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Associate of Arts and Sciences

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:

Agriculture
Mathematics
Biology
Pre-Medicine
Chemistry
Nursing
Pre-Chiropractic
Pharmacy
Pre-Dentistry
Physical Therapy
Forestry
Physics
Geology
Science Education
Home Economics

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.

Science

First Semester (Fall)

Course Number

Course Title

Lec. Hrs.

Lab Hrs.

Crs.

ENG 111

College Composition I

3

0

3

HIS

History 101, 111 or 121

3

0

3

MTH

Mathematics (163 or 173)

3-5

0

3-5

SCI

Science (BIO, CHM, GOL, PHY)

3

3

4

SDV 101

Orientation to College Success

1

0

1

Total

13-15

3

14-16

Second Semester (Spring)

ENG 112

College Composition II

3

0

3

HIS

History 102, 112 or 122

3

0

3

MTH

Mathematics (164 or 174)

3-5

0

3-5

PED

1*Physical Education

0

2-3

1

SCI

Science (BIO, CHM, GOL, PHY)

3

3

4

Total

12-14

5-6

14-16

Third Semester (Fall)

ENG

2*Literature or Humanities Elective

3

0

3

EEE

2*Social Science Elective

3

0

3

MTH

3*Mathematics

3

0

3

SCI

2*Science, Mathematics, or Engineering Transferable Elective 
(BIO, CHM, EGR, GOL, MTH, PHY)

3

3

4

CST 100

Principles of Public Speaking

3

0

3

Total

15

3

16

Fourth Semester (Spring)

ENG

2*Literature or
Humanities Elective

3

0

3

EEE

2*Transferable Elective

3

0

3

ITE or ITP

4*Information Technology Course

3

0-3

3-4

EEE

2*Transferable Elective

3

0

3

SCI

2*Science, Mathematics, or Engineering Transferable Elective 
(BIO, CHM, EGR, GOL, MTH, PHY) 

3

3

4

Total

15

3-6

16-17

 

Total Minimum Credits for the AA&S Degree.....................60

Notes
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.

Footnotes*

  1. Students may substitute any HLT (Health) course that contains a personal wellness component for physical education requirement. Transfer students should note that four-year institutions may require a PED activity course in the general education core.
  2. Students may choose from a broad spectrum of college transfer courses listed in the Transfer Reference General Education Core Curriculum. Students are urged to acquaint themselves with the courses required in their selected major at the college or university to which transfer is contemplated.
  3. Math Requirements: A minimum of nine (9) semester hours of mathematics is required for the Science major. The third course in the sequence should be selected based on requirements of transfer major and transfer institution. 
  4. Students should select from ITE 100, ITE 115, ITE 119, ITP 120, ITP 132 or from another programming course approved by the division.
Last updated: 3/27/2014 12:43:24 PM