General Studies

General Studies Associate of Science Degree

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The Associate of Science degree in General Studies at Piedmont Virginia Community College prepares you for transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor's degree. This program allows you to design a curriculum that meets particular transfer objectives that are not fulfilled by other PVCC transfer degree programs. 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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Program Requirements

Minimum Total Credit Hours to Complete: 


Required Courses: 

SDV 100 Open to all Meta Majors  - 1 Credit Hours
ENG 111 College Composition I  - 3 Credit Hours
ENG 112 College Composition II  - 3 Credit Hours
HIS 111 History of World Civilization I  - 3 Credit Hours
HIS 112 History of World Civilization II  - 3 Credit Hours
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking  - 3 Credit Hours
ITE 119 Information Literacy  - 3 Credit Hours
Humanities Core Course
Humanities Core Course
Literature Transfer Elective
Mathematics Elective
College Transfer Electives
Science with Laboratory Electives
Social Science Electives

Course Sequence: 

  • 3 Credit(s)

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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.


  • List of courses that fulfill the requirement for Social Science, Mathematics, and Science w/Laboratory Electives can be found in the PDF icon General Studies Degree Requirements
  • College Transfer Elective:  Students must select from college transfer courses in Humanities – ART, ENG, HUM, MUS, PHI, REL, ASL, CST or Foreign Language; Science BIO, CHM, GOL, PHY; Social Science ECO, GEO, HIS, PLS, PSY, SOC; Mathematics (MTH) or Information Systems Technology (ITE).

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Required Skills & Employment Outlook

Jobs this program prepares you for: 

Political Science