Science

This degree prepares you for transfer to a four-year institution to complete a bachelor's degree in a science field.

Physical & Natural Scientist

Area of Interest

Program Dean

PVCC Academic Division

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Credit Hours

61

Required Courses

  • SDV 100: Orientation - 1 credits
  • ENG 111: College Composition I - 3 credits
  • ENG 112: College Composition II - 3 credits
  • HIS ___: HIS 101: History of Western Civilization I or HIS 111: History of World Civilization I or HIS 121: U.S. History I - 3 credits
  • HIS ___: HIS 102 History of Western Civilization II or HIS 112: History of World Civilization I or HIS 122: U.S. History II - 3 credits
  • MTH ___: Mathematics Elective - 3 credits
  • MTH ___: Mathematics Elective - 3 credits
  • BIO/CHM/PHY/GOL/299: Supervised Study in Science - 2 credits
  • CHM 111: College Chemistry I - 4 credits
  • CHM 112: College Chemistry II - 4 credits
  • ___ ___: Science w/Laboratory Elective - 4 credits
  • ___ ___: Science w/Laboratory Elective - 4 credits
  • ___ ___: Mathematics or Science w/Laboratory Elective - 4 credits
  • ___ ___: Mathematics or Science w/Laboratory Elective - 4 credits
  • ___ ___: Mathematics or Science w/Laboratory Elective - 4 credits
  • ITE 119: Information Literacy or CSC 110: Introduction to Computing - 3 credits
  • ___ ___: Humanities Elective - 3 credits
  • ___ ___: Humanities Elective - 3 credits
  • ___ ___: Social Science Elective - 3 credits

Admissions Requirements

There are no additional admission requirements for this program.

Program Information

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.

Program Requirements: The major emphasis in this curriculum is on mathematics, the biological sciences, and the physical sciences. However, the curriculum also includes electives in humanities and social sciences so that the student can select the appropriate courses for his or her pre-professional or scientific program as required in the first two years of the prospective four-year college or university degree. Students must become knowledgeable about the requirements of the major departments in the college or university to which transfer is contemplated and also consult with their academic advisor. Upon satisfactory completion of the four-semester program, the graduate will be awarded the associate of science degree in physical and natural sciences.

Graduation Requirement: Students entering all transfer degree programs are required to take one Writing Intensive Course (WIC), 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.

Electives

  • BIO 106, CHM 101, CHM 102, NAS 131, NAS 132 and PHY 100 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.
  • To meet the Humanities Elective requirement for this program, no more than one introductory foreign language course (101 or 102 level) may be used.