Charleston has a general population of 53,421 and an overall student population of 4,100. Approximately 1,396 of Charleston's students are enrolled in schools that offer biology programs.
Of the 1 biology schools in Charleston, the largest biology school, by student population, is University of Charleston. In 2010, University of Charleston graduated approximately 23 students from its biology program.
In 2010, 23 students graduated with a biology degree in Charleston. If you decide to join their ranks, you can expect to pay an average of $24,000 per year in tuition costs.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,200 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a biology program in Charleston. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $8,937 per year, on average, for room and board at Charleston-based biology schools. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $27,700.
If you plan on staying in Charleston after graduating from biology school, you should know that job prospects for biologists in Charleston, which is the most popular biology profession, are average. In 2010, 1 out of every 2 biologists in West Virginia were working in the greater Charleston area. By the year 2018, the number of biologists is expected to increase by 9% in Charleston. This projected change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for biologists.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a biologist in Charleston is $42,880 per year. This is lower than the state-wide average salary for biologists.