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

Associate in Arts Transfer Degree, AA

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Associate in Arts Transfer Degree

Associate in Arts Transfer DegreeThe Associate in Arts degree is designed to provide the first two years of a typical college or university bachelor's degree program in liberal arts, general education, or pre-professional studies. Completion of the degree will satisfy all of the general requirements at several area colleges and universities and many of the requirements at other schools. To earn the Associate in Arts transfer degree, a student must:

  • Earn a minimum of 64 semester credits, of which not more than 16 may be vocational or technical credits used as general electives and which may not be developmental education credits.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or higher, using Iowa Lakes grade points earned divided by Iowa Lakes credits attempted for a standard letter grade, as defined elsewhere in this catalog.
  • Complete the following general requirements, totaling 40 or more semester credits: 

(Transfer Majors may have specific courses in math, science, social science or humanities required.)

English/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.

ILO: Oral and Written Communications

Mathematics Outcomes: 

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

ILO: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Humanities Outcomes:

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

ILO: Professionalism and Civility

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.

ILO: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Science Outcomes: 

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

ILO: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Computers Outcomes: 

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

ILO: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Student Development

  1. Students will develop necessary skills for successful participation in college level courses.
  2. Students will demonstrate productive life skills.

ILO: Can use any ILO.

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(10 semester credits)



(8 or more semester credits)



(5 or more semester credits)


Social Science

(9 semester credits from two or more areas)



(9 semester credits from two or more areas)



(3 semester credits)


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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