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Field Study Courses

Step out of the traditional classroom and into one of our immersive field study courses!


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Once you have paid the fee and received an email notifying you that the Administrative Hold is now removed from the course you must complete registration in Mix to be enrolled in the course for credit.


AV&S 461: Racehorse Industry Tour. 3 Hours.

This intensive, week-long course is designed to introduce students to the Thoroughbred and Standardbred Racing Industries. We will travel into western Pennsylvania to Kentucky visiting racetracks, breeding farms, equine veterinary clinics, the Kentucky Horse Park and the home of the legendary Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs. Students will develop an in-depth understanding of the racing industry including current events influencing it, and options for careers within it.


Instructor: Crystal Smith
Contact: Crystal.Smith@mail.wvu.edu
Travel Dates: May 28 – June 2, 2019
Location: Various stops in WV, PA and KY
Cost: WVU Tuition & Fees plus $400.00 (Lodging/transportation/admissions cost)
Course Information: CRN: 52559
Capacity: 12
Registration Information:  https://wvu.augusoft.net/index.cfm?method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation&int_class_id=38843&int_category_id=0&int_sub_category_id=0&int_catalog_id=0


FOR 293C: Tree ID Bootcamp. 3 Hours.

This is a 3-week, off-campus summer course offered by the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources that is designed to guide students in developing expertise in tree and shrub identification. The course is set up for any student with an interest in nature interpretation, field botany, forestry, or ecology. The field portion of this class has intensive exposure to trees and shrubs common to the central Appalachians. As a basic course in tree identification, it will provide students with an introduction to over 100 woody trees, shrubs, and vines. Daily field trips will include visits to a range of local plant communities including bottomlands, riparian areas, lake edges, early successional habitats, urban parks and residential areas, and regenerating and “high” forests.


Instructors: David McGill
Contact: dave.mcgill@mail.wvu.edu
Travel Dates: July 15th – August 2nd, 2019
Location: Students meet daily at the WVU Animal Science Farm on Stewartstown Road.
Cost: WVU Tuition & Fees plus $106.00 (Transportation Cost) 
Course Information: CRN: 52664

Capacity: 14
Registration Information: https://wvu.augusoft.net/index.cfm?method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation&int_class_id=39214&int_category_id=0&int_sub_category_id=0&int_catalog_id=0


FOR 424: Vegetation of West Virginia. 3 Hours.

This is a seven-day, off-campus summer course offered by the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources. As a basic course in botany and ecology, it will provide students with an introduction to the science of plant systematics, taxonomy, and community ecology, with emphasis on the floristics and plant ecology of West Virginia. The course is designed for any major in the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources, but the level of instruction will be appropriate for any student with an interest in field botany and ecology. The seven-day course includes: 1) a survey of important and interesting plant families and plant communities indigenous to the state and central Appalachian region, 2) use of technical plant identification manuals, 3) instruction on diversity, biogeography, wildlife values of plant species, and 4) habitat requirements of native and naturalized species and plant communities. While lectures are important components of the course, special emphasis will be placed on field studies. Daily field trips will include visits to a broad range of plant communities and habitats, from bottomland forests and wetlands to high elevation bogs and red spruce forests.


Instructor: Dave McGill 
Contact: dave.mcgill@mail.wvu.edu 
Travel Dates: May 18 – 24, 2019 
Location: Various stops throughout WV 
Cost: WVU Tuition & Fees plus $100.00 (Transportation cost) 
Course Information: CRN: 52653 
Capacity: 19

Registration Information:  https://wvu.augusoft.net/index.cfm?method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation&int_class_id=38842&int_category_id=0&int_sub_category_id=0&int_catalog_id=0


RPTR 293C: Intro to Mountain Bike Trail Planning and Construction. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of purpose built mountain bike (MTB) trail planning, design, construction, and maintenance. Students will learn about the development of International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) Ride Centers. This is an extended learning class where students spend the majority of time in the field learning from and working with experts in developing recreation economies and MTB trail planning, design, construction, and maintenance. Classroom time prior to traveling to project sites will focus on the IMBA Ride Center development process and the principles of sustainable MTB trail development. Course locations include the Mower Tract and Tea Creek Mountain trail systems in the Monongahela National Forest and Snowshoe Mountain Resort. Students will have an opportunity to engage with a wide range of MTB trail planning, design, construction, and maintenance experts including representatives from IMBA, US Forest Service, Poca Trails, Snowshoe Bike Park, and community development organizations.


Instructor: Douglas Arbogast 
Contact: douglas.arbogast@mail.wvu.edu
Travel Dates: May 4-10, 2019; 9am-5pm
Location: Pre-trip Meetings to be Determined
Cost: WVU Tuition & Fees plus $285.00 (Transportation Cost)
Course Information: CRN: 52813
Capacity:
Registration Information:  https://wvu.augusoft.net/index.cfm?method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation&int_class_id=39209&int_category_id=0&int_sub_category_id=0&int_catalog_id=0


WMAN 205: Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences Summer Camp. 3 Hours.
Section with Fisheries Emphasis

This is a field-intensive, orientation course is field ecology and wildlife/fisheries sampling techniques. It is designed to immerse the beginning wildlife and fisheries professional in the art and science of collecting data on wildlife and fishes and their habitats.


