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Interdisciplinary Science Programs

Environmental Studies

At Washington and Lee, we take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the environment. Faculty and students from the sciences, the humanities, the social sciences, and law are involved in this approach through research, the curriculum, and a variety of co-curricular activities. Students develop disciplinary expertise and an understanding of how insights from different disciplines complement each other.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Initiative

The newest HHMI grant initiative (2012-2016, $1 million) seeks to make science more accessible to all students, to retain more students in STEM areas, to provide transferable skills to those students who seek other majors and to develop their scientific curiosity, literacy, creativity and the confidence to speak knowledgeably about science issues.

Neuroscience Program

Neuroscience is one of Washington and Lee's oldest interdisciplinary programs. The mission of the program is to foster an environment of collaborative research wherein students learn discipline-specific knowledge, analytic and scientific thinking and ethical principles of research through close interactions with faculty members actively engaged in basic neuroscience research. Coursework in this program serves to provide background and context for the research activities that are the core experience for our students.