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Undergraduate Study

The Biology major is flexible and can be tailored to the interests and needs of the individual student. The program comprises a four-semester core and the opportunity to tailor your upper division curriculum. The diverse selection of upper division courses includes:

  • Advanced Human Anatomy
  • Advanced Molecular Biology
  • Animal Communication
  • Animal Field Biology
  • Animal Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Field Botany
  • Freshwater Ecology
  • Genomics
  • Human Histology
  • Human Uses of Plants
  • Immunology
  • Marine and Freshwater Invertebrates
  • Mathematical Models in Biology
  • Medical Parasitology
  • Microbiology
  • Microscopy
  • Neurobiology
  • Ornithology
  • Plant Physiology
  • Population Ecology
  • Plant Systematics
  • Study Abroad in Madagascar: Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management or Agroforestry and Farm Forestry Systems

(For a full description of the major, see the catalog)

Biology majors may choose a concentration in Ecology and Environmental Biology.

The Department of Biology also offers a four year, interdisciplinary B.S. degree program for a major in Biotechnology in cooperation with the Department of Integrated Science and Technology and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

A dual degree program makes it possible for students to earn a B.S. degree in biology from James Madison University and a Master of Forestry degree from Virginia Tech in five years.

More information:

Course Catalog

Undergraduate Programs

Biology Course websites

Major requirements

Minor requirements

GSci 104 course descriptions

Topics in Biology course descriptions

Two year Schedule

Honors information

Awards and Scholarships


Summer opportunities



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