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Major requirements and their VCCS equivalents (and RBC equivalents if applicable)

NOTE: The word "AND" between VCCS course numbers indicate JMU credit will be awarded for the completion of the VCCS sequence.

JMU Course: BIO 140, 150, Foundations of Biology I and II

  • VCCS equivalents: BIO 101, 102
  • RBC equivalents: BIO 101, 102

JMU Course: CHEM 131, 131L, 132, 132L, General Chemistry I and II

  • VCCS equivalents: CHEM 111, 112
  • RBC equivalents: CHEM 101, 102

JMU Course: MATH 235, Calculus I

  • VCCS equivalents: MTH 173 or MTH 273 or MTH 175 and 176
  • RBC equivalents: MATH 201

JMU Course: MATH 220, Elementary Statistics

  • VCCS equivalents: MTH 146 or MTH 157 or MTH 240 or MTH 241 and 242
  • RBC equivalents: MATH 217

JMU Course: PHYS 140, 140L, 150, 150L, College Physics I and II

  • VCCS equivalents: PHY 201, 202 or PHY 231, 232 or PHY 241, 242
  • RBC equivalents: PHYS 101, 102

JMU Course: CHEM 241, Organic Chemistry I

  • VCCS equivalents: CHM 241 and 242 and 243 and 244
  • RBC equivalents: CHEM 230 and 231
  • NOTE: Students who complete a full year, including labs, of organic chemistry at the community college will receive credit for the first semester and lab at JMU and 4 additional elective credits that can be applied toward graduation.

JMU Course: PSYC 160, Life Span Human Development

  • VCCS equivalents: PSY 230 or 231 and 232
  • RBC equivalents: PSY 250
  • NOTE: Required for students pursuing teacher licensure.

JMU Course: EDUC 300, Foundations of American Education

  • VCCS equivalents: EDU 200
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: Required for students pursuing teacher licensure. Students must earn a grade of B or better to meet secondary education requirements.

Advising Notes

Please Read: This major guide is a list of all possible major courses offered in the Virginia Community College System. Not all courses may be offered at your community college, and you are not required to complete all these courses in order to transfer. Rather, it’s designed to help you meet JMU major requirements before you transfer, and be better prepared to progress through the major once you arrive at JMU. Please be sure to read the advising notes for additional information on the major.

1. Students who transfer in with an approved associate degree are considered to have met all of JMU's general education requirements. These students will have only math and science courses left to complete their degree at JMU. Because of course sequencing and the rigor of the curriculum, students with associate degrees should be prepared to spend up to 3 years at JMU to complete their degree.
2. Students seeking teacher licensure in biology must also complete the pre-professional secondary education program. See links below for more information on teacher education for transfer students.

For more information:

Major Snapshot
Department of Biology
Secondary Education Program
Admission to Teacher Education
Pre-professional Health Programs
Career Guide to JMU Majors: Biology
Advising guides by community college

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