The Department of Biology at West Virginia University is dedicated to the study of living organisms and the processes of life. Our faculty train students in the rapidly-expanding field of biology and pursue discovery through individual and collaborative research activities.
The Department of Biology offers two undergraduate degree programs, the bachelor of science (B.S.) and the bachelor of arts (B.A.) in biology. These two programs are structured to meet the needs of all students who are interested in a career in the broad area of the life sciences.
Both of our undergraduate degrees provide excellent preparation for students who are preparing to attend graduate school and medical, dental, or other medically related professional schools.
A degree in biology prepares students for a wide range of careers in the biological sciences including environmental biology, biotechnology, genetics, and other biologically related technical fields in government and private industry. In addition, with appropriate electives, students with a degree in biology can pursue a career in a wide array including law, journalism, teaching, health care administration, and business.
Irrespective of the degree program chosen, students will experience a wide variety of classroom environments from large lecture sections to small group discussions and intensive laboratory-oriented courses. Laboratory courses include topics such as genomics, bioinformatics, comparative anatomy, ecology, ichthyology, invertebrate zoology, molecular genetics, plant systematics, and recombinant DNA technology, as well as many other laboratory experiences across the biological disciplines.