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Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a place where you can study biochemistry, the environment, food production, food safety, and product development, agribusiness, animal or human health, or economic development, just to mention a few of the options. As an undergraduate, your classroom could be a biotechnology laboratory or a commercial farm in South Africa. You can obtain solid undergraduate training for a complex industry or prepare yourself for medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary, law, or graduate school. More than 2,500 students are pursuing degrees in more than 40 options offered in the college’s 12 departments and its associate’s degree program. Read on to find out about our programs, majors, degrees, and admissions details, so we can help you achieve your goals.

Majors in this college:

  • Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Agricultural Technology
  • Agriculture Undecided
  • Animal and Poultry Sciences
  • Applied Economic Management
  • Biochemistry (College of Agriculture & Life Sciences)
  • Crop and Soil Sciences
  • Dairy Science
  • Environmental Horticulture
  • Environmental Science
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise
  • Landscape Contracting
  • Life Sciences Undecided

Whether you want to design buildings, industrial products, or interiors; explore studio and graphic arts; plan parks and pedestrian-friendly streetscapes; manage construction projects; direct public or non-profit organization programs; or manage cities, the College of Architecture and Urban Studies (CAUS) challenges you with a broad range of educational experiences that will help you develop into a highly sought-after professional.

The School of Architecture + Design has been recognized as one of America’s World-Class Schools of Architecture with highest distinction, tied with Harvard, Yale, and Columbia Universities. The multidimensional ranking by Design Intelligence, the only national college ranking survey focused exclusively on design, is based on five criteria: current rankings by professional practices; historic 10-year rankings by professional practices; rankings by academic department deans and chairs; overall campus environment and student evaluations; and program accreditation. The individual programs within the School of Architecture + Design were also nationally ranked by Design Intelligence: undergraduate architecture, #2 (#4 for analysis and planning, #2 for communication skills; #2 for computer applications, #3 for construction methods and materials and #2 for design); graduate architecture, #6; undergraduate industrial design, #13 of 47 programs; undergraduate interior design, #9 of 148 programs; and graduate interior design, #6. In the School of Public and International Affairs, U.S. News and World Report ranks undergraduate public affairs #27 in the nation.

The programs within the college are diverse, yet they share a common goal—to prepare students to engage in and manage the human environment through the processes of art, design, construction, policy-making, planning, and management.

Students who wish to combine degree options within the college, or with related disciplines in the university, are encouraged to create a program of study best suited to their individual interests.

Majors in this college:

  • Architecture
  • Art History; Studio Art; and Visual Communication & Graphic Design
  • Building Construction
  • Environmental Policy and Planning
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Public and Urban Affairs
  • Real Estate

Do you have quantitative aptitude, good oral and written communication skills, a high level of motivation, and an interest in leadership, global affairs, and people? If so, your future may lie in the field of business.

The Pamplin College of Business is committed to providing top-quality undergraduate education that prepares men and women for successful careers in the field of business. It is ranked in the top 50 undergraduate business schools by U.S. News and World Report and in the top 10 percent of accredited business programs. Our emphasis is on developing the leadership skills of our students, enhancing their technology skills, and preparing them for global business challenges, including providing opportunities for experience abroad.

In addition to an extensive education in business, students graduate with a broad liberal arts foundation, information technology skills, good writing and speaking skills, and the ability to manage human relations. The combination makes for management professionals who are in demand.

Majors in this college:

  • Accounting and Information Systems
  • Business (undecided)
  • Business Information Technology
  • Finance
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Management
  • Marketing

Virginia Tech is home of the commonwealth's leading college of engineering, known in Virginia and throughout the nation for the excellence of its programs in engineering education, research and public service. It is the state's largest engineering college, and now ranks among the top five suppliers of new B.S. degrees in the United States.

