General Studies, A.S.

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General Studies

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Program Options

Degree, Certificate or Diploma

Locations

Council Bluffs Campus

Program Information

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.  

Job Outlook

This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion. 

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.

Wages

  • This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion. 

Career Examples

  • Career possibilities are endless.  This pathway typically leads to career opportunities related to mathematics, science, technology, health, and engineering.

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First Semester

ENG 105 - Composition I

MAT 121 - College Algebra

Second Semester

ENG 106 - Composition II

Third Semester

SPC 112 - Public Speaking

SPC 122 - Interpersonal Communication

Fourth Semester

Total Semester Hours Required: 60.0

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Program Outcomes

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.

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