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Iowa State University College of Business

Printable Tip Sheet [pdf]

Students seeking degrees from the College of Business at Iowa State University may select from the following majors:

  • Accounting
  • Business Economics
  • Finance
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management

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.

University Requirements

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

I. English Proficiency (minimum grade of C- to 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.

II. 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.) Hawkeye Courses—Int'l Persp. (3 cr.)
ART-101 Art Appreciation ANT 105 Cultural Anthropology
COM-148 Diversity & the Media CLS 130 African Cultures
LIT-133 Minority Voices in U.S. Lit. CLS 141 Middle Eastern Hist. & Culture
LIT-189 Women and Literature CLS 160 East Asian Cultures
PSY-261 / SOC-261 Human Sexuality CLS 164 Japanese Cultures
PSY-262 Psychology of Gender CLS 172 Russian Culture
SOC-205 Diversity in America FLF 245 French II
SOC-200 Minority Group Relations FLS 152 Elementary Spanish II
SOC-220 Sociology of Aging HIS 214 Russian History & Culture
SOC-235 Social Problems HUM 130 Holocaust Perspectives
WST-101 Women’s Studies LIT 142 Major British Writers
MUS 100 Music Appreciation
POL 121 International Relations
SOC 208 Intro to Cultural Anthropology
SPC 120 Intercultural Communications
POL125 Comparative Gov. & Politics
REL 101 Survey of World Religions

III. Global Perspectives (3 cr.)

Select an additional 3cr. from the Int’l Perspectives list

IV. Humanities (6 cr.)

  • ART-203
  • ART-204
  • HIS-151
  • HIS-152
  • EDU-235
  • MUS-100
  • PHI-101
  • REL-101
  • DRA-107
  • WST-101

V. Social Science (6 cr.)

  • SOC-208
  • EDU-240
  • COM-140
  • POL-111
  • POL-121
  • POL-125
  • PSY-111
  • PSY-121
  • PSY-251
  • PSY-261
  • SOC-110
  • SOC-115
  • SOC-120
  • SOC-230

VI. Natural Science (3 cr.)

  • BIO-105
  • BIO-163
  • BIO-151
  • CNS-121
  • PHY-162
  • PHY-172

Business College Requirements

Foreign Language

Students whose first language is English are required to acquire practical experience in one foreign language. This requirement can be met by having completed three or more years of one foreign language in high school, by completing the second semester of a college-level foreign language course, or by certification in American Sign Language. Alternatively, a test-out examination is offered, as well as accelerated review course options.

For students who are native speakers of a language other than English, this requirement is met by passing English 150 and 250 with a C- or better.

Pre-Business Foundation Courses

All new entering students in the College of Business are enrolled in the Pre-Business curriculum.

To enter a major in the College of Business, students must complete the following foundation courses. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is needed in the foundation courses for admittance into the Business major at Iowa State. Pre-business students do not have access to business core classes, with the exception of ACCT 285 Managerial Accounting. Qualified students may be conditionally admitted during the semester in which they complete the admission requirements.

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
ENG-105 Composition I ENGL 150
BUS-230*** Quantitative Methods for Business Decision-Making MATH 150***
No Equivalent at Hawkeye Introduction to Spreadsheets and Databases COM S 113X
ECN-130 Principles of Microeconomics ECON 101
ECN-120 Principles of Macroeconomics ECON 102
No Equivalent at Hawkeye Introduction to Business Statistics I STAT 226
ACC-131 Principles of Accounting I ACCT 284
No Equivalent at Hawkeye Orientation BUSAD 101
No Equivalent at Hawkeye Introduction to Business BUSAD 250
*** Notes:
  • Students wishing to pursue a degree in Business Economics will need to take ISU’s MATH 160 and ECON 207 in lieu of MATH 150 and 151.
  • Hawkeye’s MAT-210 AND MAT-216 will substitute for ISU’s MATH 150 and 151.

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.

Note: 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.
Major Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
Accounting, B.S.
PHI-105 Introduction to Ethics PHIL 230
ACC-132 Principles of Accounting II ACCT 285
Business Economics, B.S.
PHI-105 Introduction to Ethics PHIL 230
Finance, B.S.
PHI-105 Introduction to Ethics PHIL 230
International Business, B.S.
  • Requires an approved international experience. Contact your ISU advisor for further details.
  • Students must take at least one year of the same University level foreign language. Students whose first language is not English may take a year of a third language, 6 additional cr. of English beyond ENGL150, 250, and 302, or take two courses from approved list.
PHI-105 Introduction to Ethics PHIL 230
MAT-156 -OR-
BUS-201
Statistics -OR-
Business Statistics
STAT 104
Management, B.S.
PHI-105 Introduction to Ethics PHIL 230
MAT-156 -OR-
BUS-201
Statistics -OR-
Business Statistics
STAT 104
Management Information Systems, B.S.
PHI-105 Introduction to Ethics PHIL 230
MAT-156 -OR-
BUS-201
Statistics -OR-
Business Statistics
STAT 104
Marketing, B.S.
PHI-105 Introduction to Ethics PHIL 230
MAT-156 -OR-
BUS-201
Statistics -OR-
Business Statistics
STAT 104
Supply Chain Management, B.S.
PHI-105 Introduction to Ethics PHIL 230
MAT-156 -OR-
BUS-201
Statistics -OR-
Business Statistics
STAT 104

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