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Associate of Science

Campus Location: Calmar, Peosta, Online

Program Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Award: Associate of Science


The Associate of Science Degree is primarily designed to enable you to transfer your work to a four-year college or university for the purpose of earning a baccalaureate degree. This degree program also offers opportunities for personal enrichment or career enhancement and provides a foundation in mathematics and science designed for transfer in a prescribed area of specialization. You should choose an intended major at a transfer institution as soon as possible and select courses which are required for your major.

Associate of Science

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 Science

Academic Requirements:

General Degree Requirements

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. 

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

At least 18 credit hours must be earned at Northeast Iowa Community College. Individual departments may require specific courses to meet this requirement.

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

View the printable Ed Plan.

Specific Requirements for the Associate of Science 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) 9.0
    Math (transfer-level MAT) and Science (transfer-level BIO, CHM, ENV, PHS, PHY)* 14.0
    Social Science (transfer-level ECN, GEO, POL, PSY, SOC)** 9.0
    Humanities (transfer-level ART, ASL, CLS, DRA, FLS, HIS, HUM, LIT, MUA, MUS, PHI, REL)** 6.0
    One of the following history courses is required: ART:203, ART:204, HIS:131, HIS:132, HIS:151, HIS:152, HIS:214/CLS:170. 3.0
  3. Remaining Requirements: 26 credits

    This area must include at least 10 hours of transfer-level course work. 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 two different disciplines

Associate of Science

Employment Information:

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

Associate of Science

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