Master’s ProgramsAnimal and Nutritional Sciences
The master of science in animal and nutritional sciences in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design allows maximum flexibility in courses and research problems. Students may major in either animal physiology or nutrition and food sciences. They may work with beef and dairy cattle, sheep, swine, poultry, or laboratory animals and with issues in human health and nutrition. Research problems in farm animals, laboratory animals and human nutrition issues form the basis for many studies, but a comparative approach is emphasized.
The master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees are offered in genetics and developmental biology, an interdisciplinary program involving the faculty and facilities of a number of departments in the various colleges and schools of the University. A student may concentrate in genetics or developmental biology.
The WVU Graduate-Dietetic Internship program is a two-year combined master’s/ internship in dietetics. It provides the supervised practice experience that is required in order to be eligible to take the registration examination for dietitians.
The master of science in plant and soil sciences degree is offered to students who wish to study agronomy, entomology, environmental microbiology, horticulture, plant pathology, or soil science. Thesis or non-thesis options are available. It provides students the opportunity to take courses and conduct original, master’s-level research in their areas of specialization. The educational experience obtained through courses and research is expected to provide students with the background and expertise to enter doctoral programs or professional careers as agronomists, entomologists, microbiologists, horticulturists, and plant pathologists or soil scientists. These disciplines are critical to maintaining agriculture and forest productivity, solving environmental problems, and promoting economic development in the state.
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.