The College of Science offers exciting undergraduate research experiences, senior research projects, and innovative teaching to advance your ability to master and prosper in the sciences. Departmental offices and staff look forward to working with you to maximize your achievement and develop long-lasting friendships with fellow students and mentors around the College.
BS, Earth Sciences
PhD, Climate Dynamics
Ocean and Estuarine Science
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Graduates of the program are employed at institutions such at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, University of Miami.
College of Science researchers and students are exploring our world today and helping to create a brighter tomorrow through degree programs in the department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences (AOES).
The Climate Dynamics PhD program is one of the first of its kind in the nation. As a graduate student, you’ll be part of a distinguished group of scientists who will study with world-renowned faculty several of whom are or have been members of the IPCC.
Graduates of the program will have learned to carry out independent and innovative scientific research. This may include atmospheric dynamics, land surface processes or oceanography.
The once quiet Septentrional fault running through Haiti destroyed the island nation. The tectonic plates, specifically the Gonave microplate in the Caribbean shifted deep beneath the ocean’s surface. Can we learn to predict its movement and help avert catastrophe. What can we learn to protect other countries?
Get involved and make a difference. Do you want to participate in cutting-edge Climate Dynamics research for either a summer internship or research credit during a semester? AOES climate dynamics research is done in collaboration with COLA and CREW. ￼ Contact Dr. Barry Klinger email@example.com
BS, Medical Technology
Accelerated BS/MS Biology
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The Biology Undergraduate Program offers three degree programs, several concentrations and a wide variety of courses for students interested in the biological sciences. In addition to a core of dedicated teaching faculty, the biology program recruits faculty from the School of Systems Biology, the Department of Environmental Science, the Krasnow Institute, and several other departments within the College of Science.
Dr. David Luther, Assistant Professor in Undergraduate Biology, was recently featured on page 3 of the college magazine Periodic Elements after conducting a unique experiment testing the reactions of male white-crowned sparrows to birdsong recordings from 1969 and 2005 in order to assess the changes and their correlation to noise pollution. Read more
Courses are also offered by individuals associated with the Smithsonian Institution, the National Institutes of Health, Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute, and other local federal agencies and industries. The Biology Program collaborates with INOVA Fairfax to offer internships to students, and students may enroll in a research semester available every fall.
In addition to ensuring the strong background necessary for graduate study in the many fields of the biological and medical sciences, the broad range of courses available at Mason allows students to develop careers in many areas, including secondary school teaching, environmental management, microbiology, molecular biology, biotechnology, genetics, and natural history. Alternatively, students may prepare for postgraduate studies in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, wildlife management, fisheries biology, or marine science.
MS, Biomedical Sciences
Graduate Certificate, Advanced Biomedical Sciences
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Donna M. Fox, PhD
Director, Biomedical Sci. Progs
Tanneh V. Kamara, DA
Program Coord., Biomedical Sci. Progs.
George Mason University and Georgetown University jointly offer two programs designed for individuals who would like or need to augment their academic credentials to qualify for acceptance to medical, dental or other health related schools. The two joint programs can be completed in less than one year.
The post-baccalaureate graduate level Advanced Biomedical Sciences Certificate program is designed for individuals interested in careers in the wide variety of health related professions. The MS in Biomedical Sciences is geared toward those students who are specifically interested in pursuing a career in medicine or in biomedical research.
Undergraduate: BA/BS, Chemistry
Accelerated BS/MS, Chemistry
Graduate: MS, Chemistry
PhD, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Analytic and Environmental
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Dr. Suzanne Slayden
Dr. Robert Honeychuck
The Chemistry & Biochemistry degree programs at George Mason provide a comprehensive undergraduate education in chemistry designed to prepare students for professional careers in chemistry and for advanced studies in chemistry and chemistry related areas such as environmental science, material science, biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, geochemistry, chemical waste management, pharmacy, forensic chemistry, and chemical engineering. Students planning medical, dental, or veterinary careers may meet the requirements of these professional schools by majoring in chemistry.
