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.
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.
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.
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.
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.