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Transfer Guide: Computer Information Systems

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• Students wishing to enter the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science major at SAU are encouraged to complete the course recommendations below within the Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree at Black Hawk College.
• Students transferring with an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree will be admitted to SAU with junior status and most general education courses completed.
• Students electing to transfer without an AA or AS degree will have their transcript evaluated on a course-by-course basis. These students are advised to follow SAU general education recommendations.
• Students are advised to apply to SAU one year in advance of the term they wish to transfer.
• Once an application has been submitted to SAU, a transcript should be sent from BHC to the SAU Admissions Office after each term completed.
• A maximum of 64 semester hours may be transferred from community colleges toward the 120 hours required for a bachelor's degree from SAU.


Complete the following courses prior to transferring to St. Ambrose University after the spring of the sophomore year

1st Year, Fall Semester
Notes BHC Courses SH SAU Equivalent
1 ENG 101 3 ENGL EL
   MATH 112 or MATH 131 3-4 MATH 151 or MATH 161
   CS 121 5 CSCI 195
   SPEC 101 3 COMM 129
  Semester Hours 14-15  
   1st Year, Spring Semester
Notes BHC Courses SH SAU Equivalent
  CS 225 4 CSCI 295
1 ENG 102 3 ENGL 101
2 Physical Science 3-4 Natural Science
3 Social and Behavioral Science 3 Social Science
   NETW 125 3 Technical Elective
  Semester Hours 16-17  
            2nd Year, Fall Session
Notes BHC Courses SH SAU Equivalent
   NETW 145 3 CSCI 140
4 Humanities/Fine Arts (Philosophy 100, 101 or 103 recommended.  See foreign language note.) 3 Philosophy/Theology
4 Humanities/Fine Arts 3 Humanities
5 Non-Western Studies 3 General Education
3 Social and Behavioral Science 3 Social Science
6 Elective 2-3 Elective
  Semester Hours 17-18  
   2nd Year, Spring Semester
  NETW 165 3 CSCI 270
   MATH 161 3 CSCI 281
7 Life Science 3-4 Natural Science
4 Humanities or Fine Arts 3 Humanities
3 Social and Behavioral Science 3 Social Science
  Semester Hours 15-16  

Total Hours Required for BHC graduation - 64


1. A grade of "C" or better is required in both ENG 101 and ENG 102.
2. Physical Science Electives: Any BHC IAI P course. Note: Life Science or Physical Science must include a lab.
3. Social and Behavioral Science Electives: Any BHC IAI S course. ECON 222 recommended.
4. Humanities/Fine Arts Electives: Select one BHC IAI H or HF, one BHC IAI F, and one BHC IAI H, F, or HF course.
Foreign Language Note:
SAU requires three years of the same foreign language in high school or two semesters through 102 at the college level. Sign Language may meet this requirement. Foreign language below the 202 level will not meet a humanities requirement at Black Hawk College.
5. Non-Western Studies Electives: Any BHC IAI N course or one of the following AG 288, ECON 270, SBS 200 or SPEC 175.
6. Students may elect to take an SAU general education course to meet additional hours required for graduation. SAU general education electives include: HEAL 102 (2 hours), HPE 101-200 (1-3 hours) or Foreign Language (0-6 hours). ENG 132 may be selected to meet the communication component of the Computer Information Systems major. Other recommended electives to meet major requirements at SAU are MATH 131, CS 242 or CS 252.
7. Life Science Electives: Any BHC IAI L1 course. Note: Life Science or Physical Science must include a lab.

St. Ambrose Contact
Ken Grenier
Phone: (563) 333-6173

Black Hawk Contact
Debbie Collins
Phone: (309) 796-5316

This guide is not intended to be a contract with SAU. The information of this guide is subject to change; students are advised to contact SAU to keep informed of changes. Final responsibility for verifying all transfer information lies with the student. Using this guide in conjunction with the BHC Catalog, the student will use to fulfill degree requirements. 

Updated: September, 2013