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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!


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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, April 1, 2015: International Potluck Luncheon, sponsored by the Biological Sciences Diversity Committee.  11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Life Sciences I Building Lobby/101

Thursday, April 2, 2015: EEB Seminar by Debbie Bronk of the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences, entitled, "Competition between phytoplankton and bacteria for nitrogen in the coastal Arctic," 3:30 p.m., Derring 4069

Friday, April 3, 2015: VTLS Seminar by Rick Tarleton of the University of Georgia, entitled, "The how's and why's of an avirulent live vaccine for Chagas disease," 12:20 p.m., VBI Conference Center

EEB Seminar Schedule

VTLS Seminar Schedule