Liberal Arts and Transfer

The Associate of Science degree with an emphasis in Biology provides a course of study which will readily transfer to most four-year colleges and universities. You will take courses in science, communication, math, humanities, social science and required biology subject areas in preparation to transfer into a bachelor's degree in Biology at many 4 year colleges.

If you are planning to transfer to a four year college, you should select courses that satisfy requirements of the specific institution to which you intend to transfer. Consult an advisor at the four-year institution to which you intend to transfer anytime you have questions about course selection.

Award: Associate of Science
Credits: 60
Locations: Calmar, Peosta
Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Paying for the Program

Financial Aid Eligible

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $13,320*

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  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
  3. Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment and ALEKS® math assessment for course placement. Assessments may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. ACCUPLACER® scores are valid for three years, and ALEKS® scores are valid for 18 months.
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General Degree Requirements

  1. The Associate of Science degree will include a minimum of 60 semester hours of courses designed and acceptable for transfer, and may include up to 16 semester hours of career-technical courses. 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 60 credit hours minimum.

  2. Students transferring an Associate of Science degree to a public university must have maintained a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.0 on all graded arts and sciences courses acceptable for transfer.

  3. A 2.0 cumulative GPA and a passing grade in all required courses.

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

  5. Demonstrated computer literacy is a requirement for graduation. This requirement may be met with: BCA:112, BCA:212, CSC:110, GIS:111.

  6. Completion of SDV:179 The College Experience course.

Specific Requirements for the Associate of Science Degree

Minimum Credits: 60

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

Core Requirements
General Education Core RequirementsCredits
Communication: ENG:105, SPC:112 and ENG:106 9.0
Math and Science (transfer-level): Math: MAT:210; Science: BIO:112, BIO:113, CHM:160, CHM:161, CHM:170, CHM:171 20.0
Humanities/Social Science (transfer-level): Social Science: ECN, GEO, POL, PSY, SOC; Humanities: ART, ASL, CLS, DRA, FLS, HIS, HUM, LIT, MUA, MUS, PHI, REL 12.0
One of the following history courses is required: ART:203, ART:204, HIS:131, HIS:132, HIS:151, HIS:152, HIS:214.  
One of the following diversity courses is required: ASL:131, ASL:161, ASL:241, ASL:271, CLS:150, COM:148, FLS:141, FLS:142, FLS:241, FLS:242, FLS:282, HIS:214, HUM:108, HUM:170, LIT:115, LIT:186, SOC:208.  

Remaining Requirements: The remaining 19 semester hours will be accepted from arts and sciences electives designed and acceptable for transfer with the understanding that up to 16 semester hours of career and technical credit could be applied. (See the Course Classification System guide.)

Jeff Murphy

Jeffrey Murphy, M.A.
Dean of Arts and Sciences

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  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 1235
  • Location: Calmar