Degree, Certificate or Diploma
The General Studies Associate of Science program gives students the opportunity to explore areas of interest while taking the classes needed to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution. If you are undecided on a career path, like many college-bound students, choosing the General Studies program may be the best option for you.
Students who major in General Studies need to use the flexibility of this program of study to find a focus that will lead to a career. Iowa Western offers students a variety of services and resources that are designed to help them gather information to make informed decisions regarding major and ultimately career selection. These resources also provide an opportunity for students to make a connection between a program of study, or major, and the related job possibilities.
A student’s assigned advisor will serve as an important resource when it comes to questions about careers but students are also encouraged to take it upon themselves to research opportunities through online resources such as the Iowa Western Career Planning web pages and Iowa Choices Planner, both of which are accessible through the college web site.
What will you do
The General Studies program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution. Students who major in General Studies need to use the flexibility of this program of study to find a focus that will lead to a career. The General Studies Associate of Science requires twice the amount of math and science that the Associate of Arts requires; therefore, the Associate of Science is a good choice for students entering fields such as mathematics, science, technology, health, and engineering.
|ENG 105 - Composition I||3.0 Credit(s)|
|MAT 121 - College Algebra||4.0 Credit(s)|
|WBL 110 - Employability Skills||3.0 Credit(s)|
Semester Total: 17.0 Credits
|ENG 106 - Composition II||3.0 Credit(s)|
Semester Total: 15.0 Credits
|SPC 112 - Public Speaking||3.0 Credit(s)|
|SPC 122 - Interpersonal Communication||3.0 Credit(s)|
Semester Total: 15.0 Credits
|WBL 100 - Exploring Careers||1.0 Credit(s)|
Semester Total: 13.0 Credits
Total Semester Hours Required: 60.0
One elective must also satisfy the diversity requirement.
To ensure as seamless a transition to a four-year institution as possible, students are encouraged to check with the transfer institution when selecting courses.
Upon the successful completion of the program students will:
- Demonstrate basic understanding of mathematics and science.
- Evaluate information appropriately.
- Apply principles of critical thinking to demonstrate integrative learning.
- Communicate effectively in spoken form.
- Communicate effectively in written form.
- Analyze diversity issues within a global context.
- Develop continued learning strategies.