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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:

• Cell and Molecular Biology
• Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
• Ecology
• Behavioral and Evolutionary Biology
• Molecular Microbiology
• Neuroscience, Cancer Biology, and Cardiology

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!



Registration for the 12th Annual Biological Sciences Research Day is now open!


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Upcoming Events

Friday, December 12 - Thursday, December 18, 2014: Final Exams

Friday, December 19, 2014: Fall Commencement Ceremonies, Cassell Coliseum.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 (at noon) - Monday, January 5, 2015: Winter closing/university closed

Saturday, December 27, 2014: Winter Session Virtual, Blended, or Winter Experience Classes begin.

Friday, January 2, 2015: Winter Session Residential Classes begin.

Friday, January 16, 2015: Winter Session classes end.

Saturday, January 17, 2015: Winter Session exams

Tuesday, January 20, 2015: Classes begin.