DRAKE UNIVERSITY


TRANSFER PATHWAYS GUIDE: ASTRONOMY, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY, AND PHYSICS
Drake offers several majors in natural and environmental sciences: Astronomy; Environmental Science; Environmental Sustainability and Resilience; and Physics. Many share common coursework in physics, chemistry, calculus, and/or biology. All of these programs are housed in the College of Arts & Sciences. There are many courses in common across these majors. View Drake's catalog for more details on each of these programs.


Students are not required to take any or all of these courses in order to transfer to Drake but may use this as a guide to take applicable coursework for these degree programs.


Using Drake's Transfer Pathways Guides
Many courses from DMACC transfer to Drake; check TES for additional transfer course details. The courses listed here are required in the following majors and can be completed either before or after transfer to Drake. Students are encouraged to work with their DMACC advisor to develop a plan that utilizes as many of these courses as possible to satisfy core and elective requirements for their degree program.

General Education Articulation Agreement
Drake honors Associate of Arts (AA degrees) and Associate of Sciences (AS degrees) from the state of Iowa community college system, including Des Moines Area Community College, to complete Drake's general education curriculum (known as the Areas of Inquiry). Students must complete 60 transferable credits with a minimum 2.0 GPA to qualify.

Reverse transfer to complete the AA or AS with one or two Drake courses is also possible. If you have questions, please discuss this possibility with a Drake Admission Counselor or a DMACC advisor.

Astronomy and Physics
Drake offers separate majors in Astronomy and Physics. Available transfer coursework for the majors is the same at DMACC.


Descriptive Astronomy is required for the Astronomy major and an elective for Physics; other electives for Physics are available at Drake.

