Throughout history, scientific discovery has driven much of human progress. Today, as our technological capacity increases, the pace of scientific discovery is accelerating, and new products and processes are being invented that will change the world in ways we can scarcely imagine.
The College of Science at Virginia Tech gives students a comprehensive foundation in the scientific method. Outstanding faculty members teach courses and conduct research in biological sciences, chemistry, economics, geosciences, mathematics, physics, psychology, and statistics. The college offers programs in cutting-edge areas including, among others, those in energy and the environment, developmental science across the lifespan, infectious diseases, computational science, nanoscience, and neuroscience. The College of Science is dedicated to fostering a research-intensive environment that promotes scientific inquiry and outreach.
The college’s forward-thinking Integrated Science Curriculum provides the answer to one of the most significant trends in science today – increasing collaboration between experts in different disciplines to address challenges in research, industry, and society. To prepare students to thrive in such an environment, the college has developed curricula in several vitally important areas – computational science, nanoscience, neuroscience, and systems biology – which do not fit neatly within the parameters of a single academic department. Students can enjoy small classes and close interactions with peers and top research faculty while learning the foundations of physical, mathematical, and life science in Virginia Tech's new SCALE-UP active-learning classroom.
Intellectual property is the fastest-growing area of law and is a major part of the world’s economy. The College of Science offers an innovative science, technology, and law program that equips students with a diversified skill set that enables them to succeed outside traditional career paths and raises their awareness of unique legal, social, and ethical challenges in the 21st century.