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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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Program Requirements

Minimum Total Credit Hours to Complete: 


Required Courses: 

SDV 101 First Year Success
ENG 111 College Composition I  - 3 Credit Hours
ENG 112 College Composition II  - 3 Credit Hours
HIS 101 History of Western Civilization I  - 3 Credit Hours
HIS 102 History of Western Civilization II  - 3 Credit Hours
CHM 111 College Chemistry I  - 4 Credit Hours
CHM 112 College Chemistry II  - 4 Credit Hours
ITE 119 Information Literacy  - 3 Credit Hours
Humanities Electives
Mathematics Electives
Supervised Study in Science
Science with Laboratory Electives
Social Science Elective

Course Sequence: 

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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.


  • 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.
  • List of courses that fulfill the requirement for Humanities, Social Science, Mathematics, and Science w/Laboratory Electives can be found in the PDF icon 2019-2020 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.

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Required Skills & Employment Outlook

Jobs this program prepares you for: 

Biomedical Engineer
Environmental Engineer
K-12 Instructor