Site Search:

A browser that supports JavaScript is required to submit the NOVA site search form and to display search results.

Audience Navigation:

Topic Navigation:

Breadcrumb Navigation:

Home >   Academics > Degree & Certificates

nova 2011-2012 college catalog: Programs of Study

SCIENCE  
Associate of Science Degree AL, AN, LO, MA, WO, ELI


Purpose:  The curriculum is designed for persons 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 program with a major in one of the following fields: agriculture, biology, chemistry, pre-dentistry, forestry, geology, home economics, nursing, 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 requirements of the institution to which transfer is intended. 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 Credits
1st Semester
3,4___ Science with Laboratory 4
CSC 110 Introduction to Computing 3
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
1HIS HIS    Elective 3
2MTH 271 Applied Calculus I or MTH 173 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 3-5
5SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
Total   17-19
2nd Semester
8___ ___    Social Science Elective 3
3,4___ Science with Laboratory 4
6ENG 112 College Composition II 3
2MTH 272 Applied Calculus II or MTH 174 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 3-5
7PED 116 Lifetime Fitness & Wellness 1
7PED/RPK PED/RPK    Elective 1
Total   15-17
3rd Semester
3,4___ Science with Laboratory 4
3,4___ Science with Laboratory 4
6___ ___    Social Science Elective 3
9___ ___    General Elective 3
10___ ___    Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
Total   17
4th Semester
10___ ___    Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
3,4___ Science with Laboratory 4
3,4___ Science with Laboratory 4
CST 110 Intro to Communication 3
Total   14
Total credits for the Science A.S.=63-67

Twenty-four of these credits must be taken in laboratory science courses for transfer to a four-year institution with a major in Science.

1 HIS 101, 102, 121 or 122 are recommended. Although not required, students are encouraged to take a two-semester sequence in history, depending on the requirements of the transfer institution.

2 MTH 173-174 is required for students planning a four-year major in Physics or Chemistry. MTH 271 plus one semester of statistics may be taken by Biology majors. Students not adequately prepared for MTH 173 may be required to take MTH 166 or MTH 163-164. Students must see their counselor/advisor before choosing a math as transfer institutions have a wide range of requirements.

3 Sciences (with laboratories) may be selected from the following: BIO 101-102, BIO 107, BIO 110, BIO 120, or BIO 141-142, CHM 111-112, PHY 201-202, PHY 231-232, PHY 243, GOL 105-106, or any 200-level biology, chemistry, geology, or physics course.

4 Students who plan to major in Chemistry should elect CHM 111-112 and CHM 241-242 and CHM 245-246 plus 2 two-semester sequences from the following: BIO 101-102, BIO 110, BIO 120, GOL 105-106, GOL 111-112, or any 200-level biology, chemistry, geology, or physics course. Students who plan to major in Physics and Engineering should select PHY 231-232 plus CHM 111-112 and 1 two-semester sequence from the following BIO 101-102, BIO 110, BIO 120, GOL 105-106, GOL 111-112, or any 200 level Biology, Chemistry, or Geology course (physics majors include PHY 243). Math requirement: MTH 173-174. MTH 277, MTH 285, MTH 291-292.

5 Students may substitute the SDV 101 Orientation section related to this program.

6 ENG 125 may be substituted with the advice of a counselor or faculty advisor according to requirements of transfer institutions.

7 The PED requirement may be met by one of the following options: PED 116, 2 cr.; PED 116, 1 cr. plus a PED activities course, 1 cr.; or PED 116, 1 cr. plus RPK activities course. PED 116 is offered as both a 1-credit and a 2-credit course.

8 The social science elective may be selected from the social/behavioral sciences courses listed under General Education Electives. Base selection on requirements of transfer institution.

9 General Education Electives may be met by one of the courses listed under General Education Electives.

10 Humanities/fine arts elective may be selected from the humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives. Elective should be selected with advice of a counselor or faculty advisor to meet requirements of transfer institution.