Earth Science - BA

This worksheet is a planning tool and enrollment guide for use during your enrollment appointment. The first section (in purple) identifies the required major related courses and Cluster One GenEd course you need to enroll in your first semester. The green area contains courses that are required for your major but are optional for the first semester. If you do not enroll in the optional courses your first semester you will do so in a later semester. The last section lists GenEd course options you may add to your schedule to create a final schedule of 14-16 credit hours, unless indicated otherwise in the Departmental Recommendations instructions. The worksheet should be saved and printed with your identified selections for use during your enrollment appointment.

Departmental Recommendations:

1. Enroll in GEOL 110, GEOL 110 L (lab).

2. Enroll in the appropriate MATH course based on your MPE score.

3. Optional for first semester: You may enroll in CHEM 131 IF your SAT Math score is 550 or higher, OR your ACT Math score is 23 or higher.

4. Enroll in either a Human Communications OR Critical Thinking Cluster One course.

5. This degree requires a foreign language. It is highly recommended that you enroll in a foreign language.

6. Enroll in General Education courses to create a 14 - 16 credit hour schedule.

 

Placement Exam Scores: This major has a calculus and foreign language requirement. You need to know your CALC Math Placement Exam score to determine your math placement and your FLPE score to determine your foreign language level. Enter your scores in the fields below so you may determine your recommended courses. The MyMadison system will not allow you to enroll in a course other than your placement recommendation.

                             CALC            FLPE      How to find your placement scores

 

Required First Semester Courses

Major Requirements:

Course/Subject/Number/Course Title Credits

Geology Requirement:

Enroll in GEOL 110 and GEOL 110L.

GEOL 110 Physical Geology - 3 cr hrs
4
GEOL 110L Physical Geology Lab - 1 cr hr
   

Mathematics:

Enroll in ONE of these courses based on your MPE CALC score.

MPE Score Course
30 - 45 MATH 235
23 - 45 MATH 205
23 - 24 MATH 205 + MATH 199**
15 - 22 MATH 155*
< 15 MATH 156*
MATH 235 Calculus I - 4 cr hrs
3 - 4
MATH 205 Introductory Calculus - 3 cr hrs
MATH 205 + MATH 199 Introductory Calculus** - 4 cr hrs
MATH 155 College Algebra* - 3 cr hrs
MATH 156 College Algebra* - 3 cr hrs
*MATH 155 and MATH 156 are prep courses for calculus. These classes do not fulfill your GenEd or major math requirement. The course material is identical, the difference is MATH 156 meets 4 times a week while MATH 155 meets 3 times a week.
**MATH 199 is a gateway co-requisite designed to assist students who want to start calculus but need to review fundamental mathematics to be successful in MATH 231. Students will be registered for a total of 4 credit hours.  The course is self-study-based and the only required meetings are drop-in proctored test-taking on Friday evenings. Grades are completely determined by the number of semester weeks that pass before the student successfully completes all of the exams. Once the exams are passed the student is no longer required to attend on Friday evenings.  Students whose schedules prevent them from attending Friday sessions need to register for MATH 155.
 

Cluster One Requirement:

Critical Thinking OR Human Communications

Check the boxes of all the courses that interest you, but only enroll in ONE of these courses for your first semester. You will take the other in your second semester. The MyMadison system will not allow you to enroll in both a critical thinking and a human communications course.                                                              

BUS 160 Business Decision Making in a Modern Society
3
HIST 150 Critical Issues in Recent Global History
ISAT 160 Problem Solving Approaches in Science and Technology
SMAD 150 Mediated Communication: Issues and Skills
PHIL 120 Critical Thinking
PHIL 150 Ethical Reasoning
SCOM 121 Human Communication: Presentations
SCOM 122 Human Communication: Individual Presentations
SCOM 123 Human Communication: Group Presentations
 

Optional Major Courses:

You may want to consider enrolling in this optional class if it is available. If not, you may enroll in it next semester.

Chemistry:

Enroll in both CHEM 131 and CHEM 131L IF your SAT Math score is 550 or higher OR your ACT Math score is 23 or higher. The MyMadison system will not allow you to enroll in Chemistry if you do not meet the SAT or ACT requirement.

CHEM 131 General Chemistry I - 3 cr hrs
4
CHEM 131L General Chemistry Lab - 1 cr hrs
     

Foreign Language:

The BA degree has a foreign language requirement. To enroll in a new language you have never studied, enroll in the 101 level of the course. To continue studying in French, German, Russian, or Spanish, enroll based on your JMUFL score. To continue studying in all other languages, enroll in the 231 level of the language. You will confirm or adjust your course level in August when you meet with the coordinator for the language. To determine your placement course for French, German, Russian, or Spanish, see the Placement Matrix. The MyMadison system will not allow you to enroll in a course in which you did not place.

