George Mason University

Science and Biomedicine

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Studying science allows you to broaden your understanding of the world around you. Scientists use their expertise to make discoveries that matter by developing real solutions for real problems.

Research Aims to Personalize Breast Cancer Treatment

Mason researchers are bringing personalized medicine to more breast cancer patients as the university teams with the Side-Out Foundation for the third phase of a groundbreaking trial. Mason researchers will examine why certain breast cancer patients respond well to a specific treatment that may do little for others. “The College of Science will continue to take a leadership role in biomedical research of consequence to find effective treatments, prevention methods, and cures for conditions including Lyme disease, Zika virus, and various cancers," said Peggy Agouris, dean of Mason’s College of Science. The latest trial focuses on patients with breast cancer tumors that express estrogen receptors, meaning estrogen likely causes the cancer cells to grow, said Mariaelena Pierobon, a researcher with Mason’s Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine. Mason researchers will study how the patients’ cancer reacts to FDA-approved treatment that uses a “cdk4/6 inhibitor,” designed to stop estrogen-receptive cancer cell growth. About 100 patients at 10 to 12 cancer centers nationwide are expected to participate in the study, slated to begin later this year. All patients will receive the same FDA-approved treatments. Mason researchers will look for biomarkers to uncover why some patients respond to the treatment and others do not. Oncologists can use that information to find the most effective treatment for their patients.

Mariaelena Pierobon Sitting in a Lab.

Mariaelena Pierobon is working on the third phase of a breast cancer trial.

  • Advanced Biomedical Sciences, Graduate Certificate

    The Advanced Biomedical Sciences Graduate Certificate is a program offered jointly by George Mason University and Georgetown University. It’s aimed at students who typically have all their prerequisites for medical, dental or other health-related fields, but otherwise may have a modest science background (non-science majors, for example), or modest grades in the sciences as undergraduates, and/or may also need to improve their Medical College Admission Test, Dental Admission Test, or other pre-professional scores. This is a nine-month full-time program that begins each fall semester. All classes are held at the Science and Technology Campus in Prince William County. 

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  • Applied Computer Science, BS

    Applied Computer Science is a degree program for those students who want and need the knowledge and expertise of computer science to work in one of the many disciplines that require advanced computing techniques. The program offers four areas of focus:  bioinformatics, computer game design, geography, and software engineering. Some career paths are: Software consulting, Bio-informatics and data management, Graphics and game development, Defense software analysis.

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  • Applied Science, BAS

    The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) is an undergraduate liberal arts degree program for adult learners. It is designed primarily to deepen student knowledge in an academic area and foster critical thinking, analytic reasoning, and an ability to synthesize information.

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  • Applied and Engineering Physics, MS

    This degree contains elements of traditional physics programs and the application of physics to a diversity of critical societal problems. The program is divided into three areas of emphasis. The standard emphasis is intended for students who may wish to pursue further graduate study in physics leading to a PhD degree in preparation for a career in basic research. The applied physics emphasis is intended for those who wish to apply the techniques and subject areas of physics to multifaceted problems encountered in the workplace, particularly in physics, engineering, computational science, and other related areas. The engineering physics emphasis allows students to select a larger number of courses from electrical engineering or nanotechnology and other areas.

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  • Astronomy, BS, Minor

    Are you intrigued by the wonders of the universe? The ever-expanding and fascinating study of astronomy may be for you. Astronomy majors study the nature of stars, gaseous nebulae, and phenomena like quasars and black holes and take a variety of generalized and specialized courses to meet their own interests. Our unique program blends course work with cutting edge research opportunities involving ground and space based telescopes and state of the art computers. The astronomy minor is suggested for those students who want to increase their knowledge of basic physics and astronomy as it applies to other branches of science or engineering. The minor gives students a qualitative overview of the universe, as well as a more in-depth view of some of the aspects of astrophysics.

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  • Athletic Training, BS

    Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. An athletic trainer is a highly educated and skilled allied health care professional who specializes in caring for physically active individuals in a variety of settings. These settings may include secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports, hospitals, and industry.

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  • Atmospheric Sciences, BS, Minor

    The undergraduate program in atmospheric sciences gives students a strong quantitative undergraduate education in atmospheric, climate, and related sciences to understand the basic principles behind current and emerging issues in weather, climate variability, and climate change. Students completing the atmospheric sciences degree will be prepared for a full range of career paths including forecast and analysis, operations and research support in meteorology, atmospheric sciences, and climate. The curriculum meets the American Meteorological Society’s recommendations for a bachelor’s degree in atmospheric sciences. Topics include weather forecasting, climate change, and the predictability of coupled ocean-atmosphere-land-variations. Students in physics, math, engineering, and computational sciences may be attracted to this program as a minor, because it provides a compelling application of the fundamental methods of analysis learned in their major. Such students are ideal candidates for research in atmospheric science and climate dynamics; the minor will facilitate entry into graduate studies in these fields.

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  • Biochemistry, Concentration in the Chemistry, BS, BA

    Chemistry graduates find employment at agencies like the National Institutes of Health, the Naval Research Lab, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the Smithsonian. Our graduates also work in private industry or as high school teachers. Those who go directly on to graduate school attend some of the top post graduate programs in the U.S., where they obtain PhD’s in Chemistry, Material Science, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacy as well as professional degrees in medicine and dentistry. If any of these possibilities interest you, consider majoring in chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry.

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  • Biodefense, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified undergraduates in any major may apply to the accelerated MS degree in Biodefense. If accepted, students will be able to earn a bachelor’s degree in their chosen major and an MS in Biodefense with a reduced number of overall credits and within a reduced time frame, sometimes within five years. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Biodefense, MS

    For those interested in protecting our nation from natural or man-made biological threats, Mason offers MS and PhD programs in biodefense. Studies in microbiology and biotechnology, combined with a broad security and organizational context, ready students for employment in biodefense and biosecurity fields, the security industry, nongovernmental organizations, and the government, as well as positions in academia.

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  • Bioengineering, BS

    Bioengineering, also referred to as biomedical engineering, is the application of engineering tools and approaches to solve problems in biology and medicine. It is a broad and growing field that draws upon rapid advances in technology and computation, as well as on unprecedented growth in basic biological understanding.

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  • Bioengineering, PhD

    The doctoral program in bioengineering is designed to prepare future leaders in bioengineering. The terms bioengineering and biomedical engineering often have been used synonymously, referring to the application of engineering techniques to solve problems in biology and medicine. Rapid advances in understanding the molecular bases of disease have opened up new opportunities to advance human health through research that integrates knowledge in modern biology, engineering, physics, and computer science. The doctoral program will prepare leaders in bioengineering in this broader, integrative sense of the discipline. A major distinguishing feature of the curriculum is that it is designed to educate leaders who understand and appreciate how biomedical technology is translated from the bench to the bedside. Regardless whether they will eventually serve at universities, industry or government, they will understand that new types of devices and processes resulting from advanced research not only need to be “better”, but that they must be “cost-effective” to reach the public. As demanded by their leadership positions, they will recognize that entrepreneurial considerations are essential for determining whether a planned diagnostic or therapeutic approach is likely to be practical and useful for society.

