Degrees A.A. A.S. A.A.A. A.A.S. (1) Written & Oral Communication 9 9 6 6 (2) Humanities 3 3 - - (3) Foreign Language 6 - - - (4) Social Sciences 12 6-9(4) 6 6 (5) Mathematics 6 6 0-3 0-3 (6) Natural Sciences 8 8 0-3 0-3 (7) STD Elective 1 1 1 1 (8) Physical Education/Wellness 2 2 2 2 (9) General Elective 0-3 0-3 0-3 0-3 (10) Computer Usage 0-3 0-3 0-3 0-3 Major Area Requirements 7-16 22-34 44-57 44-60 Total Credits 60-63 60-63 65-69 65-72 (11)
(1) Written 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 or ENG 131, Technical Report Writing) and a speech course are required.
Humanities requirements in A.A. and A.S. degrees may be met by courses in art (ART), literature (ENG), humanities (HUM), music (MUS), philosophy (PHI), religion (REL), speech and drama (SPD), or foreign languages.
(3) Foreign 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.
(4) Social 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 six 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.
A.A. and A.S.: A minimum of 6 credits in mathematics at or above the 100 level 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.
(6) Natural 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, chemistry, geology, natural science (non-science majors only) or physics. 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.
(7) STD Elective
A one-credit STD course is required. A variety of topics (including study skills, test-taking skills, life skills, and college learning resources)may be covered. If you are a first-time college student, you should take STD 100 or other STD elective during your first semester at NVCC.
(8) Physical Education/Wellness
The 2-credit physical education/wellness requirement may be met by one of the following options:
(9) General Elective
One course from outside the major area is required in each degree program. A social science elective may be used to meet the requirement for a general elective. Not all courses will transfer. You should see a counselor or faculty advisor prior to registering for general electives.
(10) Computer Usage
Each degree program contains one or more courses designed to provide you with:
(11) Total 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 Medicine, which may have as many as 72 credits.