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College of Science
Fall 2010 Overview
Unit Description

The College of Science at George Mason University provides scientific insight and solutions to the rapidly changing needs and demands of today’s global society by blending traditional science education with sought-after programs in the high-profile disciplines of molecular medicine, climate dynamics, environmental conservation and sustainability, cosmic exploration, forensics, and geospatial intelligence. While serving as a vital community and regional resource for science education through hands-on programming for K-12 students, teacher training, and community outreach programs, the college also is a leader in the development of creative STEM initiatives to challenge and engage students at all levels.

Through the first joint degree program established at the university, the College of Science partners with internationally recognized Georgetown University to provide advanced biomedical education for students preparing for medical school or other health professions. Academic initiatives with China, Italy, Greece, Russia, Brazil, Australia, Korea, and Ireland also bring international visibility and distinction to the college.

Academic programs and pioneering research initiatives are housed at both the Fairfax and Prince William Campuses and other specialty locations throughout Northern Virginia. Facilities feature the latest in classroom technologies, state-of-the-art laboratories, and ample space for student–faculty interaction and study. This broad regional presence, combined with strategic national and international connections, reinforces the college’s mission to provide world-class scientific leadership in a wide variety of areas important to modern society.

Just minutes from the nation’s capital, the College of Science is well-positioned to partner with numerous government, academic, and private organizations to investigate unique concepts in research and education. These partnerships complement and enrich students’ educational experiences through internships, cooperative work experiences, and other personalized training options, and capture broader exposure and unparalleled opportunities for college research efforts.

The outstanding achievements of faculty members in the College of Science are acknowledged by highly reputable national and international agencies and foundations, such as the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Engineering, the Nobel Foundation, the World Meteorological Organization, the Explorers Club, the Academy of Management, and the American Society for Clinical Pathology, among others.

Students
Headcount Total Fall 2010 3,224
Undergraduate 2,161
Graduate 1,063
Average Age 26
% Female 53
% Minorities 36
% Non-Res Alien 6
% Full-time 58
% Out-of-state 16
Faculty (by Tenure Status)
Tenure/Tenure-Track 136
Restricted 126
Total 262
Faculty (by Type)
Instructional 176
Research 86
Total 262
Staff
Admin/Support Staff 73
Part-time Faculty 62
Graduate Assistant 176
Total 311
Minority Faculty/Staff
Full-Time Faculty 50
Admin/Support Staff 20
Part-time Faculty 8
Graduate Assistant 21
Total 99
% Minority Faculty/Staff
Full-Time Faculty 19.1
Admin/Support Staff 27.4
Part-time Faculty 12.9
Graduate Assistant 11.9
Total % of Minority Faculty/Staff 17.3
Departments/Programs
Atmospheric/Oceanic/Earth Sci
Bioinformatics and Comput'nal Biol
Chemistry and Biochemistry
College of Science
Computational and Data Sciences
Environmental Science & Policy
Geography/Geoinformation Sci
Mathematics
Molecular and Microbiology
Physics
Undergraduate Degrees
Astronomy
Biology
Chemistry
Computational & Data Sciences
Earth Science
Environmental Science
Geography
Geology
Global & Environmental Change
Mathematics
Medical Technology
Physics
Graduate Degrees
MS Applied and Engineering Physics
MS Bioinformatics Management
MS Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
MS Biology
MS Chemistry
MS Computational Science
MS Earth Systems Science
MS Environmental Science and Policy
MS Forensic Science
MS Geographic & Cartographic Sciences
MS Geoinformatics and Geospatial Intelligence
MS Mathematics
PHD Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
PHD Biosciences
PHD Chemistry & Biochemistry
PHD Climate Dynamics
PHD Computational Sciences and Informatics
PHD Earth Systems and Geoinformation Sciences
PHD Environmental Science and Public Policy
PHD Mathematics
PHD Neuroscience
PHD Physics
Highlights:
  1. 1. The Biomedical Research Laboratory at the Prince William Campus is one of only 13 regional biocontainment laboratories that have been or are being built through competitive grants from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health.
  2. 2. The School of Physics, Astronomy and Computational Sciences will design data-mining techniques to organize the massive amounts of data collected and analyzed by the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope that will be built atop a mountain in Chile. The National Academy of Sciences names this project as one of the most important astronomical endeavors of the next decade. Mason was selected as a partner in the LSST research consortium after undergoing a stringent competitive process by an external evaluation committee.
Notes:
  1. Fall faculty and student data were based on the University's fall official census snapshots, usually taken in the mid of Oct.
  2. Faculty and students from minorty ethnic background include African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans.