When you explore biology, you begin to understand the extraordinary nature of the world — from genes to ecosystems, molecules and cells, structure and function, organisms and their environments.

Through in-depth instruction at the cutting-edge of our discipline, hands-on research conducted with award-winning faculty and experience with next-generation resources and equipment, Biology majors at WVU learn to question, experiment and innovate. We provide all the opportunities of a large university with a small college feel.

As a Biology major, your career goals may include biological research, medical school, pharmacy, business or education. Students interested in health professions also have access to additional information and advice through the Pre-Health Advising and Professional Development Office.

Areas of Emphasis

Tailor this major to your interests by taking courses in one of these areas:

  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
    Focuses on how cells function at the molecular level.
  • Ecology and Environmental Biology
    The scientific analysis and study of interactions among organisms and their environment. Includes the study of interactions organisms have with each other, other organisms and with abiotic components of their environment. Topics include the diversity, distribution, amount (biomass) and number (population) of particular organisms, as well as cooperation and competition between organisms, both within and among ecosystems.
  • Genomics
    Genomics is an area within genetics that concerns the sequencing and analysis of an organism's genome. The genome is the entire DNA content that is present within one cell of an organism. Experts in genomics strive to determine complete DNA sequences and perform genetic mapping to help understand the disease.
  • Neuroscience
    The scientific study of the nervous system. The scope of neuroscience has broadened to include the different approaches used to study the molecular, cellular, developmental, structural, functional, evolutionary, computational and medical aspects of the nervous system. Techniques used by neuroscientists have also expanded enormously, from molecular and cellular studies of individual nerve cells to imaging of sensory and motor tasks in the brain.


Tailor this major to your interests by taking courses in one of these areas:

  • B.A. Biology: Pre-Medical Track
  • B.S. Biology: Pre-Medical track


  • Earn academic credit through Eberly internship courses.
  • Four areas of emphasis offered to focus your studies.
  • Provides a foundation that spans the field's diverse subdisciplines.
  • High medical school acceptance rate for recent graduates.
  • Wide variety of classroom environments, from large lecture sections to small group discussions and intensive laboratory-oriented courses.
  • 500+ scholarships awarded annually by the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Funding available through the Academic Enrichment Program.
  • The ASPIRE Office helps students compete for nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships and gain admission to graduate or professional school.
  • Individual and collaborative research activities available.
  • SpeakWrite Certified program (incorporates and develops written, verbal, visual and mediated communication skills).


  • Bioinformatics Scientists
  • Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Biological Technicians
  • Biologists
  • Geneticists
  • Molecular and Cellular Biologists
  • Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
Program taught in:
  • English

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