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Summer Online

Make strides this summer with our online courses. Classes are interactive, engaging and the quality of teaching is equal to face-to-face instruction. We’re committed to providing students the flexibility to complete their degrees while maintaining the work, life and education balance.

For more information, contact Todd Petty, associate dean of academic affairs, at 304-293-2278 or jtpetty.wvu.eduTo register for any of these courses, please login to  WVU Portal .


Agricultural & Extension Education

AGEE 489. Agriculture and Extension Education Reflective Seminar. 1 Hour. Provides opportunities for students to examine their field based experiences. Professional issues and problems are identified and discussed. Ethics and misconceptions about professional practice are examined.

Agricultural Resource Economics

ARE 110. Agribusiness Accounting. 3 Hours. Introduction to accounting for agricultural, rural, and small business managers. Emphasis on the accounting cycle, analysis and interpretation of financial statements, income taxes, and managerial accounting. (Students having prior college credit in accounting are not eligible for this course.).

ARE 150. Introduction Agriculture & Agribusiness Economics. 3 Hours. Introduction to basic agricultural economics and agribusiness concepts, and the application of these concepts to agricultural and agribusinesses issues.

ARE 204. Agribusiness Management. 3 Hours. Overview of the agribusiness decision-making process, and the functions of agribusiness management; analysis of financial statements and budgeting for evaluating profitability of alternative enterprises and practices.

ARE 220 Intro to Environmental Resource Economics. 3 Hours. Economic analysis of environmental pollution, natural resource conservation and management, outdoor recreation, public land use, wildlife resources, water use, property rights, and benefit-cost issues. *GEF Area 4 and GEC Objective 4

ARE 360. Current Issues in Agriculture. 3 Hours. Course focusing on the current scientific, ethical, legal, economic and political issues relating to agriculture. Students conduct group and individual research, discuss topics in an informal debate format and summarize positions in a written form. *Writing Requirement

ARE 382. Agriculture and Natural Resources Law. 3 Hours. Introduction to legal concepts, principles and practices related to environmental, natural resource, and agricultural issues; in the context of the legal system within which statues are enacted, administered and enforced.

ARE 435. Marketing Livestock Products. 3 Hours. Livestock marketing practices and policies. Supply and demand, livestock price cycles, grading, marketing alternatives, processing and retailing. Economic analysis of alternatives, current issues, and trends.

ARE 461. Agribusiness Finance. 3 Hours. An overview of financial analysis and the application of financial principles to small, rural and agricultural businesses. Includes applications of financial analysis computer software.

Animal & Veterinary Science

A&VS 275. Companion Animal Science. 3 Hours. Basic physiology, nutrition and genetics; economic and ethical consideration of pet ownership; benefits of companion animals in society; aspects of handling and training, behavior, and common health diseases and parasite problems of pet animals. *GEF Area 4 and GEC Objective 2C and GEC Objective 7

A&VS 276. Service Dog Training. 3 Hours. Application of current principles, theory, and practices for training service dogs.

A&VS 372. Careers in the Equine Industry. 3 Hrs. Provides an in-depth understanding of the careers available in the equine industry and prepares students to enter the job market.

A&VS 463. Equine Events Management. 3 Hour. Planning, marketing, facility preparations and horse show management necessary to run a successful nationally-sanctioned equine event. Please Note: Course requires four-weekend face-to-face dates to be announced at the JW Ruby Research Farm in Reedsville, WV

Environmental Protection

ENVP 155. Elements: Environmental Protection. 3 Hours. An introduction to land and water resources and their management and protection. An evaluation of the relationships between human activities and natural environments and the interaction between natural resource utilization and development. *GEF Area 2A and GEC Objective 2C and GEC Objective 4

Fashion Dress Merchandising

FDM 225. Intro to Italian Culture. 3 Hours. PR: Sophomore standing. Course Description: Exploration of Italian history, culture, art, and design through lecture in art history and experiential learning trips. Field trips: Florence, Rome, Siena, Pisa, Arezzo and Fiesole. Conversational Italian language included. Students conduct an individual design research project.

