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Doctoral Programs

Agricultural and Extension Education

This program is intended for students desiring advanced study in teaching agriculture in public schools and in higher education, communications and leadership, or extension education.


Animal and Food Science

Students entering this program may select research and classes to emphasize areas of interest appropriate to the Division of Animal & Nutritional Sciences. Areas include agricultural biochemistry, animal nutrition, animal physiology, and human nutrition and food sciences.


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Forest Resources Sciences

This program allows students to choose one of the following as their major field of study: forest resources management; recreation, parks, and tourism resources; wood science and technology, or wildlife and fisheries resources. Within these major fields of study, specialization is limited only by the range of competencies in the graduate faculty.


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Plant and Soil Sciences

The doctor of philosophy in plant and soil sciences degree is offered to students who wish to study applied and environmental microbiology, crops agronomy, entomology, horticulture, plant pathology, or soil sciences. Areas of emphasis are offered in each of those topics.


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Genetics and Developmental Biology

The master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees are offered in genetics and developmental biology, an interdisciplinary program involving the faculty and facilities of a number of departments in the various colleges and schools of the University. A student may concentrate in genetics or developmental biology.


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Reproductive Physiology

The reproductive physiology program differs from most graduate programs at West Virginia University in several ways. First, it is an interdisciplinary doctoral program. The preparation of an M.S. thesis is considered an important component of earning the Ph.D. degree, because writing skills have become so integral to success in a scientific career. Thus the M.S. is integral to the doctoral program, not a separate program. Students may enter the program with an M.S. from another institution or another program at WVU, or may enter with a B.S. and complete an M.S. en route to the Ph.D.


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Resource Management and Sustainable Development

The Ph.D. program in Resource Management and Sustainable Development offers three areas of emphasis: agricultural and extension education, human and community development and resource management.