Earth Science (B.A.)
Major requirements and their VCCS equivalents (and RBC equivalents if applicable)
|JMU Course||VCCS Course||RBC Course||Notes|
|GEOL 110||GOL 105||No equivalent|
|GEOL 211||GOL 111 or MAR 101||No equivalent|
|BIO 114||BIO 114||No equivalent||Only at BRCC|
|CHEM 131, 131L, 132, 132L||CHM 111, 112||Chemistry 101, 102|
|PHYS 140, 140L, 150, 150L||PHY 201, 202||Physics 101, 102|
|MATH 205 OR 235||MTH 173 or MTH 175 or MTH 213 or MTH 270 or MTH 271 or MTH 273||Mathematics 201 or 207|
|PSYC 160||PSY 230 or 231 and 232||Psychology 250||Required for students pursuing teacher licensure|
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 are required to complete at least 16-17 hours of cognate science credit outside geology. Students can meet that requirement at the community college by choosing from the above science and math courses.
2. Students pursuing a BA degree must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language (either through the JMU foreign language placement exam or coursework). Please note that JMU does not grant transfer credit for the 101-102 levels of a foreign language that a student studied for two or more years in high school.
3. Students seeking teacher licensure in earth science 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 Blue Ridge, Lord Fairfax, and Piedmont Virginia Community Colleges.
For more information:Major Snapshot
Department of Geology and Environmental Science
Secondary Education Program
Admission to Teacher Education
RTEA Curriculum Guides
JMU Major Guides for Virginia Community College Students