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Richard Bland College offers academically rigorous programs grounded in the liberal arts tradition of William & Mary, providing a solid foundation for transfer to 4-year colleges and universities.

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By attending Richard Bland College and completing the Associate Degree, you will have completed the first two years toward the Baccalaureate Degree.

We have guaranteed transfer agreements with four-year colleges and universities across the Commonwealth that will enhance your educational opportunities. The Board of Visitors of William & Mary has authorized Richard Bland College to confer Associate degrees designed for transfer to a four-year institution.

  • Associate of Arts Degree (A.A.)

    • The Associate in Arts Degree is designed primarily for those students who plan to complete their baccalaureate degrees in areas of the arts, humanities, or the behavioral and social sciences. Depending upon the institution to which a student may transfer and the prospective major, the Associate in Science Degree may be more appropriate. Students are urged to consult an academic advisor on this matter.

      A student must meet the following credit-hour requirements for the Associate in Arts Degree.


      GENERAL ASSOCIATE in ARTS DEGREE

      The College offers a traditional generalist degree incorporating the Core and significant breadth across discipline.

      The Art of Language and Ideas
      ENGL 101-102 Choose two additional courses from this area12
      The Language and History of Fine Arts
      Choose one course from this area3
      The Human Experience
      Choose two courses from this area6
      U.S. and World Cultures
      Choose three courses from this area, at least one of which must be in History9
      Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning
      Choose one course from this area3 - 4
      Investigation of the Natural World
      Choose one laboratory course from this area4
      Foreign Language
      Two courses from this area6 - 8
      Computer Proficiency
      0 - 3
      Electives
      In deciding upon elective courses, students working closely with their academic advisors should consult the transfer path for their intended transfer college and program. Bear in mind that some colleges or programs may require or recommend more courses in a particular area (math, science, or foreign languages, for example) than are required for the AA degree at Richard Bland College. Those courses should be included in the electives taken as part of your academic plan at RBC. No more than 3 credits of PE may count toward graduation.11 - 17
      Total60
  • Associate in Science Degree (A.S.)

    • The Associate in Science Degree is designed primarily for those students who plan to complete their baccalaureate degrees in areas of education, business, health professions, social work, engineering, or one of the natural sciences. Depending upon the institution to which a student may transfer and the prospective major, the Associate in Arts Degree may be more appropriate. Students are urged to consult an academic advisor on this matter. There is no foreign language requirement to earn this degree.

      A student must meet the following credit-hour requirements for the Associate in Science Degree.


      GENERAL ASSOCIATE in SCIENCE DEGREE

      The College offers a traditional generalist degree incorporating the Core and significant breadth across discipline.

      The Art of Language and Ideas
      ENGL 101-102 Choose one course from this area6
      The Language and History of Fine Arts
      Choose one course from this area3
      The Human Experience
      Choose three courses from this area9
      U.S. and World Cultures
      Choose three courses from this area9
      Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning
      Choose two courses from this area6
      Investigation of the Natural World
      Choose two laboratory courses from this area8
      Computer Proficiency
      0-3
      Electives
      (Foreign Language: it is recommended that students check with their desired transfer institution to determine their foreign language requirements.) 14-17
      Total60
  • Associate in Science Degree - Behavioral Sciences (A.B.S.)

    • The Associate in Science Degree is designed primarily for those students who plan to complete their baccalaureate degrees in areas of education, business, health professions, social work, engineering, or one of the natural sciences. Depending upon the institution to which a student may transfer and the prospective major, the Associate in Arts Degree may be more appropriate. Students are urged to consult an academic advisor on this matter. There is no foreign language requirement to earn this degree.

      A student must meet the following credit-hour requirements for the Associate in Science Degree.

      The Art of Language and Ideas
      ENGL 101-102, SPCH 1019
      The Language and History of Fine Arts
      ART 201, 202, 231, MUS 103, or THEA 2013
      The Human Experience
      PSY 201-202, 250, 217, PHIL 203, SOC 201 or 204, 25321
      U.S. and World Cultures
      ECON 201, 202, GEO 101, 103, GOVT 201, 202, 203, HIST 101, 102, 201, 202, 240, 250, 270, 276, or REL 209, 210, 219, 220, 254 6
      Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning
      MATH 101, 2176
      Investigation of the Natural World
      BIO 101-102 (101L, 102L), CHEM 101-102 (101L,102L), or BIO 101 (101L), CHEM 101 (101L)8
      Computer Proficiency
      CSCI 202, 203, 211, 212 or pass the Computer Proficiency Assessment3
      Electives
      PSY 101, 240, 260, 291, 292, 295 SOC 250, PE 121 (Foreign Language: it is recommended that students check with their desired transfer institution to determine their foreign language requirements.)4 - 6
      Total60
  • Associate in Science Degree - Business Administration (A.S.-Business Administration)

    • The Associate in Science Degree is designed primarily for those students who plan to complete their baccalaureate degrees in areas of education, business, health professions, social work, engineering, or one of the natural sciences. Depending upon the institution to which a student may transfer and the prospective major, the Associate in Arts Degree may be more appropriate. Students are urged to consult an academic advisor on this matter. There is no foreign language requirement to earn this degree.

