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

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

JMU Course: PSYC 101, General Psychology or PSYC 160, Life Span Human Development

  • VCCS equivalents: PSY 200 or PSY 201 and 202 or PSY 230 or PSY 231 and 232
  • RBC equivalents: PSY 201 and 202 or PSY 250

JMU Course: POSC 225, U.S. Government

  • VCCS equivalents: PLS 130 or PLS 135 or PLS 211
  • RBC equivalents: GOVT 201

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

  • VCCS equivalents: BIO 141 and 142 or BIO 231 and 232
  • RBC equivalents: BIO 205 and 206
  • NOTE: 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 220, Elementary Statistics

  • VCCS equivalents: MTH 146 or MTH 155 or MTH 157 or MTH 240 or MTH 241 and 242 or MTH 245
  • RBC equivalents: MATH 217

JMU Course: WRTC 103, Critical Reading and Writing

  • VCCS equivalents: ENG 112
  • RBC equivalents: ENGL 101

JMU Course: SCOM 121, 122, or 123, Fundamental Human Communication

  • VCCS equivalents: CST 100, 105, 110, or 115
  • RBC equivalents: SPCH 101 or 201

JMU Course: NUTR 280, Nutrition for Wellness

  • VCCS equivalents: DIT 121 or HLT 230
  • RBC equivalents: HLTH 252

JMU Course: BIO 245, General Microbiology

  • VCCS equivalents: BIO 150 or BIO 205 or NAS 185
  • RBC equivalents: BIO 211

JMU Course: HTH 210, Medical Terminology

  • VCCS equivalents: HIM 111 and 112, 113 and 114 or HLT 141* or HLT 143 and 144
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: *Credit for HTH 210 will be granted only if it was taken spring '19 or earlier.

JMU Course: CHEM 241, 241L, Concepts of Organic Chemistry with Lab (see note)

  • VCCS equivalents: CHM 241 and 242 and 243 and 244 (or 245 and 246)
  • RBC equivalents: CHEM 230 and 231
  • NOTE:

    Students who complete a full year, including labs, of organic chemistry at the community college will receive credit for the first semester and lab at JMU and 4 or 5 additional elective credits that can be applied toward graduation. Labs must be in-person, supervised experiences.

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.

In order to apply to the dietetics major, students must:

  1. Have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or above in the following prerequisite courses, with no grade lower than a "C" (grades from the community college will count):
    • CHEM 131, 131L and CHEM 132, 132L, General Chemistry I & II with labs
    • BIO 270, Human Physiology
    • SCOM 121, 122 or 123, Fundamental Human Communication
    • POSC 225, U.S. Government
    • PSYC 101, General Psychology or GPSYC 160, Life Span Human Development
    • WRTC 103, Critical Reading and Writing
    • MATH 220, Elementary Statistics
    • NUTR 280, Nutrition for Wellness
    • NUTR 295, Foundations of Nutrition Practice
    • HTH 210, Medical Terminology
  2. Complete an application packet. The application deadline is February 15th of each year. New transfer students with junior status or higher who have earned JMU transfer credit for the prerequisite courses should apply for admission for the summer (deadline is February 1st) and submit the Dietetics application packet by the February 15th deadline. Eligible students who do not apply early to JMU or to Dietetics will be allowed to apply to the major at orientation or during their first semester of enrollment on a space-available basis.
  3. Students who complete the application and meet the grade requirements in the prerequisite courses will be invited to take a placement test and be interviewed by dietetic program representatives. A minimum score of 60% is required on the placement test for students to be considered for admission. Scores on the placement test and skills demonstrated during the interview will be considered in the application process.

Because of course prerequisites and sequencing, students are strongly encouraged to take chemistry, statistics, and anatomy and physiology at the community college. Students who transfer without these courses may need more than two years to complete their degree.

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