Arts and Sciences (College Transfer)
Talk with an admissions representative to see which degree best fits your major and career goals.
The Associate of Arts (AA) Degree totals 64 credits of general education courses. Classes will be from the following academic areas: communication, humanities, math, science, social sciences, physical education/wellness, and electives.
The Associate of Science (AS) Degree totals 64 credits of general education from the following academic areas: communication, humanities/social sciences, math, science, physical education/wellness, and electives–with an emphasis in math or science.
Career & Technical Education
Career and technical education programs are designed to prepare you for immediate entry into the workplace. If you want to receive hands-on training and head into a specific career after earning a one- or two-year diploma or degree, this is the route for you!
- Accounting and Information Technology
- Administrative Office Technology
- Agricultural Programs
- Agricultural Business
- Crop Production
- Livestock Production
- Auto Collision Repair/Refinish
- Automotive Repair Technology
- Business Administration
- Carpentry and Building Trades
- Criminal Justice
- Electrical Technology
- Graphic Design
- Industrial Technology
- Information Technology Systems Networking
- Management Information Systems
- Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
- Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
- Office Skills
- Professional Music
- 2-Year Degree
- 1-Year Diploma
- View Program video
The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree or the Associate of Applied Arts degree (AAA) is awarded for completion of specific two-year programs. Many of the career and technical education programs also offer certificate or diploma options, which are credentials showing completion of a select group of courses that focus on job skills preparation. These programs may be used toward completion of an AAS degree.
If your academic goal is to transfer to a four-year college or university and earn a bachelor's degree, the arts and sciences college transfer program is designed for you. While earning your associate degree at SWCC, you will take courses to meet the requirements of the first two years of college.
SWCC has partnership programs with many colleges and universities to ensure a seamless transfer to the college of your choice. SWCC partnership program institutions include:
- Buena Vista University
- Graceland University
- Iowa State University
- Northwest Missouri State University
- University of Iowa - 2+2
- University of Iowa - Online
- University of Northern Iowa
- Assignment of an academic advisor at the four-year school.
- A student ID from the partner school while attending SWCC.
- Access to college services such as library access and use of career services and recreational facilities.
- Opportunities to access tickets for athletic and cultural events at the four-year college at student prices.
Beyond our partner schools, SWCC has articulation agreements with many other colleges and universities.
With a SWCC degree, transfer opportunities are endless. No matter where you decide to transfer, start planning early and meet regularly with your academic advisor.
Whether you’re thinking about taking one course or completing a degree online, these courses offer complete flexibility for committed students juggling busy schedules. Online courses are offered in eight-week, 12-week, and 16-week terms.
Southwestern offers the following degrees completely online:
- Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree for transfer
- Early childhood education emphasis (AA degree)
- Accounting (AAS degree)
- Agricultural business (AAS degree)
- Business administration (AAS degree)
How much can you $ave by going to SWCC
The cost of college is a huge concern for a lot of students. You can save a lot of money and have much less college debt by choosing to start your college education at SWCC.
A college education is a very important investment and there are resources available to help you achieve your goals! Follow these steps to apply for federal and state financial aid:
- Complete the SWCC online application for admission at www.swcciowa.edu/apply.
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov. Indicate SWCC’s school code: 001857.
- SWCC’s financial aid department will send you an award letter via your SWCC email when all documentation has been received.
Scholarships can be a huge help when it comes time for you to pay for college! At SWCC, scholarships are provided through the college’s Education Foundation. Definitely apply, because scholarships are based on many criteria such as academics, financial need, community involvement, program/major, etc.
The Education Foundation scholarship application deadlines:
- March 15 — Fall semester deadline
- December 1 — Spring/summer semester deadline
In addition to Education Foundation scholarships, the following academic scholarships are available at SWCC:
- Collegiate Scholarship — Available to high school graduates who rank in the top 15 percent of their class or have a composite score of 25 or higher on the ACT exam.
- Trustee Award Scholarship — Awarded to high school valedictorians and salutatorians.
- Last Dollar Scholarship Program — These scholarships are designed to cover remaining gaps between federal and state grants or scholarships and tuition and qualified fees. At SWCC, there are 16 eligible Last-Dollar Scholarship Programs.
- Bright Scholars of Iowa Scholarship — The Bright Scholars of Iowa award is available to Iowa high school seniors who are strong academically but may lack the financial means to enable them to earn a college degree. Students must maintain full-time enrollment in an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science program with the intent to transfer to a four-year Regent institution in the state of Iowa.
For complete scholarship criteria, eligibility information, scholarship applications, and outside scholarship opportunities please visit: View Scholarships.
Life @ SWCC
Whether you choose to live on-campus, off-campus, or commute from home, be active on campus and find your niche. Get involved!
- Ag Club
- Allies Club
- Art Club
- Auto Collision Repair Club
- Auto Repair Technology Club
- Business Professionals of America (BPA)
- Carpentry Club
- Computer Club
- Criminal Justice Club
- Disc Golf Club
- Drama Club
- Electrical Technology Club
- Livestock Judging Team
- Music — Vocal & Instrumental Ensembles
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
- Nursing Clubs (LPN and ADN)
- Phi Theta Kappa (PTK)
- Psychology Club
- Student Ambassadors
- Student Senate
- Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)
- Welding Club
Intercollegiate athletics are a big part of student life at SWCC! And your student ID will get you in Free to home events. Get ready to be a lifetime member of #SpartanNation!
College is all about the experience! If you’re thinking about living on campus while attending Southwestern, you may choose from traditional or apartment-style housing.
Residence Hall Amenities
- Internet access
- Cable TV
- Utilities included
- Southern Prairie Family Fitness Center membership
- Coin-operated washer and dryer facilities in each building
- Beds may be bunked, lofted, or used separately
- Smoke-free and alcohol-free environment
- Outdoor basketball and tennis courts, as well as a disc golf course
- Storm shelter
Spartan Court and Spartan Suites offer lounge areas for students.
Each apartment features:
- Four private bedrooms — furnished with bed, chest of drawers, desk and chair, and closet
- Two bathrooms — layout differs depending on your residence hall
- Living room
- Kitchen area with a full-size refrigerator, stove, and microwave
- West Hall is a traditional dormitory
- Rooms designed for double occupancy
- Furnished with two beds, chests of drawers, desks and chairs, and separate closets
- Student lounge for relaxing with friends or group studying activities
The Caf’, as the Spartan Café is known to SWCC students, is located in the Student Center.
The Spartan Café features the following:
- Food court with burgers, deli sandwiches and wraps, pasta, stir fry, comfort food/home cooking, wood-oven pizza, and a full soup and salad bar.
- Made-to-order items are prepared with fresh ingredients you select.
- Soft serve ice cream machine and coffee bar.
- Meal plan as part of student housing contract.
- Paying at the register is also an option at the Spartan Café.
Students who live off-campus may purchase Café Cash on their student IDs through the SWCC business office.
Southern Prairie Family Fitness Center
If you live on campus, you will receive a Free membership to the fitness center, which is on SWCC's campus, adjacent to student housing.
- weight room
- cardio room
- basketball courts
- indoor swimming pool
- racquetball court
- walking track
Let's Get Started
Complete and submit your application for admission:
Complete the ACCUPLACER test. Your academic advisor will use the results to determine which courses you will take. This test may be waived if you have achieved an ACT composite score of 19 or higher. To schedule a testing appointment, contact SWCC’s Assessment Center in Creston at 641.782.1320. Testing may also be completed at the Red Oak and Osceola Centers.
Submit final high school transcripts or High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) scores to SWCC. Submit official college or university transcript(s) from each institution you have attended.