Pre-professional Programs/ Allied Health Programs

Major in Medical Technology (Clinical Laboratory Science)

See the program description above, under Major in Medical Technology.

Pre-dentistry Program

The requirements for entrance into programs of professional health, e.g., dentistry and veterinary medicine, can be very much school-dependent. Please consult the Office of Premedical Studies for specific information regarding schools/programs of your choice.

Premedical Studies Program

The Office of Premedical Studies has been established as the resource and advisory center for the JMU premedical studies program. This office exists to help preprofessional health (primarily premedical, pre-dental and pre-veterinary science) students facilitate career-oriented endeavors and realize their aspirations by providing specific information, advice and assistance. The office is located in Burruss Hall, Room 242.

The university has an excellent reputation for preparing students for admission to medical, dental, veterinary and other schools of professional health. These schools are most concerned with the overall scope and quality of the undergraduate record, and it is therefore important that students choose an undergraduate area of study that interests them. This major should establish a foundation of knowledge which will support career alternatives.

Medical and dental schools require at least three years of college preparation and prefer that students complete a program leading to a bachelor's degree. Absolute admission requirements are limited in order to provide for necessary flexibility in the undergraduate program. The course requirements of most medical/dental schools are similar and usually specify minimum credit in biology, chemistry and physics which can be met by completion of the following courses:

BIO 120. General Zoology
BIO 220. Cell Biology
BIO 370. Vertebrate Physiology
CHEM 131-132. General Chemistry with Laboratories
CHEM 341-342. Organic Chemistry with Laboratory
PHYS 140-140L; PHYS 150-150L. College Physics I-II
with Laboratories

Minimum requirements in mathematics vary considerably from school to school. Some require calculus (MATH 235-236 or MATH 205-206) and others recommend it. Note that MATH 135 (or equivalent) is a prerequisite for PHYS 140. A course in statistics (MATH 220) is recommended. Most pre-professional health students take mathematics courses, required or not, that will allow them to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to function in college chemistry and physics, and to perform well in medical school.

The material in the above section should be used only as a guide when planning your premedical curriculum. It is important that you do not interpret this guideline as a definitive statement regarding the admission requirements or policies of the schools and colleges of professional health. Each institution specifies its own requirements and procedures. It is essential that students become familiar with these requirements and make appropriate course selections in consultation with their academic adviser and the director of premedical studies.

Schools of professional health recognize the desirability of students having a variety of interests and diverse backgrounds; applicants are urged to obtain a broad cultural background in such fields as literature, social science, psychology and the fine arts.

The designation of a student as "premedical" will allow the Office of Premedical Studies to better serve the serious preprofessional health student. In order to earn this designation, a student must demonstrate the necessary motivation and commitment to successfully pursue premedical studies.

A minimum GPA of 2.5 in BIO 120, BIO 220, CHEM 131-132 (with lab) and either CHEM 341 or PHYS140 (with lab) and a math course is evidence of this required dedication.

The umbrella designation as "premedical" will be conferred by the Office of Premedical Studies when the student applies to the office with the credentials noted above.

Students who are planning professional health careers should discuss these goals with their undergraduate adviser(s) and refer to the "Premedical Handbook," which can be obtained from the Office of Premedical Studies. It is important to begin this planning process when college studies are initiated. It is imperative that students make plans for career options to accommodate alternatives.

Students are also encouraged to confer with Dr. Cletus M. Sellers Jr., director of premedical studies (540) 568­6652; Dr. Robert C. Atkins, Department of Chemistry; Mr. John R. Gordon, Department of Physics; or Dr. Jacqueline B. Walker, Department of History.

