Iowa State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Students seeking degrees from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ISU may select from the following majors:

  • Advertising, B.A.
  • Anthropology, B.A., B.S.
  • Biochemistry, B.S.
  • Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, B.S.
  • Biological/Pre-Medical Illustration, B.A.
  • Biology, B.S.
  • Biophysics, B.S.**
  • Chemistry, B.A., B.S.
  • Communication Studies, B.A.
  • Computer Science, B.S.**
  • Earth Science, B.A., B.S.
  • Economics, B.S.
  • English, B.A., B.S.
  • Environmental Science, B.S.
  • Genetics, B.S.
  • Geology, B.S.
  • History, B.A., B.S.
  • Interdisciplinary Studies, B.A., B.S.**
  • International Studies*
  • Journalism and Mass Communication, B.S.
  • Linguistics, B.A.
  • Mathematics, B.S.
  • Meteorology, B.S.
  • Music, B.A., B. Mus.
  • Performing Arts, B.A.
  • Philosophy, B.A.
  • Physics, B.S.
  • Political Science, B.A.
  • Psychology, B.A., B.S.
  • Public Relations, B.A.
  • Religious Studies, B.A.
  • Sociology, B.A., B.S.
  • Software Engineering, B.S.
  • Speech Communication, B.A.
  • Statistics, B.S.
  • Technical Communication, B.S.
  • Women’s Studies, B.A., B.S.
  • World Languages and Cultures, B.A. French, German, Spanish

Pre-medical, Pre-law, & Pre-professional health can be completed with any major.

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 students from these requirements.

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.

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

Liberal Arts & Sciences College Foreign Language Requirement

Students are required to acquire practical experience in one foreign language. For students whose first language is English. 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.

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.

Advertising, B.A.

ACT-E of 26, or pass English Usage Test

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
COM-140 Introduction to Mass Media JLMC 101
ECN-130 Principles of Microeconomics ECON 101
MAT-156 Statistics STAT 104!

Anthropology, B.A., B.S.

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
SOC-208 Intro to Cultural Anthropology ANTHR 201
MAT-156 Statistics STAT 104!

Biochemistry, B.S.

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
CHM-165 General Chemistry I CHEM 177 & 177L
CHM-175 General Chemistry II CHEM 178 & 178L
MAT-210 Calculus I MATH 165
MAT-216 Calculus II MATH 166
*BIO-112 General Biology I *BIOL 211 & 211L
*BIO-113 General Biology II *BIOL 212 & 212L
PHY-212 Classical Physics I PHYS 221
PHY-222 Classical Physics II PHYS 222

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, B.S.

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

Biological/Pre-Medical Illustration, B.A.

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
*BIO-112 General Biology I *BIOL 211 & 211L
*BIO-113 General Biology II *BIOL 212 & 212L

Biology, B.S.

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
*BIO-112 General Biology I *BIOL 211 & 211L
*BIO-113 General Biology II *BIOL 212 & 212L

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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: 4–8cr. or 3 yr. HS
  • Comm.: SP CM 212, ENGL 302
  • Math: Math and/or Statistics
  • Science: Natural Sciences
  • Humanities: 12 cr.
  • Soc. Sci.: 9 cr.
  • Ethics: None
  • 45 cr. of 300+ level course work must be taken from a 4 yr. institution

Biophysics, B.S.

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
CHM-165 General Chemistry I CHEM 177 & 177L
CHM-175 General Chemistry II CHEM 178 & 178L
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 & 211L
*BIO-113 General Biology II *BIOL 212 & 212L
PHY-212 Classical Physics I PHYS 221
PHY-222 Classical Physics II PHYS 222

Chemistry, B.A., B.S.

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
CHM-165 General Chemistry I CHEM 177 & 177L
CHM-175 General Chemistry II CHEM 178 & 178L
MAT-210 Calculus I MATH 165
MAT-216 Calculus II MATH 166
PHY-212 Classical Physics I PHYS 221
PHY-222 Classical Physics II PHYS 222

Communication Studies, B.A.

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
CSC-110 Intro to Computers COM S 103
SPC-122 Interpersonal Communication COMST 102
MAT-156 Statistics STAT 104!

Computer Science, B.S.

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
MAT-210 Calculus I MATH 165
MAT-216 Calculus II MATH 166
PHY-212 Classical Physics I PHYS 221
PHY-222 Classical Physics II PHYS 222

Earth Science, B.A., B.S.

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
MAT-210 Calculus I MATH 165
MAT-216 (B.S.) Calculus II MATH 166 (B.S.)
CHM-165 General Chemistry I CHEM 177 & 177L
CHM-175 General Chemistry II CHEM 178 & 178L
PHY-162 College Physics I PHYS 111
PHY-172 College Physics II PHYS 112
EDU-240 (B.A.) Educational Psychology C I 333 (B.A.)
EDU-920 (B.A.) Field Experience Elective (B.A.)
EDU-216 (B.A.) Intro to Teaching C I 204 (B.A.)
**POL-111 (B.A.) American Nat’l Government **POL S 215 (B.A.)
** PSY-121 (B.A.) Developmental Psychology ** PSYCH 230(B.A.)

Economics, B.S.

