NVCC 2003-2004 Catalog
    Instructional Programs

Degree Requirements

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A.A. A.S. A.A.A. A.A.S.
1Written & Oral Communication 9 9 6 6
2Humanities 6 6 3 3
3Foreign Language 6 - - -
4Social Sciences 12 94 6 6
5Mathematics 6 6 0-3 0-3
6Natural Sciences 8 8 0-3 0-3
7STD Elective 1 1 1 1
8Physical Education/Wellness 2 2 2 2
9Computer Usage 0-3 0-3 0-3 0-3
10Elective &        
Major Area Requirements 7-16 16-22 41-48 44-48
Total Credits* 60-63 60-63 65-69 65-6911

    *Minimum credits required for each degree program as specified by the Virginia Community College System.

1Written and Oral Communication. For A.A. and A.S. degrees, ENG 111-ENG 112, College Composition I-II are required. A 3-credit speech course is also required.
    For A.A.A. and A.A.S. degrees, 3 credits in English composition (ENG 111, College Composition, ENG 115, Technical Writing, or ENG 131, Technical Report Writing) and a speech course are required.
    See the following "General Education Electives" section for a list of approved general education courses.

2Humanities. Humanities requirements may be met by courses in art (ART), 200-level literature (ENG), humanities (HUM), music (MUS), philosophy (PHI), religion (REL), sign communication (SCM), or foreign languages.
    See the following "General Education Electives" section for a list of approved general education courses.

3Foreign Language. If you are in an A.A. program, you must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate (201-202) level, which is consistent with the lower division requirements for most B.A. degrees. Waivers or credit by exam (through CLEP) for previous experience may be available for some languages.

4Social Sciences. The social science requirement may be met by courses in economics (ECO), geography (GEO), history (HIS), political science (PLS), psychology (PSY), and sociology (SOC). Where the social science is listed as an elective in a curriculum, you may select from courses in any of these areas.
    Only 6 semester hours of social/behavioral sciences are required for engineering majors who plan to transfer to a baccalaureate degree engineering program that requires 6 or fewer hours in this category, provided that the college/university publishes such requirements in its transfer guide.
    See the following "General Education Electives" section for a list of approved general education courses.

5Mathematics. A.A. and A.S.: A minimum of 6 credits in mathematics at or above MTH 151 is required. The General Studies A.S. degree requires only 3 credits of mathematics.
    A.A.A. and A.A.S: A minimum of 3 credits must be earned in mathematics/natural sciences. In degrees that have a science requirement, the mathematics course may be fewer than 3 credits.
    See the following "General Education Electives" section for a list of approved general education courses.

6Natural Sciences. A.A. and A.S. degrees require 8 credits in courses in the natural sciences that include laboratories. Courses may be chosen from biology (BIO), chemistry (CHM), geology (GOL), natural science (NAS) (non-science majors only) or physics (PHY). Some four-year degree programs require a two-semester sequence in a single laboratory science.
    A.A.A. and A.A.S. degrees may or may not require a natural science, depending on the curriculum.
    See the following "General Education Electives" section for a list of approved general education courses.

7STD Elective. A one-credit Student Development course is required. All Student Development courses cover topics related to academic success, responsible decision making, and college information. Some sections address additional topics. First-time NVCC College students are required to take STD 100 or another STD course before enrolling for their 16th semester hour at the College.

8Physical Education/Wellness. The 2-credit physical education/wellness requirement may be met by one of the following options:

PED 116, 1 credit, and a PED activities course, 1 credit
PED 116, 2 credits
PED 116, 1 credit, and one of the following RPK activity courses: 205, 207, 208, 216, or 225.
PED 220, 2 credits

9Computer Usage. Students who entered NVCC in the fall 1999 semester or later and who wish to graduate from a degree program must demonstrate computer competency either by passing the NVCC Computer Competency Test or by taking an approved computer competency course. If your degree requires you to take a computer course, you may not substitute the computer competency test for the computer course. Most degree programs specify which computer competency course to take, but if no such course is designated, students may choose from among AST 232, AST 236, BUS 226, CSC 110, HIT 130, or IST 117 courses.
    To meet the NVCC computer competency requirements, students completing programs of 45 or more credits must be able to perform the following computer skills:

