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
Office of Statistical Studies
Field Geology Program
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.
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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
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.
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|
|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|
|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|
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|
|BIO 351. Introduction to Ecology (three credits)|
|BIO 435. Insect Ecology (four credits)|
|BIO 451. Ecological Systems (four credits)|
|GEOL 310A-D. Environmental Impact|
|GEOL 320. Meteorology (three credits)|
|GEOL 340. Soils and Land Use (three credits)|
|GEOL 355. Geochemistry of Natural Waters|
|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|
|GEOG 240. Geography and Resource Use|
|GEOG 295. Population Geography (three credits)|
|GEOG 310A-D. Environmental Impact|
|GEOG 415. Climatology (three credits)|
|HTH 352. Environmental Health (three credits)|
|SOCI 352. Introduction to Population Studies|
|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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