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.

Students in four photos: one on a dock, group in the mountains, group whitewater rafting, group in a science lab


“Demographic predictions suggest that by 2050, urban areas will be home to approximately 68% of the human population,” said VCU's Brian Verrelli. “With this rapid urbanization, habitats will be irrevocably changed, and natural resource extraction will accelerate.” (Getty Images)

Oct. 4, 2022

For first time, study identifies top trends in the biological impacts of urbanization

VCU professor leads effort to scan the growing field of urban evolutionary ecology, including the effects of social injustice on biodiversity.

Four people siting a table with VCU logo in gold on a black tablecloth

Sept. 19, 2022

Representing Problem-Based Learning

This past week, ENVS student Dylan Stephens participated in a student panel discussion on Problem-Based Learning for the September VCU Board of Visitors meeting.

U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman and P. Srirama Rao, Ph.D., vice president for research and innovation, saw a demonstration of an experimental way to harvest invasive blue catfish at the VCU Rice Rivers Center on Wednesday. (Photo by Joe Schumacher, district director for Rep. Wittman.)

Sept. 8, 2022

Rep. Wittman visits VCU’s Rice Rivers Center, observes an experimental way to more efficiently harvest invasive blue catfish

The congressman visited VCU’s “river campus” to hear about research on sturgeon, tidal wetlands restoration and more.