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University of Iowa General Education Program Requirements

This information is designed for use in selecting courses that will apply to the General Education Program requirements at The University of Iowa.

This sheet is designed for students NOT planning to complete an Associate of Arts (AA) degree at Hawkeye and who plan to enter the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or the College of Education at the University of Iowa. Students who plan to enter the College of Business, Engineering, Nursing, or Pharmacy should contact their advisor for more specific advising materials.

Transfer students, who have earned their AA degree, will enter the University of Iowa having fulfilled all of the General Education Program requirements (except world language) for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Education.

The University of Iowa Transfer Students admission information.

These requirements are subject to change without notice. Please check with the University of Iowa for course verification.

Course Equivalencies

The General Education Program has eleven required areas, grouped into three categories. Students must fulfill the requirements in each General Education area.

For specific transfer equivalencies visit How Do My Courses Transfer? and select Hawkeye Community College as the transfer institution.

A number of courses are cross-listed in two different categories. You may NOT use any one course to satisfy two areas of the General Education Program. The course can only count towards fulfilling one category.

The University of Iowa builds on your transfer GPA rather than starting fresh. All grades, including D’s and F’s, on transfer course work will be calculated to find your transfer GPA. Grades from career-technical courses are not figured into your transfer GPA.

Communication and Literacy

Rhetoric: 9 credits

  • ENG-105 Composition I -AND-
  • ENG-106 Composition II -AND-
  • SPC-101 Oral Communication

Interpretation of Literature: 3 credits

  • LIT-101 Intro to Literature
  • LIT-142 Major British Authors
  • LIT-145 Shakespeare/Drama

World Languages: Required credit varies by language. Most are fourth level/4 semesters.

Students can meet this requirement in high school by completing four years of a foreign language, by completing the last course in a designated course sequence of approved foreign language, or by passing the achievement test measuring proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to that attained after four semesters of college study. See General Education Program requirements and click on “World Languages” in Communication & Literacy” for more information.

  • FLS-151 Elementary Spanish I
  • FLS-152 Elementary Spanish II
  • FLS-241 Intermediate Spanish I
  • FLS-242 Intermediate Spanish II

Natural, Quantitative, and Social Sciences

Natural Sciences: 7 credits, must include one lab.

  • BIO-105 Introductory Biology
  • BIO-112 General Biology I
  • BIO-113 General Biology II
  • BIO-151 Nutrition
  • BIO-154 Human Biology
  • BIO-163 Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology
  • BIO-168 Human Anatomy and Physics I w/lab
  • BIO-173 Human Anatomy and Physics II
  • BIO-185 Microbiology w/lab
  • CHM-122 Introduction to General Chemistry
  • CHM-132 Introduction to Organic & Biochem.
  • CHM-165 General Chemistry I
  • CHM-175 General Chemistry II
  • CNS-121 Environmental Conservation
  • CNS-201 Conservation Biology
  • ENV-115 Environmental Science (+lab ENV-116)
  • GEO-131 Physical Geography (+lab GEO-132)
  • PHS-120 Exploring Physical Science
  • PHS-142 Principles of Astronomy
  • PHS-150 Astronomy
  • PHY-100 Physics in Everyday Life
  • PHY-162 College Physics I
  • PHY-172 College Physics II
  • PHY-212 Classical Physics I
  • PHY-222 Classical Physics I

Quantitative or Formal Reasoning: 3 credits

  • BUS-210 Business Statistics
  • MAT-110 Math for Liberal Arts
  • MAT-128 Precalculus
  • MAT-134 Trig & Analytic Geometry
  • MAT-151 Math for Elementary Teachers
  • MAT-156 Statistics
  • MAT-210 Calculus I
  • MAT-216 Calculus II

Social Sciences: 3 credits

  • ANT-105 Cultural Anthropology
  • CLS-108 Faces of Culture
  • COM-140 Intro to Mass Media
  • ECE-170 Child Growth & Development
  • ECE-171 Child Growth & Development
  • ECN-110 Introduction to Economics
  • ECN-120 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECN-130 Principles of Microeconomics
  • GEO-115 Human Geography
  • GEO-121 World Regional Geography
  • POL-111 American National Government
  • POL-121 International Relations
  • POL-125 Comparative Govt. and Politics
  • PSY-111 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY-121 Developmental Psychology
  • PSY-241 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY-251 Social Psychology
  • PSY-262 Psychology of Gender
  • SOC-110 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC-115 Social Problems
  • SOC-205 Diversity in America
  • SOC-208 Intro to Cultural Anthropology
  • SOC-220 Sociology of Aging
  • SOC-240 Criminology
  • SOC-251 Intro to Social Psychology

Culture, Society, and the Arts

Historical Perspectives: 3 credits

  • ART-203 Art History I
  • ART-204 Art History II
  • CLS-141 Middle Eastern History & Culture
  • HIS-117 Western Civilization I                
  • HIS-118 Western Civilization II
  • HIS-119 Western Civilization III
  • PHI-121 Classical and Medieval Philosophy

International and Global Issues: 3 credits

  • CLS-141 Middle Eastern Hist. & Culture
  • HIS-119 Western Civilization III
  • HUM-130 Holocaust Perspectives
  • POL-121 International Relations
  • POL-125 Comparative Gov’t/Politics

Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts: 3 credits

  • ART-101 Art Appreciation
  • ART-120 2-D Design
  • ART-123 3-D Design
  • ART-133 Drawing
  • ART-134 Drawing II
  • ART-143 Painting
  • ART-144 Painting II
  • ART-173 Ceramics
  • ART-184 Photography
  • ART-203 Art History I
  • ART-204 Art History II
  • DRA-107 Theatrical Arts/Society
  • DRA-110 Introduction to Film
  • DRA-130 Acting I
  • HUM-140 Shakespeare
  • LIT-133 Minority Voices in US Literature
  • LIT-142 Major British Authors
  • LIT-145 Shakespeare/Drama
  • LIT-189 Women in Literature
  • MMS-103 Basic Digital Photography
  • MUA-106 Class Voice
  • MUA-119 Class Piano
  • MUA-120 Applied Piano I
  • MUA-121 Applied Piano II
  • MUA-319 Applied Voice II
  • MUS-100 Music Appreciation                             

Values and Culture: 3 credits

  • ANT-105 Cultural Anthropology
  • CLS-108 Faces of Culture
  • COM-140 Intro to Mass Media
  • COM-148 Diversity in the Media
  • HIS-257 African American History
  • PEH-111 Personal Wellness
  • PHI-101 Intro to Philosophy
  • PHI-105 Intro to Ethics
  • REL-130 Intro Religions of the East
  • SOC-120 Marriage and Family

Diversity and Inclusion: 3 credits

Must complete at the University of Iowa.

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