How can I be sure that my course plan will transfer to a four-year school eventually?

All four-year schools have their own transfer requirements for various majors. Our advisors at BHC have researched these options. We recommend that you review your course plan with an advisor who knows your transfer plans prior to starting your degree. If you are unsure about where you plan to transfer to or what major you wish to pursue, an advisor can recommend course selections that have the greatest chance of transferring anywhere. A variety of transfer resources are available online, but are best employed in consultation with an advisor to avoid problems.

Are all AA/AS online degrees the same?


  • It’s important to determine if the online degree you are considering is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. See the list of accredited colleges linked from
  • Online student support services vary greatly from school to school. For example, does the school you’re considering provide online tutoring, advising, Library assistance, and other online support services for students?
  • It’s important the online degree you’re considering focus on the same learning outcomes that it claims for its traditional, face-to-face degree. Although the learning method might differ, you want to make sure that you are going to acquire an equivalent body of knowledge during your online experience.

Can I apply credit hours that I have already earned to this online degree, if they were not online classes?

If your courses were earned at a regionally accredited institution and meet the requirements of the online degree you select at BHC, you can apply them to the degree, even if the credits were not earned online. To determine if they meet the requirements, contact the college where you took the classes to have your transcript sent to :
BHC Enrollment Services
6600 34th Ave
Moline, IL 61265

Then, request that BHC staff evaluate your transcript by completing this online form: Transcript Evaluation Request. There are also various options for securing non-traditional credit toward your online degree.

How long will it take to finish my degree?

The AA and AS degrees require 64 credit hours. The length of time it takes to complete the degree depends upon how many credit hours you plan to take each semester, whether you plan to take classes in the summer, how much prior course work you transfer in, etc. To plan the most efficient schedule that meets your needs, contact a BHC advisor. If you plan to attend full time, you might find this Sample 2 Year Course plan useful.

What if a course I want is not available online through BHC?

All AA and AS degree requirements can be completed online. BHC currently offers close to 100 courses online, with more being added regularly. Online courses not yet available in some academic programs can be taken on campus or online through BHC’s partner community colleges. Contact an advisor for information about locating these classes online.

What degrees are available entirely online at Black Hawk College?

You can earn the Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate in Science (AS) degree entirely online, except for Speech 101. In order for Speech 101 to transfer to a four-year college in Illinois, students are required to deliver at least three speeches in a live performance before their instructor and class (Illinois Articulation Initiative). General education requirements for the AA and AS degree are the same. Course work is usually chosen based on what four-year college or university you plan to transfer to and which major you want to pursue. For example, if you are interested in science-oriented curricula or pre-professional programs, the AS degree may be appropriate for you. Selection of the AA or AS degree should be made in consultation with a BHC advisor.