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The Department of Biological Sciences is a major hub for life sciences research and teaching at Virginia Tech, with interdisciplinary connections that span the university.  We are home to 55 faculty, 20 postdocs/research scientists, and 90 graduate students.  The department is the largest undergraduate degree-granting unit in the university, with some 350 B.S. degree conferred each year; we also host more than 100 undergraduates in our research labs year-round.  Research expenditures exceed $5M annually across the range of the discipline, specifically in the following focus areas:

We invite you to explore our web site to learn more about current happenings, opportunities for undergraduate and graduate training, and special achievements of our faculty, staff, current students, and our 9000+ living alumni!




2015 Biological Sciences Commencement Program (.pdf)

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Upcoming Events

Monday, July 6 - Friday, July 24, 2015: New Student Orientation

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - Thursday, August 13, 2015: Summer Session II Classes

Friday, August 14 - Saturday, August 15, 2015: Summer Session II Exams

Thursday, August 20, 2015: Biological Sciences Faculty Retreat, details TBA

Monday, August 24, 2015: Fall Classes begin

In the News

July 22, 2015: Cancer biologists find a key that may unlock how tumors form and progress

July 20, 2015: Cancer Under Attack

June 9, 2015: Jack Webster honored with emeritus status

June 3, 2015: Arthur L. Buikema honored with emeritus status

June 3, 2015: Scientist's dogma-challenging work recognized with prestigious grant

May 28, 2015: Scientists receive grant to study the leading cause of childhood blindness

May 19, 2015: VT ecologist partners with the UN to confront global water crisis

May 14, 2015: Students earn university's new bachelor's degree in microbiology

May 11, 2015: VT scientists' work gives hope to threatened creatures

May 1, 2015: Fralin Student Spotlight: Ben Vernasco

April 27, 2015: Brett Opell receives 2015 William E. Wine Award

April 15, 2015: Jessica Li selected as 2015 Undergraduate Student of the Year

April 13, 2015: VT scientist partners with Ecuadorian researchers to study nose of rare 'Pinocchio Lizard'

April 10, 2015: Scientists visualize potential brain cancer treatments in real time

March 27, 2015: Top VT graduate students honored with awards

March 26, 2015: Skin microbiome may hold answers to protect golden frogs from lethal fungus

March 5, 2015: Ten undergraduates to present at the ACC Meeting of the Minds

February 27, 2015: Michael Friedlander's research continues to be lauded 40 years later

February 19, 2015: Twelve VT students accepted to national forum

January 27, 2015: Art Buikema appointed to the Academy of Faculty Service

January 19, 2015: Khidir Hilu named CIDER's Teacher of the Week

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Honors and Awards