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  • Bioinformatics Management, MS

    This degree addresses the regional and national need for technically trained managers who will be able to lead teams of bioinformaticians in both the public and private sectors. The degree combines a solid foundation in bioinformatics research, tools, and techniques, with the management skills needed to address the associated legal, ethical, managerial, and business issues.

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  • Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Graduate Certificate

    This graduate certificate program addresses the growing national and regional demand for trained computational biologists by combining a solid foundation in biotechnology with computational skills relevant to bioinformatics. With online and in-classroom courses, the flexibility of this certificate’s structure permits students to custom design their curriculum under an advisor’s guidance, making the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Graduate Certificate especially relevant for students employed in today’s diverse Northern Virginia high-technology workplace. Ideal candidates for this certificate are those who have a background in biological and computer sciences, and are currently working in or planning to enter the fields of biotechnology or bioinformatics. The certificate is also highly relevant for students who are interested in advancing their career goals but may not have adequate time available to undertake a graduate degree program.

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  • Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, MS

    In the field of bioinformatics and computational biology, specialists collect, store, analyze, and present complex biological data. Through this work, critical contributions are made to disease detection, drug design, forensics, agriculture, and environmental sciences through the combination of biological analysis and high-performance computing.

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  • Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, PhD

    Recent advances in molecular biology have produced an avalanche of data, including DNA sequences and genetic maps that cover thousands of genes whose functions are poorly understood or completely unknown. These advances are having profound effect on the biological sciences, and have resulted in the development of the new discipline of bioinformatics. Bioinformatics utilizes computational approaches to analyze patterns in biological data and to create complex models of biological activity, including attempts to elucidate the functions of genes and their interactions in genetic pathways. Widespread social benefits are expected from the exploitation of the wealth of new knowledge concerning the genetic mechanisms of life and related processes. The coming years will see major developments in medicine, functional genomics, and environmental sciences, as well as profound advances in our understanding of the fundamental processes of biology. These benefits are increasingly dependent on the application of advanced information technology to the analysis of biological information.

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  • Bioinformatics, Minor

    The undergraduate bioinformatics minor is an interdisciplinary program consisting of required courses in biology, programming, statistics, and bioinformatics.

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  • Biology - Secondary Education, Accelerated MEd

    Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's program and obtain both a BA or BS in Biology (degree without concentration) and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Concentration in Secondary Education Biology within an accelerated time frame.

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  • Biology - Secondary Education, Concentration in MEd Curriculum and Instruction

    The Secondary Education Program in the Graduate School of Education is designed to meet the needs of individuals who wish to be licensed or who need to satisfy the requirements of a provisional license to teach Biology at the secondary level.

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  • Biology, BA, BS, Minor

    Biology, one of our most popular degree programs, provides a sound liberal arts education with substantial experience in quantitative and analytical thought. Students who study biology prepare for a variety of careers in such fields as environmental management, microbiology, molecular biology, biotechnology, genetics, postgraduate studies in medicine, and even teaching.

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  • Biology, BS, Accelerated MS

    Qualified undergraduates may be provisionally admitted into an accelerated master’s program to obtain both a BS and an MS within an accelerated time frame. This program is open only to Biology, BS students who wish to pursue the microbiology or molecular biology concentrations within the Biology, MS program. Students admitted to this accelerated master’s program may take graduate courses after completing 90 undergraduate credits, and up to 6 credits of graduate work may be used in partial satisfaction of the requirements for the undergraduate degree. If students earn at least a 3.0 in these graduate courses and meet the application requirements, they are granted advanced standing in the master’s program and must then complete an additional 24 credits to receive the master’s degree.

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  • Biology, MS

    This program provides advanced training for college graduates or professionals seeking careers in the biotechnology industry or biodefense, as well as more traditional careers in biomedical research, teaching, evolutionary biology, and animal biology. Master’s level concentrations are available in bioinformatics and computational biology, microbiology and infectious disease, molecular biology, neuroscience, and systematics and evolutionary biology. Students may also choose a program in general biological sciences, which allows flexibility to specialize.

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  • Biosciences, PhD

    The Biosciences, PhD is a research-oriented field of study that prepares students for significant contributions in academic or industrial settings. The concentration in cell and molecular biology includes microarray analysis of gene expression, sequencing and analysis of genes, gene family evolution, mechanisms of toxicology and mutagenesis, biotechnological applications, and developmental neuroscience. The concentration in microbiology and infectious disease stresses molecular mechanisms of infectious disease, genomic and proteomic analysis of pathogens, and the physiology and metabolism of pathogens.

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  • Biostatistics, MS

    Merging statistics with biology, students have many opportunities they can pursue after graduation in health-related fields, including medicine,epidemiology and public health. Biostatistics is an indespensible tool in improving health and protecting populations against disease here and around the world.

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  • Career Changer’s Biological Sciences, Undergraduate Certificate

    Post-baccalaureate students are invited to enroll in the Career Changer's Biological Sciences Undergraduate Certificate. By completing this program, students will be qualified to apply for most graduate programs in the biological sciences including medical, dental, optometry, podiatry, pharmacy, and veterinary schools. However, graduate and professional school undergraduate coursework requirements can vary; it is prudent to check the coursework requirements for each individual school. This certificate is offered by the Department of Biology in the College of Science.

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  • Chemistry - Secondary Education, Accelerated MEd

    Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's program and obtain both a BA or BS in Chemistry (degree without concentration) and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Concentration in Secondary Education Chemistry within an accelerated time frame.

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  • Chemistry - Secondary Education, Concentration in MEd Curriculum and Instruction

    The Secondary Education Program in the Graduate School of Education is designed to meet the needs of individuals who wish to be licensed or who need to satisfy the requirements of a provisional license to teach Chemistry at the secondary level.

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  • Chemistry and Biochemistry, PhD

    The Chemistry and Biochemistry PhD program is intended to prepare students for advanced work in the chemical sciences and related areas. Graduates with the PhD degree in this field can seek employment in research and development, process control, or higher education. In addition to these traditional science career paths, graduates are also positioned to pursue careers in nontraditional areas such as the intellectual property and regulatory fields. The program is designed to provide students with a firm foundation in advanced course work, which is followed by an independent research project completed under the guidance of a faculty advisor.

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  • Chemistry, BA, BS, Minor

    The chemistry undergraduate programs provide a comprehensive undergraduate education in chemistry designed to prepare students for professional careers in chemistry and for advanced studies in chemistry and chemistry related areas such as environmental science, material science, biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, geochemistry, chemical waste management, pharmacy, forensic chemistry, and chemical engineering. Students planning medical, dental, or veterinary careers may meet the requirements of these professional schools by majoring in chemistry.

