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Applied and Environmental Microbiology Major Map

Campus: West Virginia University / Morgantown
College/School: Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design
Pathways: Agriculture and Natural Sciences, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Healthcare

Microorganisms are everywhere — from plants and animals to air, soil and water. This major prepares you for careers related to the environment, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and food production and safety. In the accelerated option, you can earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years.

Academics

Fall
  • AGRL 111 Professions in Agriculture
    1
  • CHEM 115 Fundamentals of Chemistry Exclamation Point
    4
  • ENGL 101 Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric Exclamation Point
    3
  • MATH 150 Applied Calculus Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
14
Spring
  • CHEM 116 Fundamentals of Chemistry Exclamation Point
    4
  • PLSC 206 Principles of Plant Science Exclamation Point
    4
  • STAT 211 Elementary Statistical Inference Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • Free Elective
    1
15
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Download the Guide application
  • Join The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM staff to learn how to publish a newspaper, write articles, create radio shows, and report news and sports
  • Spend 100 hours at student success centers
  • Get a Success Coach from Student Life Office of Student Success or in your college
  • Sit in the front row of your class at least 5 times

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your first year you should:

  • Attend a football game
  • Attend the Sophomore Celebration to celebrate your successful freshman year and becoming a sophomore
  • Attend a sporting event that you have never seen before
  • Get a selfie with the Mountaineer
  • Attend an alcohol-free event

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your first year you should:

  • Take a language course
  • Participate in the Friends of International Students Program
  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in student organizations
  • Be a reporter for The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM
  • Join a student organization

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your first year you should:

  • Use the WELLWVU HeartMath Lab
  • Complete AlcoholEdu Part 1
  • Visit the Student Rec Center
  • Attend a WELLWVU Try It event
  • Join an intramural team

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your first year you should:

  • Get a job on campus at the residence hall desk or a dining hall
  • Attend a career fair
  • Complete the financial literacy course
  • Take a writing or communications class
  • Submit your resume to Career Services

Academics

Fall
  • AGRN 202 Principles of Soil Science Exclamation Point
    3
  • AGRN 203 Principles of Soil Science Laboratory Exclamation Point
    1
  • ENGL 102 Composition, Rhetoric, and Research Exclamation Point
    3
  • PHYS 101 Introductory Physics Exclamation Point
    4
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
14
Spring
  • AEM 341 General Microbiology Exclamation Point
    4
  • PHYS 102 Introductory Physics Exclamation Point
    4
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • Free Elective
    4
15
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Earn at least 15 credits per semester
  • Find a faculty mentor
  • Check all of your degree requirements
  • International students: Meet one-on-one with an immigration adviser
  • Join The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM staff to learn how to publish a newspaper, write articles, create radio shows, and report news and sports

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your second year you should:

  • Attend Fall Family Weekend with your family
  • Attend a football game
  • Find the mice in Stewart Hall
  • Visit the Outdoor Education Center and participate in a Challenge Course or Canopy Tour
  • Attend a Sophomore/Junior Year Experience trip or event

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your second year you should:

  • Explore mentorship opportunities in Greek Life
  • Participate in an alternative spring break
  • Attend a multicultural, international or diversity program
  • Be a reporter for The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM
  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in student organizations

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your second year you should:

  • Take Enhancing Well-being academic course
  • Complete a WELLGO calendar (wellgo.wvu.edu)
  • Exercise daily
  • Attend a WELLWVU Try It event
  • Make a healthy smoothie with the Student Wellness Ambassador Team

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your second year you should:

  • International students: Explore optional practical training (12 to 29 months work experience in the U.S.)
  • Sign up for an internship interview
  • Become a student-leader in at least one organization
  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Join a club sport team

Academics

Fall
  • CHEM 233 Organic Chemistry Exclamation Point
    3
  • CHEM 235 Organic Chemistry Laboratory Exclamation Point
    1
  • Restricted Electives
    6
  • Free Electives
    6
16
Spring
  • CHEM 234 Organic Chemistry Exclamation Point
    3
  • CHEM 236 Organic Chemistry Laboratory Exclamation Point
    1
  • AEM 401 Environmental Microbiology
    4
  • Restricted Elective
    3
  • Free Elective
    3
14
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • International students: Meet one-on-one with an immigration adviser
  • Check all of your degree requirements
  • Complete the Campus Read
  • Attend dinner presentations at the Faculty Dinner Series
  • Join The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM staff to learn how to publish a newspaper, write articles, create radio shows, and report news and sports

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your third year you should:

  • Attend a football game
  • Visit the West Virginia and Regional History Center in the Downtown Library
  • Attend a Sophomore/Junior Year Experience trip or event
  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family
  • Attend a Ring Day ceremony (where you will receive your WVU class ring)

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your third year you should:

  • Join a student organization
  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in student organizations
  • Take Enhancing Well-being Coaching Class
  • Get involved in the Student Government Association
  • Explore mentorship opportunities in Greek Life

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your third year you should:

  • Use your resources: learn about all your health-related needs at well.wvu.edu
  • Make a healthy smoothie with the Student Wellness Ambassador Team
  • Stay healthy: Ask an Expert via well.wvu.edu
  • Drop in to a meditation class in the Health and Education Building
  • Complete a WELLGO calendar (wellgo.wvu.edu)

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your third year you should:

  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Attend a career fair
  • Consider graduate or professional school
  • Attend the Sophomore/Junior Fair during your fall semester to explore studying abroad, internships, career choices and more
  • Become a student-leader in at least one organization

Academics

Fall
  • AGBI 410 Introductory Biochemistry Exclamation Point
    3
  • PPTH 401 General Plant Pathology Exclamation Point
    4
  • Restricted Electives
    6
  • Free Elective
    3
16
Spring
  • GEN 371 Principles of Genetics
    4
  • Restricted Elective
    3
  • Free Electives
    9
16
Exclamation Point Critical Course A Icon B Icon C Icon Success marker (try to get the grade indicated)

This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • International students: Meet one-on-one with an immigration adviser
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success
  • Attend a SORTS (Students On the Road To Success) seminar
  • International upperclassmen: Mentor new international students
  • Get a Success Coach from Student Life Office of Student Success or in your college

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your fourth year you should:

  • Attend a professional performance at the CAC
  • Attend a football game
  • Attend the Mountaineer Send-Off
  • Attend WVUp All Night
  • Take a picture in front of Woodburn Hall with your graduation attire

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your fourth year you should:

  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in student organizations
  • Explore mentorship opportunities in Greek Life
  • Develop fundraising skills in a student organization
  • Explore community service opportunities in Greek Life
  • Join a student organization

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your fourth year you should:

  • Use the WELLWVU HeartMath Lab
  • Join an intramural team
  • Participate in liveWELL programs
  • Visit the Student Rec Center
  • Use your resources: learn about all your health-related needs at well.wvu.edu

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your fourth year you should:

  • Attend a career fair
  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • International students: Explore optional practical training (12 to 29 months work experience in the U.S.)
  • Sign up for an interview
  • Participate in a practice job interview session

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