Catalog: PVCC 2022-2023 College Catalog

Physical and Natural Sciences: Biology Track (AS)

Associate of Science Degree
Code: 880
Transfer Program

Purpose: The Associate of Science degree in Physical and Natural Sciences with a Specialization in Biology at Piedmont Virginia Community College prepares you for transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree. PVCC has guaranteed transfer agreements with top colleges and universities that guarantee admission to PVCC graduates who meet specific academic transfer criteria.

Program Requirements: The major emphasis in this curriculum is on mathematics, the biological sciences, and the physical sciences. However, the curriculum also includes electives in humanities and social sciences so that the student can select the appropriate courses for his or her pre-professional or scientific program as required in the first two years of the prospective four-year college or university degree. Students must become knowledgeable about the requirements of the major departments in the college or university to which transfer is contemplated and also consult with their academic advisor. Upon satisfactory completion of the four-semester program, the graduate will be awarded the associate of science degree in physical and natural sciences.

Graduation Requirements: Students entering all degree programs are required to take one Writing Intensive Course (WIC), which has a prerequisite of ENG 111   and ENG 112, in order to graduate. Approved WICs are specified with a “WI” section designation.

Students in all degree programs are required to take at least one Civic Engagement (CE) course to graduate.

Required Courses

Course NameCreditsTerm TakenGrade
SDV 100 - College Success Skills Credits: 1
ENG 111 - College Composition I Credits: 3
ENG 112 - College Composition II Credits: 3
HIS ___ - History Elective Credits: 3
HIS ___ - History Elective Credits: 3
MTH 167 - Precalculus with Trigonometry Credits: 5
MTH 263 - Calculus I Credits: 4
CHM 241 - Organic Chemistry I Credits: 3
CHM 245 - Organic Chemistry I Laboratory Credits: 2
CHM 242 - Organic Chemistry II Credits: 3
CHM 246 - Organic Chemistry II Laboratory Credits: 2
BIO 299 - Supervised Study or CHM 299 or GOL 299  Credits: 2
CHM 111 - College Chemistry I Credits: 4
CHM 112 - College Chemistry II Credits: 4
BIO 101 - General Biology I Credits: 4
BIO 102 - General Biology II Credits: 4
BIO 256 - General Genetics or BIO 206 - Cell Biology  Credits: 4
___ ___ - Humanities Elective Credits: 3
___ ___ - Humanities Elective Credits: 3
___ ___ - Transfer Elective Credits: 3
___ ___ - Social Science Elective Credits: 3

Total minimum credits: 66

Mathematics: Check with the intended transfer college or university to ensure that the appropriate math courses and sequencing are selected.

Humanities Electives: A list of courses that full fills the requirements can be found on the Transfer Course Electives page. Introductory 101 or 102 level foreign language courses will not meet the Humanities Elective requirement for this program.