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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: WRTC 103, Critical Reading and Writing

  • VCCS equivalents: ENG 112 (ENG 111 is the prerequisite to 112)
  • RBC equivalents: ENGL 101
  • NOTE: Required for admission to Teacher Education.

JMU Course: PSYC 160, Human Growth and Development

  • VCCS equivalents: PSY 230, or PSY 231 and 232
  • RBC equivalents: PSY 250
  • NOTE: Required for admission to Teacher Education.

JMU Course: EDUC 200, Foundations of American Education

  • VCCS equivalents: EDU 200
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: Required for admission to Teacher Education.

JMU Course: MATH 135, Elementary Functions

  • VCCS equivalents: MTH 161 and 162, or MTH 167
  • RBC equivalents: MATH 117
  • NOTE: Required for the Mathematics content area.

JMU Course: GEOL 102, Environment: Earth or GEOL 110, 110L, Physical Geology

  • VCCS equivalents: BIO 107 or ENV 121 or GOL 105, 106, or 110
  • RBC equivalents:
  • NOTE: Satisfies the Foundations of Earth and Planetary Science requirement for the Science content area.

JMU Course: BIO 140, 140L and 150, 150L, Foundations of Biology I and II

  • VCCS equivalents: BIO 101, 102
  • RBC equivalents: BIO 101, 102
  • NOTE: Satisfies the Foundations of Life Science (BIO 140) and Intermediate Life Science (BIO 150) requirements for the Science content area.

JMU Course: CHEM 120, Concepts of Chemistry

  • VCCS equivalents: CHM 101
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: Partially satisfies the Foundations of Physical Science requirement for the Science content area. Students must also take PHYS 121, The Physical Nature of Light and Sound at JMU, to fully satisfy the requirement. Note that there is a one course option to satisfy this requirement, so students may elect to wait and take that course at JMU (ISCI 172).

JMU Course: GEOL 211, Introduction to Oceanography

  • VCCS equivalents: GOL 111 or MAR 101
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: Satisfies the Intermediate Earth and Planetary Science requirement for the Science content area.

JMU Course: ENG 221, Literature, Culture, and Ideas

  • VCCS equivalents: ENG 245, 246, 247, 257, 273, 274, 276, or 278
  • RBC equivalents: ENGL 201 or 202
  • NOTE: Required for the English content area.

JMU Course: ENG 222, Genre(s)

  • VCCS equivalents: ENG 230, 236, 237, 250, 256, 258, 260, 267, 268, 271 or 272
  • RBC equivalents: ENGL 210, 212 or 213
  • NOTE: Required for the English content area.

JMU Course: ENG 239, World Literature

  • VCCS equivalents: ENG 249, 251, 252, 255, or 270
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: Required for the English content area.

JMU Course: HIS 102, World History Since 1500

  • VCCS equivalents: HIS 112
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: Required for the History/Social Science content area.

JMU Course: HIST 225, U.S. History

  • VCCS equivalents: HIS 121 and 122
  • RBC equivalents: HIST 201 and 202
  • NOTE: Required for the History/Social Science content area.

JMU Course: HIST 101, World History to 1500

  • VCCS equivalents: HIS 111
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: An option for the History/Social Science content area.

JMU Course: POSC 225, U.S. Government

  • VCCS equivalents: PLS 130, 135 or 211
  • RBC equivalents: GOVT 201
  • NOTE: Recommended elective for the History/Social Science content area.

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. All education students must apply and be admitted to Teacher Education. See the admission requirements and use the links below to learn more about the application process. 
2. Please Note: The 4-year Middle Grades Education program is only available to transfer students who plan to graduate from JMU in 2023 or later. For most associate degree completers, this will be students entering JMU in fall 2021. Students transferring to JMU after one year of college may choose this program beginning fall 2020. Associate degree completers entering JMU in fall 2020 will complete the 5-year M.A.T. program (major in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, minor in Middle Education).
3. Middle Grades Education majors must choose one or two content areas to complete: English, History/Social Science, Mathematics, or Science. Courses that will count in these areas are noted above. 

For more information:

Middle Education
Admission to Teacher Education

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