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Iowa State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Printable Tip Sheet [pdf]

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

Note: 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.) 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
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.

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.
Major Hawkeye Courses Course Title ISU Equivalent
Advertising, B.A.
ACT-E of 26, or pass English Usage Test
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.
SOC-208 Intro to Cultural Anthropology ANTHR 201
MAT-156 Statistics STAT 104!
Biochemistry, B.S.
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.
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.
*BIO-112 General Biology I *BIOL 211 & 211L
General Biology II *BIOL 212 & 212L
Biology, B.S.

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.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • 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
*BIO-112 General Biology I *BIOL 211 & 211L
*BIO-113 General Biology II *BIOL 212 & 212L
Biophysics, B.S.
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.
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.
CSC-110 Intro to Computers COM S 103
SPC-122 Interpersonal Communication COMST 102
MAT-156 Statistics STAT 104!
Computer Science, B.S.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.

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.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Foreign Language: 4–8cr./3yr. HS
  • Humanities: 12cr. (see list)
  • Soc. Sci.: 9cr. (see list)
  • Science/Humanities Bridge: 3cr.
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
Geology, B.S.
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.
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
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
COM-140 Intro to Mass Media JL MC 101
Linguistics, B.A.
SOC-208 Intro to Cultural Anthropology ANTHR 201
PSY-111 Intro to Psychology PSYCH 101
Mathematics, B.S.—Education
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.
MAT-210 Calculus I MATH 165
MAT-216 Calculus II MATH 166
MAT-219 Calculus III MATH 265
Meteorology, B.S.
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.
MUS-100 Music Appreciation MUSIC 102
Philosophy, B.A.
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.
MAT-210 Calculus I MATH 165
MAT-216 Calculus II MATH 166
MAT-219 Calculus III MATH 265
Political Science, B.A.
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.
COM-140 Introduction to Mass Media JL MC 101
MAT-156 Statistics STAT 104!
Religious Studies, B.A.
REL-101 Survey of World Religions RELIG 205
**REL-130 Intro to Religions of the East **Religion Elective
Sociology, B.A., B.S.
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.
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
Speech Communication, B.A.
Statistics, B.S.
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.
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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