Graduate Catalog
2013-2014
 
Policies, Procedures, Academic Programs
Biological Sciences
College of Science
Derring Hall contains offices, classrooms, and laboratory space for many of the science programs at Virginia Tech, such as biological sciences and geological sciences. The Museum of Geosciences is also located in the building. Construction began in 1967 and was completed in 1969. Named after Paul Neyron Derring (1894-1973) who was Secretary of the YMCA from 1918 to 1957 and Director of Religious Affairs from 1957 to 1964.
2125 Derring Hall, Mail Code: 0406 Blacksburg VA 24061
Derring Hall
Degree(s) Offered:
• MS
MS Degree in Biological Sciences
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
Blacksburg
• PhD
PhD Degree in Biological Sciences
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
Blacksburg
Email Contact(s):
Web Resource(s):
Phone Number(s):
540/231-8929
Application Deadlines:
Fall: Feb 01
Spring: Oct 31
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Department Head : Brenda Winkel
Graduate Program Director : Jeffrey Walters
Professors: Ernest Benfield; Arthur Buikema; Joseph Falkinham; Michael Friedlander (VT Carilion Research Institute); Harold Garner; Khidir Hilu; Roderick Jensen; Liwu Li; Erik Nilsen; Brent Opell; John Phillips; David Popham; Jill Sible; Ann Stevens; John Tyson; Jeffrey Walters; Jackson Webster; Brenda Winkel
Associate Professors: John Barrett; Lisa Belden; Daniel Capelluto; Daniela Cimini; Carla Finkielstein; Michael Fox (VT Carilion Research Ins); Dana Hawley; Christopher Lawrence; Maria Lazar; Stephen Melville; Ignacio Moore; Florian Schubot; Dorothea Tholl; Richard Walker; Jianhua Xing; Zhaomin Yang
Assistant Professors: Bryan Brown; Cayelan Carey; Silke Hauf; Deborah Kelly (VT Carilion Research Institute); Adi Livnat; Joel McGlothlin; Konark Mukherjee (VT Carilion Research Institute); Zachary Nimchuk; Birgit Scharf; Kendra Sewall; Michael Strickland; Gregorio Valdez (VT Carilion Research Institute)
Alumni Distinguished Professor: Arthur Buikema
University Distinguished Professor: John Tyson
Harold Bailey Professor: Jeffrey Walters

Biological Sciences Introduction

The Department of Biological Sciences offers research and training that lead to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Graduate students, in consultation with Major Advisors, design programs of study that include cutting edge research, courses that support their particular interests, and at least one semester of a teaching experience. Opportunities for research span the biological disciplines from molecular biology to ecosystems ecology and may include computational, experimental, theoretical, and/or applied approaches. Our faculty members encourage graduate students to reach their full creative and scholarly potential. We take a holistic approach to graduate education by promoting both research skills and the ability to communicate effectively with professional colleagues and undergraduate students. In addition to their research program, graduate students may elect to earn a graduate certificate in "The Future Professoriate," which includes mentored classroom teaching. In short, our program fosters individually tailored programs that lead to successful careers in research and education. We encourage prospective students to visit the department's webpage to learn about research focus areas and associated interdepartmental programs, and to explore the research programs of potential Major Advisors by perusing faculty web pages. Contacting individual faculty members and their students prior to formal application provides opportunities to explore mutual interests.

Deadlines

To compete for financial aid, applications for fall admission must be completed by December 31 for international applicants and February 1 for domestic applicants.  Applications are accepted after this date but the opportunities for financial aid are diminished.  Most graduate teaching assistantships are awarded by April 1.  October 31 is the deadline for spring semester applications (domestic students).  We do not accept international applications for spring semester.


Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • Paper
      • 550.0
    • Computer
      • 213.0
    • iBT
      • 80.0
  • GRE
M.S.:  Must take a minimum of 12 hours at the 5000 level, and a maximum of 3 hours at the 4000 level, and 3 additional hours for seminars for a total of 18 graded hours, plus 12 hours research and thesis. Thesis is required. All biology graduate students must teach a minimum of one semester as a requirement for graduation.
Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • Paper
      • 550.0
    • Computer
      • 213.0
    • iBT
      • 80.0
  • GRE
Ph.D.:  Must take a minimum of 18 graded course hours at the 5000 level and 4 additional hours for seminars for a total of 22 graded hours, plus 68 hours research and dissertation. All biology graduate students must teach a minimum of one semester as a requirement for graduation.

Biological Sciences Facilities Introduction

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