Concentrations: None

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: BIO 140, 140L 150, 150L Foundations of Biology I, II

  • VCCS equivalents: BIO 101, 102
  • RBC equivalents: BIO 101, 102

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

  • VCCS equivalents: CHEM 111, 112
  • RBC equivalents: CHEM 101, 102
  • NOTE: Labs must be in-person, supervised experiences.

JMU Course: MATH 235, Calculus I

  • VCCS equivalents: MTH MTH 263
  • RBC equivalents: MATH 251

JMU Course: MATH 220, Elementary Statistics

  • VCCS equivalents: MTH 155 or MTH 245
  • RBC equivalents: MATH 217

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

  • VCCS equivalents: PHY 201, 202 or PHY 241, 242
  • RBC equivalents: PHYS 101, 102

JMU Course: CHEM 241, and 242, 242L Organic Chemistry I (see note)

  • VCCS equivalents: CHM 241 and 242 and 243 and 244
  • RBC equivalents: CHEM 230 and 231
  • NOTE: Students who complete a full year of organic chemistry at the community college will receive credit for the both CHEM 241 and 242 at JMU. Lab must be in-person, supervised experiences. Both courses must be taken at VCCS/RBC to receive credit at JMU.

JMU Course: BIO 245, 245L, General Microbiology

  • VCCS equivalents: BIO 150 or 205
  • RBC equivalents: BIO 211

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. Biotechnology is an interdisciplinary major offered jointly by the departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Integrated Science and Technology.
  2. All students interested in the biotechnology major should obtain credit for general biology (BIO 101 and 102) and college chemistry (CHEM 111 and 112) prior to enrolling at JMU in order to progress in the major.
  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 curriculum, students with associate degrees should be prepared to spend up to 3 years at JMU to complete their degree.

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