The following is a brief description of the major requirements and is not intended to be the official versionPlease consult the Catalog for the official requirements.

To receive a B.S. in Biology from JMU, students must complete 40 credit hours of Biology (BIO) courses including the four "Core" courses and 16 credit hours from the "Upper Division" (300 or 400 level).  Of these, one course must be from a list of Organismal Biology courses and two courses must be from a list of Laboratory courses (see below). Three credits of independent research (BIO 497 and/or 499) may be used for one of the laboratory courses.  One course may meet multiple requirements.  A maximum of 8 credit hours of BIO 492, 494, 495, 496, 497, 499, and ICSI 450 can be counted toward the major.  See Special Requirements at bottom.

Students must also fulfill several cognate requirements (math, chemistry, physics), general education requirements, and meet the overall JMU requirements.

Biology Requirements
(40 hrs)

Core Courses (required)

BIO 140 - Foundations of Biology I
BIO 150 - Foundations of Biology II
BIO 240 - Genetics
BIO 250 - Ecology and Evolution

Upper Division  (16 hrs) 

  • One Organismal course (see list below)
  • Two Laboratory courses (see list below)
  • Electives to fill out the credit hour requirements

Cognate Requirements

Calculus

Statistics

General Chemistry

Organic Chemistry

Physics

Refer to the Catalog for specific requirements.

General Education Requirements

Refer to the General Education website  for specific requirements

Note that biology majors need not complete Cluster I in the first year.

Also note that Cluster III requirements are met within the major courses.

 

Organismal courses (must take 1*)

BIO 305. Ornithology (1, 4) 3.00
BIO 309. Marine and Freshwater Invertebrates (3, 0) 3.00
BIO 310. Marine Biology 3.00
BIO 320. Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates (2, 4) 4.00
BIO 340. Morphology and Anatomy of Vascular Plants (2, 4) 4.00
BIO 345. Animal Field Biology 3.00
BIO 357 - Galápagos Islands-Biodiversity and Conservation, 3.00
BIO 360. Plant Biology (3, 0) 3.00
BIO 364. Human Uses of Plants (3, 0) 3.00
BIO 386. Field Botany (3, 3) 4.00
BIO/GEOL 405 Vertebrate Paleontology 3.00
BIO 412. Mammalogy 4.00
BIO 420. Medical Parasitology 3.00
BIO 470. Morphology of Nonvascular Plants (2, 4) 4.00
BIO 486. Systematics of Vascular Plants (2, 4) 4.00


*courses in common between lists may be 
  counted for both requirements.

 

Laboratory courses (must take 2*)

BIO 305. Ornithology (1, 4) 3.00
BIO 318. Experimental Vertebrate Development (0, 4) 2.00
BIO 320. Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates (2, 4) 4.00
BIO 340. Morphology and Anatomy of Vascular Plants (2, 4) 4.00
BIO 342. Mathematical Models in Biology 3.00 or MATH 342. Mathematical Models in Biology 3.00
BIO 343L. Immunology Laboratory (0, 4) 1.00 (BIO 343 pre- or corequisite)
BIO 345. Animal Field Biology 3.00
BIO 346. Bacterial Discovery 1.00
BIO 348L. Medical Microbiology Laboratory 1.00 (BIO 348 pre- or corequisite)
BIO 354 Global Climate Change and Life 4.00
BIO 366 Environmental Ecology and Evolution 4.00
BIO 364L. Laboratory in Human Uses of Plants (0, 3) 1.00 (BIO 364 pre- or corequisite)
BIO 370. Animal Physiology (3, 3) 4.00
BIO 386. Field Botany (3, 3) 4.00
BIO 387L. Environmental Microbiology Laboratory 1.00 (BIO 387 pre- or corequisite)
BIO 400. Geology and Ecology of the Bahamas 3.00 or GEOL 400. Geology and Ecology of the Bahamas 3.00
BIO 402. Forest Ecology 4.00 or GEOG 402. Forest Ecology 4.00
BIO 403. Animal Communication 3.00
BIO 410. Advanced Human Anatomy (1, 6) 3.00
BIO 412. Mammalogy 4.00
BIO 416. Human Embryology (3, 3) 4.00
BIO 420L. Medical Parasitology Lab (0, 3) 1.00 (BIO 420 pre- or corequisite)
BIO 432. Light Microscopy (2, 4) 4.00
BIO 445. Neurobiology (3, 3) 4.00
BIO 446. Experimental Neurobiology 4.00
BIO 448 Developmental Neurobiology 4.00
BIO 452. Population Ecology (2, 4) 4.00
BIO 455. Plant Physiology (3, 3) 4.00
BIO 456. Landscape Ecology (3, 3) 4.00
BIO 457. Biological Applications of Geographic Information Systems (2, 4) 4.00
BIO 459. Freshwater Ecology (3, 3) 4.00
BIO 460. Plant Cell and Tissue Culture (2, 4) 4.00
BIO 465. Environmental Toxicology (2, 4) 4.00
BIO 470. Morphology of Nonvascular Plants (2, 4) 4.00
BIO 480. Advanced Molecular Biology (2, 5) 4.00
BIO 481. Genomics (3, 3) 4.00
BIO 482. Human Histology (3, 3) 4.00
BIO 483. Bioinformatics (3, 3) 4.00
BIO 486. Systematics of Vascular Plants (2, 4) 4.00

Special Requirements.  To be used as prerequisites for biology courses, grades of “C- ” or higher should be earned in the following: BIO 114, BIO 124, BIO 140, BIO 150, BIO 214, BIO 224, BIO 240, BIO 250, CHEM 131, CHEM 131L, CHEM 132 and CHEM 132L. A maximum of 4 hours of lower division biology elective credit applicable toward the major or minor may be transferred as BIO 200. Upper division biology credits applicable toward the major or minor are transferred as specific courses or as BIO 426/427, Topics in Biology. Credits not applicable toward the major or minor, but applicable toward the 120 hour degree requirement, are transferred as BIO 000. A maximum of 8 credit hours of freshman (100) level BIO courses may be applied to the biology major or minor requirements.

Revised 4/19/18

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