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2013-2014 Course Catalog 
    
2013-2014 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associate in Arts Degree (AA)


The Associate in Arts degree provides the courses of study equivalent to those offered to freshman and sophomore-level students attending any four-year college/university. If students receive the AA from DMACC, this degree, in most cases, will meet the lower division requirements of four-year colleges/universities and will admit them to junior status level. The degree requirements consist of both their general education requirements and elective courses to be used in preparation for a major area of study.

Students should contact the desired four-year institution about any unique requirements. The DMACC Advising and Counseling staff can also assist students with the transfer process. (See transfer tips in the Tips for Student Success section of the catalog.)

College transfer work is offered in the following disciplines:

To assist students, many four-year colleges/universities have joined with DMACC to develop articulation agreements and specific major transfer guides to assist students. Students should contact personnel from each college for the most current information.

  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Chiropractic
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Drama
  • Dentistry
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Environmental Science
  • Fitness and Sports Management
  • Foreign Language
  • Geography
  • Global Studies
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Philosophy and Religion
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Sociology
  • Social Work
  • Spanish
  • Speech
  • Veterinary

For more information about the Associate in Arts (AA) degree, please visit our website at www.dmacc.edu/programs/programinformation.asp.

AA Degree Requirements


To receive an AA degree, students must:

  1. Maintain a 2.0 grade point average on all work applicable to the AA degree.
  2. Earn a minimum of 1/3 of the semester credit hours applicable to the degree being pursued at DMACC. No more than 43 transfer semester credit hours may be applied toward the degree.
  3. Complete a minimum of 64 semester credit hours.
  4. Include at least 46 semester credit hours of Core courses:
    • Communications 9 credits
    • Social & Behavioral Sciences 9 credits
    • Math & Sciences 9 credits
    • Humanities 9 credits
    • Distributed Requirements 10 credits
  5. Include at least 18 semester credit hours of elective credit.
    1. Students may include 16 semester credit hours of vocational/ technical credit.
    2. Students may have up to 8 semester credit hours of Independent Study Courses; up to 4 semester credit hours of Independent Study may be earned in any single semester.
  6. Complete 3 semester credit hours to satisfy the Diversity Requirement with a minimum grade of “C.” The Diversity Requirement does not increase the number of credits required for graduation. The course used to fulfill the Diversity Requirement may also be used to fulfill three credits of Core requirements in Communications, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Humanities or Distributed Requirements, providing the diversity course is listed as fulfilling Core requirements in Communications, Social & Behavioral Sciences or the Humanities. If the course does not fall under any of the Core groups, the course used to fulfill the Diversity Requirement may count as an elective.

Courses that satisfy the Diversity Requirement at Des Moines Area Community College may or may not satisfy diversity requirements at other academic institutions. Students planning to transfer should contact their transfer institutions to verify the transferability of courses.

Communications - 9 Credits


Students must take three courses:

One speech course from the following list:


Note:


* Students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution are advised to take ENG 105  and ENG 106 .

Social & Behavioral Sciences - 9 Credits


NOTE: Students must complete at least 3 courses. Each course must be from a distinct discipline (reflected by a distinct acronym).

Mathematics & Sciences - 9 Credits


  1. Students must take one laboratory science course from BIO, CHM, ENV, PHS or PHY AND one MAT course (or BUS 211 ) listed below.

Humanities - 9 Credits


Distributed Requirement - 10 Credits


  1. SDV 108  or HON 101  (1 credit)
  2. Students must select the remaining 9 credits from any of the courses in categories of Communications, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Math & Sciences, and Humanities.

Electives - 18 Credits


  1. Students may include no more than 16 semester credit hours of Vocational courses.
  2. Students may include no more than 8 semester credit hours of Independent Study courses; no more than 4 semester credit hours of Independent Study may be earned in any single semester.

Diversity Requirement


One course is required, but this course may count in the areas above. Students must earn a grade of “C” or above for the course that is used to fulfill the Diversity Requirement. The courses marked with an asterisk (*) will satisfy the Diversity Requirement and will also fulfill requirements in Communications, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Humanities or Distributed areas above. The courses that are not marked with an asterisk will satisfy the Diversity Requirement and will count as electives.

Total AA Degree Requirements - 64 Credits