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NOVA’s Associate of Science (A.S.) degree in Science, Mathematics Specialization

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Science: Mathematics Specialization, A.S.

Mathematics is a systematic way of thinking that improves abstract thinking, problem solving, and critical thinking skills that can be applied to any part of life.

NOVA’s A.S. in Science, Mathematics Specialization prepares students for occupations in: Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Actuarial Science, Computer Science, Data Science, Information Technology, Engineering, Life and Physical Science, and more. 

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  • The A.S. in Science, Mathematics Specialization 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
    • Loudoun
    • Manassas
    • NOVA Online
    • 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 to meet requirements of the transfer institution. The responsibility for proper course selection rests with the student.

  • Course Details

    Two Years Credits
    1st Semester
    CSC 221 Introduction to Problem Solving and Programming 3
    ENG 111 College Composition I 3
    1HIS Elective 3
    2MTH 167 PreCalculus with Trigonometry 5
    Choose One
    SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
    SDV 101 Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
    Total 15
    2nd Semester
    3CST 110 Introduction to Human Communication 3
    ENG 112 College Composition II 3
    MTH 263 Calculus I 4
    4 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
    5 Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective 3
    Total 16
    3rd Semester
    MTH 264 Calculus II 4
    6MTH Elective 3
    4 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
    7 Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
    5 Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective 3
    Total 17
    4th Semester
    MTH 265 Calculus III 4
    6MTH Elective 3 - 4
    7 Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
    8 General Education Elective 3
    Total 14-15
    Total credits for the Associate of Science = 60-62
    Two Years Credits
    1st Semester
    Introduction to Problem Solving and Programming
    CSC
    221
    3
    ENG
    111
    3
    Elective
    1HIS
    3
    2MTH
    167
    5
    Choose One
    SDV
    100
    1
    SDV
    101
    Total 15
    2nd Semester
    Introduction to Human Communication
    3CST
    110
    3
    ENG
    112
    3
    MTH
    263
    4
    Humanities/Fine Arts Elective
    4
    3
    Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective
    5
    3
    Total 16
    3rd Semester
    MTH
    264
    4
    Elective
    6MTH
    3
    Humanities/Fine Arts Elective
    4
    3
    Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab
    7
    4
    Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective
    5
    3
    Total 17
    4th Semester
    MTH
    265
    4
    Elective
    6MTH
    3 - 4
    Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab
    7
    4
    General Education Elective
    8
    3
    Total 14-15
    Total credits for the Associate of Science = 60-62

    Twenty of these credits must be taken in MTH courses for transfer to a four-year institution with a major in science.

    1 Select any HIS course listed under the social/behavioral science courses in General Education Electives. Elective should be selected with advice of a counselor or faculty advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.   

     Students will come to this program with different levels of preparation; If Precalculus is needed, begin with  MTH 167 (or MTH 161 andMTH 162). If placed out of Precalculus, begin with MTH 263 and replace the Precalculus credits with one MTH Elective from footnote #6 and one General Education Elective from footnote #8.  Please consult with an advisor for the best option.

    Select from the following: CST 100, CST 110, CST 126, or CST 229.

    See humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives. Students must choose courses from two of the three areas listed. Credit will not be applied if student takes two courses from the same area. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet requirements of the transfer institution.

    See social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives. Elective should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet requirements of the transfer institution.

    Math electives should be chosen carefully from MTH 266, MTH 267, MTH 288, or CSC 222, after verifying requirements of the transfer institution. MTH 245 and/or MTH 246 should be selected only after careful consideration for transfer purposes and require a course substitution request. Credit will not be awarded for both MTH 261 and MTH 263. Credit will not be awarded for both MTH 262 and MTH 264.

    See physical and life science courses listed under General Education Electives. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

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

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