May 17, 2024  
2023-2024 NOVA Catalog 
2023-2024 NOVA Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

What’s new in this Catalog 2023-2024

All revisions are effective Fall 2023

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Transfer VA Curricular Changes

We kindly remind you to stay up to date with the latest updates regarding the statewide Transfer VA initiative changes to NOVA courses by regularly checking our Academic Affairs blog. Our blog is the best resource to track these curricular changes and the programs they impact. You can access our blog at    

New Degrees 

Architecture Technology: Architecture, C.S.C  

Music A.F.A.  

Education: Teaching Professional, C.S.C.   

Information Systems Technology: Data Analytics, C.S.C.  

Technical and Professional Writing, C.S.C   

Uniform Certificate of General Studies (UCGS)  - New Program Code

These two programs have been reclassified as A.S. degrees rather than specializations. As a result, they are now considered new programs with new program code.

Education, A.S.  

Health Sciences, A.S.  

Discontinued Programs 

Music, A.A.

Music, A.A.A

Professional Writing for Business, Government, and Industry, Certificate 

General Education: Health Sciences, A.S.

Social Sciences: Teacher Education, A.S.

Approved New Courses

To stay informed about the specific courses and programs impacted by these changes, please visit our Academic Affairs blog at There, you can find the latest updates and information regarding the statewide Transfer VA initiative changes to NOVA courses.

BUS 240 - Introduction to Business Law  - in place of BUS 241 and BUS 242

PHI 100 - Introduction to Philosophy  - in place of PHI 101 (Approved Summer 2023) 

Credit change

BUS 224 - Business Statistics (3 CR.)   

CST 136 - Theatre Workshop (1 CR.)    

We have revised the wording of the following policies for the purpose of clarification

These policies can be found in the  Academic Policies and Information section.

10 Year Course Limit for Some Technology Programs

A note for students pursuing the following programs:

  • Computer Science A.S.
  • Cybersecurity A.A.S. and all related Career Studies Certificates
  • Information Systems Technology A.A.S. and all related Career Studies Certificates
  • Information Technology A.S.

Any Information Technology (ITD, ITE, ITN, ITP) and or Computer Science (CSC) courses must not be older than ten years, as of the first day of the fall semester in the academic year they graduate, unless approved by the pathway dean.

Seven Year Rule for Catalog Years

To fulfill the requirements for graduation, the Catalog used for certifying the student’s completion of their academic program must not be older than seven years from the date of their graduation. Please see below an example for guidance on how to measure when a student catalog year expires.

Catalog Year 2017-2018

Students placed in the following catalog terms in SIS are considered to be placed in the 2017-2018 catalog year: Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2018

Fall 2017-Summer 2018 1st Academic Year
Fall 2018-Summer 2019 2nd Academic Year
Fall 2019-Summer 2020 3rd Academic Year
Fall 2020-Summer 2021 4th Academic Year
Fall 2021-Summer 2022 5th Academic Year
Fall 2022-Summer 2023 6th Academic Year
Fall 2023-Summer 2024 7th Academic Year

Discontinued Programs Expiring Summer 2023

Reminder: Students in programs that have been discontinued must graduate within 3 years from the term of discontinuance.

Curriculum Code Degree type Name of Program Discontinuation Date Last Date to Graduate
221-400-02 CSC Administration of Justice: Security Mgt Fall 2020 Summer 2023
9300 Certificate Architectural Drafting Fall 2020 Summer 2023
221-920-02 CSC Automotive Technology: Diesel Mechaics Tech Fall 2020 Summer 2023
2500 Certificate Contract Management Fall 2020 Summer 2023
4270 AAS Fire Science Technology Fall 2020 Summer 2023
221-352-02 CSC Graphic Design: Web Design Specialist Fall 2020 Summer 2023
2970 Certificate Graphic Design: Multimedia Design Fall 2020 Summer 2023
2670 Certificate Hospitality Mgt: Meeting, Event, and Exhibition Fall 2020 Summer 2023
2510 AAS Marketing Fall 2020 Summer 2023
221-251-02 CSC Marketing Fall 2020 Summer 2023
221-251-04 CSC Marketing: Marketing Management Fall 2020 Summer 2023


CPL update

We have added new certifications in the section of CPL: Section 2-Credit from Certification or Credentials 

  • Business and Public Service Certifications
    • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Certified Professional (Fast-Forward Credential): BUS 205 
  • Computer Science and Information Technology Certifications
    • Google Data Analytics: ITD 145 & ITD 245
    • Google UX Design: ITD 110
    • Google Project Management: ITP 170
Catalog year selection 

You are able to change your catalog selection by using the drop down menu located on the top left hand-side at any catalog page.