Biology (B.A., B.S.)
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||VCCS Course||RBC Course||Notes|
|BIO 140, 150||BIO 101, 102||BIO 101 and 102|
|CHEM 131, 131L, 132, 132L||CHEM 111, 112||CHEM 101, 102|
|MATH 235||MTH 173 or MTH 273 or MTH 175 and 176||MATH 201|
|MATH 220||MTH 146 or MTH 157 or MTH 240 or MTH 241 and 242||MATH 217|
|PHYS 140, 140L, 150, 150L||PHY 201, 202 or PHY 231, 232 or PHY 241, 242||PHYS 101, 102|
|CHEM 241, 241L||CHM 241 and 242 and 243 and 244||CHEM 230 and 231||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.|
|PSYC 160||PSY 230 or 231 and 232||PSY 250||Required for students pursuing teacher licensure.|
|EDUC 300||EDU 200||No equivalent||Required for students pursuing teacher licensure. Students must earn a grade of B or better to meet secondary education requirements.|
Advising NotesPlease 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
JMU Major Guides for Virginia Community College Students