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NOVA 2012-2013 College Catalog: Programs of Study

GENERAL STUDIES  
Associate of Science Degree AL, AN, LO, MA, WO, ELI


Purpose: The General Studies A.S. degree is a flexible associate degree. For students who plan to transfer, the degree can parallel the first two years of a four-year B.S. degree program if they choose courses that match the transfer institution's requirements. For those students who do not plan to transfer, the degree allows them to structure a program to suit their needs using accumulated credits from a variety of formal and experiential sources.

Transfer Information: Students are advised to work closely with the faculty and counseling staff for program and course scheduling. Electives should be chosen carefully to meet requirements of transfer institution. The responsibility for proper course selection rests with the student. Students are encouraged to complete the A.S. degree before transferring.

Two Years Credits
1st Semester
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
ITE 115 Intro to Computer Applications & Concepts or 3
  CSC  110  Intro to Computing  
MTH 151 Mathematics for the Liberal Arts I 3
1___ Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
PED 116 Lifetime Fitness & Wellness 1
2SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
Total   15
2nd Semester
3CST Elective 3
4ENG 112 College Composition II 3
5HIS Elective 3
6___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
1___ Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
Total   16
3rd Semester
7___ General Elective 3
7 General Elective 3
7___ General Elective 3
6___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
8___ Social Science Elective 3
Total   15
4th Semester
7___ General Elective 3
7___ General Elective 3
7___ General Elective 3
7___ General Elective 2
8___ Social Science Elective 3
Total   14
Total credits for the General Studies A.S.=60

1 The science elective may be selected from biology, chemistry, physics, geology, or natural science courses with a lab component, listed under General Education Electives (excluding NAS 161-162). Some four-year colleges require a two-semester sequence.

2 Students may substitute the SDV 101 Orientation section related to this program.

3 The CST elective may be selected from the following: CST 100, 110, 115, 126, 227 or 229.

4 ENG 125 may be substituted with the advice of a counselor or faculty advisor according to requirements of transfer institutions.

5 The history elective may be selected from the courses listed under Social/Behavioral Sciences listed under General Education Electives.

6 Humanities/fine arts elective may be selected from the humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives. Elective should be selected with advice of a counselor or faculty advisor to meet requirements of transfer institution.

7 If transfer to another college is planned, the elective courses should be selected based on the requirements of the institution to which transfer is intended.

8 The social science elective may be selected from the social/behavioral sciences courses listed under General Education Electives.