Biology

Arts and Sciences Degree/A.A.

     The field of biology includes a wide variety of topics and interests. Our associate’s degree program provides the first two years of either a Bachelor of Science (BS) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. Our program allows you to get an excellent foundation in your general biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics courses in a small classroom environment that allows more individual attention and help from your professors. Upon transfer to a bachelor’s program, you can then determine your area of emphasis that fits your career goals.  The areas of emphasis on the Morgantown campus are neuroscience, genomics, cell and molecular biology and ecology and environmental biology.

     A BA or BS in Biology is a common major for students interested in applying to medical school, dental school, veterinary school or graduate research in the field of Biology. A BA or BS in Biology can also be used for students interested in teaching biology in secondary education.

     The BS Biology program concentrates more on science and math courses, while the BA program also has a liberal arts focus and requires completion of a foreign language series.

Career Opportunities

     While most graduates of a bachelor’s program go on to some type of graduate school, there are employment opportunities for individuals with a bachelor’s in biology and environmental biology. Biological technicians can be employed by various government, private and health care laboratories, and environmental scientists are employed by different government and industry agencies. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, biological technicians had a median average annual income of $42,520 and environmental scientist $68,910 in 2016.

“Potomac State College was a great choice for me; I was able to remain close to home while receiving an excellent and affordable education. The intimate class sizes allowed for more personalized instruction from knowledgeable professors who are passionate about seeing their students succeed. Additionally, my rigorous coursework at PSC provided me with a solid foundation in biology, on which I was able to build my career as an epidemiologist. I believe attending PSC set me on the path to success in my career.” -Katelynn E Dodd, MPH; Associate Service Fellow, Epidemiologist; NIOSH, RHD

Click here to view the recommended Two-Year Sequence Advisement Sheet (BS Degree) pdf

Click here to view the recommended Two-Year Sequence Advisement Sheet (BA Degree) pdf