Program Overview

For students interested in transferring to a four-year college or university but want to complete general education first, than an Associate of Science degree from Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) may be beneficial. The design of this degree allows students to select courses that will transfer to a four-year educational institution.  The curriculum attempts to provide students with a strong background in math and science. Students are encouraged to choose a major at their transfer school in order to select the best courses at NICC.

This program is offered completely online, which provides flexibility and convenience to students who are currently employed or have busy schedules that do not allow them to commute to campus. The use of discussion boards, chat rooms and other web resources are frequently used in online programs to facilitate interaction between classmates and professors.

The distance learning programs are reading intensive and students should be able to read at a college level. To improve success in this program, students should have reliable Internet access and understanding of basic computer functions such as downloading, saving and uploading files and sending e-mails. An online quiz is provided by NICC to assist students in determining if an online program is right for them.

Any additional questions about the program or distance learning environment of the degree can be directed to the department of arts and sciences at NICC.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    9-credit hours from communication and social science courses
    14-credit hours from math and science classes
    6-credit hours from humanities courses
    3-credits from a history course
    Remaining 26-credits:
    10 of these credits must be transfer-level courses
    16 non-transfer credits can be used to complete the credit requirements

    School Overview

    Northeast Iowa Community College was founded in 1966 by the State Board of Education as the Area One Vocational -Technical School. In 1979, the Area One Vocational -Technical School changed its name to Northeast Iowa Technical Institute then to Northeast Iowa Community College in 1988. Northeast Iowa Community College is a two-year, public, not-for-profit institution of higher learning with the mission to “provide accessible, affordable, quality education and training to meet the needs of our communities.”

    Northeast Iowa Community College supports diploma programs, certificate programs and associate's degree programs, as well as a number of online classes through the distance learning program. Several associate's degrees can be earned completely online.


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