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Health Sciences (B.S.)

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Concentrations: Health Assessment and Promotion, Health Studies (for students also pursuing a pre-professional preparation), and Public Health. See course notes for specific recommendations by concentration.

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
HTH 100HLT 110 or HLT 116 or HLT 160HLTH 225 or PE 109 or 117For all concentrations
HTH 210HIM 111*, 112*, 113, or 114 or HLT 143 or 144No equivalentFor all concentrations. *HIM 111 or 112 will only transfer as HTH 210 if taken as a 3 credit course.
HTH 471HLT 270No equivalentFor Health Assessment and Promotion and Public Health Education
HTH 352ENV 162No equivalentFor Public Health Education
CHEM 120 or CHEM 131, 131L, 132, 132LCHM 101 or 125 or CHM 121 and 122 or CHM 111, 112ChHEM 101, 102

For all concentrations

Health Studies: chemistry choice depends on pre-professional program

MATH 220MTH 146 or MTH 157 or MTH 240 or MTH 241 and 242MATH 217For all concentrations
BIO 270 and 290BIO 141 and 142 or BIO 231 and 232BIO 205 and 206

For all concentrations.
Please Note: Effective Fall 2013 students must take both semesters of A&P at the same institution in order to receive credit for BIO 270 and 290 at JMU.
Pre-OT students: Please read note #3 if you are interested in JMU's MOT program.

MATH 220, 205 or 235MTH 146 or MTH 157 or MTH 240 or MTH 241 and 242 or MTH 173 or MTH 175 or MTH 213 or MTH 270 or MTH 271 or MTH 273 MATH 217 For Health Studies; math choice depends on pre-professional program
NUTR 280DIT 121 or HLT 230HLTH 252Required for Health Assessment and Promotion and Public Health.
CHEM 241, 241LCHM 241 and 242 and 243 and 244 (or 245 and 246)CHEM 230 and 231An option for Health Studies. 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 or 5 additional elective credits that can be applied toward graduation.

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 are strongly encouraged to complete chemistry, anatomy and physiology, and statistics at the community college.
2. The Health Studies concentration is designed for students interested in making application to a professional program and includes preparatory courses in one of the following pre-professional health preparation programs: pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-optometry, pre-occupational therapy, pre-physical therapy, pre-pharmacy, pre-physician assistant and pre-veterinary.
3. For those interested in JMU's Occupational Therapy program, please note: students who complete anatomy & physiology I and II at the community college will receive credit for BIO 270 (Human Physiology) and 290 (Human Anatomy), however it is highly recommended that human anatomy be completed at JMU. BIO 414 and 514, Functional Anatomy for OTs, are required in the first year of the MOT program, and require a solid background in human anatomy. Students who  have completed a separate human anatomy course (as opposed to a combination of anatomy and physiology) tend to be more successful in the graduate level anatomy courses, therefore students who transfer these courses in may be advised to retake BIO 290 at JMU.

For more information:

Major Snapshot
Department of Health Sciences
Pre-professional Health Programs       
Career Guide to JMU Majors: Health Sciences
JMU Major Guides for Virginia Community College Students