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  • Chemistry, BS, Accelerated MS

    The five-year BS/Accelerated MS degree program leads to a research-based MS degree following satisfactory completion of 144 credits. It allows academically strong undergraduates with a commitment to research to obtain a BS and a MS degree within five academic years plus the summer of the last year.

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  • Chemistry, MS

    These chemistry graduate programs provide advanced training for students who are recent college graduates, professionals in teaching, or technical workers in local research organizations. Students select a specialization from the fields of analytical, biological, environmental, inorganic, organic, physical, or computational chemistry. The graduate chemistry courses for these programs are usually offered during the late afternoon or evening hours for the convenience of students who are employed full time. Graduate fellowships and teaching/research assistantships are available to the most qualified students.

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  • Climate Dynamics, PhD

    Our students learn about how the atmosphere, ocean, and land surface work together to determine the climate. In collaboration with internationally known scientists, students conduct independent work to further our understanding of climate, how it varies, and how much of it we can predict. Tools in the program include cutting-edge climate models, sophisticated statistical techniques, and comprehensive data sets. Our graduates have gone on to work at top laboratories and universities.

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  • Clinical Psychology, Psychology PhD Concentration

    The program approaches clinical psychology from social psychological and contextual perspectives. A social psychological approach uses theory and research from social psychology to understand emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal functioning. A contextual perspective stresses the impact of social and cultural factors on the individual and vice versa. Most of the faculty members employ cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal approaches to research and clinical practice, but students also receive exposure to humanistic, existential, and psychodynamic perspectives.

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  • Cognitive Neuroscience, Graduate Certificate

    Cognitive neuroscience focuses on studying biological substrates of behavior. Study areas vary from neural control of behavioral development and brain systems in substance abuse to cognitive aging. The program focuses on translational neuroscience—complementary study of neural systems in humans and animals, including application of animal research to human behavior.

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  • Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience, Psychology MA Concentration

    This master’s concentration focuses on studying biological substrates of behavior. Study areas vary from neural control of behavioral development and brain systems in substance abuse to cognitive aging. The program focuses on translational neuroscience—complementary study of neural systems in humans and animals, including application of animal research to human behavior.

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  • Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience, Psychology PhD Concentration

    This PhD in Psychology concentration focuses on studying biological substrates of behavior. Study areas vary from neural control of behavioral development and brain systems in substance abuse to cognitive aging. The program focuses on translational neuroscience—complementary study of neural systems in humans and animals, including application of animal research to human behavior.

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  • Community Health, BS, Concentration in Clinical Science

    This concentration prepares students for post-graduate clinical training in a health profession such as medicine, dentistry, nursing, optometry, occupational and physical therapy, and pharmacy. It helps students tailor their curriculum to satisfy pre-requisites for these programs.

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  • Community Health, BS

    Public and community health professionals provide vital services to improve the health outcomes of people in all types of populations, locally and throughout the world. Mason offers a BS in community health that gives students an understanding of public health and the health care system, and of issues and policies as they relate to disease prevention, public education and interventions, and health promotion for local and international populations. Graduates work in government and non-governmental agencies, in nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Students may select from concentrations in clinical science or global health.

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  • Computational Science, MS

    The master’s program in computational science addresses the growing demand for trained computational scientists and engineers, and data scientists. It combines a solid foundation in information technology skills with computational courses in a variety of scientific and engineering areas, where large-scale simulation, data analysis, and high performance computing play a central role.

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  • Computational Sciences and Informatics, PhD

    Computational science is defined as the systematic development and application of computing systems and computational solution techniques for modeling and simulation of scientific and engineering phenomena. Informatics is defined as the systematic development and application of computing systems and computational solution techniques for analyzing data obtained through experiments, modeling, database searches, and instrumentation. The interdisciplinary PhD in Computational Sciences and Informatics addresses the role of computation in science, mathematics, and engineering, and is designed around a core of advanced computer technology courses. The program's research and development activities in federal laboratories, scientific institutions, and high-technology firms afford students opportunities for employment.

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  • Computational Social Science, Graduate Certificate

    This certificate program is designed for students who seek training in computer simulation and related computational methods for analyzing social systems and processes. The certificate allows students with social science or computational backgrounds to acquire new knowledge and modeling skills to improve their qualifications and attractiveness to employers in government, academia, or industry. The core courses provide a common foundation; additional elective courses allow for a variety of student interests across diverse social domains. The program is open to all students with graduate standing at Mason and all students who hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.

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  • Computational Social Science, MAIS Concentration

    Computational Social Science (CSS) is a relatively new interdisciplinary science in which social science questions are investigated with modern computational tools. Computational social scientists investigate complex social phenomena such as economic markets, traffic control, and political systems by simulating the interactions of the many actors in such systems, on computers. They hope to gain insights which will lead to better management of the behavior of the larger social systems, i.e., prevention of market crashes, smoothed traffic flow, or maintenance of political stability. The intractability of many social problems calls for the new approaches provided by computational social science.

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  • Computational Social Science, PhD

    The computational social science PhD program prepares graduate students to be professional computational social scientists in academia, government, or business. The program offers an innovative interdisciplinary academic environment for systematically exploring, discovering, and developing skills to successfully follow careers in one of the areas of computational social science.

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  • Computational and Data Sciences, BS, Computational Science, Accelerated MS

    The BS degree in Computational and Data Sciences combines computational techniques and domain sciences to provide the technical skills and knowledge for investigating physical and social phenomena in a world driven by “big data”. Students are trained to perform modeling and simulation in the natural and social sciences, and in the analysis and mining of big data. Graduates with this degree are very competitive for employment in federal laboratories and high-technology firms.

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  • Computational and Data Sciences, BS

    The BS degree in Computational and Data Sciences combines computational techniques and domain sciences to provide the technical skills and knowledge for investigating physical and social phenomena in a world driven by “big data”. Students are trained to perform modeling and simulation in the natural and social sciences, and in the analysis and mining of big data. Graduates with this degree are very competitive for employment in federal laboratories and high-technology firms.

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  • Computational and Data Sciences, Minor

    The computational and data sciences minor is for students majoring in mathematics, science, or engineering who wish to augment their major degree program with additional courses in scientific computing. The combination of computer science, numerical methods, data science, and synthesis courses will enhance the practical knowledge and computational skills of the students when compared with the major field alone.

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  • Computer Science, BS, Minor

    Computer Science is the discipline concerned with the design, implementation, and maintenance of the computer software systems used in almost all other professions. Computer scientists must be well-grounded in the technologies needed for the acquisition, representation, storage, transmission, transformation, and use of information in digital form and must be capable of working closely with members of other professions associated with computing. The minor is intended for those pursuing other undergraduate degree programs who feel the need to pursue computer science to complement their other studies.

