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

  • VCCS equivalents: CHM 111, 112
  • RBC equivalents: CHEM 101, 102
  • NOTE: For Exercise Science

JMU Course: BIO 270, Human Physiology and BIO 290, Human Anatomy

  • VCCS equivalents: BIO 141 and 142 or BIO 231 and 232
  • RBC equivalents: BIO 205 and 206
  • NOTE:

    Exercise Science requires both courses. PHETE requires BIO 290 only, however students must take both semesters at the community college in order to receive credit at JMU.
    Please Note: Students must take both semesters of A&P at the same institution in order to receive credit for BIO 270 and 290 at JMU.


JMU Course: MATH 205, Introductory Calculus I 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 207
  • NOTE: For Exercise Science

JMU Course: MATH 220, Elementary Statistics

  • VCCS equivalents: MTH 146 or MTH 157 or MTH 240 or MTH 241 and 242 or MTH 245
  • RBC equivalents: MATH 217
  • NOTE: For Exercise Science

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

  • VCCS equivalents: PHY 201
  • RBC equivalents: PHYS 101
  • NOTE: For Exercise Science

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

  • VCCS equivalents: PHY 202
  • RBC equivalents: PHYS 102
  • NOTE: Physics 202 is not required for Exercise Science but can be helpful, especially if following a pre-professional health program

JMU Course: PSYC 160, Life Span Human Development

  • VCCS equivalents: PSY 230 or PSY 231 and 232
  • RBC equivalents: PSY 250
  • NOTE: For PHETE

JMU Course: NUTR 280, Nutrition for Wellness

  • VCCS equivalents: DIT 121 or HLT 230
  • RBC equivalents: HLTH 252
  • NOTE: For both concentrations

JMU Course: EDUC 300, Foundations of American Education

  • VCCS equivalents: EDU 200
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: Required for PHETE, and admission to the College of Educaiton

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    

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