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Prospective Students

There are many rewarding careers in the science, technology and business of renewable, sustainable, bio-based materials and education in the field of Sustainable Biomaterials. Here is how to apply:

High School Graduates

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions has the responsibility of offering admission to all freshmen desiring enrollment at Virginia Tech. Please contact this office for admission information and requirements.

Many high school students enter Virginia Tech with Advanced Placement credit. The complete list of AP exam scores required for credit is available from the University Registrar.

Community College Graduates / Transfer Students

We welcome students entering our program from the Virginia Community College System as well as from other four-year colleges and universities. We work closely with Virginia community colleges to ensure that students will make the transition to Virginia Tech with minimum disruptions.  

Because every student's case is different please contact: Dr. Robert Bush or Dr. Audrey Zink-Sharp for more information about transferring into our program.

Students already at Virginia Tech

Declare/Change a Major:

Students within CNRE or other College at Virginia Tech wishing to change their major should follow the following steps: 

  1. Meet with an SBIO academic advisor in to discuss your plans before you begin the change-of-major paperwork.
  2. After you meet with an advisor, you should complete the Change of Major/Minor form and obtain the necessary signatures.
  3. Submit the completed form to Lisa Lawson in 138 Cheatham Hall.
  4. Check Hokie Spa in a few weeks to ensure that the changes are correct and to learn the name of your new advisor in CNRE.

Add Minor:

Students wishing to complete a minor in Packaging Science or Wood Science should use the Change Major/Minor Form and submit it to Lisa Lawson in 138 Cheatham Hall.

For more information please visit the website of the Academic Programs Office or contact either Dr. Robert Bush or Dr. Audrey Zink-Sharp.

Academic Advisors

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Dr. Audrey Zink-Sharp
230 Cheatham Hall
(540) 231-8820



    Headshot of Robert J. Bush

Dr. Robert Bush
230 Cheatham Hall
(540) 231-8834



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