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

General Studies, A.S.

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


CIP Code: 24.0102

NOVA Code: 6990

Purpose:  This program is a flexible associate degree for students who plan to transfer to a 4-year university, but are not yet sure of their intended major. The degree parallels the first two years of a four-year bachelor’s degree program, providing maximum transfer elective options for exploration.

Transfer Information: Students are advised to work closely with the faculty and advising personnel for program and course scheduling. Electives should be chosen carefully to meet specific requirements of the intended transfer institution. The responsibility for proper course selection rests with the student. Students are encouraged to complete the A.S. degree before transferring. Some Virginia colleges and universities exclude General Studies graduates from participating in guaranteed admission programs.

Two Years


Total credits for the A.S. Degree in General Studies: 60 credits


Students should consult with an advisor to ensure mathematics courses meet their intended transfer institution requirement.

Courses eligible for UCGS can be found on the General Education Electives  page, marked with an asterisk (*). It’s recommended to choose electives with the guidance of a counselor or academic advisor to ensure they fulfill the requirements of the transfer institution.

Credit will not be awarded for both MTH 155  and MTH 245 . Students who plan to take MTH 245  should take MTH 154  or MTH 161  first.

2 Select from the following: HIS 101 HIS 102 HIS 111 HIS 112 HIS 121 , or HIS 122 . Consult your specific degree or transfer pathway and chose based on the topic that most interests you.

3 See humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives . Students must choose courses from two of the three areas listed, excluding English. 

4 See physical and life science courses listed under General Education Electives 

5 See social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives . At least one class must be non-HIS course.

6 See English literature courses listed under humanities/fine arts from the General Education Electives .

Students can take another General Education Electives  or select from a List of Transfer Electives  for acceptable courses. The majority of four-year institutions require a foreign language through intermediate (202) level for Bachelor of Arts degree. Waivers or credit by exam for previous experience is available for some languages. See the ‘World Language Credit and Waiver’ section of the [Credit for Prior Learning Manual].