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Associate of Arts

Campus Location:

Calmar, Peosta, Online, Degree After Five 5-week option also available at Peosta campus

Program Entry:

Fall, Spring, Summer


Associate of Arts


The Associate of Arts Degree program provides a course of study which, if satisfactorily completed, will readily transfer to most colleges and universities. College parallel-transfer curricula permit completion of the equivalent of the first two years of a bachelor’s degree program in numerous institutions.

General education core courses completed for the degree are useful to you, regardless of whether you complete your formal education at Northeast Iowa Community College or continue your formal education at another college. If you plan to transfer to a four-year institution, you should select courses to satisfy requirements of the specific institution to which you intend to transfer. Consult your advisor at the four-year institution to which you intend to transfer anytime you have questions about course selection. The Associate of Arts degree is a useful beginning if you seek a professional degree in business, education, engineering, social work and other areas.

Associate of Arts

Admissions Requirements:

  • Submission of your official high school transcript with ACT score
  • Submission of transcript from any college or university previously attended.
  • Completion of ACCUPLACER assessment if necessary.

Associate of Arts

Academic Requirements:

General Degree Requirements
  1. A minimum of 64 credit hours.Note: Students not ready to begin college/transfer level writing and math courses may need additional prerequisite course work that requires them to exceed the 64 credit hours minimum.

  2. A 2.0 cumulative grade point average and a passing grade in all required courses.

  3. At least 18 credit hours must be earned at NICC. Individual departments may require specific courses to meet this requirement.

  4. Demonstrated computer literacy is a requirement for graduation. This requirement may be met with BCA:112, BCA:212, SDV:200, or an equivalent course or as prescribed by specific majors.

Minimum Credits: 64

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Specific Requirements for the Associate of Arts degree

  1. Complete the general degree requirements described earlier.

  2. Meet minimum general education core requirements in each of the following areas:

    Core Requirements



    Communication (ENG:105, SPC:112, and ENG:106 or ENG:108)


    Math (transfer-level MAT) and Science (transfer-level BIO, CHM, ENV, PHS, PHY), (minimum of one math and one science course)*


    Social Science (transfer-level ECN, GEO, POL, PSY, SOC)**


    Humanities (transfer-level ART, ASL, CLS, DRA, FLS, HIS, HUM, LIT, MUS, PHI, REL)**


    One of the following history courses is required: ART:203, ART:204, HIS:131, HIS:132, HIS:151, HIS:152, HIS:214/CLS:170


    One of the following Literature courses is required: LIT:101, LIT:110, LIT:111, LIT:142, LIT:145, LIT:186.    


    Additional hours in any combination from the above subject areas


  3. Remaining Requirements: 20 credits.

    These hours will be elective courses designed for transfer. A maximum of 4 hours of developmental or non-transfer courses in the arts and sciences (Communication: COM, ENG, ESL, SPC; Math: MAT; Science: BIO, CHM, ENV, PHS, PHY, SCI; Social Science: ECN, GEO, POL, PSY, SOC; Humanities: ART, ASL, CLS, DRA, FLS, HIS, HUM, LIT, MUA, MUS, PHI, REL) or Life Skills may be applied toward meeting the 64 credits required for the degree. A maximum of 16 hours of non-transfer level career-technical credits may also be used. (See the Course Classification System guide).

*Science course must include a lab component.

**Select courses from at least two different disciplines.

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Associate of Arts

Employment Information:

Employment information for this program is not available at this time.

Associate of Arts

Additional Information:


Jeff Murphy, MA
Dean of Arts and Science, Calmar
800.728.2256, ext. 235

Douglas Binsfeld
Dean of Arts & Sciences, Peosta
800.728.7367, ext 207