Arts and Sciences (AA&S) Degree

Code: 881

General Information

The Science program represents the first two years of a challenging and intensive pursuit for a four-year college or university degree in one of the many natural sciences.In this program, a student will have the opportunity to engage in the study of initial courses in mathematics and sciences which lead to the more advanced third and fourth year courses to be taken when the student transfers into the third year of a four-year college or university.Also, during the first two years, the student will complete humanities and social science requirements and electives, freeing up his/her final two years for intensive study in a science major. This program takes four semesters or two years of full time study to complete.

Students in this program may wish to pursue a major in one of the following fields when they transfer to a four-year college or university:

  • Agriculture
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Protection
  • Forestry
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physics
  • Pre-Dental
  • Pre-Medicine

Advantages for students who complete the Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree and transfer to a four (4)-year state college or university are:

  • Eligible for the many Guaranteed Admissions Agreement that the Virginia Community College System has with a wide variety of four-year colleges and universities
  • Given priority over those students who have not completed their AA&S Degree
  • Considered to have met the lower-division general-education requirements of the state four (4)-year college or university to which they may transfer
  • Considered to have attained junior standing at the state four (4) year college or university to which they may transfer
  • To the extent possible, given the same opportunities in areas such as course selection, registration, access to campus housing and financial aid as those students who attended their freshman and sophomore years
  • Eligible for a State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) Transfer Grant which would substantially reduce their financial burden when they transfer

In addition to the Guaranteed Admission Agreements that the Virginia Community College System has with certain schools, DSLCC has Guaranteed Admissions Agreements with several other schools. The full list can be found here.

Also informative for Education majors:Pre-Teacher Education Transfer

Without the AA&S Degree, students may not be eligible for these advantages.

Program Requirements

Science Degree – Program Information sheet (PDF)



Classes are held on the main campus in Clifton Forge and a variety of other locations, including the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center (RRC) in Buena Vista. Facilities include classrooms, program-specific lab spaces, computer labs, offices and spaces used for student activities, student support services and a wide variety of resources to support student learning.

Formats for the delivery of many general classes include traditional lecture, compressed video, web-enhanced instruction, and independent study. For the successful completion of most courses, students are expected to attend classes, participate in labs and/or complete assignments that require additional study outside of scheduled class times. Some courses are available on an independent-study basis.

Some courses are offered every semester while others are only scheduled in the fall or spring semester or one of the college’s summer sessions. It is important to discuss academic and career plans with an academic advisor who can assist in the development of a pathway that meets each student’s needs and addresses the scheduling of courses by the college. This will assist the student in achieving their goal of completing all requirements for graduation.

Tools, Equipment and Supplies

No special tools or equipment are required for this program. Some instructors use technology to minimize the use of paper. If a student wishes to produce hard copies of documents (possible hand-outs or extra notes not provided by the instructor, then he/she will need to include the cost of purchasing paper and printing copies as part of his/her budget.

Most students purchase items routinely used for class, such as pens, pencils notebooks, calculators, etc. which may be purchased through the DSLCC Bookstore or another location.

Students are not required to purchase a computer, but most instructors will assign work for students to complete that requires the use of a personal desktop or laptop computer with internet access. It is very likely that some assignments will be made requiring students to work outside of regularly scheduled class times. Students may use computer labs on the main campus and at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center during regular business hours; however, due to some deadlines and personal schedules, students should expect situations in which they must complete work and/or submit assignments on their own time outside of college hours and should plan accordingly.


For additional information on some of the numerous four-year colleges and universities that are available to you, please visit their Admission Office:

Bluefield College
Bridgewater College
Christopher Newport University
College of William and Mary
Eastern Kentucky University
ECPI College of Technology
Emory and Henry College
Ferrum College
Hollins University
James Madison University
Jefferson College of Health Sciences
Liberty University
Longwood University
Lynchburg College
Mary Baldwin College
Mountain State University
Norfolk State University
Old Dominion University
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Radford University
Randolph College
Regent University
Regis University
Roanoke College
Shenandoah University
Strayer University
Sweet Briar College
Troy University
University of Mary Washington
University of Phoenix
University of Virginia
University of Virginia’s College at Wise
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia State University*
Virginia Tech
Virginia Union University
Virginia Wesleyan College
West Virginia University


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