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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biotechnology, B.S.

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Dr. Marta K. Bechtel, Director
Phone: (540) 568-5526
Email: bechtemk@jmu.edu
Location: Biosciences Building, Room 3028A
Website: http://www.jmu.edu/biology/undergraduate/biotechnology.shtml

Degree and Major Requirements

Degree Requirements

  • General Education: The Human Community  41 Credit Hours 1
  • Quantitative requirement 3 Credit Hours 2
  • Scientific Literacy requirement2 3-4 Credit Hours 2
  • Major requirements (listed below) and electives 79 Credit Hours


1 The General Education: The Human Community  program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.
2 In addition to General Education.

Total: 126 Credit Hours

Major Requirements

Choose one of the following courses:

Total: 47-50 Credit Hours

Total: 17 Credit Hours

Biotechnology Elective Courses

Select 15 credit hours:

Additional Information

Other 300- and 400-level courses may meet the requirement but permission must be sought from the program director. Students are highly encouraged to include academic credit for research, up to 8 credits of which may be applied to the elective requirement.

Recommended Schedule for Majors

First semester, first year biotechnology majors are encouraged to start with a 14-15 hour course load. This will generally include a biology course (four credit hours), CHEM 131  and CHEM 131L , and/or a math course, plus General Education. The work load will then be increased in the second semester based on the level of success during the first semester.


1 Fulfills General Education : Cluster Three.

Total: 29-31 Credit Hours

Total: 30-31 Credit Hours

Third Year

Total: 32 Credit Hours

Fourth Year

Total: 29 Credit Hours

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