Jul 23, 2024  
2024-2025 NOVA Catalog 
2024-2025 NOVA Catalog

Uniform Certificate of General Studies (UCGS)

Location(s): AL, AN, LO, MA, NOL, WO


CIP Code: 24.0199

NOVA Code: 695 

Purpose: This program provides a solid foundation in the VCCS and NOVA general education core competency areas. Essentially the first year of an associate of science degree, this certificate is awarded to students placed in A.A. and A.S. degree programs who complete the requirements listed.

Transfer Virginia has developed 32 credits of transferable coursework (including Passport courses) that students can complete. This replaces the General Education Certificate beginning in Fall 2022. Only classes completed after May 1, 2020 will apply, and students must have earned a C or higher. NOVA cannot accept course substitutions, as this is a VCCS program. Students must be program-placed in the UCGS and apply for graduation to earn the credential. See a summary of UCGS courses.

One Year

Total credits for the Uniform Certificate of General Studies: 32 credits

Students who are placed in A.A.A. and A.A.S. programs may work with a counselor to be placed in this program under certain circumstances. See a counselor for more information.

Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution. 

UCGS courses are denoted with an asterisk (*).

1 Select any UCGS course from the humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives Must be from two different categories. 

2 Select any UCGS course from the physical and life science courses listed under General Education Electives 

3 Select any UCGS non-HIS course from the social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives 

4 Select any UCGS course from the communication, languages, studio art, and technology courses listed under General Education Electives  or any UCGS course listed under the General Education Electives 

5 Select any UCGS HIS course listed under social/behavioral sciences in General Education Electives