Future Students

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Welcome to the WLU Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics where you get the Advantages of a smaller university; with many Opportunities equal to or exceeding that of many larger colleges.  WLU is located in a rural area in the northern panhandle of West Virginia, but our reputation for a quality education in Science and Mathematics at an economically friendly cost is becoming well known throughout the tri-state area and beyond.

And Our Graduates are going places….. In the last few years our graduates have continued their education at:

Alderson-Broaddus College in the Physician Assistant Program
Chathem University
in the Physician’s Assistant Program
Cornell University
in Biological Chemistry
Duquesne University
in Pharmacy
Marietta College
in the Physician Assistant Program
Marshall University
in Medical School, Forensic Science, & Environmental Science
NOVA Southeastern University
in Osteopathic Medicine, & Optometry
Ohio State University
in Dental School, Organic Chemistry, & Biochemistry
Ross University
in Veterinary Science
University of Charleston
in Pharmacy
University of Georgia
in Veterinary Science
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
in Osteopathic Medicine
West Virginia University
in Dental School, Medical School, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, Chemistry, & Environmental Science

The majority of these students have commented that the education they received at WLU has enabled them not only to succeed at these institutions but on many occasions be more prepared than their fellow classmates.

Advantages of WLU:

  • You have a Name not a number
  • Smaller class size
  • Your professors get to know you and can give you one-on-one instruction
  • Fellow students can offer help, encouragement, and advice

Opportunities at WLU:

One of the most beneficial opportunities the WLU Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics offers its students is undergraduate research.  Each year freshmen through seniors are actively doing research.  These students are not only rewarded monetarily but they also gain research experience, and have the opportunity to present their findings at a state, national, & international level.  In the last few years our student researchers have traveled throughout West Virginia; gone to New Orleans, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, St. Louis, and even Slovenia and Japan.

Listed below are some of the research areas available to undergraduate students at WLU:

Biology:

  • the role of statins (e.g. Lipitor) in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and inflammation
  • genetic analysis of heirloom tomato varieties
  • the transduction of ischemic pain
  • conservation assessment and distributional survey of West Virginia’s Crayfishes
  • conservation assessment of all G1-G3 listed crayfish species in West Virginia

Chemistry:

  • molecular modeling of cytochrome p450
  • kinetics study of drug interactions
  • characterization studies of St. John’s Wort components