Food Science & Technology

FDST 200. Food Science and Technology. 3 Hours. Up-to-date basics of food science and technology, including; food industry outlook, degrees and careers, food chemistry, food processing and engineering, food microbiology and food safety, food biotechnology, and sensory evaluation of foods. *GEF Area 2A and GEC Objective 2C and GEC Objective 4

Forest Management

FMAN 251. Forest Fire Protection. 2 Hours. Prevention, detection, and control of wildfires. Forest fuels, fire weather, and wildfire behavior. Use of fire for forest management purposes.

FMAN 315. Survey of Arboriculture. 1 Hour. PR: HORT 260 or FOR 205. A self-study seminar that surveys the principles and practices involved in the field of arboriculture with major emphasis on the urban landscape.

FMAN 330. Principles of Forestry Economics. 4 Hours. PR: (ECON 201 or ARE 150) and ECON 202. Production, distribution and use of forest goods and services. Emphasis on methods and problem solving techniques in the economic aspects of forestry.


FOR 140. West Virginia's Natural Resources. 3 Hours. Survey of policies and practices in development and use of soil, water, forest, wildlife, mineral, and human resources in West Virginia. *GEF Area 2A and GEC Objective 2C and GEC Objective 4

FOR 326. Remote Sensing of Environment. 3 Hours. PR: (MATH 126A or MATH 126B or MATH 126C) and MATH 128. Measurement and interpretation of natural resources and environment from photography and radar, infrared, and microwave imagery.

FOR 425. Global Forest Resources. 3 Hours. Significance of renewable natural resources on a global scale and the ecological, economic, and social contexts in which they are managed. Emphasis is on world forest resources, including timber, wildlife, and social uses.

FOR 438. Human Dimensions Natural Resource Management. 3 Hours. This class is designed to provide junior-and-senior level forestry and natural resource management majors with a repertoire of social and communication knowledge and skills such as public facilitation, public participation, social impact assessment, conflict management, and collaborative planning techniques.

FOR 593D. Intro to Land Reclam. 1-6 Hrs. This course is designed to introduce students to the broad knowledge areas associated with land reclamation throughout central Appalachian region. Each weekly learning module will be developed by the local expert for that topic area. Each discussion session will be moderated by the course instructor.


HORT 220. General Horticulture. 3 Hours. PR: BIOL 101 and BIOL 103 or consent. Principles underlying present-day horticulture practice with special emphasis on how basic discoveries in plant science have been applied in horticulture.

HORT 251. Floral Design. 3 Hrs. Basic course in flower arrangement to cover occasions for the home and retail flower shop.

HORT 293A. SPTP: Basic Beer Brewing. 3 Hours. A course for beer novices and enthusiasts! Learn everything you need to know about beer and beer brewing. During this six-week summer course, you will learn about how beer has changed over time, beer styles, pairings with food, and microbrewery and craft beer trends.

HORT 493C. SPTP: Expert Horticulturist. 3 Hours. This course covers all facets of the nursery and landscaping industry. It's ideal for horticulture majors, minors or any student interested in learning the ins and outs of the green industry. After completing this course, students are prepared to take the exam to become a certified professional horticulturist through the West Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association.

Human Nutrition & Foods

HN&F 126. Society and Food. 3 Hours. Exploration on a global basis of interactions of man and environment as reflected in food production systems. Relation of food supply and use in development or maintenance of social and political institutions. *GEF Area 4 and GEC Objective 4 and GEC Objective 8

HN&F 171. Introduction to Human Nutrition. 3 Hours. Nutrient structure, metabolism, integrated function and their importance to human well-being during all stages of the life cycle. Current concerns and those of special interest to college students in meeting nutrient needs. *GEF Area 2A and GEC Objective 2C and GEC Objective 4

HN&F 271. Fundamentals of Nutrition. 3 Hours. PR:HN&F 171. The occurrence, uptake and metabolic roles of essential and key non-essential nutrients will be discussed in relation to growth, reproduction, and health in human subjects

HN&F 353. Food Service System Management. 3 Hours. PR: HN&F 271 and (HN&F 350 or MATH 124 or higher). Introduction to food service systems and systems management. Principles of quantity food production management: production schedules, portion control, financial management, layout and equipment planning, evaluation of alternative systems, and computer applications.

