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