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2021 Best Colleges for General Biology in West Virginia

General Biology is a popular major and West Virginia is the 39th most popular state for students studying this major. 520 of the 97,754 General Biology degrees earned last year were given by colleges in West Virginia. With so many choices it can be a daunting task finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for General Biology in West Virginia ranking analyzed 4 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in general biology. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 0 schools for General Biology students in West Virginia.

Choosing a Great General Biology School

Best Colleges for General Biology in West Virginia Your choice of general biology school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Quality Overall is Important

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Graduates Earn More After College

A general biology degree from schools on this list usually translates into above average salaries following graduation. Recent general biology graduates from West Virginia colleges with a bachelors degree earned an average of $24,125 in 2017-2018.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on General Biology students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other general biology students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized general biology related accrediting body.

Our full ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for General Biology students in West Virginia.

Best Schools to Study General Biology in West Virginia

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study general biology.

Best Biology Colleges in West Virginia


West Virginia University

Morgantown, WV

West Virginia University is among your top options if you want to study general biology. WVU is a very large public school located in the city of Morgantown.

Graduates from the general biology degree program at West Virginia University make $2,075 more than the standard college grad with the same degree when they enter the workforce.


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West Virginia University Institute of Technology is among your top options if you want to study general biology. Located in the small city Beckley, West Virginia University Tech is a public college with a small student population.

West Virginia University Institute of Technology general biology graduates make $2,075 more than the average biology student.


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Marshall University

Huntington, WV

Marshall University is a wonderful decision for individuals interested in a General Biology degree. Marshall University is a fairly large public school located in the city of Huntington.

Students who graduate from this program state that they receive average early career wages of $18,800.


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Shepherd University

Shepherdstown, WV

Every student who is interested in general biology has to look into Shepherd University. Shepherd University is a small public school located in the town of Shepherdstown.

Graduates of the biology program earn an average of $25,300 in the first couple years of working.


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Best General Biology Colleges in the Southeast Region

Explore all the Best General Biology Schools in the Southeast Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Georgia 279 3,170
Florida 276 5,614
North Carolina 274 3,519
Virginia 268 3,176
Tennessee 257 1,493
South Carolina 239 1,732
Kentucky 238 1,144
Alabama 230 1,751
Mississippi 228 1,347
Arkansas 226 868
Louisiana 225 1,437

General Biology is one of 14 different types of Biological & Biomedical Sciences programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 142
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 37
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 15
Biotechnology 6
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 5

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Janderk. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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