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Science Pathway

In Virginia Tech’s College of Science, students immerse themselves in hands-on learning and undergraduate research to help solve complex issues locally, regionally, and globally alongside our world-class faculty and research staff. The college is dedicated to excellence, discovery, diversity of ideas and people, and service. 

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Spotlight

Neuroscience

In the School of Neuroscience, we are working to understand the mind, brain, and behavior in health and disease at a cellular, genetic, molecular, and systems levels through interdisciplinary studies and hands-on research. 

Program Components*

Level 3 (three-semester pathway)

Semester 1 Hours Per Week Credit Hours
EAP 300: English for Academic Purposes 20  
University Success Seminar 4  
Semester 2    
EAP 400: English for Academic Purposes
10  
University Success Seminar
4  
Freshman English Course 3 3
Select Math Course 3 or 4 3 or 4
Semester 3    
EAP 500: English for Academic Purposes 10  
Freshman English Course 3 3
Select Math Course 3 or 4 3 or 4
Requisite Science Course (Lab) 3 (1) 3 (1)
TOTAL 66 or 68 16 or 18

 

Level 2 (two-smester pathway)

Semester 1 Hours Per Week Credit Hours
EAP 400: English for Academic Purposes
10  
University Success Seminar
4  
Freshman English Course 3 3
Select Math Course 3 or 4 3 or 4
Semester 2    
EAP 500: English for Academic Purposes 10  
Freshman English Course 3 3
Select Math Course 3 or 4 3 or 4
Requisite Science Course (Lab) 3 (1) 3 (1)
TOTAL 40 or 42 16 or 18

 

Level 1 (one-smester pathway)

Semester 1 Hours Per Week Credit Hours
EAP 500: English for Academic Purposes 10  
University Success Seminar 4  
Freshman English Course 3 3
Select Math Course 4 4
TOTAL 21 7


*Credit course components may vary by semester. Six credits are included in the course price in the first semester of credit instruction, and nine credits are included in the second semester of credit instruction.

Program Requirements

In order to advance in the Science Pathway from semester to semester, all students must achieve a 2.5 or better grade-point average in their credit-bearing courses. Students must also maintain a minimum 70 percent in their English for Academic Purposes courses and University Success Seminars.

Majors

  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Clinical Neuroscience
  • Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Computational and Systems Neuroscience
  • Computational Modeling and Data Analytics
  • Economics
  • Experimental Neuroscience
  • Geosciences
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Nanoscience
  • Neuroscience
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Systems Biology