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  • Computer Science, MS

    The Master of Science in Computer Science offers students the opportunity to combine a sound foundation in computer science with concentrated knowledge in the latest developments in particular areas. The graduate program leading to an MS in Computer Science prepares students for research and professional practice in computer science and related technologies. The program includes both fundamentals and advanced work in the areas of artificial intelligence and databases, programming languages and software engineering, systems and networks, theoretical computer science, and visual computing.

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  • Computer Science, PhD

    Doctoral study in Computer Science offers students the opportunity to combine a sound foundation in computer science with concentrated knowledge in the latest developments in particular areas. The program includes both fundamentals and advanced work in the areas of artificial intelligence and databases, programming languages and software engineering, systems and networks, theoretical computer science, and visual computing.

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  • Conservation Studies, Minor

    The Conservation Studies Minor is intended for non-biology majors with an interest in wildlife and habitat conservation issues. The minor may particularly suit environmental science, environmental and sustainability studies, global and environmental change majors and Earth science majors, as well as New Century College students wishing to increase their understanding and qualifications in the field of conservation biology. The minor may also be of interest to non-science majors, for example, students taking leisure studies classes with an interest in ecotourism. The minor is offered by the Department of Environmental Science and Policy in the College of Science.

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  • Curriculum and Instruction, MEd

    This master’s degree is offered to students preparing for initial teacher licensure, advanced teacher education, and ancillary educational programs.  Students may choose up to two concentrations from a wide variety of choices, such as Art Education, Elementary Mathematics, Foreign Language (with choices including French and Spanish), Geography, History, Science, and many other areas of study and specialization. 

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  • Data Analysis, Minor

    The minor gives students a background in data analysis and statistical methodology. It is intended to complement undergraduate degree programs such as computer science, economics, environmental engineering, geography, mathematics, nursing, psychology, public administration, sociology, and systems engineering.

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  • Data Science, Graduate Certificate

    This certificate program focuses on mastering a variety of basic computational skills to manage and analyze data. The coursework provides an accelerated introduction to concepts in modern analysis of data, including computer packages, graphics, databases, data analytics and their applications. The program is designed primarily for professionals in technical fields who seek to upgrade their expertise in data science and for prospective or currently enrolled master’s degree students.

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  • Earth Science - Secondary Education, Accelerated MEd

    Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's program and obtain both a BS in Earth Science and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Concentration in Secondary Education Earth Science within an accelerated time frame.

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  • Earth Science - Secondary Education, Concentration in MEd Curriculum and Instruction

    The Secondary Education Program in the Graduate School of Education is designed to meet the needs of individuals who wish to be licensed or who need to satisfy the requirements of a provisional license to teach Earth Science at the secondary level.

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  • Earth Science, BS, Accelerated MEd

    Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's program and obtain both a BS in Earth Science and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Concentration in Secondary Education Earth Science within an accelerated time frame. Students meeting the qualifications may be admitted to this program following completion of 90 undergraduate credits. They may then take 12 graduate credits within their senior year (i.e., six credits will partially satisfy requirements of both the BS in Earth Science and the MEd in Curriculum and Instruction; six credits will be completed as reserve graduate credit toward the MEd only). If students earn at least a 3.0 in these classes, they are granted advanced standing in the master's program and, upon completion of the bachelor's degree, must then take an additional 23 credits to earn the master's degree.

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  • Earth Science, BS

    This degree covers Earth Sciences in the broadest sense, including geology, oceanography, atmospheric science, and their effect on the environment. Students specialize within this broad framework by choosing one of several concentrations offered by the program. The Washington, D.C., area is an exciting place to enter the field of Earth Sciences, with collaboration and career opportunities at US Geological Survey, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the Smithsonian Institution, and many other public and private labs. The Earth Sciences degree is a starting point for many career paths, including research via an advanced degree, work in government laboratories, consulting, resource management and extraction, environmental advocacy, and teaching.

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  • Earth Science, Minor

    An Earth Sciences minor provides students with a broad education in geology, oceanography, atmospheric science, and their effect on the environment. This minor helps prepare students for work in environmental science, environmental consulting, and public policy.

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  • Earth Systems Science, MS

    This program addresses the growing demand for trained professionals in the Earth sciences. The program emphasizes a research-oriented, global systems approach to studying the Earth and its systems--atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere, including their interrelationships and interactions with the biosphere. Emphasis is on the observation, measurement, and analysis of Earth’s systems. Most student research projects and theses will relate to geologic and geographic topics, however studies of related topics in earth science are welcome. Students completing the program are qualified to pursue careers that require knowledge of the basics of Earth systems science and the requisite tools, specifically pertaining to the area of Earth science that they choose to investigate.

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  • Earth Systems and GeoInformation Sciences, PhD

    The Earth Systems and Geoinformation Sciences, PhD (ESGS) is based on the integration of the scientific disciplines in geosystems, geography, geosciences, and geoinformatics. Students receive broad-based training in systematic geosciences and geography, as well as technical courses in computation and geoinformation sciences. The ESGS doctoral program represents a gateway to an academic career for some students; for others, it facilitates career advancement in the public sector or private industry.Graduates of the program will be qualified as lead scientists in a wide range of activities involving geoinformatics, geosciences, geography, geographic information systems,geospatial intelligence and remote sensing. The continual expansion of the NASA Earth observation satellite constellation, development of the geospatial data infrastructure at USGS, USGIF and other federal agencies, and the need to analyze Earth-oriented data to achieve environmental and economic objectives will ensure an on-going need for qualified scientists in these fields.

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  • Energy and Sustainability, Concentration in the MAIS

    The study of sustainability incorporates environmental science, engineering, economics, business and public policy. Energy is a crucial component. Students can pursue a structured interdisciplinary concentration or design an individualized concentration to meet the needs of their chosen careers.

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  • Environmental Engineering, Minor

    This minor prepares students for employment in environmental engineering and subsequent graduate studies in water and environmental engineering at Mason or elsewhere. Classes include the Fundamentals of Renewable Energy and Global Environmental Hazards.

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  • Environmental GIS and Biodiversity Conservation, Graduate Certificate

    This certificate is offered by the College of Science’s Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science in cooperation with the School of Business. Professionals working on large-scale GIS projects often find it only natural to couple management and marketing topics with geography. This certificate accommodates students who are pursuing a degree in the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science who also wish to acquire more knowledge on how to manage people and organizations dealing with GIS in a global economy. By understanding marketing terms, financial matters, and also having a good understanding of how to manage people, students will be well prepared to face challenges in multidisciplinary GIS-oriented environments.

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  • Environmental Science and Policy, Accelerated MS

    This degree option allows highly qualified George Mason University students to earn an Environmental Science and Policy, MS in less time than if they had first graduated with an environmentally-focused Green Leaf -designated BA or BS degree, then applied to the MS program sequentially. This program of study is offered by the Department of Environmental Science and Policy in the College of Science.