      A student must meet the following credit-hour requirements for the Associate in Science Degree.

      Business
      BUS 201-2026
      The Art of Language and Ideas
      ENGL 101-102 ENGL 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 210, 211, 212, 213, or 214 PHIL 101, 121, 201, 202, 203, or 270 REL 201, SPCH 101, 201 (Those planning to pursue Pharmacy should take SPCH 101)9
      The Language and History of Fine Arts
      ART 201, 202, 231, MUS 103, or THEA 2013
      The Human Experience
      PHIL 101, 203, PSY 201-202, 210, 250, 260, 291, 292, 295 REL 201, 209, 210, SOC 201, 204, 250, 2539
      U.S. and World Cultures
      ECON 201-202 Both are required, choose one additional course from the following: GEO 101, 103, GOVT 201, 202, 203, HIST 101, 102, 201, 202, 240, 250, 270, 276 REL 209, 210, 219, 220, 2549
      Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning
      MATH 217, 207, 2016 - 7
      Investigation of the Natural World
      BIO 101-102 (101L, 102L), 151-152 (151L, 152L), 205-206, 211, 220 CHEM 101-102 (101L,102L), 230-231, 110 (110L) BIO 110, PHYS 101-102, 201-2024
      Computer Proficiency
      CSCI 110, 202, 203, 211, 212, 245 or pass the Computer Proficiency Assessment3
      Electives
      BUS 104 is recommended for those unfamiliar with the various business careers (Foreign Language: it is recommended that students check with their desired transfer institution to determine their foreign language requirements.)11 - 14
      Total60
  • Associate in Science Degree – Math/Computer Science (A.S.-Math/Computer Science)

    • The Associate in Science Degree is designed primarily for those students who plan to complete their baccalaureate degrees in areas of education, business, health professions, social work, engineering, or one of the natural sciences. Depending upon the institution to which a student may transfer and the prospective major, the Associate in Arts Degree may be more appropriate. Students are urged to consult an academic advisor on this matter. There is no foreign language requirement to earn this degree.

      A student must meet the following credit-hour requirements for the Associate in Science Degree.

      The Art of Language and Ideas
      ENGL 101-102 ENGL 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 210, 211, 212, 213, or 214 PHIL 101, 121, 201, 202, 203, or 270 REL 201, SPCH 101, 201 (Those planning to pursue Pharmacy should take SPCH 101)9
      The Language and History of Fine Arts
      ART 201, 202, 231, MUS 103, or THEA 2013
      The Human Experience
      PHIL 101, 203, PSY 201-202, 210, 250, 260, 291, 292, 295 REL 201, 209, 210, SOC 201, 204, 250, 2533
      U.S. and World Cultures
      ECON 201-202, GEO 101, 103, GOVT 201, 202, 203 HIST 101, 102, 201, 202, 240, 250, 270, 276 REL 209, 210, 219, 220, 2543
      Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning
      MATH 201, 202, 204 CSCI 211MATH 203 or CSCI 212 (For Mathematics majors take MATH 203, for Computer Science majors take CSCI 212)15
      Investigation of the Natural World
      PHYS 201-20210
      Electives
      Recommended electives (3-6) in Math: MATH 220/CSCI 220 Discrete Structures, MATH 205 Differential Equations. Recommended electives (4-12) from the Natural Sciences (Mathematics and Computer Science majors are often required to take one to three additional Natural Science courses. It is recommended that students check with their desired transfer institution to determine the specific natural science courses required. (No more than two additional PE credit hours may be taken for elective credit.) (Foreign Language: it is recommended that students check with their desired transfer institution to determine their foreign language requirements.)15
      Total60
  • Associate in Science Degree – Physical Science (A.S.-Physical Science)

    • The Associate in Science Degree is designed primarily for those students who plan to complete their baccalaureate degrees in areas of education, business, health professions, social work, engineering, or one of the natural sciences. Depending upon the institution to which a student may transfer and the prospective major, the Associate in Arts Degree may be more appropriate. Students are urged to consult an academic advisor on this matter. There is no foreign language requirement to earn this degree.

      A student must meet the following credit-hour requirements for the Associate in Science Degree.

