Catalog: PVCC 2022-2023 College Catalog

Physical and Natural Sciences: Geology Track (AS)

Associate of Science
Code: 880
Transfer Program

Purpose: The Associate of Science degree in Physical and Natural Sciences with a Specialization in Geology 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.

Graduation Requirements: Students entering all transfer 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
PHY 201 - General College Physics I or PHY 241 - University Physics I  Credits: 4
BIO 299 - Supervised Study or CHM 299 GOL 299  Credits: 2
CHM 111 - College Chemistry I Credits: 4
CHM 112 - College Chemistry II Credits: 4
GOL 105 - Physical Geology Credits: 4
GOL 106 - Historical Geology Credits: 4
GOL 111 - Oceanography I Credits: 4
___ ___ - Science w/Lab Elective Credits: 4
___ ___ - Humanities Elective Credits: 3
___ ___ - Humanities Elective Credits: 3
___ ___ - Social Science Elective Credits: 3
___ ___ - Transfer Elective Credits: 3

Total minimum credits: 64

A list of courses that fulfills the requirements for History, Humanities, Mathematics, Science w/Laboratory and Social Science Electives can be found on the Transfer Course Electives page.

BIO 106, CHM 101, NAS 131, NAS 132, and PHY 100 cannot be used to satisfy the Science w/Laboratory in this degree program. Students planning to transfer as biology majors should take BIO 101  and BIO 102  in their first year. Students planning to transfer as chemistry majors should take CHM 111  and CHM 112  in their first year.  BIO 141 and BIO 142  are recommended for students planning to transfer in pre-professional programs such as Nursing, Medicine, Dentistry, Physical Therapy or Physician Assistant programs.

To meet the humanities elective requirement for this program, no more than one introductory foreign language course (101 or 102 level) may be used.