How to find your JMUFL score

Placement matrix for Spanish, Russian, French, and German

Foreign Language - 3 credit hour

To view a course description click on the link above and search for the language in which you are interested.

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GEOL 167:

You may consider enrolling in GEOL 167 as an optional first semester class. If not, yo may enroll in a future semester.

GEOL 167 History and Philosophy of the Geosciences
3
 

Optional General Education Courses

You may have a full schedule of 14-16 credit hours based on the major requirements above. If you need additional courses to reach a full schedule, select from the General Education program courses on the remaining pages of the worksheet and add them to your schedule when you enroll. You do NOT need to enroll in a course from every cluster. Only select from within the cluster areas to supplement your schedule.

To facilitate a faster search of open classes within a specific cluster area, use the cluster area code (e.g. C2HQC). A tutorial on conducting cluster area searches is available at http://isapps.jmu.edu/ecampus/ecampus_SearchGenEdClasses.htm

 

 

Cluster One Writing (C1W)

You may want to consider adding a writing course to your first semester schedule. Answer the following questions to see your writing course recommendation. Each course is 3 credit hours.

Do you have, or are you waiting for, college writing credit from AP, IB, CIE, or high school dual enrollment credit? Answer by clicking the appropriate button below.

You indicate you have or are waiting for credit for writing. Proceed to the other GenEd clusters to select classes to create a full schedule. If you are not awarded credit for writing you may enroll in it next semester.
   

You indicated you are not waiting for writing credit. Consider enrolling in WRTC 103 this fall semester.

WRTC 103 Critical Reading and Writing

 
 

Cluster Two- Arts and Humanities

Identify as many courses that interest you but, if you enroll in a course from this cluster, do not enroll in more than one course per cluster area. Each course is 3 credit hours.

     
Human Questions and Contexts (C2HQC)
AMST 200 Introduction to American Studies
ANTH 205 Buried Cities and Lost Tribes
HIST 101 World History to 1500
HIST 102 World History since 1500
REL 102 God, Meaning, and Morality
HUM 250 Modern Perspectives (options include: Greek, Renaissance)
HUM 251 Modern Perspectives (options include: Enlightenment, Romanticism, Human Rights)
HUM 252 Global Cultures
PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy
REL 101 Religions of the World
 
Visual and Performing Arts (C2VPA) ART 200 Art in General Culture
ARTH 205 Survey of World Art I: Prehistoric to Renaissance
ARTH 206 Survey of World Art II: Renaissance to Modern
MUS 200 Music in General Culture
MUS 203 Music in America
MUS 206 Introduction to Global Music
THEA 210 Introduction to Theatre
 
     
     

Cluster Four: Social and Cultural Processes

Identify as many courses that interest you but, if you enroll in a course from this cluster, do not enroll in more than one course per cluster area.

The American Experience -

Do you have, or are you waiting for, credit for U.S. History or U.S. Government? Answer by clicking the appropriate button below.

 
 

You indicated you have credit, or are waiting for credit results, for U.S. Government or U.S. History, proceed to the other GenEd clusters to select classes to create a full schedule.

     

Select from the Cluster Four American Experience courses below. All are 4 credit hours.

HIST 225 U.S. History
POSC 225 U.S. Government - Do NOT enroll in this class and POSC 220 from the Global Experience.

 

   

Cluster Four: Social and Cultural Processes

Identify as many courses that interest you but, if you enroll in a course from this cluster, do not enroll in more than one course per cluster area.

The Global Experience (C4GE)
ANTH 195 Cultural Anthropology
ECON 200 Macroeconomics
POSC 200 Global Politics - Do NOT enroll in this class if you have credit for POSC 225 or are planning to take POSC 225.
SOCI 110 Social Issues in a Global Context
   

Cluster Five: Individuals in the Human Community

Identify as many courses that interest you but, if you enroll in a course from this cluster, do not enroll in more than one course per cluster area. All courses are 3 credit hours.

     
Wellness Domain (C5WD) HTH 100 Personal Wellness - This course has a 15-hour physical activity requirement of your choice for the semester.
KIN 100 Lifetime Fitness and Wellness - This course is one lecture meeting per week and one physical activity meeting per week. Fitness options include swim conditioning (must be a swimmer), indoor cycling, cardio/strength, yoga, boot camp and others. See the NOTES section of the class when enrolling to identify the fitness option.
 
Socioculutral Domain (C5SD) PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 160 Life Span Human Development
SOCI 140 Microsociology : The Individual in Society
     
     
Once your have made your selections, save and print this worksheet for use during your enrollment appointment.