“We are particularly interested in the chemistry of arsenic in groundwater and the development of inexpensive arsenic filters.”
Undergraduate students are invited and encouraged to participate in original research projects available through courses CHEM 451 and CHEM 452 (Special Projects in Chemistry) or by working with faculty members who are involved in externally funded research grants. Explore research opportunities in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry through faculty-sponsored labs by type:
Internship and Career Opportunities
Mason chemistry majors may also take advantage of a number of unique scientific student internships at government laboratories such as the Naval Research Laboratory, the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Institutes of Health. Teaching and research assistantships are available to undergraduate and graduate students, including those who are enrolled in the combined bachelor’s/accelerated master’s in chemistry and master’s of science in chemistry.
Undergraduate: BS, Environmental Science
BA, Environmental and Sustainability Studies
BS, Global and Environmental Change
Graduate: MS, Earth Systems Science
MS, Environmental Science & Policy
PhD, Environmental Science & Policy
Certificates: Undergraduate, Environmental Management
Graduate, Environmental Management
Minors: Conservation Biology
Environmental Policy Sustainability
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Black Band was the first disease of coral colonies to be described in the early 1970s. Now we recognize about 30 different diseases all around the world. Read more
Research, Internship, and Career Opportunities
ESP students—undergrads and graduates alike—have access to a number of research facilities and collaborative organizations for research opportunities. For information about undergraduate internships, visit the University Apprenticeship Program. Visit the ESP research opportunities page for information about graduate internships and fellowships. Mason’s ESP graduates, the majority of whom work in the Washington, D.C. area, have found diverse careers in business and consulting, nonprofit, academia, education, and government. Visit the ESP career opportunities pages to access information on career opportunities in environmental science and a list of employers of ESP alums.
June 28, 2013: Dr. Allison M. Macfarlane (ESP faculty) was sworn in to a full five-year term on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and has been designated to continue serving as the agency chairman. Read more
BS, in Forensic Science
MS, Forensic Science
Forensic Science includes three concentrations
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Forensic Science is the application of scientific principles and techniques to the legal process. It is a blanket term for many fields and disciplines, all related to the application of science to the law. The Forensic Science Program at George Mason University offers a Master’s Degree, a Graduate Certificate, a Bachelors Degree, and a Minor in Forensic Science. These programs will prepare students for a rewarding career in federal, state and local governments, laboratories, or to obtain advanced education for professionals currently in the field.
“These are the graduate school days Guszak likes best, working on mock crime scenes that preview what a career as a death investigator working for a medical examiner might be like. So far, she’s optimistic. “It’s everything you see on TV and more,” she said.” -Washington Post, Aug. ’12, Women at forefront of booming forensic science field
This program provides an exciting and innovative curriculum that offers hands-on training in crime scene investigation techniques and crime lab methodologies. These courses are designed to provide exposure / training to:
- Forensic laboratory tests
- Criminal procedures and expert testimony
- Forensic Chemistry and Biology
- Trace analysis and physical evidence analysis
- Professional ethics and quality control
BA/BS, Geography BS, Global and Environmental Change
Geographic Information Systems
MS, Earth System Science
MS, Geographic and Cartographic Sciences
MS, Geoinformatics and Geospatial Intelligence
PhD, Earth Systems and Geoinformation Sciences
Geographic Information System Science
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Mason’s interdisciplinary Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science provides the highest level Geographic and Spatial Analytic education in an environment where active applied research is ongoing. Funded research opportunities are available to top PhD applicants each year via University Presidential Fellowships and Department Research Assistantships! Through observation, quantification, and analysis of the Earth and its various phenomena, students in GGS will gain a better understanding of the physical Earth and its human dimension.
USGIF 2012 Achievement Award for Academic Research was awarded to the GGS Department’s Center for Geospatial Intelligence for its pioneering work on harvesting geospatial intelligence from social media. View more GGS news here, and learn the details on our research.
