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Graduate Student Achievement

Applied Physics and Computer Science

The master of science in applied physics and computer science is built around a core of physics and computer science courses that are the foundation of the three areas of concentration:

  • Computer science
  • Computer systems engineering and instrumentation
  • Applied physics

The program’s goal is to provide graduates with the scientific background and technical tools to:

  • Advance an experimental technique, extend the application of a theory, or produce new data or observations
  • Design, build and evaluate a system of measurement, instrumentation, computers and/or software
  • Present logically and clearly the results of their own scientific investigation
  • Understand and critically evaluate other scientists’ work

Environmental Science

The master of science in environmental science has been designed to provide knowledge and technical skills and provides a solid background in ecological and environmental conservation theory.

Upon graduation from this program, students will:

  • Have a solid background in ecological and environmental conservation theory
  • Have the skills required for employment with environmental assessment / monitoring businesses, and state and federal governmental agencies
  • Have research and technical-writing skills
  • Be prepared for further graduate work


The master of arts in teaching (MAT), a 36-hour traditional master’s-plus licensure program or initial licensure program, has several hallmarks:

  • A dedicated faculty in 12 different departments throughout the University who administer the program
  • A partnership with an award-winning school district (Newport News Public Schools) that provides rich field experiences
  • A program of study that is taught by faculty and professionals in many different disciplines
  • An opportunity to have paid employment during part of the professional year
  • An active student organization (the Student Virginia Education Association) that includes four past state presidents

Licensure for teaching in Virginia requires that students complete a degree in one of the traditional liberal arts, professional courses, for the teaching profession, and to provide student teaching experiences as well as passing scores on the PRAXIS II, VCLA, and RVE (elementary candidates only) examinations. Pass rate for Christopher Newport graduates is 100 percent for all examinations.

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