MU’s Liberal Arts Core

As a NOVA student, you are already familiar with the general education coursework that helps round out your learning and hone your competence in several key areas.

Like NOVA, Marymount wants to foster the intellectual, spiritual, and moral growth necessary for your personal and professional success.

View Marymount’s Liberal Arts Core and University requirements.

The following courses at NOVA and other Virginia community colleges meet Marymount Liberal Arts Core requirements:

Humanities

  • Introductory History (HI-1
  • Introductory Literature (LT-1
  • Advanced Humanities (FNA, LT-2, HI-2) LT-2 and HI-2 courses are not currently available at NOVA

Mathematics and Science

  • Mathematics (MT)
  • Natural Science (NS)
  • Introductory Social Science (SS-1
  • Advanced Social Science (SS-2)

Philosophy and Theology and Religious Studies

  • Introductory Philosophy (PH-1
  • Introductory Theology (TRS-1 TRS 100 must be taken at MU
  • Advanced Philosophy (PH-2), Philosophical Ethics (PH-E), Advanced Theology and Religious Studies (TRS-2), and Theological Ethics (TRS-E) PH-2 and TRS-E courses are not currently available at NOVA

Written Communication

  • Written Communication (WR)

Humanities

Introductory History (HI-1

VCCS Course MU Course
HIS 101 History of Western Civilization I HI 103 Western Civilization I
HIS 102 History of Western Civilization II HI 104 Western Civilization II
HIS 111 History of World Civilization I HI 901 History Transfer Elective
HIS 112 History of World Civilization II HI 901 History Transfer Elective
HIS 121 United States History I HI 110 History of the United States to 1877
HIS 122 United States History II HI 111 History of the United States since 1877

Introductory Literature (LT-1

VCCS Course MU Course
CST 130 Introduction to the Theatre EN 207 Theater History
ENG 230 Mystery in Literature and Film EN 901 English Transfer Elective
ENG 236 Introduction to the Short Story EN 901 English Transfer Elective
ENG 237 Introduction to Poetry EN 901 English Transfer Elective
ENG 241 Survey of American Literature I EN 230 American Voices
ENG 242 Survey of American Literature II EN 230 American Voices
ENG 243 Survey of English Literature I EN 231 Literature of the British Isles
ENG 244 Survey of English Literature II EN 231 Literature of the British Isles
ENG 245 Major English Writers EN 901 English Transfer Elective
ENG 246 Major American Writers EN 901 English Transfer Elective
ENG 247 Survey of Popular Culture EN 901 English Transfer Elective
ENG 249 Survey of Asian-American Literature EN 901 English Transfer Elective
ENG 250 Children’s Literature EN 901 English Transfer Elective
ENG 251 Survey of World Literature I EN 202 Global Literary Voices I
ENG 252 Survey of World Literature II EN 204 Global Literary Voices II
ENG 253 Survey of African American Literature I EN 901 English Transfer Elective
ENG 254 Survey of African American Literature II EN 901 English Transfer Elective
ENG 255 Major Writers in World Literature EN 901 English Transfer Elective
ENG 256 Literature of Scientific Fiction EN 901 English Transfer Elective
ENG 257 Mythological Literature EN 901 English Transfer Elective
ENG 258 Jane Austen: Selected Works EN 901 English Transfer Elective
ENG 267 The Modern Novel EN 901 English Transfer Elective
ENG 270 Non-Western Literature in Global Context EN 901 English Transfer Elective
ENG 271 The Works of Shakespeare I EN 901 English Transfer Elective
ENG 272 The Works of Shakespeare II EN 901 English Transfer Elective
ENG 273 Women in Literature I EN 901 English Transfer Elective
ENG 274 Women in Literature II EN 901 English Transfer Elective
ENG 276 Southern Literature EN 901 English Transfer Elective
ENG 279 Film and Literature EN 220 The Movie or the Book? Narrative Adaptation in the Cinema

Fine Arts (FNA)*

*Note: As part of the Humanities Liberal Arts Core requirements, students must take two courses in Fine Arts (FNA), Advanced Literature (LT-2), or Advanced History (HI-2) in two different areas. The following courses will meet the FNA requirement. If a student takes an FNA course, they must take either an LT-2 or an HI-2 at Marymount.