BA/BS, Mathematics Accelerated BS/MS
MS, Dual Degree in Mathematics & Statistics
Applied Actuarial Education
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There are 43 quintillion possible configurations, or 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 to be exact on a 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube. But there are only 24 solutions.
Faculty in the Department undertake research in:
- Applied and Computational Mathematics
- Algebraic Structures
- Geometry and Topology
- Real and Complex Analysis
Each year, through a unique National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, up to 10 undergraduate students are supported through a year’s worth of individualizedcomputational mathematics research. For the past few years, several graduate students have participated in spring and summer programs in partnership with the Virginia Department of Education. The programs, Building Fundamental Mathematics for Number Sense and Modeling Mathematical Ideas for Rational Numbers and Proportional Reasoning, research and provide instruction on the reorganization of class setup and skills in math pedagogy. Contact Dan Anderson, Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics for application information.
George Mason University is the only school in the Washington, D.C.-metropolitan area and the Commonwealth of Virginia that offers an actuarial program , including an undergraduate degree and a graduate certificate.
With a focus on behaviors and the function of the human nervous system, George Mason University’s Neuroscience Program is interdisciplinary and well grounded in biology, chemistry, and psychology. The undergraduate bachelor of science in neuroscience is administered by the Department of Psychology in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Contact Jane Flinn for details. The graduate program in neuroscience, which culminates in a doctorate and is administered by the College of Science, is a joint effort of the College of Science, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS), and theKrasnow Institute for Advanced Study. The neuroscience department also offers a neuroscience concentration for the MS in Biology program.
Accelerated BS/MS Physics
MS, Computational Science
MS, Applied and Engineering Physics
PhD, Computational Sciences and Informatics
Computational and Data Sciences
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The School of Physics, Astronomy, and Computational Sciences (SPACS) was formed in 2011 by combining the Department of Physics and Astronomy with the Department of Computational and Data Sciences. The Department of Computational and Data Sciences was formed in 2006 along with the College of Science and was derived from parts of the School of Computational Sciences.
Explore the research in SPACS including multiple centers and labs, as well as research groups by topic:
- Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics
- Computational Statistics
- Particle and Nuclear Physics
- Science Education
- Science Policy
Faculty members in the School of Physics, Astronomy, and Computational Sciences are actively involved in a wide range of research projects, ranging from fundamental theoretical studies to detailed physical and astrophysical simulations and multidimensional data analysis.
Undergraduate: Accelerated BS/MS Biology
Graduate: MS, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
PhD, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
PhD, Biosciences (Microbiology and Infectious Disease)
PhD, Biosciences (Cell and Molecular Biology)
Graduate Certificate: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Dr. James Willett
Professor and Director
Dr. Iosif Vaisman
Professor and Associate Director
Systems biology pursues the understanding of structure and function in biological systems at multiple scales – from molecules to organisms – through combination of knowledge and data garnered from theoretical, experimental, and computational methodologies.
Srividya Chandramouli Iyer, Ph.D. Student in Biosciences, tells us about her research in understanding how different types of neurons acquire their morphology.
Semester Programs: Applied Conservation Strategies
Ecology for Effective Conservation Practices
Graduate concentration: Conservation Science and Policy
Graduate and professional program:
Each of the 16-credit semester programs offers a set of five integrated courses that include a practicum experience as well as classes focusing on conservation theory and applications. Like a “study abroad” program, students live at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Virginia, close to Shenandoah National Park and learn from prominent conservationists, researchers, and educators. Both semester programs are appropriate for upper-level students from any accredited college or university and from any major who have demonstrated a commitment to conservation.
Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation graduate courses offer in-depth explorations of advanced and highly specialized topics in applied conservation studies. Although the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation does not presently offer a graduate degree, coursework may be applied to George Mason University’s M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy concentration in Conservation Science and Policy. Graduate students from other institutions may be able to apply coursework to their current programs with prior approval of their home institutions.