exploring complexity in life

vice provost's message

Scope of the life sciences at VCU
The overarching vision for VCU Life Sciences — in all of its mission elements of teaching, research and public service — is the study of biological complexity.

At Virginia Commonwealth University, we understand that post-genomic research in the life sciences will continue to proceed at a breathtaking pace based largely on the new, systems-based approaches to research.

We have recognized the need to prepare students for the anticipated growth in new life sciences jobs in the coming decades. The skills identified for these jobs require highly interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary approaches, often falling between the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines.

The way that the life sciences are understood by research and taught is likely to be fundamentally different, with increasing emphasis on systems biosciences as an important complement to more traditional, purely reductive approaches.

Explore the areas of life sciences at VCU, from undergraduate programs to graduate and professional programs.


Virginia Commonwealth University
VCU Life Sciences
P.O. Box 842030
1000 W. Cary St.
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2030
Phone: (804) 827-5600
Email: lifesci@vcu.edu
Updated: 09/29/2011