James Madison University Liaison: Heather Griscom
Phone: (540) 568-5525
This dual degree program makes it possible for the student to earn a B.S. degree in biology from James Madison University and a Master of Forestry degree from Virginia Tech in five years.
During the first three years at JMU, the student must complete 90 credit hours, including all JMU general education requirements, the biology core requirements , BIO 402. Forest Ecology and four additional hours in biology.
Also, the student must take the cognate courses for biology majors in chemistry, mathematics and physics and a course in geology (GEOL 110 ).
During the fourth year of study the student will take further courses (at least 30 hours) at Virginia Tech for credit toward, following JMU transfer policy, the B.S. in biology from JMU.
A total of 38 semester hours of biology and biology-related courses (taken at JMU and Virginia Tech) will be required for the JMU B.S. in biology, which will be conferred after the fourth year of study. If the student’s academic record is satisfactory, he/she will be admitted into the graduate program of the Department of Forestry at Virginia Tech, where he/she will spend an additional year taking forest biology and natural resources courses to obtain the degree of Master of Forestry. To apply for the dual degree program, the student must have the permission of the dean of the College of Science and Mathematics . Information about the program can be obtained from the Department of Biology . Students are encouraged to inquire as early as possible in their undergraduate careers.