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Degree or No Degree?

That’s really the question that is burning a lot of students mind when contemplating transferring out. What are the advantages and disadvantages of pursuing an Associate's Degree? Courses listed below are generally considered to be typical choices for transfer.

General Education Requirements for Transfer

Degree or No DegreeCourses listed below are generally considered to be typical choices for transfer. This is not a total list of all possible transfer courses, but those usually viewed as relating to core requirements of most four- year schools.  You must keep in mind that the college you transfer to always makes the final decision whether or not they will accept a specific course.  Although most colleges will only consider transfer credit for courses in which a "C" or better was earned, a few colleges have different policies. 

Descriptions for all NOVA classes can be found in the NOVA Catalog. The Career & Transfer Center (CA 105) has transfer guides for many colleges and universities.

ENG 111-112 College Composition I - II
Foreign Language
Usually required for most B.A. degrees; some colleges also require for B.S. degrees
ARA 101-102; 201-202 Beginning/Intermediate Arabic I-II
FRE 101-102; 201-202 Beginning/Intermediate French I-II
GER 101-102; 201-202 Beginning/Intermediate German I-II
ITA 101-102; 201-202 Beginning/Intermediate Italian I-II
JPA 101-102; 201-202 Beginning/Intermediate Japanese I-II
KOR 101-102; 201-202 Beginning/Intermediate Korean I-II
SPA 101-102; 201-202 Beginning/Intermediate Spanish I-II
Health/Physical Education
Often required, but varies greatly from college to college

HLT 110 Concepts of Personal & Community Health
PED 116 Lifetime Fitness & Wellness (most of the PED activity classes)
HIS 101-102 History of Western Civilization I-II
HIS 121-122 United States History I-II
ART 101-102 History & Appreciation of Art I-II
ENG 241-242 Survey of American Literature I-II
ENG 243-244 Survey of English Literature I-II
ENG 251-252 Survey of World Literature I-II
HUM 201-202 Survey of Western Culture I-II
MUS 121-122 Music Appreciation I-II
PHI 101-102 Introduction to Philosophy I-II
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking
CST 110 Introduction to Speech Communications
This can differ dramatically depending on the major & the four-year school.  Some majors and/or colleges require a specific "mix" of Math courses
MTH 151-152 Math for the Liberal Arts (usually accepted for Liberal Arts & Fine Arts majors)
MTH 163 Pre-Calculus I
MTH 166 Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry
MTH 173-174 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I-II
(often required for Computer Science, Engineering, Math & some Science majors)
MTH 271-272 Applied Calculus I-II  (often required for some Business & Science majors)
BIO 101-102 General Biology I-II
CHM 101-102 General Chemistry I-II
CHM 111-112 College Chemistry (required for Computer Science, Engineering, Pre-Med & Science majors)
GOL 105-106 Physical & Historical Geology
PHY 101-102 Introduction to Physics I-II
PHY 201-202 General College Physics I-II
PHY 231-232 General University Physics (often required for Engineering & some Science majors)
Social Science
ECO 201-202 Principles of Economics
GEO 221-222 Regions of the World
PLS 211-212 United States Government I-II
PLS 241-242 International Relations I-II
PSY 201-202 Introduction to Psychology I-II
PSY 231-232 Life Span Human Development I-II
SOC 201-202 Introduction to Sociology I-II
SOC-211-212 Principles of Anthropology I-II

Additional Classes That Will Usually Transfer:

It is best to check with your intended college for their acceptance of the classes listed below

ACC-211-212 Principles of Accounting I-II
Computer Science
CSC 201-202 Computer Science I & II
CSC 205 Computer Organization
CSC 206 Assembly Language
(Although most transfer, it's best to check with your intended college)
ART 121-122 Drawing I & II
ART 131-132 Fundamentals of Design
ART Most of the ART studio classes e.g. sculpture, etc.
ENG 211 Creative Writing
ENG 245 Major English Writers
MUS 111-112 Music Theory
MUS 211-212 Advanced Music Theory
MUS 221-222 History of Music
MUS 225 History of Jazz
MUS Most of the applied MUS classes e.g. piano, voice, etc.
PHI 111-112 Logic I & II
PHI 227 Bio-Medical Ethics
REL 215 *New Testament & Early Christianity
CST 115 Small Group Communication
CST 130 Introduction to the Theater
CST 131-132 Acting I-II
MTH 241-242 Statistics I-II
MTH 277 Multivariable Calculus
MTH 285 Linear Algebra
MTH 286 Discrete Mathematics
MTH 291-292 Ordinary Differential Equations/ Topics in Differential Equations
It is best to check with your intended college for their acceptance of science classes below
BIO 141-142 Human Anatomy & Physiology
BIO 205 Microbiology
BIO 226 Vertebrate Zoology
BIO 231-232 Human Anatomy & Physiology
BIO 256 General Genetics
CHM 241-242; 245-246 Organic Chemistry/Special Organic Chemistry Labs
CHM 260 Introductory Biochemistry
GOL 111 Oceanography
NAS 130 Elements of Astronomy
Social Science
GEO 200 Introduction to Physical Geography
GEO 210 People & the Land
HIS 127 Women in American History
HIS 135 History of the Contemporary World
HIS 141-142 Afro-American History
HIS 241-242 History of Russia
HIS 253-254 History of Asian Civilizations
HIS 266 Military History of the Civil War
HIS 269 Civil War & Reconstruction
PLS 120 Introduction to Political Science
PLS 135 American National Politics
PLS 136 State & Local Politics
PSY 215 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 216 Social Psychology
PSY 225 Theories of Personality
PSY 235 Child Psychology
PSY 236 Adolescent Psychology
PSY 265 Psychology of Men & Women
SOC 207 Medical Sociology
SOC 215 Sociology of the Family
SOC 247 Death & Dying
SOC 268 Social Problems

* Check NOVA Catalog for prerequisites

Some of the classes from the applied degrees may also transfer (e.g. ITE 100, ITE 115), but this can vary greatly depending on the college and the major you plan to enter. It is extremely important that you check it out with a Counselor or a Faculty Advisor and the intended college.