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  • Environmental Science and Policy, MS

    The master's program in Environmental Science and Policy meets the increasing need for trained environmental professionals who can address the problems of land and water management, land use and urbanization, wetland loss, microbial ecology, bioremediation, conservation biology, and ecosystem preservation. These professionals will also contribute to the analysis and resolution of global problems, such as deforestation, insufficient world food supplies, acid deposition, population growth and public health, global climate change/warming, and depletion of the stratospheric ozone. Areas of specific departmental focus include ecosystems, conservation, environmental biocomplexity, molecular ecology, sustainability science, environmental policy and management and human/environmental interactions. The program has been designated a Green Leaf program.

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  • Environmental Science and Public Policy, PhD

    The doctoral program in Environmental Science and Public Policy is inter-disciplinary. It draws on faculty and expertise from the Environmental Science and Policy departmental core faculty, as well as faculty from across the university. Both the master’s and doctoral programs meet the increasing need for trained environmental professionals who can address the problems of land and water management, land use and urbanization, wetland loss, microbial ecology, bioremediation, conservation biology, and ecosystem preservation. Graduates will have developed knowledge and skills in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of scientific data, as well as in the integration of scientific understanding into the public policy process. Areas of specific departmental focus include ecosystems, conservation, environmental biocomplexity, molecular ecology, sustainability science, environmental policy and management, and human/environmental interactions. The program has been designated a Green Leaf program.

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  • Environmental Science, BS, Minor

    The BS in Environmental Science provides students with rigorous training in the science of the environment, and gives them the ability to use key scientific principles to analyze problems and develop practical solutions. The program covers the fundamental techniques of environmental science and engineering, protection and improvement of environmental quality, environmental policy, risk assessment and risk management, and public and private decision-making processes. Graduates are prepared for careers in a variety of environmental science fields, and are also qualified to pursue advanced scientific/professional studies.

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  • Forensic Science, BS, Minor

    Mason’s Forensic Science Program provides an exciting curriculum as well as hands-on training in crime scene investigation techniques and crime lab methodologies. Course work exposes students to forensic laboratory tests, criminal procedures and expert testimony, trace analysis, and physical evidence analysis. Graduates will be able to use their knowledge to help lawyers, juries, and judges understand the results of scientific tests. The minor in forensic sciences provides an attractive option for students with majors in the natural sciences, engineering, or computer science, and the curriculum structure makes it particularly suitable for students with majors in biology and chemistry.

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  • GeoManagement, Undergraduate Certificate

    This certificate is offered by the College of Science’s Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science in cooperation with the School of Business. Professionals working on large-scale GIS projects often find it natural to couple management and marketing topics with geography. This certificate accommodates students who are pursuing a degree in the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science who also wish to acquire more knowledge on how to manage people and organizations dealing with GIS in a global economy. By understanding marketing terms, financial matters, and also having a good understanding of how to manage people, students will be well prepared to face challenges in multidisciplinary GIS-oriented environments.

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  • Geographic Information System Science, Graduate Certificate

    The certification is designed to help students pursue careers in the rapidly expanding field of geographic and mapping sciences. Graduates are qualified to fill federal, state, and local government positions, as well as those in business and industry, especially companies that provide government contractors.

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  • Geographic Information Systems, Minor

    The Geographic Information Systems Minor is designed to prepare students with the basic training necessary to enter the rapidly expanding field of geographic information science. The curriculum in the minor is multidisciplinary in content and interdisciplinary in approach, drawing on a variety of geographic and computational science components. A Geographic Information System (GIS) is an integrative approach to help solving complex spatial problems in most professional fields and at different scales.

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  • Geographic and Cartographic Sciences, MS

    The Master of Science Program in Geographic and Cartographic Sciences is one of the top programs in the nation. The program focuses on techniques of compilation, display, and analysis of spatial data. The objective is to produce geographers with a solid understanding of the techniques of spatial data analysis and the ability to apply those techniques to a variety of issues. Program graduates are qualified to pursue careers in government and industry, or to proceed with doctoral-level studies.

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  • Geography, BA, BS, Minor

    Geography can be found in careers as various as economics, engineering, environmental science, transportation, business, marketing, and public health. The program is designed to offer students the opportunity to study the integrated social and environmental processes that continuously shape and reshape the world we live in. It provides students with broad training across the core subdisciplines of geography (human, physical, and GI Science), emphasizing application and technique-driven coursework, in addition to a rigorous science and mathematics curriculum. Students will find numerous opportunities for employment in both the private and public sectors, as well as in academia.

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  • Geoinformatics and Geospatial Intelligence, MS

    This new MS program addresses the emerging demand for scientists trained in the collection, organization, analysis, and dissemination of information about physical features, man-made structures, moving objects, people, and events that are geo-referenced or geo-located. Focusing primarily on the computational approaches that support the synthesis and analysis of diverse types of data, we can identify and monitor complex events and phenomena that manifest themselves over space and time. While geospatial intelligence has a strong Department of Defense connotation, it also addresses the needs of a broader audience, ranging from intelligent navigation in urban spaces to emergency response systems for natural and man-made disasters.

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  • Geology, BA, Minor

    Geology is the scientific study of the solid earth, earth processes, and how earth has changed through time. Geologists do research to develop new principles to help our understanding of the earth. These principles can often be applied to land use planning, the discovery of mineral, energy or water resources and to environmental studies.

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  • Geospatial Intelligence, Graduate Certificate

    Be the eyes of intelligence and analyse human activiity from satilites, remotely piloted vehicles and other methods. Learn to discern what is simply mundane activity on earth or potentially dangerous. Your certificate will make you extremely valuable to the military, national policy makers and civil users.

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  • Geotechnical, Construction, and Structural Engineering, MEng

    The Master of Engineering (MEng) program in combined Geotechnical, Construction, and Structural Engineering (GeoConStruct) was designed in collaboration with leading engineers in practice to develop a course of study that recognizes that geotechnical engineering, construction engineering, and structural engineering are practiced together and should be taught together in an integrated manner. Its purpose is to educate engineers for practice, for excellence in design and execution now, laying the groundwork for practice demands 25 years from now. It is a program that balances theory and practice, building on the foundation of an undergraduate degree in civil engineering.

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  • Global and Environmental Change, BS

    One of the first of its kind in the nation, this degree examines the dynamics of Earth’s systems and their interactions from local, regional and global scales, with an emphasis on the use of remote sensing and related geoinformation technologies in detecting changes.

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  • Health Services Research, PhD

    Students in this post-master's program gain the knowledge and skills to creatively research complex health and health system problems. They identify and develop innovations in health policy and health analytics. Graduates are educators, researchers, scholars, and leaders in health care organizations, health care consulting firms, higher education, government and nonprofit organizations, and private businesses that support or regulate public and private health service entities.