Pre-pharmacy Program

The pre-pharmacy program at James Madison University consists of two to three years of study, and is followed by professional study at a college of pharmacy. The Pharmacy College Admission Test is required by most colleges of pharmacy and recommended by others. This test should be taken by the fall of the year in which the student applies to a college of pharmacy. Most colleges of pharmacy offer a bachelor's degree in pharmacy as well as graduate degrees in pharmacy and related areas. Course work at JMU should be planned to prepare for the particular college of pharmacy in which the student plans to enroll and the degree ultimately desired. Early consultation with the dean or admissions counselor of that college is important.

The following are recommended courses that can meet the minimum requirements for most pharmacy colleges requiring preprofessional studies.

BIO 120. General Zoology 4
BIO 130. General Botany 4
CHEM 131-132. General Chemistry I-II 6
CHEM 131L-132L. General Chemistry Laboratories 2
CHEM 341-342. Organic Chemistry Lecture 6
CHEM 346L. Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
ENG 101-102. Reading and Composition 6
Choose from the following: 6
MATH 155. Functions and Probability
and MATH 205. Introductory Calculus I
(three credits each)
MATH 205-206. Introductory Calculus I-II
(six credits)
PHIL 270. Introduction to Ethics 3
PHYS 140-140L; 150-150L. College Physics I-II 8
with Laboratories
SCOM 122. Public Speaking 3
Electives 18

For additional information, contact Dr. Donna S. Amenta, Department of Chemistry, Miller Hall, Room 236.

Pre-physical Therapy Program

Preparation for admission to programs offering professional degrees in physical therapy may be completed at JMU. The remaining years are taken at a school of physical therapy.

The bachelor's degree in physical therapy has been phased out by some schools and, instead, a master's degree in physical therapy is offered. Other schools offer either or both degree programs. For admission to a bachelor's degree program, two years of prerequisite study are required.

For admission to a master's degree program some schools require three years of pre-physical therapy academic work; others require completion of a bachelor's degree before admission to a school of physical therapy. Students should ascertain the admission requirements of the physical therapy school(s) of their choice and select specific courses to meet these requirements.

Students planning to complete a bachelor's degree at JMU before entering a master's program in physical therapy must complete studies in an academic major subject area, as well as the physical therapy prerequisites. Coordination of both the major and the physical therapy program is critical to efficient academic progress, and can be facilitated by early contact with the physical therapy adviser.

The following are recommended courses that can meet the requirements of most physical therapy schools which still accept students after two years of study. Additional courses that may be suitable in the third year for applicants to master's programs are also listed. Students interested in physical therapy should consult the biology department office or Dr. Beverly Silver of the Department of Biology.

Pre-physical Therapy

Freshman Year Hours
BIO 120. General Zoology (spring) 4
CHEM 131-132. General Chemistry with Laboratories 8
ENG 101-102. Reading and Composition 3-6
Choose one of the following: 3
MATH 155 or 156. Functions and Probability
MATH 205. Calculus I 1
MATH 220. Elementary Statistics 3
PSYC 101. General Psychology 3
PSYC 160. Life Span Human Development 3
Kinesiology/dance course (or sophomore year) 2
Sophomore Year Hours
BIO 220. Cell Biology (spring) 3
BIO 270. Human Physiology (spring) 3
BIO 290. Human Anatomy (fall) 4
PHYS 140-140L; 150-150L. College Physics I-II 8
with Laboratories (or junior year)
Liberal studies course 3
Social science course (nonpsychology) 3
Electives 2 8

1 Dependent on math placement test.

2 Specified by physical therapy school or major courses.

Suggestions for the third and fourth years in preparation for admission to a master's program:

CHEM 221-221L. Concepts of Organic 4
Chemistry with Laboratory 1
CHEM 222-222L. Concepts of Biochemistry with 4
Laboratory 1
KIN 306. Biomechanical Principles of Kinesiology 1 3
MATH 205. Introductory Calculus I 1 3
English literature courses (200 level) 6
Electives 2 12-14

1 Requirement may vary by physical therapy schools.

2 Specified by physical therapy school or major courses.

Pre-veterinary Medicine Program

The requirements for entrance into programs of professional health, e.g., veterinary medicine and dentistry, can be very much school-dependent; please consult the Office of Premedical Studies for specific information regarding schools/programs of your choice.

