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Minors


Man looking at grain in field Agribusiness Management

This minor gives students additional skills aimed specifically at rural businesses that produce, process or market agricultural products and commodities. Such companies range from locally owned firms to Fortune 500 companies such as Unilever and Nestle.

Agribusiness Management
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Image of an apple Applied & Environmental Microbiology

This minor is designed to introduce students to the beneficial and harmful roles of microorganisms in a variety of diverse environments including plants, animals, soil, food, air and water. Emphasis is given to the importance of microorganisms in such applied areas as public health, plant disease, pollution and pollution abatement, biological control of pests, biodeterioration, and ecology.

A &E Microbiology
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Trees in a park Arboriculture

This minor is designed to provide students educational opportunities in the area of ornamental horticulture as it relates to current urban environments. Emphasis is given to the establishment and management of herbaceous and woody plants used in commercial, recreationaland home settings.

Arboriculture Minor Checklist


Student holding small bird Conservation Ecology

This minor is designed to provide students with specialized knowledge and skills that may open the door to new career opportunities, enhance lifelong learning, and promote their roles as informed and active citizens.

Conservation Ecology
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Road signs saying economy and environment Environmental Economics

The minor offers skills aimed specifically at policy issues in environmental and natural resources economics. It can enhance employment opportunities in government agencies and private consulting firms dealing with environmental and natural resource policy or with natural resources firms. The specific minor course requirements are flexible to allow students to create strength in a particular area of experience such as water, air, energy, raw materials, etc.

Environmental Economics
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Man taking water sample Environmental Protection

This minor is designed to provide students with the opportunity to study the science and techniques which are applied to safeguard the quality of the environment with emphasis on water, soil and crop protection. This minor would benefit students from agronomy, horticulture and other disciplines with significant backgrounds in chemistry and biological science who intend to work in the area where their major is applied to environmental protection.

Environmental Protection
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Student standing next to horse Equine Studies

Designed for students who wish to advance their knowledge of equine management practices or find basic employment within the equine industry, those who pursue the minor will gain knowledge in the areas of reproduction, nutrition, health, training methods and design of facilities and economy of the industry. Students will also have the opportunity to field trips and hands-on experience.

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Students looking at magazines Family and Consumer Sciences

This minor requires courses in human nutrition and foods, interior design and/or fashion design and merchandising.

Family and Consumer Sciences
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Student looking at fabric and color samples Fashion Merchandising

This online minor aims to educate students about the niche market and realm of the fashion industry, allowing for grounded knowledge in the field. Students will gain insight into the role of apparel in today’s marketplace and the global nature of the fashion and apparel industry.

Fashion Merchandising
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Student looking in microscope Food Science and Technology

This minor is for students interested in pursuing careers in the food industry. Students will gain knowledge of food processing, engineering, chemistry, microbiology and marketing. The minor will broaden career opportunities in the areas of food safety and quality assurance, food science and technology, food engineering, sensory evaluation, new food marketing research, food development, technical sales and marketing, and state or federal food inspection.

Food Science & Technology
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Student holding plate of tacos Food Service Production

The minor in foodservice production is designed to provide students educational opportunities in the areas of hospitality and/or foodservice management and/or food production management. Emphasis is given to those courses that provide expanded knowledge on management, food production, and food safety. Students must obtain a 75% or higher on the ServSafe® Food Safety and Alcohol examinations offered in in order to obtain the minor.

Food Service Production
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Student measuring width of a tree Forest Resources Management

Designed to provide students educational opportunities in the area of forest resources management, this minor emphasizes courses that provide basic understanding of sustainable forest management in the Appalachian region.

Forest Resources Management
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Plant and soil in hands Horticulture

This minor is designed to provide students educational opportunities in the area of ornamental horticulture as it relates to current urban environments. Emphasis is given to learning about the establishment and management of herbaceous and woody plants used in commercial and home settings. The program would complement the curricula of students interested in careers in various aspects of management and care of turf, parks and recreational areas, and in landscape planning.

Horticulture Minor Checklist


Drawing of train and buildingsLandscape Studies

The main focus of this minor is to provide students with a comprehensive landscape architecture theoretical background, including both cultural and historical issues related to the discipline, and planning and design issues at an urban and a regional scale.

Landscape Studies
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Display board of various insectsPest Management

This minor is designed to introduce students to insects, plant pathogens and weeds as pests that attack of compete with agricultural crops, ornamentals and forest trees. With an emphasis on environmentally sound management systems, the program helps strengthen the background of students in horticulture, crops agronomy, environmental protection and other majors in biological sciences.

Pest Management
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Girl rock climbingRecreation, Parks & Tourism Resources

Students will gain specialized knowledge and skills that may open the door to new career opportunities, enhance lifelong learning, and promote their role as an informed and active citizen.

Recreation, Parks & Tourism
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Man painting houseRural Community and Development

This minor covers the concepts and principles pertaining to rural community development and requires courses focusing on the economy, communication and leadership, and community design principles.

Rural Community &
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Student suurounded by soil samplesSoil Sciences

This minor is designed to introduce students to the relationships of soils to environmental protection and agricultural production. It helps to broaden and strengthen the backgrounds of students majoring in non-soils curricula within the Davis College as well as students majoring in biological, earth science and environmental curricula in other WVU colleges.

Soil Sciences Minor Checklist


Class looking at a roof of solar panelsSustainable Design

The Sustainable Design minor offers students the opportunity for focused, interdisciplinary study of the design, delivery and operations of the built environment and the activities that take place in and around it.

Sustainable Design
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placeholderSustainable Low Rise Residential Construction

This minor is designed to provide students with a background in sustainable low-rise residential (i.e. single family, multi-family town houses and 2-3 story apartment buildings) construction materials and practices.

Sustainable Low Rise
Residential Construction
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Researcher measuring a frogWildlife & Fisheries Resources

This minor focuses on both wildlife and fisheries; preparing students for careers or graduate education in both fields, in the area of management, biology and ecology.

Wildlife & Fisheries Resources
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Students lifting a large wooden column Wood Science & Technology

A sound fundamental knowledge of wood and wood products would be useful for graduates of programs like civil and environmental engineering, interior design and landscape architecture. Graduates may not work in the wood products industry, but will be required to use wood in the design of furniture, buildings and various structures. Likewise, the wood products industry also seeks employees with backgrounds in business and economics, engineering and other fields. Individuals with these backgrounds bring skills and specialized knowledge that the industry requires.

Wood Science & Technology
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