VCCS Course MU Course
ART 101 History and Appreciation of Art I FA 201 Introduction to Art History: Ancient-Medieval
ART 102 History and Appreciation of Art II FA 202 Introduction to Art History: Renaissance-Modern
ART 106 History of Modern Art FA 380 Movements in Modern Art
ART 121 Drawing I FA 105 Drawing I
ART 132 Fundamentals of Design II FA 104 Color Theory
ART 153 Ceramics I FA 107 Hand-Built Ceramics
ART 154 Ceramics II FA 215 Wheel-Thrown Ceramics
ART 223 Etching I FA 211 Printmaking
ART 235 Functional Ceramics FA 215 Wheel-Thrown Ceramics
ART 236 Sculptural Ceramics FA 107 Hand-Built Ceramics
ART 241 Painting I FA 213 Painting
ART 243 Watercolor I FA 213 Painting
ART 271 Printmaking I FA 211 Printmaking
MUS 221 History of Music I FA 121 Music History I
MUS 222 History of Music II FA 122 Music History II
MUS 225 The History of Jazz FA 150 History of Jazz

Mathematics and Sciences

Mathematics (MT)

VCCS Course MU Course
MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning MA 901 Math Transfer Elective
MTH 155 Statistical Reasoning MA 132 Statistical Analysis
MTH 245 Statistics I MA 132 Statistical Analysis
MTH 246 Statistics II MA 132 Statistical Analysis
MTH 261 Applied Calculus I MA 901 Math Transfer Elective
MTH 262 Applied Calculus II MA 901 Math Transfer Elective
MTH 263 Calculus I MA 181 Calculus
MTH 264 Calculus II MA 200 Calculus of the Infinite + MA 900 Math Transfer Elective
MTH 266 Linear Algebra MA 901 Math Transfer Elective
MTH 281 Introductory Abstract Algebra MA 901 Math Transfer Elective
MTH 288 Discrete Mathematics MA 260 Discrete Math for Information Technology

Natural Science (NS)*

*Students must take at least one NS course with a lab. Some students also have the option of completing a second NS course (lab optional) or an additional Introductory Social Science (SS-1 in a third discipline.

