CATALOG: AA&S Transfer Degree: Sustainable Science Specialization

Length: 4 Semesters

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.

Curriculum
First Semester
Course # Course Title Lecture Lab Credits
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 0 3
HIS Approved Transfer History 1 3 0 3
MTH Approved Transfer Mathematics 2 3 0 3
BIO 101 General Biology I 3 3 4
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
Approved Transfer Social Science 3 3 0 3
Semester Total 16 3 17
Second Semester
Course # Course Title Lecture Lab Credits
ENG 112 College Composition II 3 0 3
HIS Approved Transfer History 1 3 0 3
MTH Approved Transfer Mathematics 2 3 0 3
BIO 102 General Biology II 3 3 4
Approved Transfer Humanities/Fine Arts 4 3 0 3
Semester Total 15 3 16
Third Semester
Course # Course Title Lecture Lab Credits
ITE 119 Information Literacy 3 0 3
ENG Approved 200 Level American or English Literature or Advanced Composition Course 5 3 0 3
CHM 129 Chemistry for a Sustainable World I 3 3 4
BIO 278 Coastal Ecology 6 2 3 3
Approved Transfer Elective 7 3 0 3
Semester Total 14 6 16
Fourth Semester
Course # Course Title Lecture Lab Credits
CHM 130 Chemistry for a Sustainable World II 3 3 4
Approved Transfer Elective 7 3 0 3
Approved Transfer Humanities / Fine Arts 4 3 0 3
Approved Transfer Social Science 3 3 0 3
HLT/PED Health/Physical Education Elective 0 2 1
Semester Total 12 5 14
Total Minimum Credits: 63
1Courses used to fulfill this requirement: HIS 121, 122, 111, 112, 101, and 1022MTH 161-162 recommended. Students should consult with their academic advisor to select courses required by their desired degree at their transfer institution.3Courses used to fulfill this requirement: ECO, GEO, HIS, PLS, PSY, SOC4Courses used to fulfill this requirement: HUM, MUS, ART, PHI, REL, ENG (lit). MUS and ART cannot be skills based5Courses used to fulfill this requirement: ENG 241, 242, 243, 244, 251, 252, 255, or 210. 6May replace with BIO 270 General Ecology. 7Courses 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.

Last modified on 09-24-2018