Programs of study (curricula) designate specific courses that must be taken to satisfy requirements.  When elective courses are required as specified in curriculum guides, students may select from the following list of courses. Electives may be completed by selecting any of the following courses. Unless specifically indicated in your curriculum, the following electives will meet the requirements for CVCC associate degrees, certificates, diplomas and career studies certificates for the category of courses listed. Students may not use the same course to satisfy more than one curriculum requirement.

As requirements of four-year institutions may vary, students in the Associate of Arts and Sciences and the Associate of Science (transfer) programs should consult a CVCC counselor or academic advisor, transfer guides, and prospective four-year colleges and universities to select appropriate courses to meet transfer requirements.

*Note: Some of these courses have prerequisites.

Any of the following may satisfy this requirement at CVCC. If you plan to transfer, please consult with an advisor or prospective four-year institutions before selecting electives.

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ACC 211 - Principles of Accounting I (4 cr.)

Introduces accounting principles with respect to financial reporting. Demonstrates how decision makers use accounting information for reporting purposes. Focuses on the preparation of accounting information and its use of the operation of organizations, as well as methods of analysis and interpretation of accounting information. Lecture 4 hours per week.


ACC 212 - Principles of Accounting II (4 cr.)

Introduces accounting principles with respect to cost and managerial accounting. Focuses on the application of accounting information with respect to product costing, as well as its use within the organization to provide direction and to judge performance. Prerequisite: ACC 211. Lecture 4 hours per week.


ASL 101 - American Sign Language I (3 cr.) / ASL 102 - American Sign Language II (3 cr.)

Introduces the fundamentals of American Sign  Language (ASL) used by the Deaf Community, including basic vocabulary, syntax, finger spelling, and grammatical non- manual signals. Focuses on communicative competence. Develops gestural skills as a foundation for ASL enhancement. Introduces cultural knowledge and increases understanding of the Deaf Community. Lecture 3 hours per week.


BIO 107 - Biology of the Environment (4 cr.)

Presents the basic concepts of environmental science through a topical approach. Includes the scientific method, population growth and migration, use of natural resources and waste management, ecosystem simplification recovery, evolution, biogeochemical cycles, photosynthesis and global warming, geological formations, atmosphere and climate, and ozone depletion and acid deposition. Prerequisite:  Competency in Math Essentials (MTE 1-3) and English (ENG 111) as demonstrated through the placement test, or by completing the required MTE or ENF/ENG units. Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.


BUS 100 - Introduction to Business (3 cr.)

Presents a broad introduction to the functioning of business enterprise within the U.S. economic framework. Introduces economic systems, essential elements of a business organization, production, human resource management, marketing, finance, and risk management. Develops business vocabulary. Lecture 3 hours per week.


BUS 221 - Business Statistics I (3 cr.)

Focuses on statistical methodology in the collection, organization,  presentation, and analysis of data; concentrates on measures of central tendency, dispersion, probability concepts and distribution, sampling, statistical estimation, normal and T distribution and hypotheses for means and proportions. Prerequisite: MTH 163 or Division approval. Lecture 3 hours per week.


BUS 222 - Business Statistics II (3 cr.)

Continues study of inferential statistics and application of statistical techniques and methodology in business. Includes analysis of variance, regression and correlation measurement of business and economic activity through the use of index numbers, trend, cyclical, and seasonal effects and the Chi- Square distribution and other non-parametric techniques. Prerequisite: BUS 221 or Division approval. Lecture 3 hours per week.


CST 151 - Film Appreciation I (3 cr.)

Provides students with a critical understanding of film through the discussion and viewing of motion pictures with emphasis upon the study of film history and the forms and functions of film. Students will develop the skills to analyze shared social, cultural, and historical influences of films and their contexts. Part I of II. Prerequisite: English 112. Lecture 3 hours per week.


Provides an orientation to the teaching profession in Virginia, including historical perspectives, current issues, and future trends in education on the national and state levels. Emphasizes information about teacher licensure examinations, steps to certification, teacher preparation and induction programs, and attention to critical shortage areas in Virginia. Includes supervised field placement (recommended: 40 clock hours) in a K-12 school. Prerequisite: Successful completion of 24 credits of transfer courses. Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.


FRE 101 - Beginning French I (4 cr.) / FRE 102 - Beginning French II (4 cr.)

Introduces understanding, speaking, reading, and writing skills and emphasizes basic French sentence structure. Lecture 4 hours per week.


HIS 281 - History of Virginia I (3 cr.)

Examines the cultural, political, and economic history of the Commonwealth from its beginning to the present. Prerequisite: Placement in English 111 based on VPT scores. Lecture 3 hours per week.


ITE 119 - Information Literacy (3 cr.)

Presents the information literacy core competencies focusing on the use of information technology skills. Skills and knowledge will be developed in database searching, computer applications, information security and privacy, and intellectual property issues. Note: Students may not get credit for BUS 226, ITE 115, and ITE 119. Lecture 3 hours per week.


MKT 100 - Principles of Marketing (3 cr.)

Presents principles, methods and problems involved in the marketing of goods, services and ideas to consumers and organizational buyers. Discusses present-day problems and policies connected with distribution and sale of products, pricing, promotion, and buyer motivation. Examines variations of the marketing mix and market research, plus legal, social, and ethical, and international considerations in marketing. Lecture 3 hours per week.


Presents college algebra, analytic geometry, trigonometry, and algebraic exponential, and logarithmic functions. Prerequisites: Competency in Math Essentials MTE 1-9 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostic tests, or by satisfactorily completing the required MTE or MTT units or equivalent. (Credit will not be awarded for both MTH 163 and MTH 166) Lecture 5 hours per week.


MTH 277 - Vector Calculus (4 cr.)

Presents vector valued functions, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, and topics from the calculus of vectors. Designed for mathematical, physical and engineering science programs. Prerequisite: MTH 174 with a grade of C or higher or equivalent. Lecture 4 hours per week.


Introduces ordinary differential equations. Includes first order differential equations, second and higher order ordinary differential equations with application. Designed for mathematical, physical, and engineering  science programs. Prerequisite: MTH 174 with a grade of C or higher or equivalent. Lecture 4 hours per week.


MTH 285 - Linear Algebra (3 cr.)

Covers matrices, vector spaces, determinants, solutions of systems of linear equations, basis and dimension, eigen values, and eigen vectors. Designed for mathematical, physical  and engineering science programs. Prerequisite: MTH 174 with a grade of C or higher or equivalent. Lecture 3 hours per week.


Studies psychology of criminal behavior. Includes topics such as violent and non-violent crime, sexual offenses, insanity, addiction, white collar crime, and other deviant behaviors. Provides a background for law enforcement occupations. Prerequisites: PSY 200 or Division approval. Lecture 3 hours per week.


SPA 101 - Beginning Spanish I (4 cr.) / SPA 102 - Beginning Spanish II (4 cr.)

Introduces understanding, speaking, reading, and writing skills and emphasizes basic Spanish sentence structure. Lecture 4 hours per week.