VCCS Course MU Course
BIO 101 General Biology I BIO 151 General Biology I + BIO 151L General Biology I Lab
BIO 102 General Biology II BIO 152 General Biology II + BIO 152L General Biology II Lab
BIO 107 Biology of the Environment BIO 110 Introduction to Environmental Science + BIO 110L Introduction to Environmental Science Lab
BIO 120 General Zoology BIO 901 Biology Transfer Elective + BIO 901L Biology Transfer Lab
BIO 141 Human Anatomy and Physiology I BIO 161 Anatomy and Physiology I + BIO 161L Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
BIO 142 Human Anatomy and Physiology II BIO 162 Anatomy and Physiology II + BIO 162L Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
BIO 146 Human Heredity BIO 111 Human Genetics for Non-Majors
BIO 173 Biology for Biotechnology BIO 901 Biology Transfer Elective
BIO 226 Vertebrate Zoology BIO 901 Biology Transfer Elective + BIO 901L Biology Transfer Lab
BIO 231 Human Anatomy and Physiology I BIO 161 Anatomy and Physiology I + BIO 161L Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
BIO 232 Human Anatomy and Physiology II BIO 162 Anatomy and Physiology II + BIO 162L Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
BIO 251 Protein Applications in Biotechnology BIO 901 Biology Transfer Elective + BIO 901L Biology Transfer Lab
BIO 252 Nucleic Acid Methods BIO 901 Biology Transfer Elective + BIO 901L Biology Transfer Lab
BIO 256 General Genetics BIO 262 Genetics for Majors + BIO 262L Genetics for Majors Lab
BIO 270 General Ecology BIO 110 Introduction to Environmental Science + BIO 110L Introduction to Environmental Science Lab
BIO 275 Marine Ecology BIO 901 Biology Transfer Elective + BIO 901L Biology Transfer Lab
CHM 101 Introductory Chemistry I CHM 901 Chemistry Transfer Elective + CHM 901L Chemistry Transfer Lab
CHM 102 Introductory Chemistry II CHM 901 Chemistry Transfer Elective + CHM 901L Chemistry Transfer Lab
CHM 111 General Chemistry I CHM 151 Principles of Chemistry I + CHM 151L Principles of Chemistry I Lab
CHM 112 General Chemistry II CHM 152 Principles of Chemistry II + CHM 152L Principles of Chemistry II Lab
CHM 121 Health Science Chemistry I + CHM 122 Health Science Chemistry II CHM 125 Life Chemistry + CHM 125L Life Chemistry Lab + CHM 900 Chemistry Transfer Elective
ENV 100 Basic Environmental Science BIO 110 Introduction to Environmental Science
ENV 121 General Environmental Science I BIO 110 Introduction to Environmental Science + BIO 110L Introduction to Environmental Science Lab
ENV 122 General Environmental Science II BIO 110 Introduction to Environmental Science + BIO 110L Introduction to Environmental Science Lab
GOL 105 Physical Geology GEOL 102 Principles of Geology + GEOL 102L Principles of Geology Lab
GOL 106 Historical Geology PSC 901 Physical Science Transfer Elective + PSC 901L Physical Science Transfer Lab
GOL 111 Oceanography I PSC 901 Physical Science Transfer Elective + PSC 901L Physical Science Transfer Lab
GOL 112 Oceanography II PSC 901 Physical Science Transfer Elective + PSC 901L Physical Science Transfer Lab
GOL 206 Paleontology PSC 901 Physical Science Transfer Elective + PSC 901L Physical Science Transfer Lab
GOL 207 Mineralology PSC 901 Physical Science Transfer Elective + PSC 901L Physical Science Transfer Lab
GOL 225 Environmental Geology PSC 901 Physical Science Transfer Elective + PSC 901L Physical Science Transfer Lab
NAS 101 Natural Sciences I PSC 103 Introduction to the Physical Sciences + PSC 103L Introduction to the Physical Sciences Lab
NAS 102 Natural Sciences II PSC 103 Introduction to the Physical Sciences + PSC 103L Introduction to the Physical Sciences Lab
NAS 125 Meteorology PSC 901 Physical Science Transfer Elective + PSC 901L Physical Science Transfer Lab
NAS 130 Elements of Astronomy ASTR 101 Astronomy + ASTR 101L Astronomy Lab
NAS 161 Health Science I BIO 161 Anatomy and Physiology I + BIO 161L Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
NAS 162 Health Science II BIO 162 Anatomy and Physiology II + BIO 162L Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
PHY 101 Introduction to Physics I PSC 103 Introduction to the Physical Sciences + PSC 103L Introduction to the Physical Sciences Lab
PHY 102 Introduction to Physics II PSC 103 Introduction to the Physical Sciences + PSC 103L Introduction to the Physical Sciences Lab
PHY 150 Elements of Astronomy ASTR 101 Astronomy + ASTR 101L Astronomy Lab
PHY 201 General College Physics I PHYS 161 College Physics I + PHYS 161L College Physics I Lab
PHY 202 General College Physics II PHYS 162 College Physics II + PHYS 162L College Physics II Lab
PHY 231 General University Physics I PHYS 271 General Physics I + PHYS 271L General Physics I Lab + PHYS 900 Physics Transfer Elective
PHY 232 General University Physics II PHYS 272 General Physics II + PHYS 272L General Physics II Lab + PHYS 900 Physics Transfer Elective
PHY 243 Modern Physics PSC 901 Physical Science Transfer Elective + PSC 901L Physical Science Transfer Lab

Introductory Social Science (SS-1*

*Students must take two introductory courses in two different fields. Some students also have the option of completing an additional SS-1 course in a third discipline or completing a second NS course (lab optional). B.B.A. students fulfill this requirement by taking ECO 210, ECO 211, and one additonal SS-1 course in politics, psychology, or sociology.

VCCS Course MU Course
ECO 115 Understanding our Environment: An Economic Introduction ECO 901 Economics Transfer Elective
ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics ECO 211 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECO 202 Principles of Microeconomics ECO 210 Principles of Microeconomics
PLS 120 Introduction to Political Science POL 901 Politics Transfer Elective
PLS 135 American National Politics POL 104 American Government
PLS 136 State and Local Politics POL 901 Politics Transfer Elective
PLS 140 Introduction to Comparative Politics POL 103 Comparative Politics
PLS 200 Political Ideologies POL 901 Politics Transfer Elective
PLS 211 US Government I POL 104 American Government
PLS 212 US Government II POL 104 American Government
PLS 220 Political Parties and Elections in the United States POL 901 Politics Transfer Elective
PLS 225 The United States Presidency POL 901 Politics Transfer Elective
PLS 230 Congress of the United States Government POL 901 Politics Transfer Elective
PLS 241 International Relations POL 102 International Relations
PLS 242 International Relations POL 102 International Relations
PLS 250 Introduction to Conflict Resolution POL 901 Politics Transfer Elective
PLS 255 Introduction to Peace and Stability Operations POL 901 Politics Transfer Elective
PSY 200 Principles of Psychology PSY 101 General Psychology
PSY 201 Introduction to Psychology I + PSY 202 Introduction to Psychology II PSY 101 General Psychology + PSY 900 Psychology Transfer Elective
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology PSY 110 Human Growth and Development
PSY 231 Life Span Human Development I + PSY 232 Life Span Human Development II PSY 110 Human Growth and Development + PSY 900 Psychology Transfer Elective
SOC 200 Principles of Sociology SOC 121 Principles of Sociology
SOC 201 Introduction to Sociology I SOC 121 Principles of Sociology
SOC 202 Introduction to Sociology II SOC 121 Principles of Sociology
SOC 255 Comparative Sociology SOC 901 Sociology Transfer Elective
SOC 268 Social Problems SOC 901 Sociology Transfer Elective

