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NOVA 2012-2013 College Catalog: Programs of Study

General Education  
Certificate AL, AN, LO, MA, WO, ELI


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 programs1 who complete the requirements listed below.

One Year Credits
1st Semester
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
2___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
3MTH 151 Math for the Liberal Arts I 3
___ Physical or Life Science Elective w/ Lab 4
5___ Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
Total   17
2nd Semester
6ENG 112 College Composition II or 3
  ENG  125  Introduction to Literature or  
  Oral Communication Elective  
___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
___ Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
___ Physical or Life Science Elective w/ Lab 4
___ Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
Total   16
Total credits for the General Education Certificate =33

1 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.

2 Humanities/fine arts elective may be selected from the humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives.

3 Higher-level MTH courses may be substituted.

4 The science elective may be selected from biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science, geology, or natural science courses with a lab component, as listed under General Education Electives in the Physical/Life Sciences. Some four-year colleges require a two-semester sequence.

5 The social science elective may be selected from the social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives.

6 Oral communication elective may be chosen from CST 100, 110, 115, 127, 226, or 229.