Allied Health Programs Outside the College of Science and Mathematics

In addition to those in the College of Science and Mathematics, JMU offers the following allied health programs and health related pre-professional programs:
Communication SciencesCommunication Sciences
and Disorders 1and Disorders
Dietetics 1Health Sciences
Health (pre-public) 1Health Sciences
Pre-physical therapyHealth Sciences

1 See departmental section in this catalog

Resource and Service Centers

Electron Microscopy Center

The Electron Microscopy Center serves faculty and staff members and students who wish to use scanning electron microscopy in scientific investigations. The center also provides demonstrations for public school groups and specialized educational programs. For further information, contact Dr. Michael Renfroe, Department of Biology (540) 568-6409.

Life Sciences Museum

The museum is located near the corner of Main and Grace streets. Its collection of animal species serves as a dynamic educational and research tool available to all levels of audiences. For further information, contact Dr. James K. Grimm, Department of Biology (540) 568-6378.

Mathematical Modeling Center

This interdisciplinary institute for scientific computing, located in Burruss Hall, Rooms 133-134, houses state-of-the-art graphics workstations designed to simulate real world phenomena using mathematics to generate visual data. Faculty members from the sciences, economics and business disciplines interact with mathematicians to model problems they are researching with undergraduate students. For further information, contact Dr. James Sochacki, Burruss Hall, Room 123, (540) 568-6537, or Dr. Richard Babarski, Burruss Hall, Room 122, (540) 568-6263.

Mineral Museum

The JMU Mineral Museum is housed with the Department of Geology, second floor, Miller Hall. The collection of more than 700 display specimens provides mineralogy students with outstanding visual examples of some of the finest crystals from around the world. Each year the collection is visited by numerous educational groups, mineralogical societies and individual collectors. For further information contact Dr. Lance E. Kearns, Miller Hall, Room 226, (540) 568­6421 or 568­6130.


Located at the Stokesville Campground, Stokesville, Virginia, a 14-inch Celestron Compustar Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope is permanently mounted under a 16-foot Ash dome. A set of 10 powered piers surround the observatory building; they provide easy set-up for the observatory's eight 8-inch Celestron telescopes. This site provides dark-sky observing for introductory astronomy students. A photometer, solar hydrogen-alpha filters and a CCD imaging system provide experience in astrophotography and data collection techniques for the more advanced student. During the summer months, public access is regularly available on Friday and Saturday nights. For further information, contact Dr. Jon Staib, JMU Physics Department, (540) 568­6153.

Wells Planetarium

The John C. Wells Planetarium provides basic instructions in astronomy to James Madison University's undergraduate students and also offers instructional and entertaining programs to school groups on an appointment basis, and to the community at large on a regular basis every Thursday evening. For further information call (540) 568­7827.

Office of Statistical Services

Through this office, statistics faculty members and students serve the JMU and local community by providing 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, Burruss Hall, Room 15, (540) 568­6968.

Annual Events

Math Contests

Each fall the mathematics department sponsors a valley-wide mathematics contest. The purposes of the contest are to create and 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 JMU Mathematics Department at (540) 568­6408.

Science Fair

The Shenandoah Valley Regional Science Fair has been administered by the science faculty for the past 36 years. It is a science competition open to all students in grades six through 12 that live in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. For further information, contact Dr. T. DeVore, director, in the chemistry department at (540) 568­7938.

Field Geology Program

The summer field geology program is an intensive five-week course in topographic and geologic mapping. Participants learn surveying and field techniques, surface and subsurface interpretations, and map preparation.

More than 60 different colleges and universities have participated in our program. For further information contact Dr. Lance E. Kearns, Miller Hall, Room 226, (540) 568­6421 or 568­6130.

College of Science and Mathematics Directory

Undergraduate Catalog Contents

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