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General Studies

Associate of Science

PURPOSE: The Associate of Science degree in General Studies is a flexible degree that allows students to design a curriculum that meets particular transfer objectives that are not fulfilled by existing Reynolds transfer programs. The program consists of 46 credits of general education coursework and 15 additional credits that may be selected in consultation with an advisor to ensure they will be accepted for the preferred program at the four-year institution to which students plan to transfer. 

TRANSFER INFORMATION : The AS in General Studies is designed to provide transfer paths that will match the requirements of senior institutions (four-year colleges and universities).  However, these institutions differ in their requirements, so students are recommended to work closely with their advisors for program planning and course scheduling. The responsibility for appropriate course selection rests with the student, and electives should be chosen to meet the requirements of the transfer institution. 

PROGRAM OUTCOMES: 

Graduates of the program will be able to

  1. Demonstrate critical thinking strategies by comprehensively exploring issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion;
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of human diversity and an awareness of global issues through analysis of art, history, culture, geography, and economics;  
  3. Interpret key concepts in social sciences and liberal arts;
  4. Use quantitative skills to solve problems and interpret data;
  5. Apply the basic principles of scientific inquiry;
  6. Demonstrate when there is a need for information, and identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively and responsibly use and share that information for the problem at hand;
  7. Effectively communicate in writing to diverse audiences and for a variety of purposes; and
  8. Work independently and in teams to complete tasks. 

Students from the AS in General Studies degree will be able to transfer into a wide variety of majors at senior institutions including, but not limited to, the following:

Business  Human Services
Communications Journalism
Economics  Political Science
Education Pre-law
Humanities Psychology

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission 

COMPUTER COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT: Students in this program will meet the college’s computer competency requirement by successfully completing ITE 115 or CSC 155. Students can also meet this requirement by passing the college’s computer competency exam, administered in the testing centers on each campus, in which case they will receive college credit for ITE 115 or CSC 155. Students not passing the computer competency exam may retake the exam only once. 

** This program is pending approval of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

ENG 111

College Composition I

3

0

3

SDV 100

College Success Skills

1

0

1

­­HIS_____1

History Elective

3

0

3

MTH____2

Mathematics Elective

3

0

3

ITE 1153
or
CSC 1553

Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts or Computer Concepts and Applications

3

0

3

_____4

Approved Transfer Elective

3

0

3

TOTAL

16

0

16

ENG 112

College Composition II

3

0

3

_____5

Social/Behavioral Science Elective

3

0

3

MTH____2

Mathematics Elective

3

0

3

_____4

Approved Transfer Elective

3

0

3

_____4

Approved Transfer Elective

3

0

3

TOTAL

15

0

15

ENG____6

Literature Elective

3

0

3

_____5

Social/Behavioral Science Elective

3

0

3

_____4

Approved Transfer Elective

3

0

3

_____7

Personal Wellness Elective

0-1

0-2

1

_____8

Approved Laboratory Science Elective

3

3

4

TOTAL

12-13

3-5

14

_____9

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

3

0

3

_____5

Social/Behavioral Science Elective

3

0

3

CST 110 10

Introduction to Speech Communication

3

0

3

_____4

Approved Transfer Elective

3

0

3

_____8

Approved Laboratory Science Elective

3

3

4

TOTAL

15

3

16

Total Minimum Credits for AS Degree in General 

61

08.09.17

Students may select any of the following courses to meet this requirement:  HIS 101, 102, 111, 112, 121, or 122.

2 A list of approved mathematics electives is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design. MTH courses numbered less than MTH 152 cannot be used to fulfill the mathematics requirement. To avoid transfer problems, students should carefully select courses to fulfill elective requirements with the assistance of their advisors and based upon transfer requirements of the desired transfer institution.  It is recommended that students check with the advisor of the desired four-year institution. 

3 Students should consult their advisor and transfer institution about the computer literacy course to take. Students who have good backgrounds in computers may petition for credit by examination. 

4 "Approved Transfer Electives" may be satisfied with any mathematics, natural science, social/behavioral science, humanities/fine arts, or foreign language electives provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design.  Courses in the personal wellness category do NOT satisfy the transfer elective requirement. To avoid transfer problems, students should carefully select courses to fulfill elective requirements with the assistance of their advisors and based upon transfer requirements of the desired transfer institution.  It is recommended that students check with the advisor of the desired four-year institution. 

5 A list of approved social/behavioral science electives is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design. To avoid transfer problems, students should carefully select courses to fulfill elective requirements with the assistance of their advisors and based upon transfer requirements of the desired transfer institution.  It is recommended that students check with the advisor of the desired four-year institution. 

6 Students may take any 200-level LITERATURE course. ENG 215 and 217 do NOT satisfy the requirement. For transfer purposes, students should consult their advisor and transfer institution about their literature selections. 

7 A list of approved personal wellness electives is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design. To avoid transfer problems, students should carefully select courses to fulfill elective requirements with the assistance of their advisors and based upon transfer requirements of the desired transfer institution.  It is recommended that students check with the advisor of the desired four-year institution. 

8 A list of approved laboratory science electives is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design. NAS and below 100-level science courses do not satisfy this requirement. To avoid transfer problems, students should carefully select courses to fulfill elective requirements with the assistance of their advisors and based upon transfer requirements of the desired transfer institution.  It is recommended that students check with the advisor of the desired four-year institution. 

