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Biology students study 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.

Students 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.

How will I focus my studies?

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 preparing to attend graduate school and medical, dental or other medicine-related professional schools.

Emily Delaney, Williamstown, W.Va.

Major: Biology
Minor: Psychology

EmilyDelaneyBefore Emily stepped foot on the WVU campus, she knew she wanted to become a physician. She chose a biology degree to help her reach this goal. Emily found that “due to the large variety of courses offered, you are sure to find something that interests you. There are numerous resources devoted to helping students succeed.” Through WVU programming, Emily participated in a medical mission trip to Panama. Here in West Virginia, she researched native and invasive plant species. From helping to provide medical care for 529 patients to analyzing chemical reactions with plant species, Emily has gained valuable experience and the necessary background for her future medical career. 

Learn more at the Biology site