JMU Major: Biology
The biology major offers a liberal arts and sciences program of study that gives you the foundation for entry into a broad spectrum of professional opportunities. An important feature of the program is its strong emphasis on providing you with independent undergraduate research opportunities. The four course core curriculum includes classes that emphasize laboratory experience and process in science. This laboratory emphasis continues in upper division course work. Biology, as a science, is very diverse and is reflected in the research interests of the biology faculty. Please refer to the Biology Departmental website for more information about faculty research interests.
Ecology and Environmental Biology
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Declare the biology major when you register for orientation.
Currently Enrolled Major Changers
Complete a "Change or Declaration of Major" form and obtain the signature of the department head, Bioscience Building, room 2001.
BIO 114 is the prerequisite to BIO 124 or BIO 214, which can be taken in either order.
You must make a grade of at least "C-" in BIO 114, 124, 214 and 224 for the course to be used as a prerequisite.