The Department of Biology offers a comprehensive undergraduate program of study leading to either a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in biology. Our graduate program offers a Master of Science degree with either a thesis track involving independent research or a teaching track for students who wish to teach, particularly in two-year community colleges.
The undergraduate biology curriculum is designed to ensure that students acquire knowledge, skills, and experience across the breadth of biology for the renaissance biologist, and depth in a wide range of subject areas for the specialist. Our introductory classes have relatively small lectures and labs, taught mostly by faculty, in which students work in small groups, learning science by doing science. Students are encouraged to participate in the Department of Biology weekly seminar series, the Spring Undergraduate Biology Research Symposium, and similar events held in other science departments.
Our professors are active and vibrant scientists who bring undergraduate students into their respective research programs, often culminating in co-authorship on peer-reviewed journal articles. The close faculty-student relationships built in classroom and laboratory experiences are a key feature of the biology experience at JMU. Our students are assisted in finding off-campus opportunities such as internships, research experiences, and study-abroad programs. We offer strong faculty advising and have an active Health Professions Advisory program to facilitate the medical, dental, and veterinary school admissions process.
The Biology Department is a large department with many students, providing all the advantages of a diverse faculty and many resources. However, we retain an atmosphere like that of a small school, where each student is important. We have an excellent academic reputation that serves our graduates well in future endeavors, such as entrance to professional and graduate schools and employment in biology careers.
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