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.

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 an environmental studies major and minors in biology, human biology, and environmental studies. For students who want a greater degree of specialization, we offer two concentrations within the biology major: Molecular Biology/Biotechnology and Environmental Science and Ecology. 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Faculty

    Kim Bjorgo-Thorne, Associate Professor

    email: bjorgo@wvwc.edu

    phone: 8126

     

    Joseph Niederhauser, Assistant Professor

    niederhauser.j@wvwc.edu

     

    Melanie Sal, Department Chair, Associate Professor

    sal_m@wvwc.edu

    phone: 8034

     

    Matthew Reid, Assistant Professor

    reid.m@wvwc.edu

    phone: 304-473-8141

     

    Katharine Gregg, Professor Emerita, Curator of the George B. Rossbach Herbarium, Director of the Greenhouse

    email: gregg@wvwc.edu

    phone: 8124

     

    Luke Huggins, Professor of Biology

    Professor of Biology

    email: huggins@wvwc.edu

    phone: 8097

     

    Amy Rogosky, Instructor, Assistant Lab Coordinator

    email: rogosky_a@wvwc.edu

    phone: 8122

     

    Jeanne Sullivan, Professor Emerita

    email: sullivan@wvwc.edu

     

  • Majors
    • Biology – B.S.

      Including concentrations in Molecular Biology/Biotechnology or Environmental Science and Ecology

      • 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 Studies – B.A.
      • 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.
  • Minors
    • Biology
      • 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.
    • Human Biology
      • 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 Studies
      • 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.