The Associate in Arts (AA) and Associate in Science (AS) degrees are two-year courses of study which prepare students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities offering bachelor’s degrees. Students preparing to transfer should be aware of the following:
Degree Planning Worksheets
Degree Planning Worksheets are available in the Advising Center to help students prepare for graduation from Black Hawk College. Students should discuss these worksheets with their academic advisor and use them for a personal record of all courses completed. The worksheet should be updated each semester to remain aware of progress toward graduation.
|Degree Planning Worksheets||Effective catalog years:|
|Associate in Arts / Associate in Science (combined requirements)||2012 – 2015|
|Associate in Arts||2016|
|Associate in Science||2016|
Active students may access their Degree Audit through the myBlackHawk student portal. Meeting with an academic advisor each semester is still recommended. Contact an Advisor
The Compact Agreement
Black Hawk College has an explicit agreement with a number of four-year colleges and universities which simplifies the transfer from Black Hawk College. According to the agreement, Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree graduates from Black Hawk College may enter these schools with junior status and the assurance that they have met (for the AA), or substantially completed (for the AS), all lower division general education requirements of that school.
Graduating from Black Hawk College
Because of the Compact Agreement, the four-year schools mentioned above strongly urge all AA and AS students to graduate from Black Hawk College before transferring to a four-year school. Students who do not graduate before transferring will not receive the above-mentioned benefits of the Compact Agreement and may, as a result, transfer with the need to complete additional coursework on the freshman-sophomore level.
Academic Advising ADVQC@bhc.edu
It is strongly recommended that students intending to transfer ask an academic advisor for assistance in planning their course of study. Because four-year schools differ considerably in the courses which they require for specific majors, most students find that they really do need an advisor’s help.
To assist the academic advisor and further ensure ease in transfer, students should ideally make an early selection of the school to which they intend to transfer and secure a copy of that school’s admission, academic, and graduation requirements. While an academic advisor can and will assist students in selecting the proper courses toward their transfer major, students are responsible for knowing the requirements for graduation, both from Black Hawk College and the four-year school of their choice.
Last updated 4/6/2016