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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!



In Memoriam

The department has lost one of its OWLS. Associate Professor Emeritus, David Armstrong West, passed away on April 2, 2015 at his home in Blacksburg. In addition to the official obituary, faculty colleague Bob Benoit has written this special remembrance.


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Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 16, 2015: EEB Seminar by Emma Rosi-Marshal of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, entitled, "Pharmaceutical and personal care products as agents of ecological change in aquatic ecosystems," 3:30 p.m., Derring 2069

Friday, April 17, 2015: Frontiers in Biomedical Research Seminar by Margaret Haney of Columbia University Medical Center, entitled, "Marijuana Intoxication, Withdrawal and Relapse: Human Laboratory Studies," 11:00 a.m., Virginia Tech Carilion Research Center

Friday, April 17, 2015: VTLS Seminar by Kelly Hughes of the University of Utah, entitled, "The reducible complexity of the bacterial flagellum," 12:20 p.m., VBI Auditorium

EEB Seminar Schedule

VTLS Seminar Schedule