 DES MOINES AREA COMMUNITY COLLEGEDRAKE UNIVERSITYNote?BeginEnd
CHM 165 GENERAL/ INORG CHEMISTRY I (4)
CHEM 001 GEN CHEMISTRY I (3.000)
CHEM 003 GENERAL CHEM LAB I (1.000)
08/28/2006 
CIS 171 JAVA (3)
CS 065 INTRO TO CS I (3.000)
08/31/2015 
MAT 211 CALCULUS I (5)
MATH 0 MATH-LOWER DIVISION (1.000 TO 10.000)
MATH 050 CALCULUS I (3.000)
09/21/2020 
MAT 217 CALCULUS II (5)
MATH 0 MATH-LOWER DIVISION (1.000 TO 10.000)
MATH 070 CALCULUS II (3.000)
09/21/2020 
MAT 219 CALCULUS III (4)
MATH 1 MATH-UPPER DIVISION (1.000 TO 10.000)
MATH 100 CALCULUS III (3.000)
09/21/2020 
MAT 227 DIFF EQUATIONS WITH LAPLACE (4)
MATH 1 MATH-UPPER DIVISION (1.000 TO 10.000)
MATH 120 APPLIED DIFF EQUATIONS I (3.000)
08/31/2015 
PHS 152 ASTRONOMY (4)
ASTR 001 DESCRIPT ASTRONOMY (3.000)
ASTR 01L DESC ASTRONOMY LAB (1.000)
08/27/2007 
PHY 213 CLASSICAL PHYSICS I (6)
PHY 0 PHY LOWER DIVISION (1.000 TO 10.000)
PHY 001 INTRO PHYSICS I (0.000 TO 4.000)
08/28/2006 
PHY 223 CLASSICAL PHYSICS II (6)
PHY 0 PHY LOWER DIVISION (1.000 TO 10.000)
PHY 002 INTRO PHYSICS II (0.000 TO 4.000)
08/28/2006 
Environmental Science
Drake offers both a BA and BS in Environmental Science. The BS requires additional coursework related to research. Students choose one of two tracks: Aquatic & Earth Science or Biological Conservation. Coursework common to both tracks is listed below.
 DES MOINES AREA COMMUNITY COLLEGEDRAKE UNIVERSITYNote?BeginEnd
ENV 115 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (3)
ENSS 035 ONE EARTH:GLOB ENV SCIENCE (3.000)
08/16/2019 
ENV 116 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE LAB (1)
ENSS 036 ONE EARTH LABORATARY (1.000)
08/16/2019 
ENV 145 CONSERVATION BIOLOGY (4)
ENSS 125 CONSERVATION BIOLOGY (0.000 TO 4.000)
08/16/2019 
ENV 160 RESTORING PLANT COMMUNITIES (3)
ENSS 101 RESTORATION ECOLOGY PRACTICUM (1.000 TO 3.000)
08/16/2019 
Environmental Science: Aquatic and Earth Science Track
Students complete one of the following sequences for Physical Science: Chemistry 1 and 2 or Physics 1 and 2. Other coursework listed below fulfills various categories within the Aquatic and Earth Science track.
 DES MOINES AREA COMMUNITY COLLEGEDRAKE UNIVERSITYNote?BeginEnd
CHM 165 GENERAL/ INORG CHEMISTRY I (4)
CHEM 001 GEN CHEMISTRY I (3.000)
CHEM 003 GENERAL CHEM LAB I (1.000)
08/28/2006 
CHM 175 GENERAL/ INORG CHEMISTRY II (4)
CHEM 002 GEN CHEMISTRY II (3.000)
CHEM 004 GENERAL CHEM LAB II (1.000)
08/28/2006 
CHM 263 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I (5)
CHEM 0 CHEM LOWER DIVISION (1.000 TO 10.000)
CHEM 097 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I (3.000)
CHEM 098 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LAB I (1.000)
05/16/2011 
MAT 211 CALCULUS I (5)
MATH 0 MATH-LOWER DIVISION (1.000 TO 10.000)
MATH 050 CALCULUS I (3.000)
09/21/2020 
PHY 160 GENERAL PHYSICS I (5)
PHY 0 PHY LOWER DIVISION (1.000 TO 10.000)
PHY 011 GENERAL PHYSICS I
08/27/2007 
PHY 161 GENERAL PHYSICS II (5)
PHY 0 PHY LOWER DIVISION (1.000 TO 10.000)
PHY 012 GENERAL PHYSICS II (0.000 TO 4.000)
08/27/2012 
Environmental Science: Biological Conservation
 DES MOINES AREA COMMUNITY COLLEGEDRAKE UNIVERSITYNote?BeginEnd
BIO 112 GENERAL BIOLOGY I (4)
BIO 012 GENERAL/PRE-PROFESSIONAL BIO I (3.000)
BIO 012L GEN/PRE-PROF BIO I LAB (1.000)
08/25/2008 
BIO 113 GENERAL BIOLOGY II (4)
BIO 013 GEN/PRE-PROFESSIONAL BIO II (3.000)
BIO 013L GEN/PRE-PRO BIOLOGY II LAB (1.000)
08/25/2014 
CHM 165 GENERAL/ INORG CHEMISTRY I (4)
CHEM 001 GEN CHEMISTRY I (3.000)
CHEM 003 GENERAL CHEM LAB I (1.000)
08/28/2006 
Environmental Sustainability and Resilience
Drake's BA in Environmental Sustainability and Resilience shares some common environmental science coursework with the Environmental Science major but incorporates more social science coursework and has less physical science.
 DES MOINES AREA COMMUNITY COLLEGEDRAKE UNIVERSITYNote?BeginEnd
BIO 113 GENERAL BIOLOGY II (4)
BIO 013 GEN/PRE-PROFESSIONAL BIO II (3.000)
BIO 013L GEN/PRE-PRO BIOLOGY II LAB (1.000)
08/25/2014 
ECN 130 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (3)
ECON 002 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS (3.000)
08/28/2006 
ENV 115 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (3)
ENSS 035 ONE EARTH:GLOB ENV SCIENCE (3.000)
08/16/2019 
ENV 116 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE LAB (1)
ENSS 036 ONE EARTH LABORATARY (1.000)
08/16/2019 
ENV 145 CONSERVATION BIOLOGY (4)
ENSS 125 CONSERVATION BIOLOGY (0.000 TO 4.000)
08/16/2019 
ENV 160 RESTORING PLANT COMMUNITIES (3)
ENSS 101 RESTORATION ECOLOGY PRACTICUM (1.000 TO 3.000)
08/16/2019 
Drake's Transfer Policies
Work with a Drake University Admission Counselor to find out exactly how your credits will transfer, keeping the following in mind:

  • Students can transfer a maximum of 66 credit hours from DMACC or other community colleges. A Drake bachelor's degree requires a minimum of 124 credits.
  • A grade of C- or higher is required for all transfer coursework.
  • A minimum of 40 upper level (100-199) credits is required for Drake bachelor's degrees.
  • The last 30 credit hours must be completed at Drake University.
  • Admitted students with an A.A. or A.S. degree from an Iowa community college who have at least 60 semester credits acceptable for transfer and a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average will enter Drake University having fulfilled the Areas of Inquiry requirements.
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