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Campus: West Virginia University / Morgantown
College/School: Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design
Areas of Emphasis: Wood Processing, Renewable Materials Marketing, Sustainable Low-Rise Residential Construction, Forest Utilization
Pathways: Agriculture and Natural Sciences, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

The wood products industry employs 1.6 million people nationwide, yet only 21 American universities offer programs specifically designed to educate professionals to manage and provide technical expertise to the industry. WVU is one of them.

Academics

Fall
  • ENGL 101 Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric Exclamation Point
    3
  • FOR 101 Careers in Natural Resources Management 1
    1
  • WDSC 100 Forest Resources in United States History
    3
  • BIOL 101 General Biology Exclamation Point
    3
  • BIOL 103 General Biology Laboratory Exclamation Point
    1
  • WDSC 223 Wood Anatomy and Structure Exclamation Point
    3
14
Spring
  • BUSA 201 Survey of Economics
    3
  • FOR 240 Introduction to Computing in Natural Resources
    3
  • MATH 150 Applied Calculus Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
15
Fall
  • ENGL 101 Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric Exclamation Point
    3
  • Select one of the following courses:
    1
    FOR 101 Careers in Natural Resources Management 1 or
    WVUE 191 First Year Seminar
  • WDSC 100 Forest Resources in United States History
    3
  • BIOL 101 General Biology Exclamation Point
    3
  • BIOL 103 General Biology Laboratory Exclamation Point
    1
  • WDSC 223 Wood Anatomy and Structure Exclamation Point
    3
14
Spring
  • BUSA 201 Survey of Economics
    3
  • FOR 240 Introduction to Computing in Natural Resources
    3
  • MATH 150 Applied Calculus Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
15
Fall
  • BIOL 101 General Biology Exclamation Point
    3
  • BIOL 103 General Biology Laboratory Exclamation Point
    1
  • ENGL 101 Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric Exclamation Point
    3
  • Select one of the following courses:
    1
    FOR 101 Careers in Natural Resources Management 1 or
    WVUE 191 First Year Seminar
  • WDSC 100 Forest Resources in United States History
    3
  • WDSC 223 Wood Anatomy and Structure Exclamation Point
    3
14
Spring
  • BUSA 201 Survey of Economics
    3
  • MATH 150 Applied Calculus Exclamation Point
    3
  • FOR 240 Introduction to Computing in Natural Resources
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
15
Fall
  • ENGL 101 Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric Exclamation Point
    3
  • Select one of the following courses:
    1
    FOR 101 Careers in Natural Resources Management 1 or
    WVUE 191 First Year Seminar
  • WDSC 223 Wood Anatomy and Structure Exclamation Point
    3
  • WDSC 100 Forest Resources in United States History
    3
  • BIOL 101 General Biology Exclamation Point
    3
  • BIOL 103 General Biology Laboratory Exclamation Point
    1
14
Spring
  • BUSA 201 Survey of Economics
    3
  • FOR 240 Introduction to Computing in Natural Resources
    3
  • MATH 150 Applied Calculus Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
15
Fall
  • ENGL 101 Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric Exclamation Point
    3
  • Select one of the following courses:
    1
    FOR 101 Careers in Natural Resources Management 1 or
    WVUE 191 First Year Seminar
  • WDSC 223 Wood Anatomy and Structure Exclamation Point
    3
  • WDSC 100 Forest Resources in United States History
    3
  • BIOL 101 General Biology Exclamation Point
    3
  • BIOL 103 General Biology Laboratory Exclamation Point
    1
14
Spring
  • BUSA 201 Survey of Economics
    3
  • FOR 240 Introduction to Computing in Natural Resources
    3
  • MATH 150 Applied Calculus Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
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).
  • Attend New Student Orientation
  • Sit in the front row of your class at least 5 times
  • Complete the Campus Read
  • Take the Focus 2 Assessment
  • Download the Guide application

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 an alcohol-free event
  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family
  • Attend Fall Family Weekend with your family
  • Get a selfie with the Mountaineer
  • Make something at the WVU Craft Center

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:

  • Attend the study abroad fair
  • Donate surplus items from your room before leaving for home
  • Apply to be a Resident Assistant
  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in student organizations
  • Take a language course