U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges 2010" survey again ranked the Virginia Tech College of Engineering's undergraduate program 14th among all accredited engineering schools. This places Virginia Tech among the top 3 percent of more than 600 institutions accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology. The magazine's 2011 report on "Best Graduate Schools," the college cracked the Top 25 schools of engineering.

The College of Engineering also is known for its "Hands On, Minds On" leadership in transforming engineering education. One prime example is the Joseph F. Ware, Jr. Advanced Engineering Laboratory, where students design and construct competition projects including Formula SAE race cars, Baja SAE vehicles, human-powered submarines and airplanes, radio-controlled aircraft, and hybrid electric vehicles. The lab has received its share of media attention, but it's the opinion of our students that hit home best: "The Ware Lab is a place where I can be creative," said Kimberly Wenger, a senior in mechanical engineering from Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., who has served as student leader of Virginia Tech's Blind Driver Challenge team. "It is a chance for all students to get their heads out of their books and apply all the ideas that professors teach us in a real-world application. It is a place where you can learn skills necessary for your future. You can make mistakes and learn from them."

Majors in this college:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Biological Systems Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Engineering and Management
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Engineering Science and Mechanics
  • General Engineering
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering

Do you dream of writing a best-seller? Or being a legislator? Maybe you’d like to anchor the evening news, work in the fashion industry, or serve as a school administrator. Whether your dream is to be a diplomat or a pilot, Virginia Tech’s College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences can prepare you to realize it.

Hot specialties may come and go, but a broad education lasts a lifetime. It is important to master not only job skills, but also the intellectual skills a liberal arts education develops. The College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences encourages students to apply knowledge from one field to another and to think creatively. Our alumni are making their marks in the worlds of business, industry, entertainment, education, government, and research. You can join them. Explore your options in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.

Majors in this college:

  • Classical Studies
  • Communication Studies
  • Consumer Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminology
  • Education
  • English: Literature & Language
  • Family & Consumer Sciences
  • Fashion Merchandising and Design
  • French
  • German
  • History
  • Human Development
  • International Public Policy
  • International Relations
  • International Studies
  • Journalism, Multimedia
  • Literature and Language
  • Music
  • National Security and Foreign Affairs
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Professional and Technical Writing
  • Property Management
  • Public Relations
  • Religion & Culture
  • Residential Environments and Design
  • Russian
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Theatre and Cinema

Engage in the Science of Sustainability as a conservation biologist, forester, wildlife refuge manager, public affairs specialist, intelligence analyst, natural resource policy advisor, outdoor recreation planner, ecologist, urban forester, production manager, environmental consultant, GIS/remote sensing specialist, science teacher, meteorologist, environmental educator, packaging engineer, or international wood products consultant— just to name a few career positions. Managing and utilizing our natural resources requires talented, responsible and well-educated people.

The world’s population uses and consumes products and food every day that come from the Earth’s forests, waters and land. We all depend on these resources, and we must sustain them for the future. Prepare for a rewarding career vital to the Earth's future.

The programs in the College of Natural Resources and Environment are ranked among the best in the country. Our programs address both the technical and human elements of natural resources and instill in students a sense of stewardship and land-use ethics. Discover how you can prepare for a career that is personally gratifying, environmentally responsible, and directly beneficial to society.

Majors in this college:

  • Environmental Informatics
  • Environmental Resources Management
  • Fish Conservation
  • Forestry
  • Geography
  • Meteorology
  • Natural Resources (undecided)
  • Natural Resources Conservation
  • Packaging Systems and Design
  • Sustainable Biomaterials
  • Water: Resources, Policy, and Management
  • Wildlife Conservation

Are you interested in preparing for professional school in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, law, or veterinary medicine? Is it your aim to advance the boundaries of research in science or technology? Whatever your dream, Virginia Tech’s College of Science can help you realize it.

The progress being made in the sciences today was only a dream a short while ago, and the departments within the College of Science are on the cutting edge of research and scholarship. The College of Science encourages students to apply knowledge from one field to another and to think creatively, across disciplinary lines. Our alumni are making their marks in the worlds of education, research, business, industry, and government. You can join them. Take a step in the right direction. Explore the College of Science.