Advanced Social Science (SS-2)*

*Students must take one SS-2 course. B.B.A. students select an SS-2 course or second Natural Science (NS) course (lab optional).

VCCS Course MU Course
ADJ 107 Survey of Criminology CJ 305 Criminology
CHD 210 Introduction to Exceptional Children PSY 341 Psychology of Individuals with Exceptionalities
ECO 230 Money and Banking ECO 902 Economics Transfer Elective
ECO 245 Contemporary Economic Issues ECO 902 Economics Transfer Elective
EDU 254 Teaching Basic Academic Skills to Exceptional Children PSY 341 Psychology of Individuals with Exceptionalities
HLT 215 Personal Stress and Stress Management HPR 406 Stress Management
PSY 215 Abnormal Psychology PSY 230 Abnormal Psychology
SOC 236 Criminology CJ 305 Criminology
SOC 266 Race and Ethnicity SOC 222 Race and Ethnic Diversity

Philosophy and Theology and Religious Studies

Introductory Philosophy (PH-1

VCCS Course MU Course
PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy I PH 100 Introduction to Philosophy
PHI 102 Introduction to Philosophy II PH 100 Introduction to Philosophy
PHI 111 Logic I PH 901 Philosophy Transfer Elective
PHI 112 Logic II PH 901 Philosophy Transfer Elective
PHI 115 Practical Reasoning PH 901 Philosophy Transfer Elective
PHI 211 The History of Western Philosophy I PH 901 Philosophy Transfer Elective
PHI 212 The History of Western Philosophy II PH 901 Philosophy Transfer Elective
PHI 225 Selected Problems in Applied Ethics PH 901 Philosophy Transfer Elective
PHI 226 Social Ethics PH 901 Philosophy Transfer Elective
PHI 227 Biomedical Ethics PH 901 Philosophy Transfer Elective
PHI 265 Philosophy of Religion PH 901 Philosophy Transfer Elective

Advanced Philosophy (PH-2), Philosophical Ethics (PH-E), Advanced Theology and Religious Studies (TRS-2), and Theological Ethics (TRS-E)*

Students must complete one of the following course groups:

  • One Advanced Philosophy (PH-2) course and one Theological Ethics (TRS-E) course. Please note that there are not currently any PH-2 or TRS-E course equivalencies at NVCC.
  • One Philosophical Ethics (PH-E) course and one Advanced Theology and Religious Studies (TRS-2) course
VCCS Course MU Course
PHI 220 Ethics PH 309 Ethical Theory (PH-E)
REL 100 Introduction to the Study of Religion TRS 251 The Religion of the Old Testament (TRS-2)
REL 215 New Testament and Early Christianity TRS 380 The History of the Early Church (TRS-2)
REL 216 Life and Teachings of Jesus TRS 260 The New Testament Gospels
REL 217 Life and Letters of Paul TRS 261 The New Testament Epistles
REL 225 Selected Topics in Biblical Studies TRS 902 Theology and Religious Studies Transfer Elective
REL 231 Religions of the World TRS 202 Religions of the World
REL 232 Religions of the World II TRS 202 Religions of the World
REL 233 Introduction to Islam TRS 902 Theology and Religious Studies Transfer Elective
REL 235 Major Religious Thinkers TRS 902 Theology and Religious Studies Transfer Elective
REL 240 Religions in America TRS 320 American Religious History
REL 246 Christianity TRS 270 Christ in Christianity

Written Communication

Written Communication (WR)

VCCS Course MU Course
ENG 111 College Composition I EN 101 Composition I
ENG 112 College Composition II EN 102 Composition II