Associate in Arts

The 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.)

Faculty Contact

Scott Stokes
Executive Dean of the Estherville Campus
712-362-7913 Ext: 7913 | sstokes@iowalakes.educreate new email

Program Details


DEGREE: Associate of Arts (64 credits)

CAMPUS: All Campuses

Did You Know?

Students earning an AA degree at Iowa Lakes Earn $7,300 more each year compared to students with only a High School Diploma

Average Retention Rate One Year After Transferring to a Regent University: 78%

Average University Graduation Rates Three Years After Entry to a Regent University 56%

What you'll learn

By obtaining an Associate in Arts (AA) degree from Iowa Lakes, you will learn the following:1


  • Students are able to communicate clearly, both written and oral using the correct medium.
  • Students are able to support ideas with appropriate and adequate information.

ILO: Oral and Written Communications


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

ILO: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving


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

ILO: Professionalism and Civility

Social Science:

  • Students will demonstrate the way human behavior is influenced by environmental, economic, sociocultural, psychological, or historical processes.
  • Students will critique the diversity of human experience, individually and collectively.

ILO: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving


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

ILO: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving


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

ILO: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Student Development

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

ILO: Can use any ILO.

1The What You’ll Learn section of our website provides a description of Learning Outcomes for students who successfully complete all requirements for obtaining an Associate in Arts degree from Iowa Lakes Community College.


Term 1

Credits: 1

Students master the academic and personal skills needed to suc­ceed in higher education and in life. Content will cover academic, communication and life management skills. Goal setting, time management, note taking, test taking and how to be a lifelong learner will also be covered.

Term 2

Term 4