Majors in this college:

  • Biochemistry (College of Science)
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Clinical Neuroscience
  • Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Computational and Systems Neuroscience
  • Computational Modeling and Data Analytics
  • Economics (College of Science)
  • Experimental Neuroscience
  • General Biosciences
  • Geosciences
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Nanoscience
  • Neuroscience
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Systems Biology

Note: Because no particular course of study is required to go to law school, undergraduate students will choose a major and receive guidance on the specific requirements for their particular major from a departmental advisor.

Law schools in the United States require a bachelor's degree by the starting date of law study. They neither prescribe a particular course of undergraduate study nor favor applicants who have graduated from a formal pre-law program.

Students interested in attending law school should choose their majors based on their own personal and academic interests and abilities. Although many students who plan to become lawyers study political science, English, history, or philosophy, it is not a disadvantage when applying to law school to have majored in architecture, biology, business, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, or other subjects. Virginia Tech students from broad range of majors apply to law schools and are accepted at rates exceeding national averages.

Note: This is a career path option at Virginia Tech. Undergraduate students will choose a major and receive guidance on the specific requirements of professional schools from an advisor.

For students interested in the human health professions or veterinary medicine, undergraduate study at Virginia Tech provides a solid academic background for graduate or professional school. Academic advisors are available to guide students planning to pursue careers in medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, clinical science, or veterinary medicine.

Note: This is a career path option at Virginia Tech. Undergraduate students will choose a major and receive guidance on the specific requirements of professional schools from an advisor.

For students interested in veterinary medicine, undergraduate study at Virginia Tech provides a solid academic background for graduate or professional school.

Today’s Veterinarian

With a firm basis in the biomedical sciences, the veterinarian of today has an opportunity and obligation to help create and advance the body of medical knowledge that serves society. People have always had a profound interest in maintaining their animals’ health and welfare because of their dependence on animals for food, textiles, companionship, and sport. There are over 86,000 professional veterinarians in the United States today, about three-fourths of whom are engaged in private practice and one-fourth who work in various areas of government and corporate veterinary medicine.

Choosing A Major

The required courses and a proficiency in the sciences are essential to understanding veterinary medicine, but concentration in the sciences is not necessary for admission. Pre-veterinary students most often major in animal and poultry sciences, biochemistry, biological science, dairy science, or fisheries and wildlife sciences. Students who elect majors other than biological sciences or chemistry should include some courses in advanced biology or advanced chemistry in their undergraduate programs. Suggested electives include anatomy, genetics, microbiology, and nutrition.

Students in the College of Science can contact:

  • Dr. Richard A. Walker, Associate Department Head
    2089 Derring Hall
    Phone: 540/231-6407
    Email: bioadvising@vt.edu

Students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences can contact:

  • 1060 Litton Reaves Hall
    Phone: 540/231-6503
    Email: CALS_career_info@vt.edu

The University Academic Advising Center (UAAC) administers the University Studies program and is Virginia Tech’s academic home for students who are undecided about their majors, are exploring several different majors, or are preparing to apply to a competitive admission program. These students are designated University Studies majors.

The University Studies program gives students the opportunity to explore and learn about the majors available at Virginia Tech before they choose a particular program of study. In addition, it provides students with advising and administrative services as they prepare to enter the major they have chosen.

As a University Studies student, you will be assigned to a professional academic advisor who will work with you until you have selected and been admitted to a degree program. UAAC advisors are familiar with the requirements for all of the university’s academic programs and can help you explore the programs that interest you. You can remain in the University Studies major until the end of your sophomore year.

Technology        Creativity

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If you’re committed to doing something in the technology field, but you’re not yet sure what, the XT: Explore Technology program is the place for you. This program will allow you to explore your options and to find the major associated with technology that fits you best.