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Degree Type: 

Associate of Science Degree

Minimum Total Credit Hours to Complete: 


  • Transfer
    Transfer Degree
  • STEM
    STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

The Associate of Science degree in Physical and Natural Sciences - Science Specialization at Piedmont Virginia Community College prepares you for transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor's degree. PVCC has guaranteed transfer agreements with top colleges and universities that guarantee admission to PVCC graduates who meet specific academic transfer criteria.

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Jobs this program prepares you for: 

  • Biochemist
  • Biologist
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Biophysicist
  • Chemist
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Geoscientist
  • K-12 Instructor

Required Courses: 

Linked classes are classes that are currently available in the class search.
SDV 101 First Year Success / 1 Credit Hours
ITE 119 Information Literacy / 3 Credit Hours

or Physical Ed Electives
Humanities Elective
Mathematics Electives
Supervised Study in Science
Science with Laboratory Electives
Social Science Elective

Additional Program Information: 

Graduation Requirement

Students entering all transfer degree programs are required to take one Writing Intensive Course, which has a prerequisite of ENG 111 and ENG 112, in order to graduate. Approved Writing Intensive Courses are specified with a "WI" section designation.


  • BIO 106, CHM 101, CHM 102, NAS 131 and NAS 132 cannot be used to satisfy the Science w/Laboratory in this degree program.
  • Students planning to transfer as biology majors should take BIO 101/102 in their first year
  • Students planning to transfer as chemistry majors should take CHM 111/112 in their first year
  • BIO 141/142 are recommended for students planning to transfer in pre-professional programs such as Nursing, Medicine, Dentistry, Physical Therapy or Physician Assistant programs.
  • List of courses that fulfill the requirement for Humanities, Social Science, Mathematics, and Science w/Laboratory Electives can be found in the Science Degree Requirements.
  • To meet the Humanities Elective requirement for this program, no more than one introductory foreign language course (101 or 102 level) may be used.

Printable  Science Degree Requirements.