Physics (B.A., B.S.)
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 Course||VCCS Course||RBC Course||Notes|
|PHYS 240, 140L, 250, 150L||PHY 231, 232 or PHY 241, 242||Physics 201, 202|
|PHYS 270||PHY 243||No equivalent|
|CHEM 131, 131L, 132, 132L||CHM 111, 112||Chemistry 101, 102||Only CHEM 131, 131L is required for the B.A.|
|MATH 235||MTH 173 or MTH 273 or MTH 175 and 176||Mathematics 201|
|MATH 236||MTH 174 or MTH 274||No equivalent|
|MATH 237||MTH 277||No equivalent|
|BIO 114 or 101 and 102 or GEOL 110||BIO 114 (offered at BRCC only) or 101 and 102 or GOL 105||No equivalent|
Only required for the B.A.
BIO 114 is only offered at BRCC and BIO 101 is the prerequisite. Students at other schools who take BIO 101 and 102 will be given credit for BIO 114.
|PSYC 160||PSY 230 or 231 and 232||Psychology 250||Required for students pursuing teacher licensure.|
|EDUC 300||EDU 200||No equivalent||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.
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1. Students may want to consider taking PHYS 247, the 2-credit lab for physics majors, when they enroll at JMU. It replaces 140L and 150L, although those labs will also count for the major.
2. Students may transfer in the equivalent of PHYS 270, however at JMU the prerequisite for PHYS 270 is PHYS 260 and there is no equivalent course at the community college. Whether or not transfer students have to complete 260 when they enroll at JMU will be decided by the department on a case by case basis.
3. 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.
4. Students seeking teacher licensure in physics 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 Physics and Astronomy
Secondary Education Program
Admission to Teacher Education
Advising guides by community college
Career Guide to JMU Majors: Physics
JMU Major Guides for Virginia Community College Students