Courses for the Science Degree (AS)

  • Courses must be selected from the list below.
  • BRCC's course requirements may not meet the gen ed requirements of your transfer school.  Please work with a BRCC advisor and a transfer advisor from your transfer school to make sure your courses meet the requirements of both programs.
  • See course notes; college catalog has additional information.

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Required General Education Courses

English (6 credits required)

  • ENG 111 College Composition I
  • ENG 112 College Composition II

History and Social and Behavioral Sciences (9 credits required: 3 History, 3 Social and Behavioral, and 3 from either category)

  • HIS 101 History of Western Civilization I
  • HIS 102 History of Western Civilization II
  • HIS 111 History of World Civilizations I
  • HIS 112 History of World Civilizations II
  • HIS 121 United States History I
  • HIS 122 United States History II
Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • ECO 201 Principles of Economics I (Macroeconomics)
  • ECO 202 Principles of Economics II (Microeconomics)
  • GEO 210 People and Land: Intro to Cultural Geography
  • GEO 220 World Regional Geography
  • PLS 135 American National Politics
  • PSY 202 Introduction to Psychology II
  • PSY 230 Developmental Psychology
  • SOC 200 Principles of Sociology
  • SOC 268 Social Problems
  • SSC 107 Problems of People in the Modern World
Literature /Humanities /Fine Arts (6 credits required; 3 credits must be in Literature)
  • ART 101 History and Appreciation of Art I
  • ART 102 History and Appreciation of Art II
  • CST 130 Introduction to Theatre
  • CST 151 Film Appreciation I
  • ENG 241 Survey of American Literature I
  • ENG 242 Survey of American Literature II
  • ENG 243 Survey of English Literature I
  • ENG 244 Survey of English Literature II
  • ENG 251 Survey of World Literature I
  • ENG 252 Survey of World Literature II
  • HUM 216 Survey of Nonwestern Cultural Traditions
  • HUM 260 Survey of 20th Century Culture
  • MUS 121 Music Appreciation I
  • MUS 122 Music Appreciation II
  • PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy I
  • PHI 102 Introduction to Philosophy II
  • PHI 115 Practical Reasoning
  • PHI 211 The History of Western Philosophy I
  • PHI 212 The History of Western Philosophy II
  • PHI 225 Selected Problems in Applied Ethics
  • REL 231 Religions of the World I
Mathematics (10 credits required)
  • MTH 173 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (required) and either
  • MTH 174 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
    or MTH 157 Elementary Statistics plus an additional two credits of MTH electives from the list of Approved Electives.
Natural Science/Lab (8 credits required)

(Sequence preferred but not required; first half must be taken before second half.)

  • BIO 101 General Biology I
  • BIO 102 General Biology II
  • BIO 141 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO 142 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • CHM 111 College Chemistry I
  • CHM 112 College Chemistry II
  • GOL 105 Physical Geology
  • GOL 110 Earth Science
  • PHY 201 General College Physics I
  • PHY 202 General College Physics II
  • PHY 241 University Physics I
  • PHY 242 University Physics II
Other Required Courses for the degree
Health/Physical Education (1 credit required)

All HLT and PED courses except HLT 143 and HLT 144

Student Development (1 credit required)
  • SDV 100 College Success Skills
  • SDV 101 Orientation to Health Sciences or STEM or IT Profession
  • SDV 107 Career Education

Required Courses Notes

  • Students may not receive credit toward graduation requirements in this program of study for BIO 102 and BIO 114, for ECO 120 and ECO 201, for ECO 120 and ECO 202, for PHY 100 and PHY 201, for PSY 200 and PSY 201, for PSY 200 and PSY 202, or for PSY 230 and PSY 231.
  •  Students completing the AS-Science Engineering Specialization complete 3 credits of History, 3 credits of Social and Behavioral Science, and are not required to take an additional 3 credits of either; instead they will complete EGR 140. This exception is granted by VCCS policy only for students in an approved Engineering program. Please consult the AS-Science Engineering Specialization for this and other differences from the AS-Science core degree.
  • All AS students must complete 5 credits MTH 173. Students may then use either MTH 174 (5 credits) or MTH 157 (3 credits) plus two additional MTH credits from the Approved Electives to complete the requirement.

Approved Elective Courses for the AS Degree in Science

The remaining 20 required credits of Mathematics and Natural Science electives may be chosen from any BIO, CHM, GOL, MTH, NAS, or PHY prefixed Required General Education Courses listed above (if not already used to meet a requirement) or from any of the Approved Electives Courses below. The Specializations of Computer Science and Engineering under the AS-Science differ in terms of requirements and elective options; these differences can be found in the catalog descriptions of these plans of study.

  • BIO 205 General Microbiology
  • CHM 241-243 Organic Chemistry I and Lab
  • CHM 242-244 Organic Chemistry II and Lab
  • CSC 200 Introduction to Computer Science
  • CSC 201 Computer Science I
  • EGR 120 Introduction to Engineering
  • EGR 206 Engineering Economics
  • MTH 163 Precalculus Ia
  • MTH 164 Precalculus II
  • MTH 166 Precalculus with Trigonometrya
  • MTH 177 Introductory Linear Algebra
  • MTH 277 Vector Calculus
  • MTH 285 Linear Algebra
  • MTH 287 Mathematical Structures
  • MTH 291 Differential Equations

Elective Courses Notes

  • Additional elective courses may be approved with specific permission of an Academic Dean, using the Program Adjustment Form in Admissions & Records.
  • Students may not receive credit toward graduation requirements in this program of study for MTH 163 and MTH 166.