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Mission of the program

The mission of the Biotechnology Program is to provide cross-disciplinary education and training in twenty-first century concepts and biotechniques to a diverse group of regional, national and international students. The Program prepares a cadre of professionals for careers in the diverse industries being revolutionized by Biotechnology and prepares its graduates for advanced education. Through coursework, laboratory work and other academic experiences such as internships, students advance their critical thinking skills, and master the technical skills necessary to solve complex biological problems.
At West Virginia State University, you will learn state-of-the-art Biotechnology as you conduct research that addresses environmental, agricultural, and bio-medical problems. Our program provides instruction in the broad field of Biotechnology, as well as specialized training in the many sub-disciplines of Biotechnology.

About the Program

The West Virginia State University Biotechnology Graduate Program is housed within the Department of Biology.  It consists of 13 Ph.D. faculty and some 20 students.  In addition, our affiliation with the Research Scientists of the Gus R. Douglass Institute for Land Grand Research provides opportunities to choose from a surprisingly diverse variety of research projects. 
Biotechnology Program Faculty and Research Interests
For a detailed description of the Program, go to the Biotech Graduate Student Manual.

Program Areas Of Concentration

We divide the broad field(s) of Biotechnology into two areas of concentration: Organismal / Environmental and Molecular / Microbial.  Biotechnology education is built on five core courses: Current Concepts in Biotechnology (lecture), two semesters of Techniques in Biotechnology (lab), Biostatistics, and Biotechnology Seminar. All students teach two semesters of undergraduate courses.
The research-based MS Degree continues with four electives in your chosen areas of concentration, plus research, writing, defense, and public presentation of your own Master’s Degree thesis work.
The coursework-based MA Degree continues with six electives in your chosen area of concentration, plus a comprehensive exam covering your Master’s coursework.
Areas of Concentration and Electives
Course Descriptions

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships are awarded to students on an annual basis, without regard to financial status, race, sex, age, color, religion, disability, national origin or ethnic origin. Our assistantships (teaching or research) not only provide you with valuable training and experience, they also come with a tuition waiver and a stipend for two semesters (contact us for the current amount). Over 90% of our students are fully supported with assistantships.  
Graduate Assistantships

Admission Info

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Contact Us

Contact Dr. Richard Ford, Biotechnology Program Coordinator at 304-766-5742 or email  fordri@wvstateu.edu
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