NVCC 1998-1999 Catalog
    Instructional Programs

Degree Requirements

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    A.A. A.S. A.A.A. A.A.S

1 Written & Oral





  2 Humanities 3 3 - -
  3 Foreign Language 6 - - -
  4 Social Sciences 12 6-94 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/





  9 Computer Usage 0-3 0-3 0-3 0-3
  10 Elective &        
      Major Area





  Total Credits 60-63 60-63 65-69 65-7211

1Written 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.

2Humanities. 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.

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 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 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.

5Mathematics. A.A. and A.S.: A minimum of 6 credits in mathematics at or above MTH 151 is required.
    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.

6Natural 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.

7STD 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. First-time college students, should take STD 100 or other STD elective during their first semester at NVCC.

8Physical Education/Wellness. The 2-credit physical education/wellness requirement may be met by one of the following options:

  • PED 116, 1 credit, and a PED activities course, 1 credit
  • PED 116, 2 credits
  • PED 116, 1 credit, and one of the following RPK activity courses: 205, 207, 208, 216, or 225.
  • PED 220, 2 credits

9Computer Usage. Students who plan to complete a degree may be expected to:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of computing concepts, components, and operations to accomplish educational and career tasks.
  • Use appropriate components of an integrated productivity software package involving word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, and/or communication applications.
  • Access, retrieve, and apply networked information resources (for example, on-line catalog, virtual libraries, Internet, and world wide web.
  • Use telecommunication software (for example, electronic mail, listservers, bulletin boards, and/or newsgroups) to communicate with faculty, students, and information providers.

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 institutionís requirements.

11Total 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.

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