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  • Human Development and Family Science, BA, Minor

    The HDFS curriculum prepares its graduates to use family-centered and strengths-based approaches to develop, implement, evaluate, and manage services for individuals and families at all stages of life. Graduates will develop competencies in 10 areas as established by the National Council on Family Relations, and will learn to engage with families in such service settings as early childhood education, community-based programs and health care settings. Our program also prepares students to critically analyze complex family issues, advocate for families in schools and communities, and address social factors influencing family functioning, health, and well-being (poverty, immigration, homelessness, incarceration, family violence, and discrimination and structural violence such as racism, nationalism, or heterosexism). Students are required to complete a 6-credit internship and integrate research training with service fieldwork.

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  • Human Factors/Applied Cognition, Concentration in the Psychology PhD

    The PhD program in Human Factors and Applied Cognition provides instruction and research training for students wishing to pursue careers in the academic, public, and private sectors. Human factors involves the design of technologies and work environments to be compatible with human capabilities and limitations. Across all areas, a strong emphasis is placed on students developing a good understanding of cognitive theory, acquiring advanced methodological and statistical skills, and learning how to apply these tools to real-world human factors problems. The graduate program provides research training in developing theories of human cognitive functions and identifying their applications to the design of systems that are safe and efficient. The program is accredited by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

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  • Human Factors/Applied Cognition, Concentration in the Psychology MA

    The MA in psychology with a concentration in human factors and applied cognition trains students in the application of cognitive science to real-world problems. Students gain expertise in such areas as human/computer interaction, cognitive system engineering, cognitive ergonomics, and transportation, and they can focus on either professional training or preparation for a doctoral program. The professional training path emphasizes coursework and practical experience; the doctoral preparation path involves students in ongoing research projects.

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  • Information Technology, PhD

    The program encompasses all aspects of information technology and the branches of engineering most closely associated with information and engineering.  Our focus on the science, engineering, and technology of information processing complements and enhances traditional approaches to engineering that are more strongly based on the physical and material sciences. The Information Technology PhD program is broad, and includes several specific concentrations.

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  • Life Sciences, Concentration in the Integrative Studies BS

    The concentration in life sciences is geared toward students interested in working in medical and health promotion fields. Courses of study included under the life sciences concentration are Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Physician’s Assistant, Pre-Pharmacy, and Pre-Physical Therapy. More information about a specific course of study in the life sciences can be obtained by contacting an academic advisor. All students have opportunities to conduct independent research, engage in globally related activities through coursework and language study at Mason and abroad, participate in public service, and prepare for future careers through internships, career-focused minors, and other college-to-career activities.

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  • Mathematics - Secondary Education, Accelerated MEd

    Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's program and obtain both a BA or BS in Mathematics (degree without concentration) and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Concentration in Secondary Education Mathematics within an accelerated time frame.

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  • Mathematics - Secondary Education, Concentration in MEd Curriculum and Instruction

    The Secondary Education Program in the Graduate School of Education is designed to meet the needs of individuals who wish to be licensed or who need to satisfy the requirements of a provisional license to teach Math at the secondary level.

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  • Mathematics Specialist Leader (K–8), Concentration in MEd Curriculum and Instruction

    The Math Specialist Leader concentration is a unique MEd degree in Mathematics Education Leadership for people who want to become K-8 mathematics specialists. The Math Specialist Leader concentration includes the required course work for state endorsement as a K-8 Mathematics Specialist. Students study mathematics content, curriculum, assessment, and pedagogy in the program. By the end of the program, when students apply to the Virginia Department of Education for a Math Specialist endorsement, they must have three years of successful teaching experience and 6 previous credits of mathematics in addition to a master's degree.

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  • Mathematics and Statistics, Dual Degree, MS

    This program allows students to earn an MS degree in mathematics and an MS degree in statistical science by completing 48 credits of course work in both areas instead of the 60 that would be required if the degrees were sought independently. In both its applied and theoretical forms, mathematics is one of the oldest forms of scientific inquiry. Its crucial importance to logic, planning, and the prevention of social chaos essentially guarantees that mathematical study and statistical skills will always be in demand. This classical subject of thought, experimentation, and exploration is continuously updated as technology advances and breaks through new barriers. As such, computer science, economics, and engineering all hinge on the talents of mathematicians.

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  • Mathematics, BA, BS, Minor

    Mathematics is one of the few disciplines that teaches us about the power of thought as distinct from the power of authority. It is not necessarily dependent on our physical observations of the world, and yet it constantly provides models for our observations. Such models—usually studied in applied mathematics—may have relevance in traditional sciences such as physics, biology, or chemistry. Topics studied by mathematicians, such as chaos theory or dynamical systems, often serve as models for economics, neuroscience, or predictors of fluctuations in the stock market. Students majoring in mathematics take courses in the logical foundations of mathematics, the calculus sequence, matrix algebra, and discrete mathematics. Majors choose from a concentration of applied, traditional, or actuarial mathematics. Both the BA and the BS in mathematics will allow entry to advanced studies or career opportunities as diverse as the fields to which mathematics is applied. The metro region of Washington, D.C., is a particularly fertile area for related job opportunities, including consulting, teaching, and government.

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  • Mathematics, BS, Accelerated MS

    This five-year degree program allows academically strong students to obtain a BS and MS by successfully completing 144 credits within five academic years and one summer. Well-prepared students are admitted to this program on completion of 90 credits, take selected graduate courses during their senior year, and are able to use up to 6 graduate credits to partially satisfy requirements for the undergraduate degree. Upon completion of that degree and with satisfactory graduate level performance (3.0) in graduate courses, students are given advanced standing in the Master's program and complete an additional 24 credits to receive the MS degree. All other MS degree requirements must be met.

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  • Mathematics, MS

    The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers courses in pure and applied mathematics leading to the degree of Master of Science in Mathematics. The Master of Science in Mathematics addresses the needs of professionals in the Washington, DC metropolitan area who are interested in pursuing an advanced degree. We have both full-time and part-time students. Many classes are offered in the evening (4:30pm or later) to accommodate students who are working full-time or part-time outside of our program. The program offers both a standard mathematics track and an emphasis in computational and applied mathematics.

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  • Mathematics, PhD

    The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers courses in pure and applied mathematics leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics. The PhD program trains mathematicians for further research, high-level teaching, and industrial employment. Students will develop a solid grounding in mathematics, be exposed to contemporary problems and applications, use computational tools where appropriate, and learn to collaborate with others. The presence of an energetic mathematics doctoral program has many benefits to other doctoral programs in technical fields and is of great interest to local industry. Many of our graduate Mathematics classes are offered in the evening (4:30 p.m. or later).

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  • Medical Laboratory Science, BS

    This program requires the equivalent of three years of full-time preprofessional study at the college level preceding a senior year of professional education in an affiliated school of medical laboratory science. All affiliated schools are accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

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  • Natural Science for Education, Concentration in the Integrative Studies BS

    This degree meets the Virginia Department of Education endorsement requirements and will prepare students for graduate licensure programs.  Students should meet with Mason's Endorsement Specialist throughout their undergraduate degree as well as Integrative Studies academic advisors.

