Purpose: The curriculum is designed primarily for students who wish to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete the baccalaureate degree in computer science. The curriculum emphasizes the study of the science of computing and the use of computing in a scientific setting.
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 the transfer institution. The responsibility for proper course selection rests with the student.
Recommended Preparation: Satisfactory completion of the following high school units or equivalent: 4 units of English and 4 units of college preparatory mathematics.
1 Students with prior programming experience or Advanced Placement credit should talk to a Computer Science academic advisor to determine the appropriate first course to take in the NOVA Computer Science course sequence. The credits not earned by bypassing the required course(s) must be replaced by taking advanced mathematics courses (MTH 266, MTH 288, or MTH 265), or CSC 206, or EGR 265 in order to fulfill the minimum credit-hour requirements for the degree.
2 Students may substitute MTH 167 (5 credits) with MTH 161 (3 credits) and MTH 162 (3 credits).
3 Students placed into MTH 263 or MTH 264, should begin with that course. Students will not need to take the lower level mathematics classes if they place into a higher class. The credits not earned by passing the required course(s) must be replaced by taking advanced mathematics (MTH 265, MTH 266, or MTH 288), advanced computer science courses (CSC 206), or other computer science related courses (EGR 265) in order to fulfill the minimum credit-hour requirements for the degree.
4 ENG 125 is a preferred course if transferring to George Mason University. Students considering transfer should consult an academic advisor to select the appropriate course.
5 See humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives. Elective should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet requirements of the transfer institution.
6 See biology, chemistry (excluding CHM 101–102), ENV 121–122, physics, geology, or natural science courses with a lab component, listed under General Education Electives. Some four-year colleges require a two-semester sequence.
7 See social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives. All electives should be selected in conjunction with an advisor and after examining the requirements at the transfer institution.
8 May substitute with EGR 265 if planning to transfer to George Mason University. Please consult an academic advisor to select the appropriate course.