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Chemistry (B.S.)

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Concentrations: American Chemical Society Certified Curriculum in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Materials Chemistry and Chemical Education; General Chemistry; Chemistry/Business

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 CourseVCCS CourseRBC CourseNotes
CHEM 131, 131L, 132, 132LCHM 111, 112CHEM 101, 102
MATH 235MTH 173 or MTH 273 or MTH 175 and 176MATH 201
MATH 236MTH 174 or MTH 274No equivalent
PHYS 240, 140L and 250, 150LPHY 241, 242PHYS 201, 202
PSYC 160PSY 230 or PSY 231 and 232PSY 250Required for students pursuing teacher licensure.
EDUC 300EDU 200No equivalentRequired 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 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.

For more information:

Major Snapshot
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Secondary Education Program
Admission to Teacher Education
Pre-professional Health Programs
Career Guide to JMU Majors: Chemistry
Advising guides by community college
JMU Major Guides for Virginia Community College Students