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NOVA 2007-2008 College Catalog

Course Descriptions

Course Numbers
Courses numbered 1-9 are developmental courses (see "Developmental Studies Program"). The credits earned in these courses are not applicable toward a degree or a certificate.

Courses numbered 10-99 are freshman level courses that may apply to certificate programs. The credits earned in these courses are not applicable toward an associate degree.

Courses numbered 100-299 are applicable toward associate degrees and certificate programs.

Course Credits
The credit for each course is indicated in parentheses after the title in the course description. One credit is equivalent to one collegiate semester-hour credit.

Course Hours
The number of lecture hours in class each week (including lecture, seminar, and discussion hours) and/or the number of laboratory hours in each week (including laboratory, shop, supervised practice, and cooperative work experiences) are indicated for each course in the course description. The number of lecture and laboratory hours in class each week are also called "contact" hours because it is time spent under the direct supervision of a faculty member. In addition to the lecture and laboratory hours in class each week, each student must spend some time on out-of-class assignments under his/her own direction. Usually each credit per course requires an average of three hours of in-class and out-of-class work each week.

Prerequisites and Corequisites
Prerequisites required before enrolling in a course are identified in the course description. Courses in sequences (usually identified by the numerals I-II) require that the preceding course in the sequence (or equivalent) be completed before one can enroll in the next course in the sequence. Usually corequisites must be taken at the same time. The prerequisites or their equivalent must be completed satisfactorily before enrolling in a course unless special permission is obtained from the division. The NVCC Schedule of Classes lists additional information on special enrollment requirements.

Frequency of Offerings
The College is not obligated to offer, nor can it offer, all courses every semester. Courses are usually offered in the semesters indicated in the degree or certificate outline given in the "Instructional Programs" chapter of this catalog. The NVCC Schedule of Classes lists the courses being offered for the respective semester.

General Usage Courses
The following General Usage courses apply to multiple curricula and may carry a variety of prefix designations. The descriptions of the courses are identical for each different prefix and are as follows:

90-190-290 Coordinated Internship (1-5 CR.)
Supervised on-the-job training in selected business, industrial, or service firms coordinated by the College. Credit/work ratio maximum 1:5 hrs. May be repeated for credit. Variable hrs.

93-193-293 Studies In (1-5 CR.)
Experimental courses to test their viability as permanent offerings. Each offering of the course must be approved by the academic dean. An experimental course may be offered twice, after which the course must be approved following VCCS processes for adding new courses to the Master Course File. Credit/work ratio maximum 1:5 hrs. May be repeated for credit. Variable hrs.

95-195-295 Topics In (1-5 CR.)
Exploration of topical areas of interest to or needed by students. May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit. Variable hrs.

96-196-296 On-Site Training In (1-5 CR.)
Career orientation and training program without pay in selected businesses and industry, supervised and coordinated by the College. Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hrs. May be repeated for credit. Variable hrs.

97-197-297 Cooperative Education (1-6 CR.)
Supervised on-the-job training for pay in approved business and government organizations. Applicable to all curricula at the discretion of the College. See eligibility requirements on page 44. Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hrs. May be repeated for credit. Variable hrs.

98-198-298 Seminar and Project (1-5 CR.)
Completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objective and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field. May be repeated for credit. Variable hrs.

99-199-299 Supervised Study (1-5 CR.)
Assignment of problems for independent study incorporating previous instruction and supervised by the instructor. May be repeated for credit. Variable hrs.


  • ACC - Accounting
  • ACQ - Acquisitions
  • ADJ - Administration of Justice
  • AIR - Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
  • ARA - Arabic
  • ARC - Architecture
  • ART - Arts
  • ASL - American Sign Language & Interpreter Education
  • AST - Administrative Support Technology
  • AUB - Auto Body
  • AUT - Automotive
  • BIO - Biology
  • BLD - Building
  • BUS - Business Management and Administration
  • CHD - Childhood Development
  • CHI - Chinese
  • CHM - Chemistry
  • CIV - Civil Engineering Technology
  • CON - Contract Management
  • CSC - Computer Science
  • DIT - Dietetics
  • DNH - Dental Hygiene
  • DRF - Drafting
  • DSL - Diesel
  • ECO - Economics
  • EDU - Education
  • EGR - Engineering
  • ELE - Electrical Technology
  • EMS - Emergency Medical Services
  • ENG - English
  • ENV - Environmental Science
  • ESL - English as a Second Language
  • ESR - Electronic Servicing
  • ETR - Electronics Technology
  • FIN - Financial Services
  • FIR - Fire Science
  • FRE - French
  • FST - Fire Science Technology
  • GEO - Geography
  • GER - German
  • GIS - Geographic Information Systems
  • GOL - Geology
  • GRE - Greek
  • HIN - Hindi
  • HIS - History
  • HLT - Health
  • HMS - Human Services
  • HRI - Hospitality Management
  • HRT - Horticulture
  • HUM - Humanities
  • IDS - Interior Design
  • INT - Interpreter Education
  • ITA - Italian
  • ITD - Information Technology Database and Design
  • ITE - Information Technology Essentials
  • ITN - Information Technology Networking
  • ITP - Information Technology Programming
  • JPN - Japanese
  • KOR - Korean
  • LAT - Latin
  • LBR - Library Technology
  • LGL - Legal Assisting
  • MDL - Medical Laboratory
  • MEC - Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • MET - Media Technology
  • MKT - Marketing
  • MSC - Military Science
  • MTH - Math
  • MUS - Music
  • NAS - Natural Science
  • NUR - Nursing
  • OMP - Ophthalmic Medical Personnel
  • PBS - Public Service
  • PED - Physical Education and Recreation
  • PHI - Philosophy
  • PHT - Photography
  • PHY - Physics
  • PLS - Political Science
  • PSY - Psychology
  • PTH - Physical Therapist Assistant
  • RAD - Radiography
  • REA - Real Estate
  • REL - Religion
  • ROC - Radiation Oncology
  • RPK - Recreation and Parks
  • RTH - Respiratory Therapy
  • RUS - Russian
  • SDV - Student Development (formerly STD)
  • SOC - Sociology
  • SPA - Spanish
  • SPD - Speech and Drama
  • SSC - Social Science
  • TRV - Travel and Tourism
  • VET - Veterinary Technology
  • VTN - Vietnamese
  • WEL - Welding