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    ISC course in SCALE-UP classroom
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    ISC course in SCALE-UP classroom

Inventing the Future of Science 

at Virginia Tech

 

The Academy of Integrated Science is Virginia Tech’s home for cross-disciplinary scientific education. With the scientific climate placing ever-increasing emphasis on team efforts involving researchers from traditionally distinct disciplines, College of Science Dean Lay Nam Chang chartered the Academy on July 1, 2013 with these directives:

  • To develop and house interdisciplinary, science-based degree programs, curricula, and minors
  • To provide a multidisciplinary home for faculty whose teaching and research interests are associated with these programs
  • To foster and enhance research opportunities in alignment with its degree programs
  • To strengthen inter-departmental collaboration in discovery, learning, and engagement

Three new, multi-departmental Bachelor’s degree programs reside in the Academy. These are in: Computational Modeling and Data Analytics (CMDA), Nanoscience, and Systems Biology. Each of the programs draws significantly from two or more departments in the College of Science, bringing together multiple areas of expertise to explore powerful new approaches to the complex scientific problems to be faced in the decades to come. CMDA and Nano opened for enrollment Spring 2015, Neuro began enrollment Fall 2015, and students may enroll in Sysbio beginning Spring 2016. New courses in all of these degree programs are now being offered.  See individual Division links at the left for further information on these programs, including  listings of courses.

The Academy is home for the innovative Integrated Science Curriculum (ISC). The ISC embodies Academy principles in offering a two-year educational experience, encompassing freshman and sophomore years, on the fundamentals of modern science. Built on a synthesis of knowledge from biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and statistics, the ISC is centered on student teams working in labs and lectures formulated from a deeply interdisciplinary perspective. Though there will be multiple routes for entering the new degree programs described above, students completing the ISC will be especially well-prepared.

The Academy is also the home for the Science, Technology, and the Law (STL) minor. One of the exciting prospects with interdisciplinary research is that of discovering patentable processes or products. It is at such new discoveries that the intersection of science, technology, and law is found, and it is at this intersection that knowledge of intellectual property law becomes an invaluable tool in the scientific toolkit.  The STL minor addresses this need for scientists, engineers, and others who are, or will be, involved in projects seeking marketable outcomes. As it enters its fourth year in Fall 2015, classes are routinely over-subscribed.  

Faculty members from the Virginia Tech community who may be interested in joining this unique enterprise are invited to contact Academy Director Michel Pleiming at pleim@vt.edu with ideas, proposals, or just to chat. Students and prospective students are likewise invited to contact Nora Dragovic at nora84@vt.edu, to learn more about the Academy and its programs.

 

Contact Information

    Michel Pleimling

Michel Pleimling
Academy Director
College of Science
pleim@vt.edu
540-231-6073

 

    Nora Dragovic

Nora Dragovic
Program Manager and Advisor for the
Academy of Integrated Science
College of Science
nora84@vt.edu
540-231-8131

 

    Carrie Hopkins

Carrie Hopkins
Academic Program Specialist
Academy of Integrated Science
College of Science 
carrieh7@vt.edu
540-231-2442

 


 

    North End Center

The College of Science Dean's Office new location is at the North End Center, Suite 4300, 300 Turner Street NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061 (MC 0405).

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