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Chemistry (B.S.)

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Concentrations: American Chemical Society Certified Curriculum, General, Chemistry/Business

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

Note: The word "and" between VCCS course numbers indicates JMU credit will be awarded only for completion of the VCCS sequence.

JMU CourseVCCS CourseRBC CourseNotes
CHEM 131, 132CHM 111, 112Chemistry 101, 102-
MATH 235MTH 173 or MTH 273 or MTH 175 and 176Mathematics 201-
MATH 236MTH 174 or MTH 274No equivalent-
PHYS 240, 140L and 250, 150LPHY 231, 232 or PHY 241, 242Physics 201, 202-
CHEM 241, 241LCHM 241 and 242 and 243 and 244Chemistry 230 and 231Students 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 but not as hours toward the chemistry major or minor. Chemistry majors must then take the 2nd semester of organic chemistry, CHEM 242, 242L once they transfer.

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, itís 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 program, students may need more than 4 semesters to complete the degree. Additionally, students may have to take elective courses to maintain a full-time course load, which may result in graduating with more than 120 credits.
2. Students seeking teacher licensure in chemistry must also complete the pre-professional secondary education program. See links below for more information on teacher education for transfer students, and the Regional Teacher Education Agreement (RTEA) between JMU and Blue Ridge, Lord Fairfax, and Piedmont Virginia Community College.

For more information:

Major Snapshot
Department of Chemistry
Secondary Education Program
Admission to Teacher Education
RTEA Curriculum Guides

JMU Major Guides for Virginia Community College Students