HN&F 472. Community Nutrition. 3 Hours. PR: HN&F 171. Beginning planning for community nutrition to individuals and families at various stages of the life cycle. Roles of concerned agencies and professional groups. Clinical experience in community facilities.

Landscape Architecture

LARC 212. History of Landscape Architecture. 3 Hours. A broad survey of the history of the designed human environment with emphasis on the development of landscape architecture. (Does not fulfill Cluster A for landscape architecture students.). *GEF Area 6 and GEC Objective 3 and GEC Objective 5

Plant Science

PLSC 206. Principles of Plant Science. 4 Hours. Anatomy, morphology, and physiology of higher plants. Study of growth and development of economically important plants, their culture, and products. *GEF Area 2B and GEC Objective 2C

Resource Management

RESM 440. Foundations of Applied Geographic Information Systems. 3 Hours. An introductory course designed to provide the necessary background and techniques to use GIS technology to analyze and solve spatial problems. An emphasis is placed on acquisition, management, and manipulation of spatial data.

RESM 441. Introduction Geographic Information Systems Natural Science. 2 Hour.  PR or CONC: RESM 440. Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to solve problems in environmental and natural resource management.

RESM 442. Introduction to GIS Social Science. 2 Hours. PR or CONC: RESM 440. Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to solve problems in the social sciences.

RESM 493B. SPTP: Drones in Nat Res Mgmt. 3 Hours. An intensive 3 week course introducing drone flight operations, FAA compliance, and remote sensing of natural resources. Hands-on flight experience with unmanned aerial vehicles.

RESM 540. Geospatial Modeling. 3 Hours. There are two goals for this course: to present the fundamental methods for analyzing spatial data statistically, and to demonstrate spatial model building implementation and analysis. A prior statistics or econometric course is recommended.

RESM 545. Spatial Hydrology. 3 Hours.  PR: RESM 440. Introduction to applied spatial hydrology using GIS; integrates statistical modeling and terrain analysis; provides insights into water quality and quantity analysis for local and regional watershed scales. (Credit cannot be received for both RESM 445 and RESM 545.)

RESM 575. Spatial Analysis for Resource Management. 3 Hrs. This interdisciplinary course develops and applies advanced Geography Information System (GIS) and spatial analysis skills for natural resource and environmental management. (Previous GIS experience helpful.)

Wildlife & Fisheries Management

WMAN 100. The Tradition of Hunting. 3 Hours.  Introduction to the cultural and spiritual role of hunting; use of hunting as a wildlife management tool; and its economic value in wildlife conservation programs. Includes discussions on gun control, anti-hunting, and animal rights. *GEF Area 5 and GEC Objective 4 and GEC Objective 7 and St Auth Reciprocity Agreement

WMAN 150. Principles of Conservation Ecology. 3 Hours.  Overview of the science of conservation ecology with emphasis on the concepts of biological diversity, extension, habitat loss and fragmentation, establishment of protected areas, endangered species, and establishment and preservation of new populations. *GEF Area 7 and GEC Objective 2C and GEC Objective 4

WMAN 160. Ecology of Invading Species. 3 Hours.  Survey of invasive/exotic plant and animal species and their effects on native ecosystems, including the breakdown of natural barriers to invasion by the increase of world commerce which unifies widely dispersed resources.

WMAN 200. Restoration Ecology. 3 Hours.  Principles and practice of restoring natural ecosystem function, structure, and integrity.

WMAN 250. Big Game Ecology & Management. 3 Hours.  Intensive field trip and online material emphasizing white tailed deer and black bear ecology with additional material on western game species and exotics.

WMAN 260 Waterfowl Ecology. 3 Hours.  Intensive field-trip and on-line material emphasizing the ecology of waterfowl and management of wetland habitats.

Wood Science

WDSC 100. Forest Resources in United States History. 3 Hours.  Examines human use of forest resources in America from pre-Colombian times to present. Exploration of factors that impact the use of wood products. *GEF Area 5 and GEC Objective 2C and GEC Objective 3