NVCC 2003-2004 Catalog
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Associate in Science Degree AL, AN, LO, MA, WO, ELI*  

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Purpose: The General Studies A.S. degree is a flexible associate degree. For students who wish to transfer, the degree can parallel the first two years of a four-year B.S. degree program if they choose courses that match the transfer institution's requirements. For those students who do not plan to transfer, the degree allows them to structure a program to suit their needs using accumulated credits from a variety of formal and experiential sources.

Transfer Information: Students are advised to work closely with the faculty and counseling staff for program and course scheduling. Electives should be chosen carefully to meet requirements of transfer institution. The responsibility for proper course selection rests with the student.

Teacher Education Preparation: With proper elective selection, this program prepares students to transfer to a 4-year college or university to seek endorsement and licensure as teachers in Early Childhood Education or Elementary PK-6. Students should see a counselor for assistance selecting courses appropriate for teacher education preparation at the college or university to which they plan to transfer. Students are strongly encouraged to take the PRAXIS I exam prior to transferring to a senior institution offering a teacher preparation program. Ideally, students will take the PRAXIS I exam shortly after completing their English composition and math requirements.

*Graduation requirements are certified by a faculty advisor at a campus offering this major.

First Year1st Semester2nd Semester

   ENG111College Composition I3
   IST117Intro. to Microcomp. Software or
   CSC110 Intro. to Computing3
___Natural Science/Lab Elective4
PED116Lifetime Fitness & Wellness1
   ENG112College Composition II 3
   HISElective 3
___Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
___Natural Science/Lab Elective 4
SPDElective 3

Total Credits/Semester1516

Second Year1st Semester2nd Semester

   ___General Electives12
___Social Science Elective3
   ___General Electives 10
___Social Science Elective 3

Total Credits/Semester1514

Total credits for the A.S. Degree in General Studies = 60.

To graduate from a degree program, students entering NVCC Fall 1999 or later must demonstrate computer competency skills as described in the Degree Requirements section of the Instructional Programs of this catalog.

1 The natural science elective may be selected from biology, chemistry, geology, natural science, or physics with a lab component.

2 The PED requirement may be met by one of the following options: PED 116, 2 cr.; PED 116, 1 cr. plus a PED activities course, 1 cr.; or PED 116, 1 cr. plus RPK 205, 216, or 225. PED 116 is offered as both a 1-credit and a 2-credit course.

3 The humanities/fine arts elective may be chosen from the list on page 38. Elective should be selected with advice of a counselor or faculty advisor to meet requirements of transfer institution.

4 The SPD elective may be selected from the following: SPD 100, 110, 115, 126, and SPD 229.

5 The social science elective may be selected from the following: economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, or sociology (includes anthropology).

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