Jun 21, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Department of Biology

Kyle Seifert, Academic Unit Head
(540) 568-6225
Email: seiferkx@jmu.edu
Location: Bioscience Building, Room 2001C

Heather Griscom, Associate Academic Unit Head
Email: griscohp@jmu.edu
Location: Bioscience Building, Room 1028H

Janet Daniel, Assistant Academic Unit Head
Email: danie2jc@jmu.edu
Location: Bioscience Building, Room 2028C

Website: http://www.jmu.edu/biology

C. Bauerle, C. Cleland, M. Gabriele, H. Griscom, C. Lantz, C. McMullen, C. Rose, K. Seifert, B. Wiggins, R. Wunderlich

Associate Professors
S. Babcock, T. Bloss, J. Brown, K. Cresawn, S. Cresawn, J. Daniel, R. Enke, K. Gobetz, S. Halsell, J. Harsh, J. Herrick, K. Kubow, P. Ludwig, C. May, P. Menon, D. Moseley, M. Parker, T. Rife, K. Slekar, M. Steffen, B. Velayudhan, G. Vidal, M. Walker, L. Wurch

Assistant Professors
K. Barnard-Kubow, A. Berardi, L. Brown, B. Cage, J. Ferreira de Vasconcellos, D. Hembry, H. Lassiter, R. Marroquin-Flores, E. Naylor, K. Reider, L. Sarringhaus, D. Stephens, L. Tipton, K. Yoshimura, N. Zhang

Senior Lecturers
E. Doyle, O. Hyman, T. Hynd

M.S. Burnett, T. Deem, M. Ellet, P. Kilkenny, J. Marquardt, C. Murray

W. Flint, J. Powers, J. Stutzman, R. Walters

L. Brefo, P. Crider, C. Curry, V. Fulginiti, L. Miller

Mission Statement

The Department of Biology holds as its primary core value a commitment to providing superlative teaching for students. To accomplish this mission, we will create an environment for learning that will include opportunities for undergraduate research, a broadly-based academic program, a supportive, diverse and collaborative faculty, an understanding of the process of science and a recognition of the importance of community outreach and involvement.

Career Opportunities and Advanced Fields of Study

  • Anthropology
  • Aquatic Science
  • Biodiversity
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biotechnology
  • Botany
  • Clinical Laboratory Sciences
  • Dentistry
  • Ecology and Environmental Science
  • Epidemiology
  • Forensic Science
  • Forestry
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Graduate School in the Biological Sciences
  • Immunology
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Medicine
  • Microbiology
  • Microscopy
  • Neurobiology
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Physiology
  • Research Assistant
  • Scientific Writing
  • Secondary Education
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Virology
  • Zoology

Students interested in pursuing any of these career opportunities should contact the biology office. An appropriate advisor will be assigned for mentoring and course selection.

Co-curricular Activities and Organizations

Biology majors participate in activities such as:

  • Weekly departmental seminars
  • Tri-Beta, a national biology society
  • Pre-professional health clubs and honor society
  • Summer and academic-year research opportunities
  • Summer courses at biological field stations
  • Internships with various organizations
  • Aiding in teaching as student assistants
  • Presenting papers at meetings
  • Volunteering at Sentara RMH and with the rescue squad

Cross Disciplinary Minor

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Minor