Purpose: The curriculum is designed for persons who are interested in a professional or scientific program and who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree program with a major in one of the following fields: agriculture, biology, chemistry, pre-dentistry, forestry, geology, home economics, nursing, oceanography, pharmacy, physics, physical therapy, pre-medicine, science education, or mathematics.
Transfer Information: Students are advised to work closely with the faculty and counseling staff for program and course scheduling. Electives should be chosen carefully after investigation of requirements of the institution to which transfer is intended. The responsibility for proper course selection rests with the student. Students are encouraged to complete the A.S. degree before transferring.
Recommended Preparation: Satisfactory completion of the following high school units or equivalent as a minimum: 4 units of English, 3 units of college preparatory mathematics, 1 unit of laboratory science, and 1 unit of social science.
Students who do not place into Calculus would instead take MTH 166 and a Physical or Life Science elective in place of Calculus in the first semester. See footnote 6.
1 ITE 115 is only recommended for students planning to transfer to Mason. If considering transfer to another university, contact your counselor or academic advisor to determine the appropriate course. ITE 115 is not required by other major universities in Virginia. If you require pre-calculus (see footnotes 2 and 6) MTH 161 is an optional General Education Elective that can be used to fulfill this degree requirement.
2 MTH 263 plus one semester of 200-level statistics may be taken by biology majors (MTH 245 Statistics I or MTH 246 Statistics II) may be taken by biology majors. Students not adequately prepared for MTH 263 may be required to take MTH 167 or MTH 161 and MTH 162. It is strongly recommended that students who do not place directly into MTH 263 meet with their academic advisor to plan their math progression through the degree.
3 The sciences elective may be selected from the following: BIO 101-102, BIO 110, BIO 120, CHM 111-112, GOL 105-106, PHY 201-202, PHY 231-232, or any 200-level biology, chemistry, geology, or physics course.
4 Mathematics, to include Precalculus only if required, may be used to satisfy up to three Physical or Life Science Lab Electives. Higher level math courses may include Calculus III (MTH 265), Linear Algebra (MTH 266) or Differential Equations (MTH 267).
5 Students who plan to major in Biology should elect CHM 111-112, BIO 101-102 or BIO 110 and BIO 120, and either BIO 206 and PHY 201 or PHY 201-202. Students who plan to major in Chemistry should elect CHM 111-112 and CHM 241-242 and CHM 245-246 plus 2 semesters of physics (please see transfer school for required physics class). Students who plan to major in physics should select PHY 231-232, MTH 265, MTH 267 and two of the following: CHM 111-112, PHY 243 or MTH 266. For all intended majors, it is strongly recommended that you contact your counselor or academic advisor to identify courses that meet requirements of your transfer institution.
6 MTH 161 and MTH 162 may be taken in place of MTH 167. MTH 161 can be applied to the degree as described in footnote 1 and MTH 162 can be used in place of a Physical or Life Science elective. If you are required to take precalculus it is recommended that you complete a Physical or Life Science elective in your first semester in place of Calculus. Students who place into Calculus will not be given credit for completing precalculus and must complete a Physical or Life Science Lab Elective (footnote 3) or a higher level Math (footnote 4).
7 May substitute ENG 112 with the advice of a counselor or academic advisor according to requirements of the transfer institution..
8 See social/behavioral sciences courses listed under General Education Electives. Base selection on requirements of transfer institution.
9 See HIS courses listed under social/behavioral science courses under General Education Electives. HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 121, or HIS 122 are recommended according to transfer institution.
10 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.
11Select from the following: CST 100, CST 126, or CST 229.
12 Choose from General Education listing. This elective is not needed if selections for all other requirements total 60 credits or more.