Instructor: Kyle Hartman
Contact: Kyle.Hartman@mail.wvu.edu
Travel Dates: May 13 – 18, 2019 *Note: Students spend the week at camp
Location: Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp Historic District
Cost: WVU Tuition & Fees plus $285.00 (Travel/food/lodging cost)
Course Information: CRN: 50949
Capacity: 30
Registration Information: https://wvu.augusoft.net/index.cfm?method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation&int_class_id=38839&int_category_id=0&int_sub_category_id=0&int_catalog_id=0

WMAN 205: Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences Summer Camp. 3 Hours.
Section with Wildlife Emphasis

This is a field-intensive, orientation course is field ecology and wildlife/fisheries sampling techniques. It is designed to immerse the beginning wildlife and fisheries professional in the art and science of collecting data on wildlife and fishes and their habitats.


Instructor: John Edwards
Contact: John.Edwards@mail.wvu.edu
Travel Dates: May 13 – 18, 2019 *Note: Students spend the week at camp
Location: Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp Historic District
Cost: WVU Tuition & Fees plus $285.00 (Travel/food/lodging cost)
Course Information: CRN: 50950
Capacity: 39
Registration Information: https://wvu.augusoft.net/index.cfm?method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation&int_class_id=38840&int_category_id=0&int_sub_category_id=0&int_catalog_id=0

WMAN 314: Marine Ecology. 3 Hours.

Study of key coastal species and their interactions. Self-paced lectures and exercises culminating with one-week capstone trip to Atlantic coast for hands-on study of invertebrates, coastal fishes and birds, and marine ecology.


Instructor: Kyle Hartman
Contact: Kyle.Hartman@mail.wvu.edu
Travel Dates: May 5 – 10, 2019 * Note: Students spend the week at camp
Location: Virginia Institute of Marine Science – Eastern Shore Laboratory, Wachapreague, VA
Cost: WVU Tuition & Fees plus $285.00 (Travel/food/lodging cost)
Course Information: CRN: 51713
Capacity: 13
Registration Information: https://wvu.augusoft.net/index.cfm?method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation&int_class_id=38841&int_category_id=0&int_sub_category_id=0&int_catalog_id=0



Off-Campus Courses

A&VS 277. Service Dog Laboratory. 1 Hour.

PR: A&VS 276 with a minimum grade of C-. Through hands-on training, students will apply their knowledge of animal training following programmatic procedures for training dogs to have basic obedience skills and perform advanced service dog tasks. Students will use the most modern, professional, and ethical techniques for training mobility-assistance and psychiatric service dogs.


Instructor: Lindsay Parenti
Contact: lparenti@mix.wvu.edu
Dates: May 13 – June 21, 2019
Location: WVU Animal Science Farm
Cost: WVU Tuition & Fees
Course Information: CRN: 52699
Capacity: 6

A&VS 277. Service Dog Laboratory. 1 Hour.

PR: A&VS 276 with a minimum grade of C-. Through hands-on training, students will apply their knowledge of animal training following programmatic procedures for training dogs to have basic obedience skills and perform advanced service dog tasks. Students will use the most modern, professional, and ethical techniques for training mobility-assistance and psychiatric service dogs.


Instructor: Lindsay Parenti
Contact: lparenti@mix.wvu.edu
Dates: July 15 – August 2
Location: WVU Animal Science Farm
Cost: WVU Tuition & Fees
Course Information: CRN: 52700
Capacity:

FDM 222: Fashion Styling Workshop. 3 Hours.

PR: Sophomore or higher. Overview of fashion items needed to attract media attention for a fashion magazine and its editorials. Students produce a photo shoot for a specific target audience with live models, on location, in a professional studio.


Instructor: Rhonda Reymond
Dates: June 3 – August 2, 2019
Location: TBA
Cost: WVU Tuition & Fees
Course Information: CRN: 52207
Capacity: 25

FDM 232: Fashion Design Workshop. 3 Hours.

PR: Sophomore or higher. Students research a typical theme or trend to design a small coordinated collection including notebook/sketchbook, mood board, finished and flat drawings, and an original garment. Theoretical lessons, practical lessons and field trips.


Instructor: Rhonda Reymond
Contact: rhreymond@mix.wvu.edu
Dates: June 3 – August 2, 2019
Location: TBA
Cost: WVU Tuition & Fees
Course Information: CRN: 52206
Capacity: 25

HORT 293A. SPTP: Basic Beer Brewing. 3 Hours.

A course for beer novices and enthusiasts! Learn everything you need (and want) to know about beer and beer brewing. During this six-week summer course, you'll learn how beer has changed over time, beer styles, pairings with food and the microbrewery and craft beer trends.


Instructor: David Davis
Contact: DEDavis@mail.wvu.edu
Location: Morgantown Brewing Company
Dates: May 15 - June 23
Course Information: CRN: 52566
Capacity: 18 

RESM 493B. SPTP: Drones in Natural Resource Management. 3 Hours.

An intensive three-week course introducing drone system flight operations. Also cross-listed as RESM 693D.


Instructor: Paul Kinder
Contact: pjkinder@mix.wvu.edu
Location: Animal Sciences Farm
Dates: July 17 - August 4
Course Information: CRN: 52599
Capacity: 10