Award: Associate of Arts and Science

Does exploring the mysteries and vast frontiers of the universe, its unknown origins, its potential life forms, and strange new worlds interest you more than just watching it as a science fiction movie? Were you the kid who thought that one day you might come up with a cure for cancer? Were you the kid that built mighty bridges from LegosTM and Tinker ToysTM dreaming that one day you would be designer of tomorrow’s gleaming sky scrapers? Were you fascinated by the Jurassic Park movies? Were you the one that was always wrapping your dog’s leg with bandages as you pretended to be that good ol’ country veterinarian? Students who major in science are individuals inspired to understand why some aspect of the natural world functions the way it does and who marvel at the complexity and simplicity of nature. The science degree at DCC prepares students for careers requiring a firm foundation in mathematics and basic science while ensuring that graduates have a firm understanding of humanities and social science disciplines as well. If your future career plans include medicine, nursing, architecture, laboratory research, science education, or environmental studies, then the science degree can be tailored to help you achieve your goals.

Program Information

Minimum credits: 60

Length: 2 years (4 semesters) if suggested full-time course sequence is followed.

Transfer opportunities: This degree is designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year university for medical or other science-related programs of study.

Admission requirements vary by institution. Students are urged to familiarize themselves with the requirements of the college to which they intend to transfer and plan course selections with their DCC advisor. To learn more, visit

Division: Arts, Sciences, & Business

Contact: 434.797.8402 or 434.797.8462

Program Outcomes:

Graduates will demonstrate:

  1. An understanding of scientific and mathematic principles in everyday life.
  2. Proficiency in conducting experiments, and recording and interpreting data.
  3. Understanding of the significance of mathematics to all areas of science.
  4. Ability to communicate appropriately within the respective disciplines of mathematics and science.
  5. Ability to work independently and collaboratively in the acquisition of scientific knowledge.

Course Sequence

  Lecture Hours Lab Hours Hours in Class Credits
First Semester
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 0 3 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1 1
HIS History elective 3 0 3 3
MTH Math Requirement1
(MTH 161/167 or higher)
3-5 0 3-5 3-5
Natural Lab Science2 3 3 6 4
HLT/PED Approved Wellness Elective3 1 0-2 1-3 1
Total 14-16 3-5 17-21 15-18
Second Semester
ENG 112 College Composition II 3 0 3 3
HIS History Elective 3 0 3 3
MTH Math Requirement1 3-5 0 3-5 3-5
Natural Lab Science2 3 3 6 4
Approved Elective 3 0 3 3
Total 15-17 3 18-20 16-18
Third Semester
ENG Literature I4 3 0 3 3
Social Science Requirement5 3 0 3 3
Natural Lab Science2 3 3 6 4
Approved Elective 3 0 3 3
Natural Lab Science2 3 3 6 4
Total 15 6 21 17
Fourth Semester
ENG Literature II4 3 0 3 3
Social Science Requirement II5 3 0 3 3
Natural Lab Science2 3 3 6 4
Approved Elective 2-4 0 2-4 2-4
Total 11-13 3 14-16 12-14

Total Minimum Credits for the Associate of Arts and Science Degree in Science 60

1As with all transfer degrees, students should select the math sequence which will be most helpful in transferring to their intended four year college. If additional math courses are required, math courses may be used as approved electives.

2Students must complete 20 Credits of lab science, including 4 credits taken at the sophomore level and at least one full-year lab sequence. Acceptable 100-level sequences are: CHM 111-112 General Chemistry I-II; BIO 101-102 General Biology I-II; BIO 141-142 Human Anatomy and Physiology I-II; GOL 105 Physical Geology & GOL 106 Historical Geology. Acceptable 200-level lab science sequences are: CHM 241-242 Organic Chemistry I-II with lab; PHY 201-202 General College Physics I-II; or PHY 241-242 University Physics I-II. Other non-sequential options are: BIO 150 Introductory Microbiology, and BIO 256 General Genetics

3This can be satisfied by a single 1 or more credit course in Health or Physical Education.

4Acceptable literature sequences are: ENG 241-242 Survey of American Literature I-II; ENG 243-244 Survey of English Literature I-II; or ENG 251-252 Survey of World Literature I-II.

5Students must complete a full year of social science coursework by taking one of the following sequences: ECO 201 and ECO 202; PLS 211 and PLS 212; SOC 200 and one sophomore level sociology course, or PSY 200 and one sophomore-level psychology course.

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