Do you want to go to medical, dental, veterinary or pharmacy school? Maybe some other graduate school? Biology is the right major for you.

To prepare students to succeed in a biological or health-related sciences career, courses offered through the biology program at Davis & Elkins College are designed to enable you to develop an understanding of the process of scientific inquiry as well as an appreciation of the unity and diversity of life. The program further aims to help you establish an understanding and appreciation of the relationships that operate within the biosphere, especially those involving humankind.


To serve the needs of students with differing career interests, two degree options are offered: (1) the Bachelor of Science in Biology major is intended for preparing for professional or graduate schools, or employment in more technical careers in biology (2) the Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Environmental Science major for those who want expertise in biological and environmental issues for less technical careers.

You'll be engaged in much more than lectures, learning in a lab setting from inspiring faculty members with expertise in the field. Throughout your studies at D&E, you’ll have the opportunity to conduct research, secure an internship and attend conferences, among many other engaging experiences, to help you build a strong resume and achieve your goals.

A wide range of possible internships exists for you as a D&E student. Offices for the following organizations are located in Elkins and the surrounding area: Davis Medical Center, West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Fernow Experimental Forest, Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Bowden Fish Hatchery and The Nature Conservancy. There are also several veterinary clinics and the Randolph County Humane Society in Elkins if you’re interested in veterinary medicine.

After earning their degree, recent graduates have gone on to the West Virginia University School of Medicine, Mississippi State University School of Veterinary Medicine, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, West Virginia University School of Pharmacy, Ohio State University School of Optometry and the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University. To learn more about D&E’s partnership with the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, click here.

Find yourself at D&E – contact us today.