Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors

Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button

android tablet pc

Home > Press > Department in process of adding new majors

The Virginia Tech biological sciences department is working toward offering students two new major selections — a somewhat rare feat among other universities.

The College of Science would like to add neuroscience and nanoscience to its list of interdisciplinary science majors, which includes computational science and systems biology.

Department in process of adding new majors

Blacksburg, VA | Posted on February 24th, 2012

If the majors are approved, Tech will be one of about 120 schools to offer neuroscience as a major at the undergraduate level — one of three in the ACC, joining Duke University and the University of Miami.

No other schools offer nanoscience as an undergraduate major. Although some offer it as a concentration within other departments.

Melanie Matthews, the education support specialist for new undergraduate programs, said the curriculums must go through a lengthy approval process — since Tech is a land-grant university — before they can be considered official academic majors.

There is a multi-step process for major approval in any college or department, according to the university registrar.

First, its respective College Curriculum Committee must approve the curriculum. Then, it is sent to the university provost, registrar and all other colleges for a 15-day review process. Either during or after this process, it is forwarded to the Committee on Undergraduate Curricula. The Commission on Undergraduate Studies and Policies makes final approval.

Throughout the procedure, edits are made to the curriculum and the degree checksheet is created.

Matthews did not disclose the phase of approval the two science majors are currently in, but she said they were in early stages of development.


For more information, please click here

Copyright © Virginia Tech

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

Sopping up proteins with thermosponges: Researchers develop novel nanoparticle platform that proves effective in delivering protein-based drugs October 22nd, 2014

Brookhaven Lab Launches Computational Science Initiative:Leveraging computational science expertise and investments across the Laboratory to tackle "big data" challenges October 22nd, 2014

Bipolar Disorder Discovery at the Nano Level: Tiny structures found in brain synapses help scientists better understand disorder October 22nd, 2014

NIST offers electronics industry 2 ways to snoop on self-organizing molecules October 22nd, 2014


First Canada Excellence Research Chair gets $10 million from the federal government for oilsands research at the University of Calgary: Federal government announces prestigious research chair to study improving oil production efficiency October 19th, 2014

Raytheon, UMass Lowell open on-campus research institute: Industry leader’s researchers to collaborate with faculty, students to move key technologies forward through first-of-its-kind partnership October 11th, 2014

SUNY Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Announce Expanded Partnership October 2nd, 2014

Yale University and Leica Microsystems Partner to Establish Microscopy Center of Excellence: Yale Welcomes Scientists to Participate in Core Facility Opening and Super- Resolution Workshops October 20 Through 31, 2014 September 30th, 2014


NanoTechnology for Defense (NT4D) October 22nd, 2014

Mechanism behind nature's sparkles revealed October 22nd, 2014

TARA Biosystems and Harris & Harris Group Form Company to Improve Safety and Efficacy of New Therapies October 22nd, 2014

Researchers patent a nanofluid that improves heat conductivity October 22nd, 2014

The latest news from around the world, FREE

  Premium Products
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More

Nanotechnology Now Featured Books


The Hunger Project

© Copyright 1999-2014 7th Wave, Inc. All Rights Reserved PRIVACY POLICY :: CONTACT US :: STATS :: SITE MAP :: ADVERTISE