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College Catalog 2018-2019

General Education
Offered through AL, AN, ELI, LO, MA, WO
CIP Code: 24.0199

Purpose: This program provides a solid foundation in the VCCS and NOVA general education core competency areas. Essentially the first year of an Associate of Science degree, this certificate is awarded to students placed in A.A. and A.S. degree programs1 who complete the requirements listed.

One Year Credits
1st Semester
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
2___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
3MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning 3
___ Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
5___ Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
Total   17
2nd Semester
6ENG 112 College Composition II or 3
  ENG  125  Introduction to Literature or  
  CST Oral Communication Elective  
___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
___ Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
___ Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
___ Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
Total   16
Total credits for the General Education Certificate =33

1 Students who are placed in A.A.A. and A.A.S. programs may work with a counselor to be placed in this program under certain circumstances. See a counselor for more information.

2 See humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives.

3 May substitute higher-level Mathematics course.

4 See biology, chemistry, 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.

5 See social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives.

6 Oral communication elective may be chosen from CST 100, CST 110, CST 115, CST 127, CST 226, or CST 229.