Departments & Initiatives


Biology Department

Biology can be a difficult discipline to define. Broadly speaking, it is the study of living organisms but the basic approach has varied greatly over time. This department is where you come to learn about these fascinating organisms and processes. We look forward to guiding you through this incredibly rich and diverse science.


Communities of Learning (COLs)

The COLs consist of two or more classes linked together that create a common cohort or “community” of students, instructors, counselors and support staff. This experienced team works together overlapping assignments or themes to create an active, engaging and enjoyable learning environment for everyone.


Dental Hygiene Program

TNCC is to begin a new Dental Hygiene Program at the Historic Triangle Campus in Williamsburg, Virginia starting in Fall 2010.

Students who have an interest in applying for the dental hygiene program are encouraged to begin taking the career study courses in preparation for application to the program; however, taking the prerequisite career study courses does not guarantee an acceptance into the program.


Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Geographic Information Systems uses hardware, software and data to gather, measure, analyze, visualize and interpret geographically referenced material. The material is organized into maps, globes, reports and charts, making information easier to understand and distribute. Geography and GIS help us to understand our environment and apply the knowledge to interpret relationships, patterns, and trends, which can be used to design, plan and change our world.


Historic Triangle Campus

The new building is a 120,000 square foot, three story facility. It will contain 25 classrooms, 7 computer classrooms, 5 science laboratories and a nursing laboratory. It will also include a full Learning Resources Center including a Library, tutor areas and an Academic Computing Laboratory. The facility will also be equipped with administrative space for faculty assigned to the Historic Triangle campus as well as administrative support for the site.


Information Systems Technology

Whether you are a new college student, a returning student, a student planning to transfer to a 4-year university, or a working adult wishing to update and expand your job skills, TNCC has a program that will help you excel in the exciting and ever-changing world of Information Systems Technology. TNCC’s growing Information Systems Technology department offers an Associate of Science Degree, an Associate of Applied Science DegreeWorkforce Development IST opportunities, and courses to prepare students for industry certifications.


Physics Department

Created to help students with the study of physics and astronomy, the Physics Department teaches courses in Astronommy, College Physics and University Physics for Scientists and Engineers.


Performing Arts Department

The department of Performing Arts at Thomas Nelson Community College includes opportunities for performance and coursework in Music and Theater. The department is rapidly expanding and will be increasing course offerings continually. All courses and ensembles are open to any TNCC student.


Southeast Higher Education Center

As Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) continues to grow and expand its programs and services to meet the higher education and training needs of Peninsula residents, the College is proud to partner with An Achievable Dream Academy in establishing the Southeast Higher Education Center. Through our partnership with an Achievable Dream, TNCC is offering evening courses in the Southeast Newport News community. The College is committed to increasing our citizens’ knowledge, improving their skills and boosting their earning power to ensure the economic vitality and future of the greater Virginia Peninsula.


Thomas Nelson Workforce Center

The Thomas Nelson Workforce Center provides first class training and economic and workforce development coordinated services to public and private organizations. The center will serve as an engine for starting, growing, and attracting technology-related businesses essential to the success of Greater Williamsburg.