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Online Courses

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 Robin Strader, director of off-campus and online education programs, at 304-293-2874 or


Agricultural & Extension Education

AGEE 101. Global Food and Agricultural Industry. 3 Hours. CRN# 50584. Examination of the history and current developments, structures, functions, and importance of the international food and agricultural industry; issues, concerns and interrelationships and their impacts on American agriculture and society. *GEF Area 7 and GEC Objective 4 and GEC Objective 9

AGEE 489. Agriculture and Extension Education Reflective Seminar. 1 Hour. CRN# 52361. 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.

AGEE 690. Teaching Practicum. 1-3 Hr. CRN# 51852. PR: Consent. Supervised practice in college teaching of agricultural and environmental education. Note: This course is intended to insure that graduate assistants are adequately prepared and supervised when they are given college teaching responsibility. It also provides a mechanism for students not on assistantships to gain teaching experience. (Grading will be S/U.)

AGEE 697. Program Development-Comm Ed. 3 Hours. CRN# 51139. PR: Consent. Research activities leading to thesis, problem report, research paper or equivalent scholarly project, or a dissertation. (Grading may be S/U.).

AGEE 930. Professional Development. 1-6 Hour. CRN# 51171. Professional development courses provide skill renewal or enhancement in a professional field or content area. (e.g. education, community health, geology). These tuition waived continuing education courses are graded on a pass/fail grading scale and do not apply as graduate credit toward a degree program.

Agricultural Resource Economics

ARE 110. Agribusiness Accounting. 3 Hours. CRN# 50530. 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. CRN# 52182. 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. CRN# 52183. 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. CRN# 52109. 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. CRN# 52492. 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. CRN# 42211. 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. CRN# 51151. 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.

Animal & Veterinary Science

A&VS 275. Companion Animal Science. 3 Hours. CRN# 50652. 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. CRN #’s 51431, 51074, & 52432. Application of current principles, theory, and practices for training service dogs.

A&VS 463. Equine Events Management. 3 Hour. CRN# 52560. 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

Design Studies

DSGN 495. Independent Study. 1-6 Hour. CRN# 51481. Faculty-supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.

Design & Merchandising

DSM 695. Independent Study. 1-6 Hour. CRN# 51379. Faculty supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.

Food Science & Technology

FDST 200. Food Science and Technology. 3 Hours. CRN# 51023. 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. CRN# 52720. 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. CRN #’s 51187 & 51188. 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. CRN# 51758. 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. CRN# 51603. 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. CRN# 51624. 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. CRN# 52208. 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. CRN# 52697. 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.


GEN 101. Beginner's Guide to Genetics. 3 Hours. CRN #’s 51637 & 51638. General introduction to concepts in genetics for non-majors, examining the role of molecules, genes and chromosomes on inheritance, aging, disease, and gender. Case studies show application to agriculture, ecological/environmental issues, medicine, and forensics.


HORT 493C. SPTP Expert Horticulturist. 3 Hours. CRN# 52576. This online course is ideal for horticulture majors, minors or any student interested in learning the ins and outs of the green industry. This online course prepares students to become a 'Certified Professional Horticulturist' through the West Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association. The course covers all facets of the nursery and landscaping industry. Students read the 29 chapters in the 'Certified Professional Horticulturist' training manual (WVNLA) throughout the semester. After completing the course, students are prepared to take an exam and become certified.

Human Nutrition & Foods

HN&F 126. Society and Food. 3 Hours. CRN# 50957. 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. CRN #’s 50453, 50607, 50659, 51083, & 51642. 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

Landscape Architecture

LARC 212. History of Landscape Architecture. 3 Hours. CRN# 51051. 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. CRN #’s 51635 & 51636. 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

PLSC 493A – Plants and Human Health. 3 Hours. CRN# 52623. PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

PLSC 493B – Herbs and Spices. 3 Hours. CRN# 52652. Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

Resource Management

RESM 440. Foundations of Applied Geographic Information Systems. 3 Hours. CRN# 51898. 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. CRN# 51641. 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. CRN# 52229. PR or CONC: RESM 440. Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to solve problems in the social sciences.

RESM 493A/593A. Python Scripting for ArcGIS. 3 Hours. CRN# 52745. This course focuses on the role scripting plays in GIS. Learners gain and demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of Python scripting by developing a range of GIS automation scripts.

RESM 540. Geospatial Modeling. 3 Hours. CRN# 52179. 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. CRN# 51897. 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 585. GIS & Spatial Analysis Project. 3 Hours. CRN# 52285. PR: RESM 440 or GEOG 350 or consent. Provides an opportunity for students to pursue a research interest in the spatial sciences with development of an applied spatial project and paper. Guidance and direction will be provided to assure relevant integration of the geospatial techniques to address the problem addressed.

Wildlife & Fisheries Management

WMAN 100. The Tradition of Hunting. 3 Hours. CRN# 50655. 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. CRN# 51203. 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. CRN# 51377. 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. CRN #’s 50706 & 50952. Principles and practice of restoring natural ecosystem function, structure, and integrity.

WMAN 250. Big Game Ecology & Management. 3 Hours. CRN# 51123. 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. CRN# 51122. 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. CRN# 51072. 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