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The Biology Department offers a concentration in microbiology for all biology majors with an interest in environmental microbiology, medical microbiology, infectious disease, general bacteriology, virology, parasitology, and/or immunology.

  • BIO 204 Viral Genome and Bioinformatics*
  • BIO 245 General Microbiology
  • BIO 246 Microbiology Seminar
  • BIO 346 Bacterial Discovery lab*
  • BIO 348 Medical Microbiology
  • BIO 387 Environmental Microbiology

*Both courses are not required for the concentration. Students should take one or the other. 

The information above is intended as a general guide for this concentration. Please reference the online course catalog for official information.

Declaring the Concentration

The concentration can be declared by Biology majors at any time on MyMadison. However, students are highly encouraged to declare the Microbiology Concentration early to receive timely information about enrolling in certain courses.

The full requirements of the concentration are outlined in the official JMU catalog.

Microbiology Faculty

The Biology faculty who teach Microbiology Concentration courses all have active research programs that involve JMU undergraduates. Involvement in microbiology research is encouraged for concentrators.

For more information, please contact the Microbiology Concentration Coordinator, Dr. Steven Cresawn.

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