Concentrations: None

Major requirements and their VCCS equivalents (and RBC equivalents if applicable)

JMU Course: GEOL 102, Environmental Earth or 110, Physical Geology

  • VCCS equivalents: GOL 105, 106 or 110 or ENV 121 or NAS 101 and 102 or NAS 125
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent

JMU Course: GEOL 211, Introduction to Oceanography

  • VCCS equivalents: GOL 111 or MAR 101
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent

JMU Course: GEOL 320, Meteorology

  • VCCS equivalents: NAS 125
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent

JMU Course: BIO 140, Foundations of Biology I

  • VCCS equivalents: BIO 101
  • RBC equivalents: BIO 101
  • NOTE: See advising note #1

JMU Course: CHEM 131, 131L, 132, 132L, General Chemistry I, II

  • VCCS equivalents: CHM 111, 112
  • RBC equivalents: CHEM 101, 102
  • NOTE: See advising note #1

JMU Course: PHYS 140, 140L, 150, 150L, College Physics I, II

  • VCCS equivalents: PHY 201, 202 or 231, 232
  • RBC equivalents: PHYS 101, 102
  • NOTE: See advising note #1

JMU Course: MATH 205, Introductory Calculus or MATH 235, Calculus I

  • VCCS equivalents: MTH 173 or MTH 175 or MTH 213 or MTH 261 or MTH 263 or MTH 270 or MTH 271 or MTH 273
  • RBC equivalents: MATH 201 or 207

JMU Course: PSYC 160, Life Span Human Development

  • VCCS equivalents: PSY 230 or 231 and 232
  • RBC equivalents: PSY 250
  • NOTE: Required for students pursuing teacher licensure.

JMU Course: EDUC 300, Foundations of American Education

  • VCCS equivalents: EDU 200
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: Required for students pursuing teacher licensure. Students must earn a grade of B or better to meet secondary education requirements.

JMU Course: Philosophy course for the B.A. degree

  • VCCS equivalents: PHI 100, 101, 102, 112, 200, 211, 212, 220, 225, 226, 227, 265 or 276
  • RBC equivalents: PHIL 101, 201, 202 or 203
  • NOTE: Not required to transfer; may be taken at JMU. Please Note: PHI 111 and 115 (VCCS) and PHIL 121 (RBC) will transfer but DO NOT count for the B.A. philosophy requirement.

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 required to complete at least 16 hours of cognate science credit outside geology, with at least one course from biology, physics and chemistry. Students can meet that requirement at the community college by choosing from the above science and math courses.
2. Earth Science majors earn a B.A. degree. The B.A. requires intermediate 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. A philosophy course is also required for the B.A.; see course equivalents above for options. B.A. requirements may be taken at the community college or at JMU.
4. 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.

For more information:

Major Snapshot
Department of Geology and Environmental Science
Secondary Education Program
Admission to Teacher Education
Career Guide to JMU Majors: Earth Science
Advising guides by community college

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