA-154/BIO-113* Fund. of Soil Sci./Gen. Bio II AGRON154/BIOL212*

Environmental Studies

Please see your ISU academic advisor for more information on the Environmental Studies program. This program is offered only as a secondary major.

Food Science

Dual administered through CALS and HS colleges at ISU.

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
SPC-101 Fundamentals of Oral Comm. SP CM 212
ECN-130 Principles of Microeconomics ECON 101
MAT-156 Statistics STAT 104
MAT-210 Calculus I MATH 165
MAT-216 Calculus II MATH 166+
PHY-162 College Physics I PHYS 111
PHY-172 College Physics II PHYS 112+
CHM-165 General Chemistry I CHEM 177/L
CHM-175 General Chemistry II CHEM 178/L
BIO-112* General Biology I BIOL 211/L*
BIO-113* General Biology II BIOL 212/L*
BIO-151 Human Nutrition FS HN 167
WST-101 Women’s Studies W S 201 (USD)**

Forestry

The following options have additional courses that can be taken at Hawkeye. Please see ISU website for lists.

  • Forest Ecosystem Management
  • Interpretation of Natural Resources
  • Natural Resources Conservation & Restoration
  • Sustainable Materials Science & Technology
  • Urban & Community Forestry
Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
AGA-154 Fundamentals of Soil Science AGRON 154
BIO-112* General Biology I BIOL 211/L*
BIO-113* General Biology II BIOL 212/L*
CHM-165 General Chemistry I CHEM 177/L
CNS-121 Environmental Conservation NREM 120
MAT-122 College Algebra MATH 140
MAT-156 / BUS-210 Statistics / Business Statistics STAT 104
BUS-230 Quant. Methods MATH 150
PHI-105 Introduction to Ethics PHIL 230
EDU-235 / SOC-115 / SOC-261 / WST-101 Children’s Lit / Soc. Problems / Human Sexuality / Women’s Studies HDFS240 / SOC235 / HDFS276 / WS201
MUS-100 / POL-121 / POL-125 / REL-101 Music App. / Int’l Rel. / Comp. Gov’t / Survey of World Rel. MUSIC103 / POLS251 / POLS241 / RELIG205
SOC-110 Introduction to Sociology SOC 134

Genetics, B.S.

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
BIO-112* General Biology I BIOL 211/L*
BIO-113* General Biology II BIOL 212/L*
CHM-165 General Chemistry I CHEM 177/L
CHM-175 General Chemistry II CHEM 178/L
PHY-162 AND PHY-172 -OR-
PHY-212 AND PHY-222
College Physics I AND II -OR-
Classical Physics I AND II
PHYS 111 AND 112 -OR-
PHYS 221 AND 222
MAT-156 Statistics STAT 104
MAT-210** Calculus I MATH 165**
MAT-216** Calculus II MATH 166**

CALS Requirements

Genetics requirements differ between CALS and LAS colleges. Please refer to the tip sheet corresponding to the ISU college in which you intend to study.

  • Foreign Language – None
  • Humanities – 3cr. (see list)
  • Soc. Sci. – 3cr. (see list)
  • Ethics – 3 cr. (see list)

Global Resource Systems

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
MAT-122 College Algebra MATH 140
MAT-156 Statistics STAT 104
ECN-120/ECN-130 Principles of Macro/Micro ECON 101/102
Humanities—3 cr. (see list)
PHI-105 Introduction to Ethics PHIL 230
World Language Proficiency through Intermediate Levels
BIO-112 General Biology I BIOL 211/L
CHM-165 General Chemistry I CHEM 177/L
AGA-154 Fundamentals of Soil Science AGRON 154

Horticulture

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
MAT-122 College Algebra MATH 140
MAT-156 Statistics STAT 104
CSC-110 Introduction to Computers COM S 103
BIO-112* General Biology I BIO 211/L
BIO-113* General Biology II BIO 212/L
CHM-165 General Chemistry I CHEM 177/L
CHM-175 General Chemistry II CHEM 178/L
ECN-130 Principles of Microeconomics ECON 101
HIS-117 Western Civilization Int’l Perspectives
SOC-115 Social Problems U.S. Diversity
PSY-111 Introduction to Psychology PSYCH 101
ACC-131 Principles of Accounting ACCT 284
AGA-154 Fundamentals of Soil Science AGRON 154

Industrial Technology, B.S.

Options within this major include Manufacturing and Occupational Safety.

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
PHY-162 College Physics I PHYS 111
MAT-156 Statistics STAT 104
BIO-105 / BIO-112 Intro Biology / Gen. Bio. I BIOL 101 / BIOL 211
Life Science Course (see list)
ACC-131 Principles of Accounting I ACCT 284
ECN-130 Principles of Microeconomics ECON 101
Humanities Course (see list)

International Agriculture

Please see your ISU academic advisor for more information on the Environmental Studies program. This program is offered only as a secondary major.

Microbiology

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
BIO-112* General Biology I BIOL 211/L*
BIO-113* General Biology II BIOL 212/L
CHM-165 General Chemistry I CHEM 177/L
CHM-175 General Chemistry II CHEM 178/L
MAT-156 Statistics STAT 104
MAT-134 Trigonometry MATH 142
MAT-210 Calculus I MATH 165
PHY-162 College Physics I PHYS 111
PHY-172 College Physics II PHYS 112
PHI-105 Introduction to Ethics PHIL 230
ART-203 / LIT-101 / HIS-151 / MUS-100 Humanities Course
ANT-105 / PSY-111 / PSY-121 / PSY-251 / SOC-110 / SOC-115 / ECN-120 / ECN-130 Social Science Course

Nutritional Science

Dual administered through CALS and HS colleges at ISU.

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
SPC-101 Fundamentals of Oral Comm. SP CM 212
WST-101 Women’s Studies W S 201 (USD)**
PSY-111/PSY-121 Intro to Psych/Dev. Psych PSYCH 101/230
SOC-110 Introduction to Sociology SOC 134
MAT-156 Statistics STAT 104
MAT-122 / MAT-134 / MAT-210 College Algebra / Trig / Calc MATH 140 / 142 / 165
CHM-165 General Chemistry I CHEM 177/L
BIO-112 General Biology I BIOL 211/L*
BIO-113 General Biology II BIOL 212/L*
BIO-168 Human Anatomy & Phys. I BIOL 255/L*
BIO-173 Human Anatomy & Phys. II BIOL 256/L*
BIO-151 Human Nutrition FS HN 167

Seed Science

See your ISU academic advisor for more information on the Seed Science program. This program is offered only as a secondary major.

Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Transfer Advising

For questions regarding transferring to the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, please refer to the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Transfer Plans  guide and select your anticipated major.

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