Program Coordinator: Doug Carmichael, OTC 204, Ext. 2435
Length: Four semesters (two years)
Purpose: With the emphasis on scientific discoveries and technological development in today’s society, there is a strong demand for scientists and scientifically oriented persons in business, government, industry and the professions. The Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree Program with a major in Science is designed primarily for those persons who are interested in a pre-professional or scientific program and who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree program or major in such fields as:
Admission Requirements: In addition to the admission requirements established for the college entry into the Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree program with a major in Science requires the satisfactory completion of the following high school units or equivalent as a minimum: 4 units of English, 3 units of college preparatory mathematics, 1 unit of laboratory science, 1 unit of social studies. Students who do not meet these requirements may be permitted to correct their deficiencies in the Developmental Program. Those students who meet the specific requirements for this degree program but are deficient in basic skills and understandings in English and/or mathematics will be required to enroll in appropriate developmental courses (pre-entrance summer semester recommended).
Program Requirements: Although the major emphasis in this curriculum is mathematics, the biological sciences, and the physical sciences, the curriculum also includes courses in humanities and social sciences. Electives are provided so that the student can select the appropriate courses for his pre-professional or scientific program as required in the first two years of the four-year college or university. Students are urged to acquaint themselves with the requirements of the major department in the college or university to which transfer is contemplated; and further, to consult with their counselors or advisors at Virginia Highlands Community College in planning their program and selecting electives. In order to help prepare for upper division (junior class) standing at a four-year institution, the student usually must complete a program at the community college which is comparable in length and courses to the first two years of the program at the four-year institution. Upon satisfactory completion of the four-semester program described, the graduate will be awarded the Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree with a major in Science.
Total Minimum Credits for the AA&S Degree.............................60
Students are urged to acquaint themselves with the requirements of the major department in the college or university to which transfer is contemplated; and further, to consult with their counselors or advisors at Virginia Highlands Community College in planning their program and selecting electives.
The above semester-by-semester sequence of courses may be modified when necessary. Please refer to the Program Choices section of this catalog for a discussion of factors which affect planning and sequencing programs of study.