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Welcome to the Division of Plant & Soil Sciences


The Division of Plant and Soil Sciences offers undergraduate programs in Agroecology, Agronomy (including a turf emphasis), Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Horticulture, Environmental Protection, and Soil Science. Students in these majors have the opportunity to study, work or assist with research in the WVU greenhouses located on the Evansdale campus, the agronomy farm, or on the organic farm located just outside Morgantown. Graduates from plant and soil sciences are in high demand, with students finding employment in various federal and state agencies, and in private industry. Graduates are well prepared for entry into many graduate fields of their choice.

Students may also combine a minor with their major fields to broaden or focus their academic studies. The Division of Plant and Soil Sciences offers six minors in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Arboriculture, Environmental Protection, Horticulture, Pest Management, and Soil Science.

The Division of Plant and Soil Sciences offers six degree programs at the master’s level. Students can choose from the following majors for a master’s degree: Agronomy (Crop Science and Soil Science); Entomology; Applied and Environmental Microbiology; Horticulture; and Plant Pathology. Thesis and non-thesis options are available at the master’s level. In addition, students may choose to pursue a master of science in the interdisciplinary programs in Genetics and Developmental Biology.

Two doctoral programs exist in the Division of Plant and Soil Sciences. Doctoral students may pursue a Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences in the following focus areas: Agronomy, Applied & Environmental Microbiology, Entomology, Horticulture, Plant Pathology, and Soil Science. In the Ph.D. in Genetics and Developmental Biology program, doctoral students may select areas of study related to human, plant and animal genetics, and developmental biology in this interdisciplinary program.