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, 270L, 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 261 or MTH 263
  • RBC equivalents: MATH 200 or 251
  • NOTE: For Exercise Science

JMU Course: MATH 220, Elementary Statistics

  • VCCS equivalents: MTH 155 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: WRTC 103, Critical Reading and Writing

  • VCCS equivalents: ENG 112
  • RBC equivalents: ENGL 101
  • NOTE: For PHETE; required for admission to the College of Education.

JMU Course: PSYC 160, Life Span Human Development

  • VCCS equivalents: PSY 230 or PSY 231 and 232
  • RBC equivalents: PSY 250
  • NOTE: For PHETE; required for admission to the College of Education.

JMU Course: NUTR 280, Nutrition for Wellness

  • VCCS equivalents: DIT 121 or HLT 230
  • RBC equivalents: HLTH 245
  • NOTE: For both concentrations

JMU Course: EDUC 200, Foundations of American Education

  • VCCS equivalents: EDU 200
  • RBC equivalents: No equivalent
  • NOTE: For PHETE; required for 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. View the admission and retention standards for the major. 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. 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
  3. 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.

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