Borderless classrooms, endless opportunities

Life Sciences represents the full spectrum of experiential and classroom studies of the natural world.

Lab coats and goggles give way to waders and sunglasses. Many courses in VCU Life Sciences allow our students to immerse themselves in experiential learning. Whether it is navigating the whitewater rapids on the Salmon River, banding birds on top of a mountain in Panama or gathering water quality data down the road at VCU Rice Rivers Center, our pathway to an education in the life sciences takes students to the research.

It's not where you start, it's where you finish. 

Not every one of our graduates began their educational journey with VCU Life Sciences. Our students have joined us from community colleges, four-year universities, even other fields of study within VCU. Our alumni can be found working at places like NASA, NOAA, the Environmental Protection Agency, National Institutes of Health and the Army Corp of Engineers. Whether they are taking wildlife photos for National Geographic or tracking Atlantic Sturgeon in the James River, their paths led them through our hallways. Hands-on student opportunities often lead to top-tier jobs as alumni.

four scenes: a person standing on a pier overlooking a body of water, a v.c.u. student group posing outside in a mountainous area, students working in a lab, and a group of people whitewater rafting


“A Darwinian Survival Guide: Hope for the Twenty-First Century” argues that the climate crisis discourse should shift from sustainability to survival.

Feb. 14, 2024

VCU co-author of ‘A Darwinian Survival Guide’ reframes climate change – and the paths forward – through the lens of evolution

Discussing his new book, VCU Life Sciences professor Salvatore Agosta says ‘business as usual is not working,’ and Darwin’s principles point to how society can respond to the crisis.

(Nicole Willis, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

Feb. 13, 2024

Ram romances: In their words

At a basketball watch party. Playing quidditch. In the classroom. At a toga party. Happy couples recount how VCU helped fan the flames of love.

Will Shuart, an assistant professor at the VCU Rice Rivers Center and a geographer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, leads a drone demonstration at the Chickahominy Indian Tribe’s Tribal Center. (Photo by Thomas Kojcsich, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

Feb. 8, 2024

VCU Rice Rivers Center provides training to Chickahominy Tribe to help preserve ancestral land

Drones, GIS mapping and other high-tech tools will support stewardship of their historic Mamanahunt property in Charles City County.