  • Perform basic operating system tasks using the current operating system such as run a program, find a file, create a folder (directory), and copy a file from the hard drive to a floppy disk.
  • Identify, explain the purpose of, and use the hardware components of a computer, e.g., CPU, monitor, hard drive, floppy drive, keyboard, printer, keyboard, mouse.
  • Demonstrate keyboard skills ranging from basic familiarity with the keyboard to specific words-per-minute speed as determined appropriate by the discipline/program faculty.
  • Perform basic word processing operations including creating a new document, performing simple editing and formatting operations on the document, printing, saving, and retrieving.
  • Perform basic spreadsheet operations including creating a new worksheet, entering numeric values, labels, formulas, and simple functions, performing simple editing and formatting operations on the worksheet, printing, saving, and retrieving.
  • Perform minimal level database operations including creating a simple table, identifying fields and records, creating a simple report and query.
  • Demonstrate skills with presentation software ranging from knowing that such software exists to being able to create and present a slide show.
  • Connect to the Internet and the World Wide Web.
  • Access resources using the Internet, the World Wide Web, and subscription databases.
  • Judge the integrity of the identified resources.
  • Perform an effective search using multiple key words.
  • Send and receive electronic mail.

    The NVCC Computer Competency Test may be taken once every 30 days until passed and is valid for seven (7) years.

10General Elective and Major Area Requirements. Not all courses will transfer or meet the requirements of a four-year degree. You should see a counselor or faculty advisor prior to registering for general electives. If your primary goal is to transfer to a four-year degree program, you should become familiar with the requirements of your intended transfer institution and select electives that meet that institution’s requirements.

11Total Credits. The total credits in A.A.S. degrees are between 65 and 69 credits, with the exception of the programs in Health Technology and Veterinary Technology that may have as many as 72 credits.



    General education is the integrated combination of knowledge, skills, competencies, attitudes, and values characteristic of an educated and well-informed citizen capable of functioning effectively in a complex and rapidly changing world. General education is that portion of the college experience that pertains to the overall development of the student and not just to the specific occupational and/or program skills.
    Consequently, the College, in accord with the general education guidELInes of the Virginia Community College System, has determined the following list of general education elective courses.
    It is highly recommended that you consult with your academic advisor or counselor in order to select the most appropriate course for your curriculum and/or transferability to another college.

    Humanities/Fine Arts Electives

ARC 200 History of Architecture
ART 101-102 History and Appreciation of Art
ART 103-104 History of Far Eastern Art
ART 105 Art in World Culture
ART 106 History of Modern Art
ART 211-212 History of American Art
ART 213-214 Italian Art
ART 250 History of Design
ENG Any 200-level literature course
Foreign Languages All courses
HIS 101-102 History of Western Civilization
HIS 111-112 History of World Civilization
HIS 187 Interpreting Material Culture
HIS 255 History of Chinese Culture and Institutions
HIS 256 History of Japanese Culture and Institutions
HIS 261 Topics in Cultural Ethnicity
HIS 262 United States History in Film
HUM All courses
MUS 121-122 Music Appreciation
MUS 221-222 History of Music
PHI All courses
PHT 110 History of Photography
REL All courses
SPD 141 Theatre Appreciation I

Social/Behavioral Sciences
ECO 120 Survey of Economics
ECO 201-202 Principles of Macro and Micro Economics
ECO 210 International Economics
GEO 200 Introduction to Physical Geography
GEO 210 Introduction to Cultural Geography
GEO 220 World Regional Geography
GEO 230 Political Geography
HIS 121-122 United States History I-II
HIS 125 History of the American Indian
HIS 126 Women in World History
HIS 127 Women in American History
HIS 135 History of the Contemporary World
HIS 141-142 Afro-American History I-II
HIS 203 History of African Civilization
HIS 211 History of England
HIS 225-226 Topics in European History
HIS 231-232 History of Latin American Civilizations I-II
HIS 241-242 History of Russia I-II
HIS 251-252 History of Middle East Civilization I-II
HIS 253-254** History of Asian Civilizations
PLS All courses
PSY All courses
SOC All courses

    **Additional HIS courses may be approved by the faculty advisor.

Natural Sciences/Mathematics
BIO 101-102* General Biology I-II
CHM 101-102** General Chemistry I-II
CHM 111-112 College Chemistry I-II
CHM 121-122 Health Sciences Chemistry I-II
NAS 101-102*** Natural Sciences I-II
NAS 161-162 Health Sciences I-II
PHY 101-102 Introduction to Physics I-II
PHY 201-202 General College Physics I-II
PHY 231-232 General University Physics I-II
PHY 241-242 University Physics I-II
MTH 151-152 Math for Liberal Arts I-II
MTH 163-164 PreCalculus I-II
MTH 166 PreCalculus with Trigonometry
MTH 173-174 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I-II
MTH 181-182 Finite Mathematics
MTH 241-242 Statistics I-II
MTH 271-272 Applied Calculus

    *Additional biology (BIO) courses may be approved by a faculty advisor.
    **Additional chemistry (CHM) courses may be approved by a faculty advisor.
    ***Additional natural science (NAS) courses may be approved by a faculty advisor.

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