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
  • Join an intramural team
  • Make a healthy smoothie with the Student Wellness Ambassador Team
  • Determine your top five values at a Value Sort Workshop
  • Complete AlcoholEdu Part 2

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:

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

Academics

Fall
  • CHEM 111 Survey of Chemistry Exclamation Point
    4
  • ENGL 102 Composition, Rhetoric, and Research Exclamation Point
    3
  • FOR 205 Dendrology Exclamation Point
    3
  • Area of Emphasis Courses
    6
16
Spring
  • WDSC 232 Wood Grading and Procurement Exclamation Point
    3
  • PHYS 101 Introductory Physics Exclamation Point
    4
  • FOR 203 Careers in Natural Resources Management 2
    1
  • STAT 211 Elementary Statistical Inference Exclamation Point
    3
  • Area of Emphasis Course
    3
14
Fall
  • Select one of the following courses:
    4
    CHEM 111 Survey of Chemistry or
    CHEM 115 Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • ENGL 102 Composition, Rhetoric, and Research Exclamation Point
    3
  • FOR 205 Dendrology Exclamation Point
    3
  • FMAN 212 Forest Ecology Exclamation Point
    3
  • Approved Restricted Elective
    3
16
Spring
  • WDSC 232 Wood Grading and Procurement Exclamation Point
    3
  • Select one of the following courses:
    1
    ORIN 164 Finding the First Job or
    ORIN 260 Preparation for Graduate Education
  • PHYS 101 Introductory Physics Exclamation Point
    4
  • STAT 211 Elementary Statistical Inference Exclamation Point
    3
  • Approved Restricted Elective
    3
14
Fall
  • ACCT 201 Principles of Accounting Exclamation Point
    3
  • ARE 204 Agribusiness Management Exclamation Point
    3
  • Select one of the following courses:
    4
    CHEM 111 Survey of Chemistry or
    CHEM 115 Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • ENGL 102 Composition, Rhetoric, and Research Exclamation Point
    3
  • FOR 205 Dendrology Exclamation Point
    3
16
Spring
  • Select one of the following courses:
    1
    ORIN 164 Finding the First Job or
    ORIN 260 Preparation for Graduate Education
  • PHYS 101 Introductory Physics Exclamation Point
    4
  • STAT 211 Elementary Statistical Inference Exclamation Point
    3
  • WDSC 232 Wood Grading and Procurement Exclamation Point
    3
  • Approved Restricted Elective
    3
14
Fall
  • Select one of the following courses:
    4
    CHEM 111 Survey of Chemistry or
    CHEM 115 Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • ENGL 102 Composition, Rhetoric, and Research Exclamation Point
    3
  • FOR 205 Dendrology Exclamation Point
    3
  • Restricted Elective
    3
  • Restricted Elective
    3
16
Spring
  • Select one of the following courses:
    1
    ORIN 164 Finding the First Job or
    ORIN 260 Preparation for Graduate Education
  • PHYS 101 Introductory Physics Exclamation Point
    4
  • WDSC 232 Wood Grading and Procurement Exclamation Point
    3
  • Minor Requirement
    3
  • STAT 211 Elementary Statistical Inference Exclamation Point
    3
14
Fall
  • Select one of the following courses:
    4
    CHEM 111 Survey of Chemistry or
    CHEM 115 Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • ENGL 102 Composition, Rhetoric, and Research Exclamation Point
    3
  • FOR 205 Dendrology Exclamation Point
    3
  • Approved Restricted Elective
    3
  • Approved Restricted Elective
    3
16
Spring
  • Select one of the following courses:
    1
    ORIN 164 Finding the First Job or
    ORIN 260 Preparation for Graduate Education
  • PHYS 101 Introductory Physics Exclamation Point
    4
  • WDSC 232 Wood Grading and Procurement Exclamation Point
    3
  • STAT 211 Elementary Statistical Inference Exclamation Point
    3
  • Approved Restricted Elective
    3
14
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 upperclassmen: Mentor new international students
  • Check all of your degree requirements
  • Attend dinner presentations at the Faculty Dinner Series
  • Complete the Campus Read
  • International students: Meet one-on-one with an immigration adviser

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 Spring Family Weekend with your family
  • Go on one of the break trips through the Outdoor Rec Center
  • Take a hike, bike or go rock climbing at Coopers Rock State Forest
  • Attend WVUp All Night
  • 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:

  • Be a reporter for The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM
  • Join a student organization
  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Attend a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day diversity program
  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in Greek Life

Health and Wellness

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

  • Make a healthy smoothie with the Student Wellness Ambassador Team
  • Participate in liveWELL programs
  • Attend a WELLWVU Try It event
  • Stay healthy: Ask an Expert via well.wvu.edu
  • Use the WELLWVU HeartMath Lab

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:

  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • International students: Explore optional practical training (12 to 29 months work experience in the U.S.)
  • Meet with a career professional to make sure you are on track professionally
  • Join a club sport team
  • Service learning (complete 30 hours per semester and one major experience outside the classroom)

Academics

Fall
  • WDSC 341 Wood Mechanics Exclamation Point
    3
  • WDSC 413 Wood Chemistry
    3
  • WDSC 422 Harvesting Forest Products
    3
  • Area of Emphasis Courses
    6
15
Spring
  • WDSC 340 Physical Properties of Wood Exclamation Point
    3
  • FMAN 222 Forest Mensuration Exclamation Point
    4
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    ENGL 304 Business and Professional Writing or
    ENGL 305 Technical Writing
  • Area of Emphasis Courses
    6
16
Summer
  • WDSC 491 Professional Field Experience
    1-18
1
Fall
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    ENGL 304 Business and Professional Writing or
    ENGL 305 Technical Writing
  • WDSC 341 Wood Mechanics Exclamation Point
    3
  • WDSC 413 Wood Chemistry
    3
  • WDSC 422 Harvesting Forest Products
    3
  • WDSC 444 Bio-based Energy Systems
    3
15
Spring
  • FMAN 222 Forest Mensuration Exclamation Point
    4
  • FOR 326 Remote Sensing of Environment
    3
  • WDSC 340 Physical Properties of Wood Exclamation Point
    3
  • WMAN 234 Forest Wildlife Management Exclamation Point
    3
  • Approved Restricted Elective
    3
16
Summer
  • WDSC 491 Professional Field Experience
    1-18
1
Fall
  • WDSC 341 Wood Mechanics Exclamation Point
    3
  • WDSC 413 Wood Chemistry
    3
  • WDSC 422 Harvesting Forest Products
    3
  • Minor Requirement
    3
  • Minor Requirement
    3
15
Spring
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    ENGL 304 Business and Professional Writing or
    ENGL 305 Technical Writing
  • FMAN 222 Forest Mensuration Exclamation Point
    4
  • WDSC 340 Physical Properties of Wood Exclamation Point
    3
  • WDSC 470 Marketing Forest Products
    3
  • Minor Requirement
    3
16
Summer
  • WDSC 491 Professional Field Experience
    1-18
1
Fall
  • WDSC 341 Wood Mechanics Exclamation Point
    3
  • WDSC 413 Wood Chemistry
    3
  • WDSC 422 Harvesting Forest Products
    3
  • Minor Requirement
    3
  • Minor Requirement
    3
15
Spring
  • WDSC 340 Physical Properties of Wood Exclamation Point
    3
  • FMAN 222 Forest Mensuration Exclamation Point
    4
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    ENGL 304 Business and Professional Writing or
    ENGL 305 Technical Writing
  • WDSC 320 Sustainable Construction
    3
  • ID 240 Codes and Interior Construction
    2
15
Summer
  • WDSC 491 Professional Field Experience
    1-18
1
Fall
  • WDSC 330 Wood Machining
    3
  • WDSC 341 Wood Mechanics Exclamation Point
    3
  • WDSC 413 Wood Chemistry
    3
  • WDSC 422 Harvesting Forest Products
    3
  • Minor Requirement
    3
15
Spring
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    ENGL 304 Business and Professional Writing or
    ENGL 305 Technical Writing
  • FMAN 222 Forest Mensuration Exclamation Point
    4
  • WDSC 340 Physical Properties of Wood Exclamation Point
    3
  • WDSC 351 Forest Products Protection
    3
  • Minor Requirement
    3
16
Summer
  • WDSC 491 Professional Field Experience
    1-18
1
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).
  • Get a Success Coach from Student Life Office of Student Success or in your college
  • Complete the Campus Read
  • 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
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success
  • Check all of your degree requirements

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:

  • Visit the Core Arboretum
  • Attend a professional performance at the CAC
  • Attend an Outdoor Rec Center weekend trip
  • Attend a Ring Day ceremony (where you will receive your WVU class ring)
  • Visit the WVU Farm

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:

  • Explore community service opportunities in student organizations
  • Attend the Festival of Ideas
  • Create a culture of well-being with a WELLWVU academic internship
  • Be a reporter for The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM
  • Post a picture of you in another country in WVU gear

Health and Wellness

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

  • Join an intramural team
  • Participate in liveWELL programs
  • Exercise daily
  • Take a class on healthy cooking
  • Become an Alcohol Literacy trainer and educate peers about the real effects of drinking alcohol

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:

  • Sign up for an internship interview
  • Undergraduate research (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Become a leader in your club sport team
  • Attend the Sophomore/Junior Fair during your fall semester to explore studying abroad, internships, career choices and more
  • Consider graduate or professional school

Academics

Fall
  • FOR 438 Human Dimensions Natural Resource Management
    3
  • WDSC 362 Forest Product Decision-Making
    4
  • WDSC 480 Senior Projects 1 Exclamation Point
    2
  • Area of Emphasis Courses
    6
15
Spring
  • WDSC 465 Wood-based Composite Materials
    3
  • WDSC 481 Senior Projects 2
    2
  • Area of Emphasis Courses
    7
12
Fall
  • FMAN 311 Silvicultural Systems Exclamation Point
    4
  • FOR 438 Human Dimensions Natural Resource Management
    3
  • WDSC 362 Forest Product Decision-Making
    4
  • WDSC 480 Senior Projects 1 Exclamation Point
    2
  • Approved Restricted Elective
    2
15
Spring
  • WDSC 465 Wood-based Composite Materials
    3
  • FMAN 330 Principles of Forestry Economics Exclamation Point
    4
  • FHYD 444 Watershed Management Exclamation Point
    3
  • WDSC 481 Senior Projects 2
    2
12
Fall
  • FOR 438 Human Dimensions Natural Resource Management
    3
  • WDSC 362 Forest Product Decision-Making
    4
  • WDSC 480 Senior Projects 1 Exclamation Point
    2
  • Minor Requirement
    3
  • Minor Requirement
    3
15
Spring
  • ARE 461 Agribusiness Finance
    3
  • BUSA 330 Survey of Marketing
    3
  • WDSC 481 Senior Projects 2
    2
  • WDSC 465 Wood-based Composite Materials
    3
  • Approved Restricted Elective
    1
12
Fall
  • DSGN 340 Design for Energy Efficiency
    3
  • FOR 438 Human Dimensions Natural Resource Management
    3
  • WDSC 362 Forest Product Decision-Making
    4
  • WDSC 480 Senior Projects 1 Exclamation Point
    2
  • Minor Requirement
    3
15
Spring
  • SAFM 470 Managing Construction Safety
    3
  • WDSC 465 Wood-based Composite Materials
    3
  • WDSC 481 Senior Projects 2
    2
  • Minor Requirement
    3
  • Restricted Elective
    2
13
Fall
  • FOR 438 Human Dimensions Natural Resource Management
    3
  • WDSC 337 Wood Adhesion and Finishing
    3
  • WDSC 362 Forest Product Decision-Making
    4
  • WDSC 480 Senior Projects 1 Exclamation Point
    2
  • Minor Requirement
    3
15
Spring
  • WDSC 465 Wood-based Composite Materials
    3
  • WDSC 481 Senior Projects 2
    2
  • Minor Requirement
    3
  • Minor Requirement
    3
  • Approved Restricted Elective
    1
12
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).
  • Complete the Campus Read
  • International upperclassmen: Mentor new international students
  • 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
  • Sign up for graduation
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success

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:

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

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:

  • Attend a multicultural, international or diversity program
  • Be a reporter for The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM
  • Participate in the Friends of International Students Program
  • Complete a financial management skill development opportunity in student organizations
  • 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
  • Become a leadWELL Trainer
  • Exercise daily
  • Take an academic yoga class in the Health and Education Building
  • Stay active with moveWELL, the Student Rec Center and Outdoor Rec Center

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:

  • Sign up for an interview
  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Attend a career fair
  • Become a student-leader in at least one organization
  • Participate in a practice job interview session

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