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Campus: West Virginia University / Morgantown
College/School: Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
Areas of Emphasis: Cellular and Molecular Biology, Ecology and Environmental Biology, Genomics, Neuroscience
Pathways: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Healthcare, Agriculture and Natural Sciences

Biology majors study living organisms and the processes of life. Choose from four areas of emphasis to focus your studies: cellular and molecular biology, ecology and environmental biology, genomics and neuroscience.

Academics

Fall
  • WVUE 191 First Year Seminar
    1
  • Foreign Language 101
    3
  • BIOL 115 Principles of Biology Exclamation Point
    4
  • CHEM 115 Fundamentals of Chemistry Exclamation Point
    4
  • MATH 150 Applied Calculus Exclamation Point
    3
15
Spring
  • ENGL 101 Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric Exclamation Point
    3
  • Foreign Language 102
    3
  • BIOL 117 Introductory Physiology Exclamation Point
    4
  • CHEM 116 Fundamentals of Chemistry Exclamation Point
    4
  • General Elective
    1
15
Fall
  • WVUE 191 First Year Seminar
    1
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • BIOL 115 Principles of Biology Exclamation Point
    4
  • CHEM 115 Fundamentals of Chemistry Exclamation Point
    4
  • MATH 155 Calculus 1 Exclamation Point
    4
16
Spring
  • ENGL 101 Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric Exclamation Point
    3
  • BIOL 117 Introductory Physiology Exclamation Point
    4
  • CHEM 116 Fundamentals of Chemistry Exclamation Point
    4
  • General Elective
    3
14
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • International students: Meet one-on-one with an immigration adviser
  • Visit each of your instructors during office hours
  • Complete the Campus Read
  • Join The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM staff to learn how to publish a newspaper, write articles, create radio shows, and report news and sports
  • Participate in Adventure WV's Sophomore Outdoor Adventure Re-orientation (SOAR) program

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your first year you should:

  • Attend an alcohol-free event
  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family
  • Challenge yourself to meet members of your residence hall community
  • Attend Adventure WV
  • Get a selfie with the Mountaineer

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your first year you should:

  • Be a reporter for The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM
  • Make a friend from another country
  • Participate in the Friends of International Students Program
  • Explore community service opportunities in student organizations
  • Get involved in the Student Government Association

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your first year you should:

  • Climb at the SRC climbing wall
  • Join the Student Wellness Ambassador Team (SWAT)
  • Attend WELLWVU Bystander Intervention Training
  • Complete a WELLGO calendar (wellgo.wvu.edu)
  • Become a leadWELL Mentor

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your first year you should:

  • Attend a career fair
  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Get a job on campus at the residence hall desk or a dining hall
  • Complete the financial literacy course
  • Take a writing or communications class

Academics

Fall
  • ENGL 102 Composition, Rhetoric, and Research Exclamation Point
    3
  • Foreign Language 203
    3
  • BIOL 219 The Living Cell Exclamation Point
    4
  • CHEM 233 Organic Chemistry Exclamation Point
    3
  • CHEM 235 Organic Chemistry Laboratory Exclamation Point
    1
  • General Elective
    1
15
Spring
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • Foreign Language 204
    3
  • BIOL 221 Ecology and Evolution Exclamation Point
    3
  • BIOL 327 Professional Development
    1
  • CHEM 234 Organic Chemistry Exclamation Point
    3
  • CHEM 236 Organic Chemistry Laboratory Exclamation Point
    1
  • General Elective
    1
15
Fall
  • ENGL 102 Composition, Rhetoric, and Research Exclamation Point
    3
  • BIOL 219 The Living Cell Exclamation Point
    4
  • CHEM 233 Organic Chemistry Exclamation Point
    3
  • CHEM 235 Organic Chemistry Laboratory Exclamation Point
    1
  • PHYS 101 Introductory Physics Exclamation Point
    4
15
Spring
  • BIOL 221 Ecology and Evolution Exclamation Point
    3
  • BIOL 327 Professional Development
    1
  • PHYS 102 Introductory Physics Exclamation Point
    4
  • CHEM 234 Organic Chemistry Exclamation Point
    3
  • CHEM 236 Organic Chemistry Laboratory Exclamation Point
    1
  • STAT Requirement
    3
15
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Earn at least 15 credits per semester
  • Complete the Campus Read
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success
  • Attend dinner presentations at the Faculty Dinner Series
  • Get a Success Coach from Student Life Office of Student Success or in your college

