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Kinesiology (B.S.)

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Concentrations: Exercise Science and Physical and Health Education Teacher Education (PHETE). See course notes for 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
CHEM 131, 131L, 132, 132LCHM 111, 112CHEM 101, 102For Exercise Science
BIO 270, 290BIO 141 and 142 or BIO 231 and 232 BIO 205 and 206

For Exercise Science
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.

MATH 205 or 235MTH 173 or MTH 175 or MTH 213 or MTH 270 or MTH 271 or MTH 273MATH 207For Exercise Science
MATH 220MTH 146 or MTH 157 or MTH 240 or MTH 241 and 242MATH 217For Exercise Science
PHYS 140, 140L PHY 201 or 231PHYS 101 For Exercise Science
PHYS 150, 150L PHY 202 or 232PHYS 102 Physics 202 is not required for Exercise Science but can be helpful, especially if following a pre-professional health program
PSYC 160PSY 230 or PSY 231 and 232PSY 250For PHETE
NUTR 280DIT 121 or HLT 230HLTH 252For both concentrations
BIO 290BIO 141 and 142 or BIO 231 and 232BIO 205 and 206For PHETE. Both semesters of Anatomy and Physiology must be taken in order to receive credit for BIO 290. Students will also receive credit for BIO 270, which is not required for PHETE.
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.
EDUC 300EDU 200No equivalentRequired for PHETE

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. The PHETE concentration is a five-year Master of Arts in Teaching program, and students must meet the requirements for admission to teacher education. Upon successful completion of the first four years, students earn a B.S. degree in Kinesiology. The fifth year M.A.T. degree provides the requisite courses to obtain a Virginia state teaching license in Health and Physical Education (PreK-12). Students are strongly encouraged to take anatomy and physiology at the community college. Click here for information on admission and retention standards for the major. See links below for more information on admission to teacher education.
2. Students interested in the exercise science concentration must apply for a limited number of seats. To apply for admission, students must complete the following pre-requisite courses:
BIO 270, Human Physiology
BIO 290, Human Anatomy
CHEM 131, 131L, General Chemistry I with lab
KIN 202, Biological Foundations of Kinesiology
KIN 100, Lifetime Fitness and Wellness
Grades in the pre-requisite courses are weighed heavily in the admission decision and admission is offered to the top students on a space available basis. Courses taken on a repeat/forgive basis will not be accepted. Only those grades received in pre-requisite courses taken for the first time, whether at community college or JMU, will be counted.

For more information:

Major Snapshot
Department of Kinesiology
Admission To Teacher Education
Pre-professional Health Programs
Advising guides by community college    

JMU Major Guides for Virginia Community College Students