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         NVCC offers transfer programs which lead to the Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree or the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree. These programs are designed for students who plan to complete the freshman and sophomore years of college work at the community college and then transfer to a four-year college or university to complete the junior and senior years of a bachelor's degree. Since admission policies and program requirements vary among four-year colleges, all students need to be acquainted with the specific requirements of the college or university of their choice. Students should consult and work closely with counselors and/or faculty advisors in transfer planning and for designing an appropriate NVCC program of study.


      NVCC has specific articulation agreements or arrangements with several four-year colleges and universities. These agreements define the way courses, programs, or entire categories of programs transfer to another institution. The colleges and universities with which NVCC has formal agreements are listed below: American InterContinental University American University Averett College Bluefield College Boston University Catholic University's Metropolitan College Eastern Kentucky University Florida International University George Mason University Howard University Marymount University Michigan State University Middle Tennessee State University Morris Harvey College Mount Vernon College National-Louis University Norfolk State University North Carolina Wesleyan College Old Dominion University Radford University Saint Paul's College Shenandoah University Sierra Nevada College - Lake Tahoe Southeastern University Strayer University Virginia Commonwealth University Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University University of Maryland, College Park University of Maryland, Eastern Shore University of Rochester York College of Pennsylvania


      The Counseling Centers maintain a collection of college catalogs from Virginia and neighboring states. Many Virginia colleges publish transfer guides which indicate the community college courses to be completed for transfer and their equivalencies at the four-year college. The Counseling Centers and libraries also have a variety of college guides, specialty books, computer software, etc. to assist students in all aspects of transfer planning. The NVCC website has additional transfer resources (http://www.nvcc.edu/transfer). Most of the Virginia colleges have web sites on the Internet which can also provide students with valuable information. A course with a grade of less than C is usually not accepted for transfer even if the student has an A.S. or A.A. degree. Students must submit a completed transcript request form to an NVCC admissions office to have an official copy of their transcript forwarded to the intended transfer college or university. The Virginia State Council of Higher Education and the State Board for Community Colleges have endorsed a State Policy on Transfer. This policy gives guidelines for Virginia community colleges and state-supported senior institutions on admission of transfer students, acceptance and application of transfer credits, services for and responsibilities of transfer students, and a transfer module for students who transfer without an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Science degree. The State Policy on Transfer states that students who have earned an A.A. or A.S. degree (does not automatically include General Studies) should be considered to have met lower division general education requirements of senior Virginia public institutions. NVCC has a special agreement with George Mason University which states that a student with an A.A. or A.S. degree meets the admission requirements for GMU, but does not provide that lower-division general-education requirements for all majors have been met. Counselors can provide students with more specific information on the state transfer policy, the GMU/NVCC agreement, and how they would relate to individual transfer plans. Northern Virginia Community College offers the following specific programs of study leading to the Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degrees:

Associate in Arts Degrees
Related Certificates
Fine Arts
1Liberal Arts
Art History Specialization
International Studies Specialization
Music Specialization
Philosophy Specialization
Psychology Specialization
Religion Specialization
Speech Communication Specialization
Associate in Science Degrees
2Business Administration
Computer Science
Electrical Engineering Specialization
4General Studies
Psychology Specialization
Biotechnology Specialization
Mathematics Specialization
Semiconductor Laboratory Processes sppecialization

1Liberal Arts
     A foundation program for Baccalaureate in Arts Degrees for any other humanities or social science program not listed as a specialization, e.g., Anthropology, Economics, Education, English, Foreign Languages, Geography, History, Political Science, Sociology, etc.

2Business Administration
     A foundation program for Baccalaureate Degrees in Business with majors in Accounting, Business Management, Finance, Decision Science and Management Information Systems, Marketing, etc.

     A foundation program for Baccalaureate Degrees in Engineering with majors in Aeronautical, Chemical, Civil, Mechanical, etc.

4General Studies
     A foundation program which can be tailored to meet the requirements of a specific Baccalaureate Degree at a specific four-year institution.

     A foundation program for Baccalaureate Degrees in Science with majors in Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Forestry, Geology, Home Economics, Oceanography, Physics, etc.

     The foundation courses are also available (through the Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degrees) for advanced professional degree programs in many fields, including:

DentistryOccupational TherapyPhysical Therapy
LawOptometryVeterinary Medicine



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