JMU Major: Biology
Description of the Major | Degrees Offered | Concentrations | Minors
Declaring the Major | Progressing in the Major
Description of the Major
The major is a part of the Department of Biology, an academic unit within the College of Science and Mathematics.The Biology major offers a liberal arts and sciences program of study that gives students the foundation for entry into a broad spectrum of professional opportunities. An important feature of the program is its strong emphasis on providing students 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
Declaring the Major
New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Students should declare the Biology major when they register for orientation.
Currently Enrolled Major Changers
Students should complete a "Change or Declaration of Major" form and obtain the signature of the department head, Bioscience Building, room 2001.
Progressing in the Major
BIO 114 is the prerequisite to BIO 124 or BIO 214, which can be taken in either order.
Students must make a grade of at least "C-" in BIO 114, 124, 214 and 224 for the course to be used as a prerequisite.