      The Art of Language and Ideas
      ENGL 101-102 ENGL 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 210, 211, 212, 213, or 214 PHIL 101, 121, 201, 202, 203, or 270 REL 201, SPCH 101, 201 (Those planning to pursue Pharmacy should take SPCH 101.9
      The Language and History of Fine Arts
      ART 201, 202, 231, MUS 103, or THEA 2013
      The Human Experience
      PHIL 101, 203, PSY 201-202, 210, 250, 260, 291, 292, 295 REL 201, 209, 210, SOC 201, 204, 250, 2533
      U.S. and World Cultures
      ECON 201-202, GEO 101, 103, GOVT 201, 202, 203, HIST 101, 102, 201, 202, 240, 250, 270, 276, REL 209, 210, 219, 220, 2543
      Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning
      MATH 201, 202, 20411
      Investigation of the Natural World
      CHEM 101-102 CHEM 230-231 or PHYS 201-2028 - 10
      Computer Proficiency
      CSCI 202, 203, 211, 212, or pass the Computer Proficiency Assessment3
      Electives
      Recommended electives in Math: Math 205 Differential Equations. Recommended electives in CHEM or CHME ENG: PHYS 201-202. Recommended electives in PHY & ENG: MATH 203, CSCI 211. (No more than two additional credit hours may be taken for elective credit.) (Foreign Language: it is recommended that students check with their desired transfer institution to determine foreign language requirements.)10 - 15
      Total60
  • Associate in Science Degree – Life Science (A.S.-Life Science)

    • The Associate in Science Degree is designed primarily for those students who plan to complete their baccalaureate degrees in areas of education, business, health professions, social work, engineering, or one of the natural sciences. Depending upon the institution to which a student may transfer and the prospective major, the Associate in Arts Degree may be more appropriate. Students are urged to consult an academic advisor on this matter. There is no foreign language requirement to earn this degree.

      A student must meet the following credit-hour requirements for the Associate in Science Degree.

      The Art of Language and Ideas
      ENGL 101-102 ENGL 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 210, 211, 212, 213, or 214 PHIL 101, 121, 201, 202, 203, or 270 REL 201, SPCH 101, 201 (Those planning to pursue Pharmacy should take SPCH 101)9
      The Language and History of Fine Arts
      ART 201, 202, 231, MUS 103, or THEA 2013
      The Human Experience
      PHIL 101, 203, PSY 201-202, 210, 250, 260, 291, 292, 295 REL 201, 209, 210, SOC 201, 204, 250, 2533
      U.S. and World Cultures
      ECON 201-202, GEO 101, 103, GOVT 201, 202, 203, HIST 101, 102, 201, 202, 240, 250, 270, 276, REL 209, 210, 219, 220, 2543
      Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning
      MATH 217 MATH 207 or MATH 201 (Students should check with transfer institution to determine specific requirements)6 - 7
      Investigation of the Natural World
      BIO 151-152 CHEM 101-102 CHEM 230-231 or PHYS 101-102 Biology take CHEM 230-231 Forensic Science take PHYS 101-202 Pre-Medicine, Dental, Pharmacy all four sequences recommended24
      Computer Proficiency
      CSCI 202, 203, 211, 212, or pass the Computer Proficiency Assessment3
      Electives
      Bio 211 & Bio 218 recommended for Biology track. MATH 202 recommended for Forensic Chemistry track. Pre-Pharmacy one additional Math course. (No more than two additional PE credit hours may be taken for elective credit.) (Foreign Language: it is recommended that students check with their desired transfer institution to determine their foreign language requirements.)8 - 12
      Total60
  • Associate in Science Degree – Clinical Lab Sciences (A.S.-Clinical Lab Sciences)

    • The Associate in Science Degree is designed primarily for those students who plan to complete their baccalaureate degrees in areas of education, business, health professions, social work, engineering, or one of the natural sciences. Depending upon the institution to which a student may transfer and the prospective major, the Associate in Arts Degree may be more appropriate. Students are urged to consult an academic advisor on this matter. There is no foreign language requirement to earn this degree.

      A student must meet the following credit-hour requirements for the Associate in Science Degree.

      The Art of Language and Ideas
      ENGL 101-102 ENGL 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 210, 211, 212, 213, or 214 PHIL 101, 121, 201, 202, 203, or 270 REL 201, SPCH 101, 201 (Those planning to pursue Pharmacy should take SPCH 101).9
      The Language and History of Fine Arts
      ART 201, 202, 231, MUS 103, or THEA 2013
      The Human Experience
      PHIL 101, 203, PSY 201-202, 210, 250, 260, 291, 292, 295, REL 201, 209, 210, SOC 201, 204, 250, 2533
      U.S. and World Cultures
      ECON 201-202, GEO 101, 103, GOVT 201, 202, 203, HIST 101, 102, 201, 202, 240, 250, 270, 276, REL 209, 210, 219, 220, 2543
      Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning
      MATH 101, 117, 207, 217, 201, 202, 2036 - 8
      Investigation of the Natural World
      BIO 101, 205-206, CHEM 101-102, 23024
      Computer Proficiency
      CSCI 202, 203, 211, 212, or pass the Computer Proficiency Assessment.3
      Electives
      (No more than two additional credit hours may be taken for elective credit.) (Foreign Language: it is recommended that students check with their desired transfer institution to determine their foreign language requirements.)3 - 8
      Total60

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