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NOVA’s Associate of Science (AS) degree in Science

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Science, A.S.

Science is not just relevant in a research lab. It’s all around us, and affects every aspect of our daily lives. Successful students will learn to see the world in a new way, and find real-life applications for what they have learned.

NOVA's AS in Science is perfect for students who want to understand the natural world, and its implications for Science, Technology, and Mathematics. NOVA students graduate to a variety of career paths, including: Agriculture, Biology, Dentistry, Forestry, Medicine, Oceanography, and Pharmacology.

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  • The AS in Science transfers easily to four-year schools with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program.

  • Once you have a transfer school in mind, consult an advisor regarding requirements and courses.

  • Where Will I Learn?

    • Alexandria
    • Annandale
    • Online Learning (ELI)
    • Loudoun
    • Manassas
    • Woodbridge
  • Transfer Information

    Students are advised to work closely with the faculty and counseling staff for program and course scheduling. Electives should be chosen carefully after investigation of the requirements of the transfer institution. The responsibility for proper course selection rests with the student. Students are encouraged to complete the A.S. degree before transferring.

  • Course Details

    Two Years Credits
    1st Semester
    ENG 111 College Composition I 3
    Choose One
    1ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3
    General Education Elective
    2MTH 263 Calculus I 4
    Choose One
    3, 4, 5, 6 Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4 - 5
    MTH 167 PreCalculus with Trigonometry
    Choose One
    SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
    SDV 101 Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
    Total 15-16
    2nd Semester
    ENG 112 College Composition II 3
    2MTH 264 Calculus II 4
    3, 5 Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
    7 Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
    Total 14
    3rd Semester
    8HIS Elective 3
    9 Humanities/Fine Arts Electives 3
    3, 4, 5MTH or Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 3 - 4
    3, 4, 5MTH or Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 3 - 4
    7 Social Science Elective 3
    Total 15-17
    4th Semester
    10CST 110 Introduction to Communication 3
    11 General Education Elective 3
    9 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
    3, 4, 5MTH or Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 3 - 4
    3,5 Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4 - 5
    Total 16-18
    Total credits for the Associate of Science = 60-65
    Two Years Credits
    1st Semester
    ENG
    111
    3
    Choose One
    1ITE
    115
    3
    General Education Elective
    2MTH
    263
    4
    Choose One
    Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab
    3, 4, 5, 6
    4 - 5
    MTH
    167
    Choose One
    SDV
    100
    1
    Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
    SDV
    101
    Total 15-16
    2nd Semester
    ENG
    112
    3
    2MTH
    264
    4
    Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab
    3, 5
    4
    Social/Behavioral Science Elective
    7
    3
    Total 14
    3rd Semester
    Elective
    8HIS
    3
    Humanities/Fine Arts Electives
    9
    3
    or Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab
    3, 4, 5MTH
    3 - 4
    or Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab
    3, 4, 5MTH
    3 - 4
    7
    3
    Total 15-17
    4th Semester
    10CST
    110
    3
    General Education Elective
    11
    3
    9
    3
    or Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab
    3, 4, 5MTH
    3 - 4
    Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab
    3,5
    4 - 5
    Total 16-18
    Total credits for the Associate of Science = 60-65

    Students who do not place into Calculus would instead take MTH 166 and a Physical or Life Science elective in place of Calculus in the first semester. See footnote 6.

    1 If considering transfer to another university, contact your counselor or academic advisor to determine the appropriate course. If you require pre-calculus (see footnotes 2 and 6) MTH 161 is an optional General Education Elective that can be used to fulfill this degree requirement. EDU 200 may be used for those interested in secondary education.

    2 MTH 263 plus one semester of 200-level statistics may be taken by biology majors (MTH 245 or MTH 246 ) may be taken by biology majors. Students not adequately prepared for MTH 263 may be required to take MTH 167 or MTH 161 and MTH 162. It is strongly recommended that students who do not place directly into MTH 263 meet with their academic advisor to plan their math progression through the degree.

    3 The sciences elective may be selected from the following: BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 110, BIO 120, CHM 111, CHM 112, GOL 105, GOL 106, PHY 201, PHY 202, PHY 231, PHY 232, or any 200-level biology, chemistry, geology, or physics course.

    4 Mathematics, to include Precalculus only if required, may be used to satisfy up to three Physical or Life Science Lab Electives. Higher level math courses may include MTH 265 - Calculus III (4 CR.), MTH 266 - Linear Algebra (3 CR.) or MTH 267 - Differential Equations (3 CR.).

    5 Students who plan to major in Biology should elect CHM 111- CHM 112, BIO 101-BIO 102 or BIO 110 and BIO 120, and either BIO 206 and PHY 201 or PHY 201-PHY 202. Students who plan to major in Chemistry should elect CHM 111-CHM 112 and CHM 241-CHM 242 and CHM 245-CHM 246 plus 2 semesters of physics (please see transfer school for required physics class). Students who plan to major in physics should select PHY 231-PHY 232, MTH 265, MTH 267 and two of the following: CHM 111-CHM 112, PHY 243 or MTH 266. For all intended majors, it is strongly recommended that you contact your counselor or academic advisor to identify courses that meet requirements of your transfer institution.

    6 MTH 161 and MTH 162 may be taken in place of MTH 167. MTH 161 can be applied to the degree as described in footnote 1 and MTH 162 can be used in place of a Physical or Life Science elective. If you are required to take precalculus it is recommended that you complete a Physical or Life Science elective in your first semester in place of Calculus. Students who place into Calculus will not be given credit for completing precalculus and must complete a Physical or Life Science Lab Elective (footnote 3) or a higher level Math (footnote 4).

    7 See social/behavioral sciences courses listed under Social/Behavioral Sciences Electives. Base selection on requirements of transfer institution.

    8 See HIS courses listed under social/behavioral science courses under Social/Behavioral Sciences Electives. HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 121 or HIS 122 are recommended.

    9 See humanities/fine arts courses listed under Social/Behavioral Sciences Electives. Elective should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet requirements of the transfer institution.

    10 Select from the following: CST 100, CST 126, or CST 229.

    11 Choose from General Education listing. This elective is not needed if selections for all other requirements total 60 credits or more.

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