Biology - BA

This worksheet is a planning tool and enrollment guide for use when you enroll in June prior to attending Summer Springboard.

The purple area identifies the required major related courses and Cluster One GenEd courses to select from for your first semester.

The green area, if present, identifies contains courses that are required for your major but are optional for the first semester. If you do not enroll in the optional courses your first semester you will do so in a later semester.

Departmental Recommendations:

  1. Enroll in 13-16 credit hours your first semester.
  2. Enroll in BIO 140.
  3. If your SAT Math score is 550 or higher, OR your ACT Math score is 23 or higher, then enroll in CHEM 131 & CHEM 131L. If your SAT or ACT Math scores are less than this, then enroll in a MATH course based on your Math Placement Exam (MPE). Do NOT enroll in CHEM and MATH.
  4. Enroll in either MATH 233E (recommended for the biology major) or MATH 231. Contact your biology advisor if you desire further information. MATH 233E is a new offering with a modeling approach and emphasis on life science applications.
  5. Enroll in either a Human Communications OR Critical Thinking course to fulfill a Cluster One requirement.
  6. Consider enrolling in the strongly recommended BIO 110, Freshmen Symposium in Biology.
  7. Consider enrolling in a foreign language for the BA degree requirement.
  8. If needed, add one additional General Education course from the GenEd Planner section below to create a schedule of 13-16 credit hours. WRTC 103 is highly recommended for students who will not have credit.
  9. If you are interested in Pre-professional Health Preparation, refer to the information in Module 4 under Special Student Categories for information on selecting General Education courses.

Placement Exams:

Your placement exam scores identify the appropriate course level based upon your current skills.

Math Placement Exam (MPE) Score: You need to know your Math Placement Exam scores to determine your math placement for the 1st-semester or a future semester. After completion of the MPE, enter your scores in the field below so you have this information available if you are required to take a math course your 1st-semester. If a math course is required the 1st-semester, it will be identified in the purple section below. If math is not listed, you will take math in a future semester. The MyMadison system will not allow you to enroll in a course other than your placement recommendation.

Foreign Language Placement Score: You also need to know your JMUFL foreign language placement score to determine the appropriate placement level. . The MyMadison system will not allow you to enroll in a course other than your placement recommendation.


CALC          STAT          JMUFL Score   How to find your placement scores

 

Major Requirement(s) for the 1st Semester

  Course Subject Code / Course Number / Course Name Fulfills

Major Requirement:

Biology:

Enroll in BIO 140.

Major & Cluster 3 Physical Principles requirement

1st-Semester Cognate & Math Requirement:

Major Cognate Requirement: The major cognate course you enroll is dependent on your SAT Math or ACT Math score. If your SAT Math score is 550 or higher, or your ACT Math score is 23 or higher, you should enroll in CHEM 131 & 131L. If your SAT/ACT Math scores are lower, you should enroll in a Mathematics course as indicated by your JMU MPE Score.

Chemistry: Enroll in both CHEM 131 and CHEM 131L IF your SAT Math score is 550 or higher OR your ACT Math score is 23 or higher.

OR Mathematics: Enroll in ONE of these courses based on your MPE CALC score.

MPE Score Course
30 - 45 MATH 235
23 - 29 MATH 233E*
18 - 22 MATH 233E* + MATH 199**
23 - 29 MATH 231*
18 - 22 MATH 231* + MATH 199**
15 - 17 MATH 155***
< 15 MATH 156***

Major & Cluster 3 Math requirement

MATH 155/156 are prep courses for higher level calculus

Cluster One Requirement:

Select ONE course from EITHER the Human Communications section OR the Critical Thinking courses for your 1st-semester. You will take a course from the other area in your second semester. The MyMadison system will not allow you to enroll in both a critical thinking and a human communications course in the 1st-semester.           

Click here for a list of GenEd course descriptions

 

Human Communications course options:

Critical Thinking course options:

 

Cluster One requirement

1st-Semester Course Options

Below are optional courses for the 1st-semester. If these courses are not available and/or you do not meet the requirements, you will take these classes in a future semester.

 

  Course Subject Code / Course Number / Course Name Fulfills

BIO 110 - Freshmen Symposium in Biology:

Strongly Recommended. An orientation course including introduction to the biology/biotechnology curriculum, how to access library resources, how to read and write scientifically, time management and study skills, how to access campus student resources, how to become involved in undergraduate research, and discussion of biology career options.

BIO 110 - Freshmen Symposium in Biology

 

Elective but is a recommendation for the major

Foreign Language Requirement:

 

How to find your JMUFL score

Placement matrix for Spanish, Russian, French, and German

The BA degree has a foreign language requirement. To enroll in a new language you have never studied, enroll in the 101 level of the course. To continue studying in French, German, Russian, or Spanish, enroll based on your JMUFL score. To continue studying in all other languages, enroll in the 231 level of the language. You will confirm or adjust your course level in August when you meet with the coordinator for the language. To determine your placement course for French, German, Russian, or Spanish, see the Placement Matrix. The MyMadison system will not allow you to enroll in a course in which you did not place.