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  • Neuroethics, Interdisciplinary Studies Concentration in the MAIS

    Neuroethics explores the implications of new developments in basic and clinical neuroscience on social and ethical issues. In particular, it focuses on how advances in functional neuroimaging, psychopharmacology, brain implants and brain-machine interfaces raise important social, legal, ethical and policy questions. The program explores emerging ethical questions raised by recent neuroscientific discoveries on genetic and environmental factors that influence human behavior, decision-making, personality traits, and mental states.

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  • Neuroscience, BS

    As an interdisciplinary field, neuroscience draws from research in many departments—psychology, molecular neuroscience, molecular and microbiology, electrical engineering, physics and astronomy, and bioinformatics. Mason offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in this area of study.

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  • Neuroscience, Minor

    Neuroscience is one of the most rapidly growing disciplines in science today. Due to its interdisciplinary nature, it draws on skills from anatomy, chemistry, electrical engineering, genetics, math, and psychology, among others. Students in these fields can benefit from an awareness of applications of these fields to neuroscience and through this minor, more directly prepare for later work in neuroscience.

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  • Neuroscience, PhD

    As an interdisciplinary field, neuroscience draws from research in many departments—psychology, molecular neuroscience, molecular and microbiology, electrical engineering, physics and astronomy, and bioinformatics. Mason offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in this area of study.

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  • Nutrition, Graduate Certificate

    Students will be trained to apply nutrition principles and the latest scientific evidence and methods of nutrition to health practice and research among different populations. The program emphasizes understanding the role of nutrition in health and well-being and the development of skills needed to practice, analyze and interpret nutrition-related information and data. Students will learn nutrition principles, how to assess an individual and a group's nutritional status, and how to develop intervention plans and evaluate the results.

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  • Nutrition, MS

    Students learn to assess, evaluate, and intervene in the most current and relevant nutrition issues, and will be able to work for agencies, businesses, and organizations that seek to improve nutrition at the local, national, and global levels. Students will also be prepared to continue their studies if they seek a research career in nutrition.

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  • Nutrition, Minor

    The minor in nutrition is intended to increase knowledge of nutrition issues and may supplement degrees related to nutrition, health and education. Students are required to take an introductory nutrition course before beginning the coursework in the Nutrition Minor.

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  • Nutrition, Undergraduate Certificate

    The undergraduate certificate in nutrition offers a variety of courses in nutrition for current and future health care professionals, researchers, and others who are commonly faced with community-related nutrition issues. The program is intended to help health care professionals and others who would like to increase their knowledge in nutrition.

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  • Ocean and Estuarine Science, Minor

    This minor studies the relationship between oceans and estuaries, the partially enclosed bodies of water along coastlines where fresh and salt water mix. It may supplement degrees related to atmospheric, oceanic and earth sciences.

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  • Operations Research, MS

    The program prepares students for research and professional practice associated with the formulation, analysis, and computer implementation of mathematical models of operational systems. Features of the program include mathematical programming, queueing and network theories, computer simulation and modeling, applied and computational probability, and the application of these to realistic problems. Students are expected to become proficient in these areas, as well as in supporting areas of information technology necessary to implement OR analysis approaches.

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  • Paleontology, Minor

    Paleontology is the study of the history of life on Earth as based on fossils of plants, animals and other living things preserved in rock. Researchers study the fossils to understand both extinct and living organisms. The Minor may supplement a degree in atmospheric, oceanic or earth sciences. This has been designated a Green Leaf program, one that focuses on learning about sustainability.

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  • Personalized Medicine, Graduate Certificate

    Students completing the Personalized Medicine Graduate Certificate will receive the most up-to-date advanced education available in the region. Completion of the certificate will enhance the careers of those students already working in this area, and can also serve as a useful intermediate step towards later enrollment in master’s or doctoral programs. This certificate is offered by the School of Systems Biology in the College of Science.

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  • Physics BS, Accelerated MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Secondary Education Physics Concentration

    Highly qualified undergraduates may be admitted to the bachelor’s/accelerated master’s program and obtain both a BS in Physics and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Secondary Education Physics Concentration in an accelerated time frame. All graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to get involved in research with faculty. Areas of study may include: applied physics; astrobiology; astronomy; astrophysics; atomic physics; biological physics; computational physics; data science; particle and nuclear physics; planetary science; space weather; and solar physics.

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  • Physics, BS, Applied and Engineering Physics, Accelerated MS

    Academically strong undergraduates with a commitment to research can obtain Physics, BS and Applied and Engineering Physics, MS degrees by completing 144 credits. Students take selected graduate courses during their senior year and are able to use up to 6 graduate credits in partial satisfaction of requirements for the undergraduate degree. Upon completion and conferral of the bachelor’s degree and with satisfactory performance (grade of ‘B’ or better) in each graduate course, students get advanced standing in the master’s program and complete an additional 24 credits to receive the master’s degree.

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  • Physics, BS, Minor

    The BS in physics prepares students for graduate school and careers in business or industry. Students in the fields of mathematics, science, and engineering who are considering a double major in physics should discuss this option with the undergraduate coordinator. Note that at least 18 credits used to fulfill a physics BS cannot be used to fulfill another major or minor. Some course substitutions are allowed for double majors, but these should be discussed in advance. A Physics minor can complement a major in biology, chemistry, computer science and math. Besides the core requirements, students can take courses in such areas as classical mechanics, wave motion and electromagnetic radiation, thermal physics, quantum mechanics and relativity and cosmology.

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  • Physics, PhD

    The mission of the Physics PhD program is to train the next generation of research physicists in academia, industry, and government. Graduates of the program  learn to do independent and innovative scientific research in physics and astronomy.  Our faculty members are well-known in their fields, highly productive in research, and student-oriented. Students within our program will have the opportunities to research in many cutting-edge fields in applied physics, astrophysics, atomic physics, atmospheric and ionospheric physics, biological physics (including neuroscience and biomedical physics), condensed matter physics, elementary particle physics, materials science, nonlinear dynamics, nuclear physics, planetary science, and space weather & plasma astrophysics.

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  • Pre-Medical, Undergraduate Certificate

    The Pre-Medical Undergraduate Certificate is a premium program offered to enlisted members of the U.S. military who are chosen specifically from a federal program referred to as EMDP2 (Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program). This program is aimed at active duty military enlisted members who have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, who have experience working in a health-related position in the military, and who meet all other requirements specified by the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), and who are interested in matriculating at the Uniformed Services University (military medical school).

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  • Psychology, with a Concentration in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience, Accelerated MA, BA, BS

    Masons’ accelerated Psychology MA (with a Concentration in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience) allows highly qualified accepted students to earn a BA/BS and MA in Psychology together. This intensive course of study allows students to pursue their concentration of cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, building on a common foundation of scientific methodologies, examining the application of psychology to various behavioral and cognitive issues. Graduates are well-prepared to apply their advanced training to work within community agencies, health care settings, educational or social services systems in government or industry as researchers, trainers, mental health workers, administrators, and managers, or to continue with doctoral studies in psychology or related fields.

