Science-Geology Track

This degree prepares you for transfer to a four-year institution to complete a bachelor's degree in science with a concentration in Geology.


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Associate of Science Degree

Credit Hours


Required Courses

  • SDV 100: Orientation - 1 credits
  • ENG 111: College Composition I - 3 credits
  • ENG 112: College Composition II - 3 credits
  • HIS ___: HIS 101: History of Western Civilization I or HIS 111 History of World Civilization I or HIS 121: U.S. History I - 4 credits
  • HIS ___: HIS 102: History of Western Civilization II or HIS 112 History of World Civilization II or HIS 122: U.S. History II - 3 credits
  • MTH 167: Precalculus with Trigonometry - 5 credits
  • MTH 263: Calculus I - 4 credits
  • PHY 201: General College Physics I or PHY 241: University Physics I - 4 credits
  • BIO/CHM/PHY/GOL/ 299: Supervised Study in Science - 2 credits
  • CHM 111: College Chemistry I - 4 credits
  • CHM 112: College Chemistry II - 4 credits
  • GOL 105: Physical Geology - 4 credits
  • GOL 106: Historical Geology - 4 credits
  • GOL 111: Oceanography - 4 credits
  • ___ ___: Science w/Laboratory Elective - 4 credits
  • CSC 110: Introduction to Computing or ITE 119: Information Literacy - 3 credits
  • ___ ___: Humanities Elective - 3 credits
  • ___ ___: Humanities Elective - 3 credits
  • ___ ___: Social Science Elective - 3 credits

Admissions Requirements

There are no additional admission requirements for this program.

Program Information

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.

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.

BIO 106, CHM 101, CHM 102, NAS 131, NAS 132 and PHY 100 cannot be used to satisfy the Science w/Laboratory in this degree program.

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

Graduation Requirement: 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 Writing Intensive Courses are specified with a "WI" section designation. Earned cumulative grade point average must be at least 2.0 and in good standing.