9 A list of approved humanities/fine arts electives is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design. To avoid transfer problems, students should carefully select courses to fulfill elective requirements with the assistance of their advisors and based upon transfer requirements of the desired transfer institution.  It is recommended that students check with the advisor of the desired four-year institution. 

10 Students may substitute CST 100 for CST 110.

 

STUDENT DEVELOPMENT

SDV 100 College Success Skills (and Career Education) 2 cr.

Assists students in transition to college. Provides overviews of college policies, procedures, and curricular offerings. Encourages contacts with other students and staff. Assists students toward college success through information regarding effective study habits, career and academic planning, and college resources available to students. Surveys career options available to students. Stresses career development and assists in the understanding of self in the world of work. Assists students in applying decision-making to career choices. Strongly recommended for beginning students who have not selected a major. This course will fulfill the SDV 100 requirement, which is a graduation requirement for degrees and full certificate programs.Lecture 2 hours per week.

SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 cr.

Assists students in transition to college. Provides overviews of college policies, procedures, and curricular offerings. Encourages contacts with other students and staff. Assists students toward college success through information regarding effective study habits, career and academic planning, and other college resources available to students. Strongly recommended for beginning students. Required for graduation.Lecture 1 hour per week.

SDV 101 Orientation to American Sign Language and Interpreter Education 3 cr.

Introduces students to the skills which are necessary to achieve their academic goals, to services offered at the college, and to American Sign Language and Interpreter Education. Covers topics such as services at the college; the library; counseling and advising; listening, test taking, and study skills; learning styles; career and personal development; and topical areas which are applicable to American Sign Language and Interpreter Education. Explores the existence of the Deaf people, who as a community share history, literature, customs, and culture.Lecture 3 hours per week.

SDV 101 Orientation to College Mathematics 2 cr.

Introduces students to the skills which are necessary to achieve their academic goals, to services offered at the college, and to the mastery skills needed for precalculus (MTH 163). Covers topics such as services at the college, including the library; counseling and advising; listening, test taking, and study skills; and topical areas applicable to precalculus. Topics in mathematics may include, but are not limited to, factoring polynomials, arithmetic operations on polynomials, synthetic and long division of polynomials, using the rules of exponents to simplify algebraic expressions, and graphing calculator usage. Emphasizes study skills and strategies specific to students in math courses. Meets SDV requirements for graduation.Prerequisites: A placement recommendation for MTH 163 and completion of Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry or equivalent.Co-requisite: Enrollment in college-designated section of MTH 163.Lecture 2 hours per week.

SDV 101 Orientation to Culinary and Pastry Arts 2 cr.

Assists students in transition to college and the culinary and pastry arts programs. Provides overviews of college policies, procedures, and curricular offerings. Encourages contacts with other students and staff. Assists students toward college success through information regarding effective study habits, career and academic planning, and other college resources available to students. Assists students with learning basic culinary and pastry arts concepts, introductory skillsets, and current trends. Students needing to complete developmental studies courses in English or mathematics may take those courses concurrently with SDV 101 if approved by the program head.Lecture 2 hours per week.

SDV 101 Orientation to Health Technology 1 cr.

Introduces students to the skills which are necessary to achieve their academic goals, to services offered at the college, and to health technology disciplines. Covers topics such as the following: services and resources at the college; the library; counseling and advising; listening, test taking, and study skills; learning styles; career and personal development; and topical areas which are applicable to health technology disciplines.Lecture 1 hour per week.

SDV 101 Orientation to STEM Disciplines 1 cr.

Introduces students to the skills which are necessary to achieve their academic goals, to services offered at the college, and to STEM disciplines (science, technology/computer science, engineering, and mathematics). Covers topics such as the following: services and resources at the college; the library; counseling and advising; listening, test taking, and study skills; learning styles; career and personal development; and topical areas which are applicable to the STEM disciplines.Lecture 1 hour per week.

SDV 101 Orientation to Teacher Preparation 2 cr.

Introduces students to the skills which are necessary to achieve their academic goals, to services offered at the college, and to teacher preparation. Covers topics such as the following: services and resources at the college; the library; counseling and advising; listening, test taking, and study skills; learning styles; career and personal development; and topical areas which are applicable to teacher preparation. Provides students an opportunity to conduct classroom observations.Lecture 2 hours per week.

SDV 106 Preparation for Employment 1 cr.

Provides experience in resume writing, preparation of applications, letters of application, and successfully preparing for and completing the job interview. Assists students in identifying their marketable skills and aptitudes. Develops strategies for successful employment search. Assists students in understanding effective human relations techniques and communication skills in job search.Lecture 1 hour per week.

SDV 107 Career Education 1 cr.

Surveys career options available to students. Stresses career development and assists in the understanding of self in the world of work. Assists students in applying decision-making to career choices. This course will not fulfill the SDV 100 requirement.Lecture 1 hour per week.

SDV 108 College Survival Skills 2 cr.

Provides an orientation to the college. Introduces study skills and career and life planning. Offers an opportunity to engage in activities aimed at self-discovery. Emphasizes development of "coping skills," such as listening, interpersonal relations, competence, and improved self-concept. Provides an overview of college policies, procedures, and curricular offerings. Assists students toward college success through information regarding effective study habits. Recommended for students enrolled in developmental courses.Lecture 2 hours per week.

SDV 109 Student Leadership Development 1 cr.

Introduces students to leadership theories and skills. Develops students' personal leadership styles. Assists students to promote leadership skills in others. Examines the outlook, skills, and behavior essential to successful leadership.Lecture 1 hour per week.