Sep 30, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog and Student Handbook 
  
2020-2021 Catalog and Student Handbook

Sustainable Science Specialization, AA&S Transfer Degree


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CIP Code: 24.0101
Length: 4 Semesters

Purpose

The Associate of Arts and Sciences Transfer Degree/Sustainable Science Specialization Program is designed for persons who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree. The specialization courses fulfills the laboratory science requirement and provides education in basic science and laboratory techniques. The specialization focuses on the modern challenge of introducing ways to apply chemical and biological knowledge and techniques for less toxic, less waste producing outcomes in the environment requiring the study of the interrelationships of science, technology and the human world. By selecting appropriate electives, students should be able to complete the lower division requirements for a variety of baccalaureate majors. Examples of majors to which this program may prepare students for transferring are:

  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Ecology
  • Biology
  • Mathematics

In order to be assured that courses transfer to meet lower division requirements at the specific institution the student plans to transfer to and the major anticipated, students should consult their academic advisor to schedule their courses. Students are also encouraged to investigate guaranteed admission agreements (GAA), available for many colleges and universities in Virginia, contact their selected college’s admissions office, and consult their selected college’s transfer guide if one is available. Counselors and academic advisors can assist with locating these resources.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the admission requirements established for the college, entry into this program requires proficiency in English and mathematics. Students whose placement by VPT or other measures indicates a need for further preparation will be placed in the appropriate developmental courses in English and mathematics. Although developmental course credits do not apply toward the degree, these courses prepare students for collegiate level work. Students required to take two or more developmental courses will need additional semesters to complete the degree.

Program Requirement

This curriculum should provide sufficient flexibility to meet lower division requirements for majors in engineering or related fields at many colleges and universities, and should allow students to succeed in transferring to obtain a baccalaureate degree. It is extremely important for students to work closely with their academic advisors to assure a successful transfer.

First Semester


First Semester Total Credits: 17


Second Semester


Second Semester Total Credits: 16


Third Semester


Third Semester Total Credits: 16


Fourth Semester


  • (4 Credits)
  • Approved Transfer Elective (3 Credits) 7
  • Approved Transfer Humanities/Fine Arts (3 Credits) 4
  • Approved Transfer Social Science (3 Credits) 3
  • HLT/PED - Health/Physical Education Elective (1 Credit)

Fourth Semester Total Credits: 14


Total Minimum Credits: 63


1 Courses used to fulfill this requirement: HIS 121 HIS 122 , HIS 111 HIS 112 , HIS 101  and HIS 102 .
2 MTH 161 -MTH 162  recommended. Students should consult with their academic advisor to select courses required by their desired degree at their transfer institution.
3 Courses used to fulfill this requirement: ECO, GEO, HIS, PLS, PSY, SOC.
4 Courses used to fulfill this requirement: HUM, MUS, ART, PHI, REL, ENG (lit). MUS and ART cannot be skills based.
5 Courses used to fulfill this requirement: ENG 241 ENG 242 ENG 243 ENG 244 ENG 251 ENG 252 ENG 255 , or ENG 210 .
6 May replace with BIO 270 - General Ecology .
7 Courses used to fulfill this requirement: GOL 105 , GOL 225, BIO 270 , MTH 261 . Students should consult with their academic advisor to select courses required by their desired degree at their transfer institution.

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