College of Science and Mathematics

Dr. Norman E. Garrison, Interim Dean

Dr. James E. Dendinger, Assistant Dean

The College of Science and Mathematics has a two-fold mission. First, it offers high quality programs of study in science and mathematics. In addition to departmental majors and minors, the college offers a wide array of interdepartmental minors, preprofessional programs, liberal studies courses, annual events, and supporting services, some of which reach out into the regional community. Secondly, the college provides a challenging variety of courses designed to promote lifelong learning and prepare students for leadership roles in government, industry, education, medicine and research.

In addition to those of each major, all programs in the college are committed to the following common goals:

The College of Science and Mathematics offers progressive majors in the traditional areas of biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics and physics. The college also offers minor programs in biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, physics and statistics.

In addition to majors and minors in five departments, the College of Science and Mathematics offers cross departmental and interdisciplinary programs in medical technology, biochemistry and environmental studies. The nondegree, preprofessional programs in allied health include pre-dentistry, pre-medicine, pre-pharmacy and pre-veterinary medicine.

The college also supports the following centers, collections, events and outreach programs that enhance teaching, research and community relations.

Resource and Service Centers

Electron Microscopy Center
Life Sciences Museum
Mathematical Modeling Center
Mineralogy Collection
Wells Planetarium
Office of Statistical Studies

Annual Events

Field Geology Program
Math Contests
Science Fair

The following cooperative relationships with other administrative units provide students with opportunities for secondary teaching licensure along with several majors and a BS/MS program in applied chemistry/chemical engineering.

Interdisciplinary Major in Medical Technology (Clinical Laboratory Science)

Adjunct Faculty

Augusta Medical Center

Wayne P. Jessee, M.D., Medical Director

Bernadette Bekken, M.T. (ASCP), Program Director

The Fairfax Hospital

C. Barrie Cook, M.D., Medical Director

Amy Shoemaker, M.T., (ASCP), Program Director

Roanoke Memorial Hospital

Samuel F. Vance, M.D., Medical Director

Janet Hiler, B.S., M.T. (ASCP), Program Director

Rockingham Memorial Hospital

Warren D. Bannister, M.D., Medical Director

Randall Vandevander, M.T. (ASCP), Program Director

University of Virginia Medical Center

Michael R. Wills, M.D., Ph.D., Medical Director

Cheryl V. Leitch, M.T. (ASCP), S.H., Program Director

This program leads to the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in medical technology (clinical laboratory science). It is offered cooperatively with JMU-affiliated schools of medical technology/(clinical laboratory science) on the approved list of the Council of Medical Education and Hospitals of the American Medical Association and the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

The degree is conferred by James Madison University upon the successful completion of the following three-year program at the university and the one calendar year clinical program at an affiliated school of medical technology. Upon completion of the program, the student is eligible for national examinations given by the Board of Registry of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and the National Certification Agency.

Students interested in a major in medical technology (clinical laboratory science) should consult the biology department office or Dr. Beverly Silver, Department of Biology.

Major in Medical Technology (B.S. Degree)

Freshman Year 1 Hours
BIO 120. General Zoology (spring) 4
CHEM 131-132. General Chemistry 8
with Laboratories
ENG 101-102. Reading and Composition 3-6
Choose one of the following:
MATH 155 or 156. Functions and Probability 3
MATH 205. Calculus I 2
MATH 220. Elementary Statistics 3
Liberal studies course 3-6
Kinesiology/dance course 2
Sophomore Year 1 Hours
BIO 220. Cell Biology (spring) 3
BIO 270. Human Physiology (spring) 3
BIO 290. Human Anatomy (fall) 4
CHEM 341-342-346L. Organic Chemistry 8
Liberal studies courses 12-14
Electives 0-2
Junior Year 1 Hours
BIO 380. General Microbiology (fall) 4
BIO 442. Basic Immunology (spring) 3
MGT 300. Management Principles 3
PHYS 115. Physics as Inquiry 3
Liberal studies courses 9
Electives 10

1 There may be some variability in individual schedules.

2 Dependent on math placement test.

The senior year of this program consists of 12 months at an affiliated school of medical technology approved by the American Medical Association and the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

To enter a school of medical technology, a separate application must be made by the student. A list of affiliated schools of medical technology is on file in the office of the medical technology adviser.

Minor in Biochemistry

The interdisciplinary minor in biochemistry provides a coordinated study of biochemical compounds and their functions at the cellular and subcellular levels. The minimum requirement for a minor in biochemistry is 19-20 credit hours.

Contact Dr. William Voige, Department of Chemistry, Miller Hall, Room 205, or Dr. Martha Powell, Department of Biology, for further information.

The following are prerequisites for entry into the biochemistry minor program:

BIO 220. Cell Biology
CHEM 131-132. General Chemistry I-II
CHEM 341-342. Organic Chemistry
Choose from the following:
CHEM 346L. Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 387L-388L. Integrated Laboratory
Minor Requirements Hours
CHEM 361. Biochemistry I 3
CHEM 362. Biochemistry II 3
CHEM 366L. Biochemistry Laboratory 2
BIO 380. General Microbiology 4
BIO 480. Molecular Biology 4
Choose from the following: 3-4
Biology majors choose one of the following:
CHEM 331. Physical Chemistry including
CHEM 336L. Physical Chemistry Laboratory (four credits)
CHEM 351. Analytical Chemistry (four credits)
CHEM 440. Intermediate Organic Chemistry
(three credits)
CHEM 450. Nuclear and Radiation Chemistry
including CHEM 450L. Nuclear and Radiation
Chemistry Laboratory (four credits)
Chemistry majors choose one of the following:
BIO 370. Vertebrate Physiology (four credits)
BIO 442. Basic Immunology (three credits)
BIO 444. Virology (three credits)
BIO 455. Physiology of Vascular Plants
(four credits)

Minor in Environmental Studies

The environmental studies minor is designed for students who desire a deeper understanding of the global environment. In addition to satisfying the B.A. or B.S. requirements of their chosen major, 19 credit hours are required of which 18 must be course work. The remaining one credit hour will be a seminar that must be taken at least once by all students enrolled in the minor.

Natural sciences (choose from the following): 8
BIO 325D. Environment and Information
(one-four credits)
BIO 351. Introduction to Ecology (three credits)
BIO 435. Insect Ecology (four credits)
BIO 451. Ecological Systems (four credits)
GEOL 310A-D. Environmental Impact
(two-three credits)
GEOL 320. Meteorology (three credits)
GEOL 340. Soils and Land Use (three credits)
GEOL 355. Geochemistry of Natural Waters
(three credits)
GEOL 450. Geology Seminar (one credit)
Social science (choose from the following): 8
ANTH 355. Culture and Ecology (three credits)
ECON 305. Environmental Economics (three credits)
ECON 340. Economics of Natural Resources
(three credits)
GEOG 240. Geography and Resource Use
(three credits)
GEOG 295. Population Geography (three credits)
GEOG 310A-D. Environmental Impact
(two-three credits)
GEOG 415. Climatology (three credits)
HTH 352. Environmental Health (three credits)
SOCI 352. Introduction to Population Studies
(three credits)
REL 300R. Environmental Ethics (three credits)

A student may not receive dual credit for a course that is required and applied to both the major and minor.

Environmental research topics are encouraged through participation in the individual research options of the various departments involved. Oral presentations of this research in the environmental studies seminar is encouraged.

For information concerning the environmental studies minor contact Dr. Stan Ulanski, Department of Geology, Miller Hall, Room 213.

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1996-97 Undergraduate Catalog
Last reviewed: 30 November 1996
Information Publisher: Division of Academic Affairs
James Madison University