Wesleyan students on a recent trip to the Amazon

Department of Biology & Environmental Science

West Virginia Wesleyan is proud of its reputation for the high acceptance rate of its graduates into medical, dental, veterinary, and science-related graduate schools. Many of our biology majors pursue careers in these areas. Wesleyan biology majors have also undertaken careers in education, research, environmental studies, and pharmaceutical sales. You can read more about alumni success here.

As a biology major, you’ll learn science by doing science, in lab classes and research projects. The curriculum emphasizes observation and experimentation in the field and laboratory. In addition to the biology major, we offer a biology education major, an environmental science major, an environmental studies major and a minor in biology. For students who want a greater degree of specialization, we offer two concentrations within the biology major: Molecular Biology/Biotechnology and Ecology/Field Biology. For academically talented students who have an interest in research, we offer the opportunity to earn a Special Honors designation in biology. There’s no substitute for direct, hands-on experience, which biology majors gain through a career-related internship or research project carried out to meet our experiential learning requirement. Wesleyan’s biology program prepares you to:

  • demonstrate your knowledge of the major fields of biology: molecular and cellular biology, physiology, genetics, ecology, evolution, and systematics;

  • design and conduct experiments, analyze data and place your conclusions in a larger scientific context;

  • communicate scientific information effectively, both in writing and orally;
    analyze and discuss current scientific literature;

  • work effectively in groups to investigate research questions and solve problems.

Environmental Science:

The primary goals of this program are to provide students with first-hand experience in the field of environmental science as well as an in-depth understanding of local and global environmental issues. Graduates of this program will be well prepared to enter the fields of water quality management, natural resource conservation, environmental chemistry, ecology, environmental education, forestry and wildlife management. The B.S. program is designed for students who expect to pursue graduate studies or a career in science. The B.A. program is for students who wish to blend environmental science with another discipline, such as economics, computer science, or political science