Sep 28, 2021  
2020-2021 College Catalog 
2020-2021 College Catalog

Associate in Arts-Criminal Justice Transfer, AA

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Criminal Justice Transfer

Criminal Justice

Criminal justice is a diverse and in-demand field. Leaning into law,
sociology, behavioral science and civics, a Criminal Justice  transfer Major provides a solid understand of the study of crime and its effect on our communities. A criminal justice degree offers many professional job opportunities, including correctional officer, police officer, detective, forensic scientist, private investigator, and many more.

Earn your Associate in Arts degree in Criminal Justice before transferring on to a regent university (University of Iowa, Iowa State or University of Northern Iowa) to complete your Bachelor of Science degree. Completion of the AA degree at Iowa Lakes will satisfy the required general education prerequisites at the regent of your choosing. Gain knowledge in introductory criminal justice classes such as Juvenile Delinquency and Criminal Law, as well as Sociology and Statistics courses.

By earning this degree, you'll have met the general course requirements for a specific major of a four-year institution and a transfer major recorded on your transcripts from Iowa Lakes. Requirements may vary among institutions so students should work with an advisor to become familiar with specific requirements of the institution which they plan to transfer.

To earn a Transfer Major Degree, a student must complete all required coursework of that specific major and maintain a 2.0 GPA.

A Criminal Justice Transfer Major provides you with the opportunity to complete two years of your bachelor's degree at Iowa Lakes. You have a goal ... we have the plan. APPLY TODAY

Students who plan to complete their general AA or AS and have a TRANSFER OPTION should contact the college or university to which they plan to transfer to assure that that core courses they take will transfer into their planned major.

Communications Outcomes:

  1. Students are able to communicate clearly, both written and oral using the correct medium.
  2. Students are able to support ideas with appropriate and adequate information.

Science Outcomes: 

  1. Demonstrate safe laboratory practices.
  2. Apply scientific inquiry/scientific method to answer questions about the natural world.

Mathematics Outcomes: 

  1. Apply mathematical methods to solve real world problems.
  2. Evaluate the validity of mathematical solutions. 

Social Science Outcomes:

  1. Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills in written and oral communication.
  2. Students will critique the diversity of human experience, individually and collectively.

Humanities Outcomes:

  1. Form an aesthetic and/or ethical judgement of specific examples.
  2. Use the language of the discipline appropriately.

Computers Outcomes: 

  1. Integrate the technology necessary in the workplace environment.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge in utilizing software application tools.

Faculty Contact

 Faculty Contact


Chris GerstbreinChris Gerstbrein
712-362-7981 Ext: 7981



Additional Information


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(10 semester credits)

Communications Electives  


(8 semester credits)

Science Electives                     


(3 semester credits)

Mathematics Electives-Criminal Justice Transfer      

Social Science

(3 semester credits)

Social Science Electives-Criminal Justice Transfer                     


(9 semester credits from two areas)

Humanities Electives  


(3 semester credits)

Computers Electives  

Criminal Justice

(24-25 semester credits)

Criminal Justice Requirements-Criminal Justice Transfer  

Plus Electives to Total 64 Semester Credits:

  • May include up to 16 vocational/technical credits; do not include developmental courses or special needs courses.

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