Biology Program


Biology is the study of life. To understand biology, students need to have a working knowledge of all sciences. The Fairmont State University Biology program gives students the broad based education they need to succeed.

Students can work toward any of three Biology degrees. They are:

  • B.A.  in Education with a specialization in Biology
  • B.S. in Biology
  • B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in biotechnology

Students earning the B.S. in Biology have the flexibility to select courses in one of the following areas:

  • Organismal Biology
  • Ecology
  • Cell and Molecular Biology

Biology majors are not required to take a minor.

Some Fairmont State students choose the Biology program as their undergraduate major before going on to graduate school for dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and veterinary medicine.


Career Opportunities

A Biology degree is perfect for students with goals of becoming doctors.  Students who choose the B.A in Education with a specialization in Biology prepare to be able to teach biology in grades 9-adult. 

Students who earn either of Fairmont State University’s B.S. degrees in Biology are set up to be:

  • Lab technicians
  • Wildlife Biologists
  • Research Scientists
  • Naturalists

Combining a Biology degree with another field of study opens students to more opportunities.  For example:

  • Biology and English – Scientific writer, technical journal illustrator
  • Biology and Computer Science - Bioinformatics
  • Biology and Business – Marketing for pharmaceutical firms and biological supply companies


Biology Mission

The mission of the Biology Program is to provide a quality education for undergraduates in the biological sciences as well as providing an excellent preparation for a variety of careers, including those requiring advanced degrees.  The mission is accomplished by the Program’s commitment to high-quality classroom instruction and meaningful collaborations between students and faculty in their performance of original research.  Further support of the mission is obtained by the fostering of initiative and independence within the students thereby promoting lifelong learning while in the process of mastering the techniques and principles of biology.  The view that biology is a construct of reality resulting from scientific inquiry is encouraged.   Reflection and synthesis of biological concepts is encouraged to increase the students’ critical understanding of the discipline and thus advance their ability to apply its concepts. 

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