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
ECN-130 Principles of Microeconomics ECON 101
ECN-120 Principles of Macroeconomics ECON 102
MAT-210 Calculus I MATH 165
MAT-216 Calculus II MATH 166

English, B.A. - Education

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
PSY-121 Developmental Psychology PSYCH 230
POL-111 American Nat’l Government POL S 215
EDU-216 Intro to Teaching C I 204
EDU-240 Educational Psychology C I 333
EDU-920 Field Experience Elective Credit
**MAT-156 Statistics **STAT 104

English, B.A., B.S.

See ISU website.

Environmental Science, B.S.

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/L
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
12cr. Arts & Humanities (see list)
9cr. Social Science (see list)
AGA-154 / BIO-113* Fund. of Soil Sci./Gen. Bio II AGRON154 / BIOL212*

Genetics, B.S.

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
BIO-112* General Biology I BIOL 211/L*
MAT-156 Statistics STAT 104
MAT-210** Calculus I MATH 165**
MAT-216** Calculus II MATH 166**
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

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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: 4–8cr./3yr. HS
  • Humanities: 12cr. (see list)
  • Soc. Sci.: 9cr. (see list)
  • Science/Humanities Bridge: 3cr.

Geology, B.S.

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
CHM-165 General Chemistry I CHEM 177 & 177L
CHM-175 General Chemistry II CHEM 178 & 178L
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

History, B.A., B.S.

To transfer West. Civ. To major, must take two in sequence or all three.

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
HIS-151 U.S. History to 1877 HIS 221
**HIS-117\ WestCiv. I: Ancient & Med. ~HIS 201
**HIS-118< WestCiv. II: Early Modern ~HIS 202
**HIS-119/ WestCiv. III: Modern Period
HIS-152 U.S. History since 1877 HIS 222
**HIS-117\
**HIS-118<
**HIS-119/
WestCiv. I: Ancient & Med.
WestCiv. II: Early Modern
WestCiv. III: Modern Period
~HIS 201
~HIS 202

Interdisciplinary Studies—Criminology & Criminal Justice

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
SOC-110 Intro to Sociology SOC 134
PHI-105 Intro to Ethics PHIL 230
CRJ-100 Intro to Criminal Justice CJ ST 240
CRJ-201 Juvenile Delinquency SOC 241
POL-111 American Nat’l Government POL S 215

Journalism & Mass Communication, B.A., B.S.

ACT-E of 26, or pass English Usage Test

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
COM-140 Intro to Mass Media JL MC 101

Linguistics, B.A.

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
SOC-208 Intro to Cultural Anthropology ANTHR 201
PSY-111 Intro to Psychology PSYCH 101

Mathematics, B.S.—Education

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
MAT-210 Calculus I MATH 165
MAT-216 Calculus II MATH 166
MAT-219 Calculus III MATH 265
PSY-121 Developmental Psychology PSYCH 230
EDU-216 Intro to Teaching C I 2014
EDU-240 Educational Psychology C I 333
EDU-920 Field Experience Elective Credit

Mathematics, B.S.

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
MAT-210 Calculus I MATH 165
MAT-216 Calculus II MATH 166
MAT-219 Calculus III MATH 265

Meteorology, B.S.

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
MAT-210 Calculus I MATH 165
MAT-216 Calculus II MATH 166
MAT-219 Calculus III MATH 265
PHY-212 Classical Physics I PHYS 221
PHY-222 Classical Physics II PHYS 222

Music, B.A., B.Mus., or Vocal/ Instrumental Ed.

See ISU website for options.

Performing Arts, B.A.

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
MUS-100 Music Appreciation MUSIC 102

Philosophy, B.A.

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
PHI-101 Intro to Philosophy PHIL 201
PHI-105 Intro to Ethics PHIL 230

Physics, B.S.

All Physics courses must be taken at ISU.

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
MAT-210 Calculus I MATH 165
MAT-216 Calculus II MATH 166
MAT-219 Calculus III MATH 265

Political Science, B.A.

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
POL-111 American Nat’l Government POL S 215
POL-125 Comparative Gov’t & Politics POL S 241
POL-121 Intro to Int’l Relations POL S 251
**MAT-156 Statistics **STAT 104

Psychology, B.A., B.S.

See ISU Degree Audit WK.

Public Relations, B.S.

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
COM-140 Introduction to Mass Media JL MC 101
MAT-156 Statistics STAT 104!

Religious Studies, B.A.

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
REL-101 Survey of World Religions RELIG 205
**REL-130 Intro to Religions of the East **Religion Elective

Sociology, B.A., B.S.

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
SOC-110 Intro to Sociology SOC 134
**SOC-115/SOC-120/SOC-230 Social Problems/Marriage & Family/Juvenile Delinquency **SOC 235/219/241

Software Engineering, B.S.

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
MAT-210 Calculus I MATH 165
MAT-216 Calculus II MATH 166
PHY-212 Classical Physics I PHYS 221
CHM-165 General Chemistry I CHEM 177

Statistics, B.S.

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
MAT-210 Calculus I MATH 165
MAT-216 Calculus II MATH 166
MAT-219 Calculus III MATH 265

Technical Communication, B.S.

See ISU website.

Women’s Studies, B.A., B.S.

Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
WST-101 Women’s Studies W S 201

World Languages & Cultures, B.A. – French/German/Spanish

Check ISU website for course equivalencies.

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