Physical and Natural Sciences: Biology Track

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

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Associate of Science Degree

Credit Hours


Required Courses

  • SDV 100: College Success Skills - 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 II or HIS 122: U.S. History II - 3 credits
  • MTH 167: Precalculus with Trigonometry - 5 credits
  • MTH 263: Calculus - 4 credits
  • CHM 241/243: Organic Chemistry I/Lab - 4 credits
  • CHM 242/244: Organic Chemistry II/Lab - 4 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
  • BIO 101: General Biology I - 4 credits
  • BIO 102: General Biology II - 4 credits
  • BIO 256: General Genetics or BIO 206: Cell Biology - 4 credits
  • CSC 110: Introduction to Computing or CSC 119: Information Literacy - 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 with a Specialization in Biology 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.

To meet the Humanities Elective requirement for this program, no more than one introductory foreign language course (101 or 102) level may be used.

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. Earned cumulative grade point average must be at least 2.0 and in good standing.