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NOVA 2012-2013 College Catalog

INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS -- Degree Requirements

 

 

Degrees

 

A.A.

A.S.

A.A.A.

A.A.S.

1Written & Oral Communication
9
9
6
6
2Humanities/Fine Arts
6
6
3
3
3Foreign Language
6
-
-
-
4Social Sciences/ Behavioral Science
9
94
3
3
5Mathematics
6
6
0-3
0-3
6Physical and Life Sciences
8
8
7SDV Elective
1
1
1
1
8Physical Education/Wellness
1
1
1
1
9Personal Development Elective
-
-
1
-
Minimum Total General Education Requirements
46
40
18
15**
10Elective & Major Area Requirements
14-17
20-23
47-51
50-54
11Total Credits*
60-63
60-63
65-69
65-69

*Minimum credits required for each degree program as specified by the Virginia Community College System.
** Although the minimum number of credits required for each General Education component only adds up to 14 for AAS programs, to meet SACS and VCCS requirements, any given degree program MUST include at least 15 credits in general education courses; the additional credit may be in any of the general education areas.

1Written and Oral Communication. For A.A. and A.S. degrees, ENG 111College Composition I and ENG 112 College Composition II or ENG 125 Introduction to Literature are required. A 3-credit oral communication course is also required.

For A.A.A. degrees, 3 credits in English composition (ENG 111 College Composition, ENG 115 Technical Writing, or ENG 131 Technical Report Writing) and an oral communication course are required.
For A.A.S. degrees, 3 credits in English composition (ENG 111 College Composition I, ENG 115 Technical Writing, or ENG 131 Technical Report Writing) are required.
See the following “General Education Electives” section for a list of approved general education courses.

2Humanities/Fine Arts. Humanities requirements may be met by selected courses in art (ART), 200-level literature (ENG), humanities (HUM), music (MUS), philosophy (PHI), religion (REL), American Sign Language (ASL), 200-level foreign languages, and the history (HIS) courses specified under Humanities/Fine Arts Electives:   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/Behavioral Sciences. The social/behavioral science requirement may be met by selected 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.

6Physical and Life Sciences.A.A. and A.S. degrees require 8 credits in courses in the physical and life sciences that include laboratories. Courses may be chosen from biology (BIO), chemistry (CHM), environmental science (ENV), 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 physical/life science, depending on the curriculum.

See the “General Education Electives” section below for a list of approved general education courses.

7SDV Elective. A one-credit Student Development course, either SDV 100 College Success Skills or SDV 101 Orientation to a specific discipline, 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 NOVA College students are required to take an SDV course within their first 15 semester hours at the College.

8Physical Education/Wellness.The physical education/wellness requirement may be met by PED 116 Lifetime Fitness & Wellness or HLT 110 Concepts of Personal & Community Health.

9Personal Development Elective. The personal development elective may be met by a course in HLT, PED, RPK (activity courses only), or SDV.  The course should be selected based upon the student’s goals.  Note that the 2-credit version of PED 116 Lifetime Fitness & Wellness will meet both the physical education/wellness requirement AND the personal development elective.

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.S. degrees are between 60 and 63 credits, with the exception of Engineering, which may have as many as 72 credits. The total credits in A.A.S. degrees are between 65 and 69 credits, with the exception of the programs in Allied Health and Veterinary Technology that may have as many as 72 credits.