Overview of Science
Careers in Science use a variety of research methods to investigate a question or solve a problem about our physical world.
Get Career Ready for Science
Find out what it takes to land a career in Science
Earn a Degree
To work in the field of Science, you must have a strong background in science and math. Majors, minors, and degree information can be found in the Mason Catalog.
Along with your degree, professional certifications like these may increase your employment options:
The ability to pass a background investigation and/or security clearance will increase your employment options in the field of Science conducting research in government-funded labs. Join Mason’s Clearance Ready program to learn more.
Employers are expecting candidates to have at least six to twelve months of related experience to be competitive for full-time positions. Gain experience while you are a student at Mason.
Here are the types of experiences most valued by Science employers, and where to find them:
- Students as Scholars Program (OSCAR)
- Mason College of Science Research
- Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program (ASSIP)
- Mason Research
Outside of Mason:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Fellowships
- Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program
- National Institutes of Health
- Oak Ridge Institute
- Virginia Bio: STEM2VA
It is important for you to be able to clearly communicate the knowledge, skills, and experiences you have gained in and outside of the classroom.
Career ready Mason grads have gone on to work for Science employers, such as:
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Join the Science community
Get involved with academic and professional societies to grow your network while you're still a student.
Mason Student Organizations
- American Academy of Forensic Science
- American Association for the Advancement of Science
- American Astronomical Society
- American Biological Safety Association
- American Chemical Society
- American Society for Microbiology
- Association for Women in Science DC Chapter
- Maryland Tech Council
- Virginia Bio