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General Studies, Science Specialization

Associate of Science (A.S.)


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, environmental science or geology.

Program Requirements and Special Conditions

Students must meet JTCC admission requirements. Students must also complete placement tests (or equivalent) in English and mathematics, and scores will be used for appropriate course placement. If students have deficiencies in English and/or mathematics, JTCC offers developmental and prerequisite courses to prepare students for the curriculum. New students should see a counselor and returning students their 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.

Program Curriculum

1st Semester Credits Standard Course Options
CHM 111 College Chemistry I 4  
ENG 111 College Composition I 3  
History Elective 3 See Note 1.
Math Elective 3 See Note 2.
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1  
Total Credits 14  
2nd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
BIO 101 General Biology I or PHY 201 General College Physics I or PHY 241 University Physics I 4 See Note 3.
CHM 112 College Chemistry II 4  
ENG 112 College Composition II 3  
Math Elective 3 See Note 2.
Physical Education/Health Elective 1  
Total Credits 15  
3rd Semester Credits Standard Course Options
BIO 102 General Biology II, or PHY 202 General College Physics II, or PHY 242 University Physics II 4 See Note 3.
Laboratory Science or Advanced Math Elective 4 See Note 4.
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3 See Note 5.
Literature Elective 3 See Note 6.
Transfer Elective 2 See
Total Credits 16  
4th Semester Credits Standard Course Options
Laboratory Science or Advanced Math Elective 4 See Note 4.
History Elective 3 See Note 1.
Social/Behavioral Elective 3 See Note 5.
Transfer Elective 3 See
Humanities Elective 3 See Note 7.
Total Credits 16  
Total Credits For Program 61  

Notes and Additional Curriculum Options

  1. The history elective requirements can be satisfied by the following courses: HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 121, HIS 122 or any other HIS course approved by the student’s advisor.
  2. Science students must complete two of the following math courses: MTH 163, MTH 164, MTH 166, MTH 173, MTH 174, MTH 240, MTH 270, MTH 277, MTH 279. Please note that students cannot receive credit for both MTH 166 and MTH 163/MTH 164. MTH 173 and MTH 174 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.
  3. Students must complete one of the following lab sequences: BIO 101/102, PHY 201/202, or PHY 241/242.  In general, biology majors should choose BIO 101/102. Upon approval of the Division Dean, a student may be able to use BIO 110 and BIO 120 to fulfill this requirement. Physics majors should complete PHY 241/242. Students cannot count both BIO 101/102 and BIO 110/120 toward their degree.
  4. Science students need 8 credits of science/advanced math electives and may choose from the following courses: BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 170, BIO 206, BIO 253, BIO 256, CHM 241, CHM 242, CHM 245, CHM 246, PHY 201, PHY 202, PHY 241, PHY 242, MTH 173, MTH 174, MTH 177, MTH 240, MTH 277, MTH 279. Please  note that students cannot count both PHY 201/202 and  PHY 241/242 toward their degree. Please note that many of the listed course have prerequisites. Students intending to major in environmental science should consult with their advisor and transfer institution on whether ENV 121 and ENV 122 may be appropriate courses for them. Physics majors should consider choosing the advanced math electives from the list above.  With permission from the Division of Mathematics, Natural and Health Sciences, students intending to major in certain health science majors such as Clinical Laboratory Science, Dental Hygiene, Radiation Science, Occupational Therapy, or Exercise Science may use BIO 141/BIO 142 or BIO 231/BIO 232 to count as science electives. BIO 150 may also be used as a science elective for Health Science majors. Please check with your advisor to plan out your classes.
  5. The social/behavioral science elective can be satisfied with the following prefixes: PSY (except PSY 100), SOC, ECO, GEO, PLS, and HIS .
  6. The literature requirement can be satisfied by any 200-level English literature course, exclusive of composition and creative writing courses.
  7. Degree requirements include a conceptual humanities course (i.e., literature, philosophy, religion) that offers breadth of knowledge, therefore the elective requirement may be satisfied by completing an approved conceptual or applied humanities course. See website ( for a list of approved conceptual and applied humanities electives.

Additional Resource

STEM-H internships and scholarships


For additional information on this program, please contact the Division of Mathematics, Natural and Health Sciences: 804-706-5084 (Chester) or 804-594-1500 (Midlothian).

2015-2016 College Catalog & Student Handbook


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