2018-2019 College Catalog and Student Handbook 
    Oct 31, 2020  
2018-2019 College Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Studies, Science Specialization, AS

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PURPOSE: This program is specifically designed for transfer into a science major at most four-year colleges. Following the prescribed coursework in this program will result in graduation with the Associate in Science Degree (A.S.) in General Studies with a Specialization in Science. Students should consult with their advisors to ensure that they select courses that best prepare them for the specific requirements of their intended transfer college or university for majors in biology, chemistry, physics, forensic science, clinical lab science, pre-med, or environmental science.

By the completion of this program, students will be expected to demonstrate an intermediate level of competency in the following skills:

  1. Explain the nature and limitations of scientific inquiry.
  2. Communicate the fundamental laws, theories, and concepts of inorganic chemistry.
  3. Show an understanding of the function concept in graphical form, including linear, polynomial, rational, algebraic, exponential, and logarithmic functions.
  4. Analyze data and interpret charts, graphs, and tables to draw valid conclusions.
  5. Explain and apply the scientific process.
  6. Describe, at an introductory level, an understanding of concepts within the discipline of physics.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS AND SPECIAL CONDITIONS: Students must meet JTCC admission requirements. Students may need to complete placement tests in English and mathematics. Visit www.jtcc.edu/placement for all course placement options. If students have deficiencies in English and/or mathematics, JTCC offers developmental and prerequisite courses to prepare students for the curriculum. New students should visit the Advising Center and returning students their faculty advisor for more information.

Many of the required courses will require that a student test out of or complete developmental courses prior to taking the course.


Text in italics and parentheses indicates approved course substitutions. Pre-requisite and co-requisite requirements can be found in course details.

Required Courses

Physics Elective (choose 1): 4 Credits

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Physics Elective (choose 1): 4 credits

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Humanities Elective: 3 Credits

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Total Minimum Credits to Complete: 61


1Science students must complete 9 math credits. Students may choose from the following math courses: MTH 161, MTH 162, MTH 167, MTH 245, MTH 263, MTH 264, and MTH 265. Please note that students cannot receive credit for both MTH 167 and MTH 161/MTH 162. Students intending to transfer to VCU must take MTH 161 and MTH 162 to receive credit for the VCU Precalculus course. MTH 263 and MTH 264 are recommended for chemistry and physics majors. Biology majors should consult with their intended transfer institution and their advisor to choose the most appropriate math courses.

2PHY 201 /PHY 202  is recommended for Biology or Chemistry majors and PHY 241 /PHY 242  is recommended for Physics majors. Other lab science courses may be used to satisfy this requirement. Please see your advisor to discuss this further.

3Students must complete either the General Biology sequence or Advanced Math. The following courses will count for the Advanced Math requirement: MTH 263, MTH 264, MTH 265. MTH 263, MTH 264, MTH 265 is preferred for chemistry and Physics majors. BIO 101  and BIO 102  is preferred for Biology, Biochemistry , and Environmental Science majors. Pre-med students should meet with their advisor to determine the best course option.

4Students who have not satisfied the foreign language requirement at their intended transfer institution should consider taking foreign language for this course requirement.

5Students who are interested in pursuing a career in science education should take EDU 200  for this course. Students should consult with their advisor and/or transfer institution to determine the most appropriate course.

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