American Chemical Society Accredited Program
Applied Chemistry/Chemical Engineering Program
Biochemistry Minor In Biology or Chemistry
Chemical Education Concentration
Computational and Applied Mathematics
Environmental and Engineering Geology
Environmental Studies Minor
Fundamental Studies In Physics
Materials Chemistry Major
Materials Science Program
Molecular Biology and Physiology
Physics/Engineering Combined Program
Teaching Licensure for Secondary Teaching Available in:
Some of these interdisciplinary programs are listed under
“Interdisciplinary Programs.” These include: the biochemistry and molecular
biology minor, the environmental studies minor, the materials science program,
and Pre-Health areas such as pre-medical and pre-dental. The college also
supports the following resource and service centers, collections, events and
outreach programs that enhance teaching, scholarly activity and community
Resource and Service Centers
for Computational Mathematics and Modeling
This interdisciplinary institute for scientific computing,
houses state-of-the-art graphics workstations and a 16 PII node beouwulf
computer system. The beouwulf computer system is a parallel computing
environment that can be used on large scale problems. Faculty and students will
have access to this ‘super computer’ from the center and from their offices.
The center uses mathematics both to simulate real-world phenomena and to
generate visual data. Faculty members from the sciences, economics, and
business disciplines interact with mathematicians to model problems that they
are researching with undergraduate students. For further information, contact
Dr. James Sochacki in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at (540)
Electron Microscopy Center
The Electron Microscopy Center serves faculty, staff and students
who wish to use the scanning electron microscopy in scientific investigations.
The center also provides demonstrations for public school groups and
specialized educational programs. For further information, contact Lance Kearns
in the Department of Geology and Environmental Science at (540) 568-6421.
Housed with the Department of Geology on the second floor of
Miller Hall, the JMU Mineral Museum contains more than 700 exceptionally
beautiful display specimens that provide mineralogy students with outstanding
visual examples of some of the finest crystals from around the world. Each
year, numerous educational groups, mineralogical societies and individual
collectors visit the collection. For further information contact Dr. Lance E.
Kearns in the Department of Geology and Environmental Studies at (540)
Located at the Stokesville, Virginia Campground, a 14-inch
telescope is permanently mounted under a 16-foot dome. A set of 10 piers
surround the observatory building and provide easy set-up for the observatory’s
eight, 8-inch telescopes. This site provides dark-sky observing for
introductory astronomy students. A photometer, solar filters and a CCD imaging
system provides more advanced students with experience in astrophotography and
data collection techniques. During the summer months, public access is
regularly available on Friday and Saturday nights. For further information,
contact Dr. Jon Staib in the Department of Physics at (540) 568–6153.
Office of Statistical Services
Through this office, statistics faculty members and students
provide JMU and the local community with assistance in the design and analysis
of statistical surveys and experiments. Students obtain practical experience
and an appreciation for the impact of statistical methods on today’s society.
For further information contact Dr. Rickie Domangue in the Department of
Mathematics and Statistics at (540) 568–6968.
Shenandoah Valley Regional NMR
This nuclear magnetic resonance facility has been established
with grants from The National Science Foundation (9650132), The Merck
Foundation, and matching funds provided by James Madison University, Eastern
Mennonite University, and Bridgewater College.
It includes a Bruker Avance DRX-400 NMR, equipped with a six
position autosampler, a variable temperature 10mm broad band tunable probe,
variable temperature 5mm broad band tunable probe with a Z gradient, and an
SGIO2 host computer.
The Facility also has a Bruker AMX-200 NMR controlled with an
SGI computer. This system is equipped with a 5mm broad band tunable probe and
VT accessory. The autosampler purchased for the DRX-400 will operate on the
AMX-200. These instruments are housed at JMU and accessed remotely by the
participating regional colleges and universities. Currently the systems are
running XWIN-NMR version 2.5 software.
A Web site, http://csm.jmu.edu/nmr/,
has been established as a means of communicating the efforts of the Regional
NMR Consortium to the local scientific community and other interested parties .
This group is composed of chemists from Bridgewater College, Eastern Mennonite
University, James Madison University, and Mary Baldwin College.
Science and Mathematics
The College of Science and Mathematics has established a
Learning Center for Science and Mathematics located in the first floor of
Wilson Hall. The center, which is a part of the JMU Student Success Center, provides
extra help with math and science for students in general education and
beginning science courses. The center is staffed by a full-time director and
carefully selected upper level science and math majors.
The John C. Wells Planetarium provides basic instructions in
astronomy to JMU’s undergraduate students. The planetarium offers instructional
and entertaining programs to school groups by appointment. The planetarium also
has regular Monday evening programs that are open to the local community. For
further information, contact the Department of Physics at (540) 568–7827 or
Each fall the mathematics and statistics department sponsors
a valley-wide mathematics contest. The purposes of the contest are to create
and to sustain interest in mathematics and to promote good relations and
cooperation between high schools and the university. For further information,
contact Charles Ziegenfus or Dr. Robert Hanson in the Department of Mathematics
and Statistics at (540) 568–6408.
The Shenandoah Valley Regional Science Fair has been
administered by the JMU science faculty for the past 36 years. The science fair
is a competition open to all students in grades six through 12 who live in
Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. For further information, contact Dr. Thomas
DeVore in the Department of Chemistry at (540) 568–7938.