How to Find Us

The Biology Department is located in the Bioscience building (pictured at right), between the Physics/Chemistry Building and the Leeolou Alumni Center, on East Campus. By car, the closest entrance in on Reservoir Street. If you are on foot, you will see Bioscience at the top of the hill when you walk up from UREC.

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Burruss Hall

Prospective students

If you are a prospective student, and you would like to meet with a faculty member, we would be happy to talk with you! Please, if you can, give at least 48 hours notice when sheduling your visit, so that we can find someone available to meet with you. If you would like to talk to a professor with a particular expertise or interest, browse our "People" page to see who might be a good fit for you. It is wise to contact more than one person, in case one of them is out of town, for example. For the best chance of finding someone available, it's a good idea to schedule your visit on a week day and while school is in session.

Facilities and Resources

Microscopy FacilityMicroscopy facility

The microscopy facility in the Biology Department is a resource for students and faculty across JMU and in the surrounding community. The Facility is equipped with multiple light and fluorescence microscopes and a confocal laser scanning microscope. For more information, including how to get training or book a microscope, see the microscopy website.


Parking is strictly policed at JMU! You can ask the person you are visiting to organize a guest permit for you, or you can get a temporary parking permit from Parking Services. Their office is under the parking deck on Champions drive, near the Port Republic Road entrance to campus.


The James Madison University Herbarium is housed in the Biology Department and is open, by appointment, to anyone who wishes to use it. JMU Biology students participate in the collection and preservation of plant specimens for the herbarium. Also see the Edith J Carrier Arboretum.

Trees of JMU walking tour (pdf)

Public Outreach

The Public Outreach web page has a wealth of online resources for teaching biology to K-12 students


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