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Applied & Environmental Microbiology

This minor is designed to introduce students to the beneficial and harmful roles of microorganisms in a variety of diverse environments including plants, animals, soil, food, air and water. Emphasis is given to the importance of microorganisms in such applied areas as public health, plant disease, pollution and pollution abatement, biological control of pests, biodeterioration, and ecology.

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Environmental Protection

This minor is designed to provide students with the opportunity to study the science and techniques which are applied to safeguard the quality of the environment with emphasis on water, soil and crop protection. This minor would benefit students from agronomy, horticulture and other disciplines with significant backgrounds in chemistry and biological science who intend to work in the area where their major is applied to environmental protection.

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Equine Studies

Designed for students who wish to advance their knowledge of equine management practices or find basic employment within the equine industry, those who pursue the minor will gain knowledge in the areas of reproduction, nutrition, health, training methods and design of facilities and economy of the industry. Students will also have the opportunity to field trips and hands-on experience.

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Food Service Production

The minor in foodservice production is designed to provide students educational opportunities in the areas of hospitality and/or foodservice management and/or food production management. Emphasis is given to those courses that provide expanded knowledge on management, food production, and food safety. Students must obtain a 75% or higher on the ServSafe® Food Safety and Alcohol examinations offered in in order to obtain the minor.

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Food Science and Technology

This minor is for students interested in pursuing careers in the food industry. Students will gain knowledge of food processing, engineering, chemistry, microbiology and marketing. The minor will broaden career opportunities in the areas of food safety and quality assurance, food science and technology, food engineering, sensory evaluation, new food marketing research, food development, technical sales and marketing, and state or federal food inspection.

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This minor is designed to provide students educational opportunities in the area of ornamental horticulture as it relates to current urban environments. Emphasis is given to learning about the establishment and management of herbaceous and woody plants used in commercial and home settings. The program would complement the curricula of students interested in careers in various aspects of management and care of turf, parks and recreational areas, and in landscape planning.

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Pest Management

This minor is designed to introduce students to insects, plant pathogens and weeds as pests that attack of compete with agricultural crops, ornamentals and forest trees. With an emphasis on environmentally sound management systems, the program helps strengthen the background of students in horticulture, crops agronomy, environmental protection and other majors in biological sciences.

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Soil Sciences

This minor is designed to introduce students to the relationships of soils to environmental protection and agricultural production. It helps to broaden and strengthen the backgrounds of students majoring in non-soils curricula within the Davis College as well as students majoring in biological, earth science and environmental curricula in other WVU colleges.

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