May 26, 2019  
2019-2020 NOVA Catalog 
2019-2020 NOVA Catalog

Science, A.S.

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CIP Code: 30.0101
NOVA Code: 8800

Offered through AL, AN, LO, MA, NOL, WO

Purpose: The curriculum is designed for individuals who are interested in a professional or scientific program and who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree with a major in one of the following fields: agriculture, biology, chemistry, pre-dentistry, forestry, geology, oceanography, pharmacy, physics, physical therapy, pre-medicine, science education, or mathematics.

Transfer Information: Students are advised to work closely with the faculty and counseling staff for program and course scheduling. Electives should be chosen carefully after investigation of the requirements of the transfer institution. The responsibility for proper course selection rests with the student. Students are encouraged to complete the A.S. degree before transferring.

Recommended Preparation: Satisfactory completion of the following high school units or equivalent as a minimum: 4 units of English, 3 units of college preparatory mathematics, 1 unit of laboratory science, and 1 unit of social science.

Two Years

Total credits for the A.S. Degree in Science: 60-65 credits

Students who do not place into Calculus would instead take MTH 166 and a Physical or Life Science  elective in place of Calculus in the first semester. See footnote 6.

1 If considering transfer to another university, contact your counselor or academic advisor to determine the appropriate course. If you require pre-calculus (see footnotes 2 and 6) MTH 161  is an optional General Education Elective  that can be used to fulfill this degree requirement. EDU 200 may be used for those interested in secondary education.

2 MTH 263  plus one semester of 200-level statistics may be taken by biology majors (MTH 245    or MTH 246  ) may be taken by biology majors. Students not adequately prepared for MTH 263  may be required to take MTH 167  or MTH 161  and MTH 162 . It is strongly recommended that students who do not place directly into MTH 263  meet with their academic advisor to plan their math progression through the degree.

3 The sciences elective may be selected from the following: BIO 101 , BIO 102 , BIO 110 , BIO 120 , CHM 111 , CHM 112 , GOL 105 , GOL 106 , PHY 201 , PHY 202 , PHY 231 , PHY 232 , or any 200-level biology, chemistry, geology, or physics course.

4 Mathematics, to include Precalculus only if required, may be used to satisfy up to three Physical or Life Science  Lab Electives. Higher level math courses may include MTH 265 - Calculus III (4 CR.) , MTH 266 - Linear Algebra (3 CR.)  or MTH 267 - Differential Equations (3 CR.) .

5 Students who plan to major in Biology should elect CHM 111 - CHM 112 , BIO 101 -BIO 102  or BIO 110  and BIO 120 , and either BIO 206  and PHY 201  or PHY 201 -PHY 202 . Students who plan to major in Chemistry should elect CHM 111 -CHM 112  and CHM 241 -CHM 242  and CHM 245 -CHM 246  plus 2 semesters of physics (please see transfer school for required physics class). Students who plan to major in physics should select PHY 231 -PHY 232 MTH 265 , MTH 267  and two of the following: CHM 111 -CHM 112 , PHY 243  or MTH 266 . For all intended majors, it is strongly recommended that you contact your counselor or academic advisor to identify courses that meet requirements of your transfer institution.

6 MTH 161  and MTH 162  may be taken in place of MTH 167 . MTH 161  can be applied to the degree as described in footnote 1 and MTH 162  can be used in place of a Physical or Life Science elective. If you are required to take precalculus it is recommended that you complete a Physical or Life Science  elective in your first semester in place of Calculus. Students who place into Calculus will not be given credit for completing precalculus and must complete a Physical or Life Science  Lab Elective (footnote 3) or a higher level Math (footnote 4).

7 See social/behavioral sciences courses listed under Social/Behavioral Sciences Electives . Base selection on requirements of transfer institution.

8 See HIS courses listed under social/behavioral science courses under Social/Behavioral Sciences Electives . HIS 101 , HIS 102 , HIS 111 , HIS 112 HIS 121  or HIS 122  are recommended.

9 See humanities/fine arts courses listed under Social/Behavioral Sciences Electives . Elective should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet requirements of the transfer institution.

10 Select from the following: CST 100 , CST 126 , or CST 229 .

11 Choose from General Education listing. This elective is not needed if selections for all other requirements total 60 credits or more.

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