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Welcome to the College of Sciences!

Please accept my warmest welcome to the College of Sciences! We have more than 200 full-time faculty in seven academic departments. Our 3,900 undergraduate majors and 500 graduate students are earning degrees in traditional and interdisciplinary fields. We provide opportunities for our students in the form of excellent classroom instruction, laboratory work, research, and internships. We also offer a helping hand. Each department has resources in place, from one-on-one tutoring to supplemental instruction, and technological aids, to assist students in reaching their potential.

Our faculty are engaged in highly competitive, leading-edge research, studying the heart of the proton, the mysteries of our earth and oceans, human behavior and biology, the role of computers and technology in our society, our interactions with the natural world and the development of a sustainable future, to name just a few. Our faculty conduct their research and present their results all over the world. They are internationally recognized for their expertise and for their creativity and innovation. Our students, both undergraduate and graduate, engage with them in and out of the classroom. The possibilities are endless!

We hope you will take the time to explore the departmental web pages to see for yourself the wealth of programs we offer. Your journey to Discover Monarch Science will be endless. Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you need more information.

Gail E. Dodge, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Sciences


Dean's Bio:

Gail Elizabeth Dodge is Dean of the College of Sciences and Professor of Physics at Old Dominion University, where she has been a member of the faculty since 1995. She is an experimental nuclear physicist, studying the protons and neutrons which make up the atomic nucleus. In order to do that she uses the high energy electron beam at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News, Virginia, which functions like an enormous electron microscope. The goal of these experiments is to probe the underlying quarks and gluons that make up the protons and neutrons.

Dr. Dodge served a two-year term as a program manager at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington, Virginia. There she was responsible for the $17 million experimental nuclear physics program and for coordination with the Office of Nuclear Physics at the Department of Energy (DOE). Prior to working at NSF, she served as a member of the Nuclear Science Advisory Committee, which advises DOE and NSF on priorities for nuclear science funding in the United States.

She was chair of the ODU Department of Physics for six years. In 2015, she was selected by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia for an Outstanding Faculty Award. She received her B.A. from Princeton University and her M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.