NVCC 2001-2002 Catalog
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Transfer Programs Information

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    NVCC offers transfer programs that 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 bachelorís 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.
    The Counseling Centers maintain a collection of college catalogs from Virginia and neighboring states. Many Virginia colleges publish transfer guides that 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 Web site has additional transfer resources (http://www.nvcc.edu/transfer). Most of the Virginia colleges have Web sites on the Internet that 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 that states that an NVCC student who graduates with an A.A. or A.S. degree, who earns at least 24 semester hours of transferable work at NVCC, and who maintains a curriculum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.50 is guaranteed admission to George Mason. (This policy applies on a case-by-case basis to students who have earned an A.S. degree in General Studies.) Counselors can provide students with more specific information on the state transfer policy, the GMU/NVCC agreement, and how these 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  

    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 Specialization

Liberal 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:

Dentistry Occupational Therapy Physical Therapy
Law Optometry Veterinary Medicine
Medicine Pharmacy  

Transfer Module from the State Policy on Transfer
    The Virginia State Policy on Transfer lists general education courses that transfer to the majority of public four-year degree granting institutions in Virginia. These courses are referred to as the "transfer module." Many other NVCC courses also transfer to these institutions. Some Virginia colleges and universities will grant special status to students who have completed 35 hours from the Transfer Module. If you plan to transfer prior to completing an A.A. or an A.S. degree, you should consider completing courses from the following list. Also, students completing an A.A.A. or A.A.S. degree may benefit from selecting courses from the Transfer Module if their long-term goal is to complete a four-year degree program.

ENGLISH (6 credit hours)
ENG 111-112 College Composition

HUMANITIES (6 credit hours)
ART 101, 102 History and Appreciation of Art
MUS 121,122 Music Appreciation
ENG 241, 242 Survey of American Literature
ENG 243, 244 Survey of English Literature
ENG 251, 252 Survey of World Literature
HUM 201, 202 Survey of Western Culture
PHI 101, 102 Introduction to Philosophy
PHI 211, 212 History of Western Philosophy

SOCIAL SCIENCE (6 credit hours)
ECO 201, 202 Principle of Economics
GEO 221, 222 Regions of the World
PLS 211, 212 U.S. Government
PLS 241, 242 International Relations
PSY 201, 202 Introduction to Psychology
PSY 231, 232 Life Span Human Development
SOC 201, 202 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 211, 212 Principles of Anthropology

SCIENCE (8 credit hours including lab; some institutions require a two-semester sequence)
BIO 101-102 General Biology
BIO 231-232 Human Anatomy and Physiology
CHM 101-102 General Chemistry
CHM 111-112 College Chemistry
PHY 101-102 Introduction to Physics
PHY 201-202 General College Physics
GOL 105-106 Physical and Historical Geology
NAS 130 Elements of Astronomy

HISTORY (6 credit hours; some institutions require a two-semester sequence)
HIS 101-102 History of Western Civilization
HIS 111-112 History of World Civilization
HIS 121-122 U.S. History

MATHEMATICS (3 credit hours)
MTH 151 Math for the Liberal Arts I
MTH 163 Precalculus I
MTH 166 Precalculus with Trigonometry (5cr)
MTH 173 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (5cr)
MTH 181 Finite Math I
MTH 241 Statistics I
MTH 270 Applied Calculus
MTH 271 Applied Calculus I

    Total credit hours = 35

Transfer Articulation Agreements
    To help you transfer, NVCC and the VCCS have special agreements with several four-year colleges and universities. These articulation agreements define the way courses, programs, or entire categories of programs transfer to another institution and may include admission guarantees. If you wish to transfer to any of the institutions listed below, please visit an NVCC Counseling Office for more detailed information on how the articulation agreements may help you transfer.

    American InterContinental University
    American University
    Averett College
    Catholic University's Metropolitan College
    Eastern Kentucky University
    Ferrum College
    Florida International University
    George Mason University
    Howard University
    James Madison University
    Longwood College
    Marymount University
    Michigan State University
    Middle Tennessee State University
    Montreat-Anderson College
    Mount Vernon College
    National-Louis University
    Norfolk State University
    North Carolina Wesleyan College
    Old Dominion University
    Radford University
    Regent University
    Saint Leo 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

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