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. We look forward to working with you to maximize your achievement and develop long-lasting friendships with fellow students and mentors around the College.
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Scientists and students in the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences (AOES) are working to better understand our planet in myriad ways.
AOES activities include research and a doctoral program in Climate Dynamics, research and undergraduate degrees in Atmospheric Science, Earth Science, and Geology, and undergraduate minors in Atmospheric Science, Earth Science, Ocean and Estuarine Science, and Paleontology. The department has close ties to the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies (COLA).
The Biology Department offers three undergraduate 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 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 Department 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.
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Science and Technology Campus
William Hahn, PhD
Director, Biomedical Sci. Progs
*For more about the Advanced Biomedical Sciences Certificate’s graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, etc., please view its disclosure information.
Through the GeorgeSquared collaboration, George Mason University and Georgetown University jointly offer a graduate certificate program 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 certificate can be completed in less than one year.
The post-baccalaureate graduate level Advanced Biomedical Sciences Certificate program includes study skill development, advanced biomedical course content, standardized test preparation, and co-curricular activities designed to enhance a candidate’s chances of health professional school admission.
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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.
The Department of Computational and Data Sciences at George Mason University provides quality graduate and undergraduate education, research, and service emphasizing the central role of computational methodologies in the physical, mathematical, and data sciences.
The inclusion of computer modeling and simulation and computational, and data science components results in a unique community of scholars ideally suited for the challenges of interdisciplinary research in the years ahead.
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*For more about the Environmental Management Certificate’s graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, etc., please view its disclosure information.
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
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*For more about the Forensic Science Certificate’s graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, etc., please view its disclosure information.
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
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*For more about the Geospatial Intelligence Certificate’s graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, etc., please view its disclosure information.
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.
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 the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study. The neuroscience department also offers a neuroscience concentration for the MS in Biology program.
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at George Mason University is dedicated to the dissemination and advancement of physics and astronomy through instruction, research, and outreach. The department provides rigorous training for physics and astronomy students and prepares them to be successful, confident, and versatile in their ability to apply physics and astronomy principles within any chosen field. The department believes strongly in incorporating both graduate as well as undergraduate students in our research programs. It is our goal to see students arriving with an enthusiasm and curiosity for physics and astronomy and leaving as true scientists ready to conduct their own scientific investigations.
Graduate programs within the department are supported by the extensive research activities of the faculty, including much collaboration with scientists and engineers at regional government laboratories.
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.
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.