2005-2006
UNDERGRADUATE RECORD
College of Arts and Sciences
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College Science Scholars Program

c/o College of Arts and Sciences
Garrett Hall
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400133
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4130
(434) 924-3351
http://artsandsciences.virginia.edu/undergrad/special_programs

Overview An enrichment program for exceptional students overseen by the chairs of the departments of Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology. There is no application form; students are selected based on information contained in their applications for admission.

Unlike the situation found at most large research universities, the program is designed to give each student individual attention and close interaction with research faculty. Scholars have a senior faculty member serving as their advisor-mentor from the very beginning of their program of study. All participants have the opportunity to become a member of a research lab or group as early as the first semester so that advanced research experience can begin quickly. During the first year, all scholars enroll in the CSS seminar (both fall and spring semesters), where they meet internationally-renowned science faculty from each of the participating departments, hear talks on issues in the forefront of science, and visit research laboratories, etc.

College Science Scholars usually choose a traditional major in a department. However, the program also encourages multidisciplinary education. For example, students may follow interdisciplinary tracks, majoring in topics such as Biophysics, Biochemistry, Astrophysics, and Neuroscience.

Scholars in good standing (e.g., GPA 3.400 or higher) within their host department are guaranteed admission into to a 5th-year Masters degree program in those disciplines where the degree is available, including Masters in Engineering or Education.


Course Descriptions

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HSCI 101, 102 – (2) (Y)
College Science Scholar Seminar
Prerequisite: Member of the College Science Scholar Program.
The seminar will introduce students to research in each of the seven UVa science departments (Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology). The course will consist of weekly two-hour seminars held by science faculty members, and occasional field trips.

HSCI 201, 202 – (2) (Y)
College Science Scholar Seminar
Prerequisite: Member of the College Science Scholar Program.
The seminar will introduce students to research in each of the seven UVa science departments (Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology). The course will consist of weekly two-hour seminars held by science faculty members, and occasional field trips.


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