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Message from the Dean

I am pleased to welcome you to the College of Sciences.  In this website you will find detailed information about the extensive and very competitive undergraduate and graduate programs in the College and our state-of-the-art research programs.  The College consists of seven Departments and several Centers.

The College is providing undergraduate and graduate programs of the highest quality.  Our objective is to continue creating and maintaining a strong academic environment where students can learn and discover.  The College is focused on both teaching and research and we very much value and favor both.  Our undergraduate programs are designed to provide to the students an exceptional academic experience, to prepare them for an increasingly competitive workplace, and to encourage their creativity and innovation.  Our majors have the opportunity to pursue undergraduate research and participate in an internship in their field of study.  Both provide a substantial exposure to the real world and very important competitive advantages for their future careers.  

The College has grown considerably and is teaching a record number of students. Over the last five years (Fall 2012 vs. Fall 2007),  student credit hours increased by 43%,  total student enrollments increased (headcounts) by 50%, total undergraduate enrollments (headcounts) increased by 54%, summer student credit hours increased by 43%, undergraduate majors increased by 40%, and freshmen majors increased by  103%  to 730.  Degrees awarded annually in the College of Sciences were increased over five years by 36% to 622 in 2011-12 versus 2006-07.

The College has developed a comprehensive retention approach to help all students of the University who take freshman math and science courses to succeed.  The Mathematics/ Sciences Resource Center offers, free of charge, tutoring on demand, extensive advising and other help to students in these courses. These intervention approaches are very effective in helping our students succeed and have resulted in statistically significant: (i) increases in the grades; and (ii) decreases of the failure rates (% DFWI), of our students taking freshman math and science courses.

The College offers an extensive number of highly competitive Ph.D. and M.S. graduate programs in all of our departments.  These programs provide our students the opportunity to study in an outstanding and well equipped research environment and to develop themselves into the scientists and innovators of tomorrow. 

The College has a distinguished faculty of outstanding educators and internationally known research scholars recognized for many important scientific discoveries for which they have received prestigious awards. Our graduate and undergraduate students benefit substantially from the extensive strengths of our faculty. Our students enjoy distinct advantages in being taught and recommended by these highly respected scholars.

Research and training grant expenditures have been increased in the College by 48% over a period of five years to $16.4 million in 2011-2012 from $11.1 million in 2006-2007.  We are very grateful to the faculty for making this possible.  This increase demonstrates the commitment and exceptional quality of our faculty and provides substantial financial support to our graduate students.   These $16.4 million annually must be spent in the region and generate many jobs.  Additionally, the College teaches large numbers of students who must relocate in this area and who spend considerable funds generating many more jobs. The economic impact of the College to the region is substantial.  Also, the College is engaged in many outreach activities with the community.

We welcome you to the College of Sciences.  Please feel free to contact me (cplatsoucas@odu.edu) if you have any questions or need any additional information. We would like to hear from you.

Chris D. Platsoucas, Ph.D., D.Sc. (h.c.)
Dean, College of Sciences
Director, Center for Molecular Medicine
Professor of Biological Sciences