Foreign Language - 3 credit hours

To view a course description click on the link above and search for the language in which you are interested.

BA requirement

General Education Courses

Complete the schedule planning process by using the General Education Planner below to identify courses to add to your schedule to create a full schedule of 14 - 16 credit hours. The number of GenEd courses you need to add from the list below is major dependent. Based on the required courses above, some majors will only need to add one GenEd course from the list below while others may need to add three GenEd courses to create a full schedule.

Notes:

Cluster One - Writing: If you do not have AP,IB,CIE or dual enrollment credit for WRTC 103, we encourage you enroll your 1st-semester. If a WRTC 103 course is not available, you will enroll in the following semester.

Cluster Three - Quantitative Reasoning: Math courses are restricted to students in majors that require a math class in the 1st-semester. If your major requires math in the 1st-semester, it will be indicated above in the purple Required area of this worksheet. If a math course is not identified in the purple Required section above, your advisor will discuss your math placement score and math recommendation for your major when you meet in the summer.

Cluster Four - American Experience: This is an area where many students have earned credit through AP, IB, CIE or dual enrollment courses taken in high school. If you are waiting on test or grade results, we recommend you enroll in a GenEd course from a different cluster or cluster area until you receive your results.

Cluster Five - Sociocultural Domain: If you are waiting on test or grade results for Psychology through AP, IB, CIE or dual enrollment courses taken in high school. If you are waiting on test or grade results, we recommend you enroll in a GenEd course from different cluster or cluster area until you receive your results.

Modified GenEd Planner for 1st-Semester Use

Click here for a list of GenEd course descriptions

Cluster One - Skills for the 21st Century

Cluster Four – Social and Cultural Processes

Critical Thinking (C1CT)

See the required section of this worksheet.

Human Communication (C1HC)

See the required section of this worksheet.


You will enroll in either a critical thinking OR human communications course for your 1st-semester.

The American Experience (C4AE) 4 credit hours

If you are waiting for AP, IB, CIE or dual enrollment credit for history or government, do not enroll until you have received your results. 4 credit hours.

  • HIST 225: U.S. History
  • JUST 225: Justice and American Society
  • POSC 225: U.S. Government

The Global Experience (C4GE) 3 credit hours

You may enroll in one of these classes, if available. Do NOT enroll in POSC 220 if you have credit for POSC 225 or are planning to take POSC 225.

  • AFST 200: Introduction to Africana Studies
  • ANTH 195: Cultural Anthropology
  • GEOG 200: Geography: The Global Dimension
  • POSC 200: Global Politics
  • SOCI 110: Social Issues in a Global Context

Writing (C1W) 3 credit hours

If you are waiting for test or grade results for writing through AP, IB, CIE or dual enrollment, wait for your results.

  • WRTC 103: Critical Reading and Writing

Cluster Two – Arts and Humanities

Cluster Five – Individuals in the Human Community

Human Questions and Contexts (C2HQC) 3 credit hours

You may enroll in one of these classes, if available.

  • AMST 200: Introduction to American Studies
  • ANTH 205: Buried Cities and Lost Tribes
  • HIST 101: World History to 1500
  • HIST 102: World History since 1500
  • HUM 250: Foundations of Western Culture
  • HUM 251: Modern Perspectives
  • HUM 252: Global Cultures
  • PHIL 101: Intro to Philosophy
  • REL 101: Religions of the World
  • REL 102: God, Meaning and Morality

Visual and Performing Arts (C2VPA) 3 credit hours

You may enroll in one of these classes, if available.

  • ART 200: Art in General Culture
  • ARTH 205: Survey of World Art I: Prehistoric to Renaissance
  • ARTH 206: Survey of World Art II: Renaissance to Modern
  • MUS: 200: Music in General Culture
  • MUS 203: Music in America
  • MUS 206: Introduction to Global Music
  • THEA 210: Introduction to Theatre

Wellness Domain (C5WD) 3 credit hours

You may enroll in one of these classes, if available.

  • HTH 100: Personal Wellness
  • 15-hour physical activity requirement of your choice for the semester.

  • KIN 100: Lifetime Fitness and Wellness
  • Lecture and a specific physical activity per course section. Read the TOPIC section of the class when enrolling to identify the fitness activity. Swim conditioning assumes students can already swim.


Sociocultural Domain (C5SD) 3 credit hours

You may enroll in one of these classes, if available.

  • PSYC 101: General Psychology
  • PSYC 160: Life Span Human Development
  • SOCI 140: Microsociology: The Individual in Society
  • WGS 200: Introduction to Women and Gender Studies

Cluster Three – The Natural World

Quantitative Reasoning (C3T1G1)

If a math course is required for your 1st-semester, it will be indicated above in purple required section. Otherwise, math is not required for your major the 1st-semester.  You will enroll in a math class in a later semester based on your MPE score. Talk with your advisor about your MPE score during your Summer Springboard visit.

 

Physical Principles (C3T1G2) 3 credit hours

Fulfilled by BIO 140 in purple Required section above.

Natural System (C3T1G3) 3 credit hours unless indicated

This cluster area requirement will be fulfilled by a major requirement.

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