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your second year you should:

  • Attend a football game
  • Attend a sporting event that you have never seen before
  • Go on one of the break trips through the Outdoor Rec Center
  • Attend a professional performance at the CAC
  • Visit the Outdoor Education Center and participate in a Challenge Course or Canopy Tour

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your second year you should:

  • Explore community service opportunities in Greek Life
  • Participate in an Adventure WV international adventure
  • Complete a financial management skill development opportunity in student organizations
  • Attend a multicultural, international or diversity program
  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your second year you should:

  • Become a leadWELL Mentor
  • Rent a bike and go for a ride on the rail trail
  • Use exercise for mental well-being in Movement for Mental Health
  • Learn how to de-stress at chillFEST
  • Make your own decisions about drinking and do the WELLWVU CHOICES toolkit program

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your second year you should:

  • Internship (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Meet with a career professional to make sure you are on track professionally
  • Sign up for an internship interview

Academics

Fall
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • BIOL Elective
    4
  • PHYS 101 Introductory Physics Exclamation Point
    4
  • Statistics Requirement
    3
  • General Elective
    1
15
Spring
  • ECAS Fine Arts Requirement
    3
  • Biology Capstone
    2
  • PHYS 102 Introductory Physics Exclamation Point
    4
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
15
Fall
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • ECAS Global Studies and Diversity Requirement
    3
  • BIOL Elective
    3
  • BIOL Elective
    3
15
Spring
  • BIOL Capstone
    2
  • BIOL Elective
    4
  • BIOL Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
15
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying
  • International students: Meet one-on-one with an immigration adviser
  • Get a Success Coach from Student Life Office of Student Success or in your college
  • Go talk to a faculty member in your department about graduate school or career options
  • Attend dinner presentations at the Faculty Dinner Series

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your third year you should:

  • Attend a Ring Day ceremony (where you will receive your WVU class ring)
  • Attend a Sophomore/Junior Year Experience trip or event
  • International students: Participate in international social events
  • Attend a sporting event that you have never seen before
  • Visit the WVU Farm

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your third year you should:

  • Create a culture of well-being with a WELLWVU academic internship
  • Work on a community service project
  • Take Enhancing Well-being Coaching Class
  • Reach out and volunteer in the Morgantown community
  • Join a student organization

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your third year you should:

  • Continue involvement with your club sport or intramural team or try a new one
  • Learn how to de-stress at chillFEST
  • Take a class on healthy cooking
  • Make a healthy smoothie with the Student Wellness Ambassador Team
  • Visit campus farmers market

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your third year you should:

  • Attend a career fair
  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Sign up for an internship interview
  • Become a leader in your club sport team

Academics

Fall
  • ECAS Global Studies and Diversity Requirement
    3
  • BIOL Elective
    4
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    2
15
Spring
  • BIOL Elective
    3
  • BIOL Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
15
Fall
  • BIOL Elective
    4
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    2
15
Spring
  • BIOL Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
  • General Elective
    3
15
Exclamation Point Critical Course A Icon B Icon C Icon Success marker (try to get the grade indicated)

This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Join The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM staff to learn how to publish a newspaper, write articles, create radio shows, and report news and sports
  • Attend a SORTS (Students On the Road To Success) seminar
  • International students: Meet one-on-one with an immigration adviser
  • Check all of your degree requirements
  • Sign up for graduation

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your fourth year you should:

  • Attend WVUp All Night
  • Register with the WVU Alumni Association
  • Take a picture in front of Woodburn Hall with your graduation attire
  • Attend the Mountaineer Send-Off
  • Sit in the Senior Spirit Section (Section 121) at the home football games

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your fourth year you should:

  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in Greek Life
  • Participate in a fraternity and sorority accreditation program
  • Explore community service opportunities in Greek Life
  • Explore mentorship opportunities in Greek Life
  • Participate in the Friends of International Students Program

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your fourth year you should:

  • Visit the Student Rec Center
  • Use the WELLWVU HeartMath Lab
  • Become a Well-being Coach for your peers
  • Attend a WELLWVU Try It event
  • Use your resources: learn about all your health-related needs at well.wvu.edu

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your fourth year you should:

  • Sign up for an interview
  • Attend a career fair
  • International students: Explore optional practical training (12 to 29 months work experience in the U.S.)
  • Become a student-leader in at least one organization
  • Submit your resume to Career Services

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