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Dr. Kenneth Rastall
Department Chair
Email: krastall@wju.edu
Phone: 1-304-243-2334


Facts About Biology


Biology is the study of life. The biology curriculum aims at awakening the student's interest in the living world, developing scientific habits in pursuing knowledge of the world and training in biological science in preparation for careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, research, teaching, and other biological vocations.

Many Wheeling Jesuit Biology majors continue on to medical school.  Biology is an "umbrella term" for than 60 scientific disciplines so many students complete post-graduate studies or training prior to entering a career.

Wheeling Jesuit Biology majors typically enter careers in chemical or genetic engineering, governmental and pharmaceutical research, environmental law, forensic science, medicine pathology, research, or teaching.  Students interested in becoming biology teachers in secondary schools may consider the Teacher Preparation program in conjunction with a general science degree.

Our small class sizes and readily available faculty allow students to receive an excellent foundation in science. The campus' learning, teaching, and research facility offers students the most advanced technology available, which enhances undergraduate teaching, and research programs. The department is located in the University's newly built Acker Science Center, a 50,000 ft2, $7.5 million Science/ Computer Building that contains laboratory space, in addition to classrooms and a computer center.  All Biology majors have the opportunity to perform undergraduate research in our well-equipped laboratories.  Departmental faculty members provide students with a balance of professional accomplishment and academic background. Faculty members work with their students as individuals, not as anonymous students. Faculty members set aside time before and after classes to make themselves available to meet their students' needs, which is a proven formula for success.



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