NVCC 1997-1998 Catalog
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     NVCC offers transfer programs which lead to the Associate of Arts (A.A.) Degree or the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree. These programs are designed for students who plan to complete the freshman and sophomore years of college work at the community college and then transfer to a four-year college or university to complete the junior and senior years of a bachelorís degree. Since admission policies and program requirements vary among four-year colleges, all students need to be acquainted with the specific requirements of the college or university of their choice. Students should consult and work closely with counselors and/or faculty advisors in transfer planning and for designing an appropriate NVCC program of study.

     The Counseling Center maintains a collection of college catalogs from Virginia and neighboring states. Many Virginia colleges publish transfer guides which indicate the community college courses to be completed for transfer and their equivalencies at the four-year college. The Counseling Center and library also have a variety of college guides, specialty books, computer software, etc. to assist students in all aspects of transfer planning. Most of the Virginia colleges have web sites on the Internet which can also provide students with valuable information.

     A course with a grade of less than C is usually not accepted for transfer even if the student has an A.S. or A.A. degree. Students must submit a completed transcript request form to an NVCC admissions office to have an official copy of their transcript forwarded to the intended transfer college or university.

     The Virginia State Council of Higher Education and the State Board for Community Colleges have endorsed a State Policy on Transfer. This policy gives guidelines for Virginia community colleges and state-supported senior institutions on admission of transfer students, acceptance and application of transfer credits, services for and responsibilities of transfer students, and a transfer module for students who transfer without an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree. The Virginia State Transfer Policy states that students who have earned an A.A. or A.S. degree (does not automatically include General Studies) should be considered to have met lower division general education requirements of senior Virginia public institutions. NVCC has a special agreement with George Mason University which states that a student with an A.A. or A.S. degree meets the admission requirements for GMU, but does not provide that lower-division general-education requirements for all majors have been met. Counselors can provide students with more specific information on the state transfer policy, the GMU/NVCC agreement, and how they would relate to individual transfer plans.

     Northern Virginia Community College offers the following specific programs of study leading to the Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degrees:

Associate in Arts Degrees
   Fine Arts
1 Liberal Arts
Art History Specialization
International Studies Specialization
Music Specialization
Philosophy Specialization
Psychology Specialization
Religion Specialization
Speech Communication Specialization
Associate in Science Degrees
2 Business Administration
Computer Science
3 Engineering
Electrical Engineering Specialization
4 General Studies
Psychology Specialization
5 Science
Mathematics Specialization

1 Liberal Arts
     A foundation program for Baccalaureate in Arts Degrees for any other humanities or social science program not listed as a specialization, e.g. Anthropology, Economics, Education, English, Foreign Languages, Geography, History, Political Science, Sociology, etc.

2 Business Administration
     A foundation program for Baccalaureate Degrees in Business with majors in Accounting, Business Management, Finance, Decision Science and Management Information Systems, Marketing, etc.

3 Engineering
     A foundation program for Baccalaureate Degrees in Engineering with majors in Aeronautical, Chemical, Civil, Mechanical, etc.

4 General Studies
     A foundation program which can be tailored to meet the requirements of a specific Baccalaureate Degree at a specific four-year institution.

5 Science
     A foundation program for Baccalaureate Degrees in Science with Majors in Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Forestry, Geology, Home Economics, Oceanography, Physics, etc.

     The foundation courses are available (through the Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degrees) for advanced professional degree programs in many fields, including:
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
Veterinary Medicine

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