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  • Public Health, MPH, Concentration in Epidemiology

    Studetns learn to investigate and analyze factors that influence the occurrence, distribution, prevention, and control of disease. Emphasis is placed on the development of such skills as study design, data collection and management, data analysis and interpretation, and communication of research findings.

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  • Rehabilitation Science, BS

    The BS in rehabilitation science integrates the basic sciences of anatomy, physiology, chemistry, and physics with the applied and clinical sciences to form a comprehensive study of human function and dysfunction and emerging rehabilitation interventions. Students will develop a broad understanding of the theories that are central to the discipline and explore a wide variety of approaches to functional assessment and evidence-based intervention.

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  • Rehabilitation Science, Graduate Certificate

    The graduate certificate in Rehabilitation Science prepares students to apply research and statistical techniques to the study of the enabling–disabling process. Students will acquire competencies in rehabilitation and recovery framework, research design and methodology, statistics, and conduct of applied rehabilitation research. Core coursework includes foundations and applied physiology. Electives include clinical exercise physiology, scientific basis for pain and fatigue, psychosocial aspects, research design, movement analysis, aging and health, comparative effectiveness research, and many more. The skills developed while earning this graduate certificate contribute to student success in a wide variety of careers such as occupational / physical therapy and special education as well as graduate education.

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  • Rehabilitation Science, Minor

    The minor in rehabilitation science is an innovative sequence of courses designed to enhance the undergraduate student’s academic preparation for clinical and research graduate programs. Designed for students interested in graduate admissions in physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant programs, exercise physiology, and biomechanics, the minor provides a foundation of knowledge on the science of human movement as it pertains to both health and human performance.

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  • Rehabilitation Science, PhD

    The PhD in Rehabilitation Science program engages its students to develop as scientists across the spectrum of clinical to translational research, reflecting the need for integrated research to address the needs of the disabled. This program educates students in basic and translational science that address mechanisms, prevention and amelioration of disability. The objective of the program is to develop researchers and academics who, through scholarship and original research, create new knowledge in rehabilitation science. Students benefit from mentorship through active involvement in faculty’s own funded research programs. Graduates of this program are prepared for professional careers in academic, governmental, and industrial research environments with the tools to develop their own lines of research.

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  • Remote Sensing and Earth Image Processing, Graduate Certificate

    The Remote Sensing and Earth Image Processing graduate certificate (RSEIP) emphasizes advanced remote sensing and Earth-observing, building in students the skills needed to take advantage of the enormous increase in the availability and use of remotely sensed data related to the Earth. Ideal candidates for this certificate are students with a background in Earth and environmental sciences and are working in or planning to enter into the field of remote sensing, Earth observing, or image processing. Core coursework consists of remote sensing, earth images processing, and hyperspectral imaging systems, while electives include photogrammetry, earth science data analysis, and physical principles of remote sensing. Completion of the certificate will enhance graduates’ remote sensing careers and/or additional graduate work.

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  • Science Communication, Graduate Certificate

    The graduate certificate in Science Communication is designed for graduate students with or without an academic communication background to expand their science writing and editing communications. Coursework includes research methodologies, qualitative methods, analysis and criticism, science and the public, climate change and sustainability communications, and crisis communication among much more. The certificate program is a valuable asset for communications and/or science students, opening professional doors in a variety of fields within government, industry, and non-profit organizations including online or print journalism, staff writing at news offices, agencies, laboratories, research agencies, universities, and medical centers.

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  • Software Engineering, MS

    The MS in Software Engineering’s mission is to teach students to become leaders in engineering high quality, large scale, computing solutions to real life problems. The program provides specialized knowledge and experience in developing and modifying large, complex software systems, emphasizing technical and management aspects of software engineering development. Software engineers are concerned with the theoretical and practical aspects of technology, cost, and social impact of software systems that are effective and efficient, and the skills developed while earning this graduate degree contribute to student success in a wide variety of professional careers as well as graduate education.

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  • Software Engineering, Minor

    The minor in Software Engineering teaches students to design and build high quality software, a valuable asset for engineers, mathematicians, and scientists interested in working in a variety of fields that increasingly demand strong software writing skills. Coursework focuses on modeling physical processes, programs to solve complex numerical problems, visualization of complex phenomena, and solving mathematical systems. The strong communication and analytical skills developed while earning this minor contribute to student success in a wide variety of professional careers as well as graduate education.

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  • Statistical Science, MS

    The Statistical Science MS trains students in the theory and practice of statistical methodology, particularly as it relates to high-technology applications. Statistical science is regarded as one of the oldest and most successful information technology (IT) subjects. It focuses on the conversion of raw data into information. Coursework emphasizes applied statistics, applied probability, and statistical inference, with elective options in mathematics, operations research, and others. The program prepares students for careers in research as well as in industry and government, for positions such as statistician, data scientist, or biostatistician.

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  • Statistical Science, PhD

    Mason’s PhD in Statistical Science emphasizes mathematical theory, computation, and data analysis. Coursework focuses on algorithm and simulation, measure and linear space, probability theory, and mathematical statistics. The program prepares students for careers in research as well as in industry and government, for positions such as senior statistician, senior data scientist, or senior biostatistician. Current research areas of key department faculty in the program include biometric identification, biostatistics, statistical genetics, statistical graphics, data confidentiality, networking analysis, and data exploration.

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  • Sustainable Enterprise, Minor

    Sustainable enterprises are businesses that are financially prosperous and seek to benefit the environment and society. This minor is offered by the Department of Environmental Science and Policy in the College of Science.

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  • Systems Engineering and Operations Research, Minor

    This minor gives students the fundamentals of systems engineering and operations research. Participants learn how to deal with the system life cycle and to use scientific methods for analyzing operations of a system or organization. The courses help students in technical fields prepare for the information technology work now common in public and private industry.

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  • Systems Engineering, MS

    The MS in Systems Engineering emphasizes both analytical and practical aspects of engineering complex systems. Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in several quantitative modeling disciplines, and to master practical aspects of systems design, engineering and management. The program prepares students for a professional career in systems design, development, and management, associated with problem formulation, issue analysis, and the evaluation of alternative courses of action, as well as advanced graduate study. 

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  • Usability, Graduate Certificate

    The Department of Psychology offers a graduate certificate in Usability under the auspices of the program in Human Factors/Applied Cognition. Coursework includes a combination of human psychology with an emphasis on cognitive science and human-technology interaction, and visual/application design. The certificate is beneficial to students interested in careers in visual and/or instructional design for multiple applications and technologies, as well as any new and upcoming fields that demand strong sensitivity to considerations of human-computer-interface.
    The graduate certificate in usability may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see the Academic Policies section of the University Catalog.
     

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