Department of Biology

Program Overview

The biology curriculum is designed to enhance the student’s interest in the living world by developing scientific habits and methods in the pursuit of knowledge and understanding.  Through the choice of upper-level electives, students can tailor the biology major for preparation aimed at careers in healthcare, research, teaching, or field work. Biology is an "umbrella term" for than 60 scientific disciplines, so many students complete post-graduate studies or training prior to entering a career.


  • The Wheeling University Biology Department has state of the art equipment that is usually only available at graduate programs in large research institutions, while our small class size still maintains that one-on-one training and personal touch that is typically only found in small liberal arts colleges.
  • The college experience is more than just attending classes and laboratories. The Biology program at Wheeling University has chapters in national honor societies and clubs that enable social interaction.

BIO-401 Animal Behavior
BIO-414 Biochemistry
BIO-436 Physiological Ecology
BIO-440 Microbiology
BIO-462 Cancer Biology

The career choices for a graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology is limited only by the graduate’s imagination. Our biology majors have successfully obtained careers in Health Care, Federal and State Government, Industry, Law and Education.  While some of these career paths require training beyond the baccalaureate degree, the Biology major provides a solid foundation for graduate training and professional training, as well as the knowledge and technical skills necessary for careers that require interpersonal skills and technological capabilities. The list below includes some of the more popular career paths for Biology majors, but is by no means exhaustive.
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Betty Faye Thacker Award of Excellence
Dr. Betty Faye Thacker was a Professor and Chair of the Biology Department for over thirty years. During those decades she was the guide and mentor to hundreds of pre-professional students who still remember the rigor and excellence of her teaching. This award is presented to the top Biology student of the year.

Biology majors routinely engage in internships at West Virginia University and Marshall University through the INBRE program.  Internships at the Good Zoo in Wheeling are also possible.
Alpha Epsilon Delta
Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta)
The Mendel Club
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