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Careers in Medicine

A degree in biology helps facilitate your entry to medical, dental, pharmacological nursing or veterinary school, and leads to successful graduate study in all areas of the biological sciences. 

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, WVU biology graduates from year to year are accepted into medical schools at a rate consistently higher than the national average. In 2008, 58 percent of applicants from the Department of Biology were accepted into medical schools, while only 45 percent of applicants nationwide were accepted into medical schools. 

Careers in research 

Whether you are interested in discovering new treatments for diseases like cancer and AIDS, studying the fundamental links between the brain and behavior, probing the relationships between genes and development or understanding the impacts of humans on the environment, the Department of Biology has faculty who can teach you the science and involve you in the excitement of research and discovery.

With a degree in biology, you will be trained 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. With a combination of appropriate electives, students with a degree in biology can pursue a career in a wide array of areas including law, journalism, teaching, healthcare administration, public health and business.