The following is a description of current program requirements. Students who enrolled previously should consult the catalog for the year in which they began the program, and/or their advisor.
Associate of Science Degree
Four semesters (two-year) program
With the tremendous emphasis on scientific discoveries and technological developments in today’s society, great demand exists for scientists and scientifically-oriented persons in business, government, industry, and the medical and health professions. The associate of science degree program in science is designed for persons interested in preprofessional scientific programs who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a baccalaureate or higher degree program with a major in one of the following fields: agriculture, astronomy, biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, botany, chemistry, computer science, dentistry, engineering, entomology, environmental science, forestry, genetics, geology, home economics, horticulture, marine biology, mathematics, meteorology, medicine, nuclear science, pre- pharmacy, physics, science education, veterinary medicine, wildlife biology or zoology.
The associate of arts and sciences (AA&S) and associate of science (AS) degrees offered by LFCC are designed to provide freshman and sophomore level course work toward the completion of a bachelor’s degree. The AA&S and AS degree programs require students to take essentially the same courses as required by their university/four-year college counterparts in the areas of English, health/physical education, humanities, mathematics, science and social science.
To help facilitate the transfer process, LFCC has created an online ‘Transfer Guide’ that provides detailed information such as tuition, GPA, application requirements, course equivalents, and other information that may be useful in the transfer process. The transfer guide can found at www.lfcc.edu/transfer. The Virginia Community College System also offers a Transfer Planning Tool on the Virginia Educational Wizard, which can be found at www.vawizard.org.
Students should begin preparing for transfer as early as possible. Steps in this process include: making a career decision, identifying colleges which offer the intended program of study, examining available transfer information and college catalogs, exploring Guaranteed Admissions and Transfer agreements, talking with transfer representatives, identifying program prerequisites, researching the academic competitiveness of the institutions and program under consideration, attending open house events offered by the colleges and exploring financial aid and housing opportunities.
LFCC offers many services and programs to assist the transfer student. Students are encouraged to seek the assistance of an advisor or counselor to gain additional information to plan a successful transfer experience.