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Doctoral Programs

Two men on a farm with cowsAnimal 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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Genetics and Developmental Biology

The doctor of philosophy in genetics and developmental biology degree is particularly well suited for students interested in emphasizing plant, animal, microbial (bacterial or fungal), or insect genetics or developmental biology.  Students in the program learn research approaches such as genomics, analysis of gene expression, metabolic engineering, functional analyses of genes, evolutionary development, and conservation genetics.

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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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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.