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This page was part of our Virtual Decide WVU event held on April 4, 2020 and is now archived. For the most up-to-date opportunities to connect with WVU please visit our resources page.

You Belong at Davis College

In the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, you can turn your passions into a fulfilling profession through hands-on learning, internships and research.

Virtual Decide Day is all about exploring these options, asking questions and connecting with WVU students, faculty and staff who can help you find your place here.

Student Ambassador Panel Discussion Academic Sessions

Welcome to Virtual Decide WVU Day! Watch this message from Ken Blemings, interim dean of the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design.

Background Image: Entrance to Agriculture Sciences Building

Questions? Ask us!

Learn About Your Major

Start Virtual Decide WVU Day with an introduction to your major.

Agribusiness Management

Learn to apply business principles to real-world issues in agricultural and life science industries. You'll combine a focus area of your choice with classes in accounting, economics, marketing, management and finance.

Agricultural and Extension Education

Whether you want to be a teacher, an extension agent or work in production or technical agriculture, you'll gain the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively communicate agricultural information.

Agroecology

While learning sustainable and environmentally friendly approaches to agricultural production, you'll study how agricultural production of plants and animals affects and is affected by the local environment.

Animal and Nutritional Sciences

Animal lovers unite! This major has two degree tracks: BS degree for those who want to prepare for veterinary medicine or other professional schools and a BSA degree for students preparing for a career in animal production and management.

Biochemistry

The path to medical, dental, pharmacy or graduate school starts here. Biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics courses will challenge you in the classroom, while you pursue solutions to the world’s biggest issues in the lab — and build the foundation you need for professional or graduate school.

Design Studies

This flexible, interdisciplinary program prepares you to work in creative industries and provide innovative solutions to challenges facing our world today.

Energy Land Management

This program melds natural resource management, business and development of energy resources. You'll emerge as highly trained and sought-after professionals, equipped with the skills needed to make an immediate impact in the energy industry.

Environmental and Energy Resources Management

Offering a broad curriculum in energy, the environment, economics and entrepreneurship, this program will prepare you to enter multiple sectors of a fast-growing industry.

Environmental and Natural Resources Economics

With this major’s flexibility, you can design a program of study tailored to your environmental and natural resource interests, such as water use and quality, soil protection, waste management, ecosystem management or land use.

Environmental Microbiology

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.

Environmental, Soil and Water Sciences

Gain interdisciplinary training in environmental protection sciences with a specialization in either pest management or soil and water conservation.

Fashion, Dress and Merchandising

Fashion is one of the most dynamic, globally integrated and culturally significant industries in the world. Peer behind the gloss and glamour to discover how design concepts come to life – and then are marketed to consumers.

Forest Resources Management

Learn about the balancing act of managing land for timber production and wood products while considering wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities and water quality.

Horticulture

Plants are the root of what makes our world healthy and beautiful. You’ll study the physiology, culture, harvest, quality control, sales and utilization of horticultural crops.

Human Nutrition and Foods

Nutrition is essential for good health and well-being. With this pre-professional program, you’ll prepare to become a registered dietitian, nutritionist or health educator who is able to set others up for success in the areas of lifestyle modifications, food and nutrition.

Interior Design

Our graduates do much more than design houses; they design hospitals and hotels, offices and schools, textiles and furniture. They represent manufacturers, create lighting systems and preserve historic buildings.

Landscape Architecture and Environmental and Community Planning

Make a difference in the sustainability of communities, influence development decisions and create places that preserve history and protect the environment.

Recreation, Parks and Tourism Resources

We’re passionate about the power of outdoor experiences to transform peoples’ lives — and communities — for the better. If you love the outdoors and working with people, this is a great major for you.

Wildlife and Fisheries Resources

If you’re passionate about the outdoors and the conservation of natural resources and animal habitats, this major is for you.

Wood Science and Technology

The wood products industry employs 1.6 million people nationwide. WVU is one of very few American universities that offers a program specifically designed to educate professionals to manage and provide technical expertise to the industry.

Explore Student Life

Student Ambassador Panel Discussion

Our student ambassadors answer the most common questions students and parents have about life at WVU.

Our Students (and Grads) are Going Places

Portrait of Sharon Lopez

Sharon Lopez

Hometown: Newark, New Jersey

Sharon, a May 2020 grad, is an aspiring veterinarian. As a WVU student, she majored in Animal and Nutritional Sciences and minored in Spanish and Conservation Ecology. She took advantage of many opportunities to expand her skillset including working as a resident assistant and VIDA Volunteer.

Last summer, with the help of a Davis College enhancement grant, Sharon traveled to many different towns in Costa Rica for a two-week veterinary service trip. She worked alongside veterinarians to provide veterinary care to low-income families. She received invaluable hands-on experience while making a huge impact on the community.

That’s what she loves about the Davis College: Regardless of your career goal, there are opportunities for every student to thrive and succeed.

Portrait of Jimmy Giannone

Jimmy Giannone

Hometown: Summitville, Ohio

Jimmy loves the outdoors and so decided to pursue a degree in wildlife and fisheries. He transferred from Hocking College to attend WVU’s Davis College. He made the move because of the opportunities available at a large land-grant university where he knew he’d still get one-on-one interactions with his professors.

Because of his professors and coursework, Jimmy has learned and changed. He originally had plans of going into natural resources law enforcement, but, during his time here, he has discovered a passion for wildlife ecology, behavior and management. He now has aspirations to become a wildlife biologist/technician and plans to work for a federal agency such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or Department of Agriculture.

Portrait of Cassie Stewart

Cassie Stewart

Hometown: Nitro, West Virginia

Cassie is a rising senior and will graduate in December 2020 with the hope of working as an adaptive apparel designer, focusing on people with disabilities. Her degree will be in Fashion, Dress and Merchandising with an emphasis in Fashion Design and a minor in Disability Studies.

During her time at Davis College, she has spent many hours in the Fashion Design Studio, and has conducted research with the WVU LaunchLab to make pants for children ages 6-11 who use a wheelchair as an aid. Impressively, she received the Janet Reed Textiles Apparel and Merchandising enhancement grant from Davis College to do her research. Highlights from past opportunities include her Disegno Italia trip, the New York Study Tour, and her Intro to Fashion class that opened her eyes to the possibilities in the fashion industry.

Her favorite aspect of Davis College is that it is more than a college; it is a close-knit community with goals to help you succeed. Cassie loves talking to students with an interest in fashion and would love to hear from you!

Portrait of Dakota Wells Scott

Dakota Wells Scott

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

When he was a student at the University of Arkansas, Dakota Wells attended the World Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean, WV. There, he met E. Gordon Gee for the first time. After returning home to Dallas, Texas, Dakota kept in touch with President Gee by email and was soon convinced that transferring to WVU was the right move!

Dakota Wells is passionate about the outdoors and wants to share that love with others by organizing events and camps. He hopes that by majoring in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Resources, he can help motivate people to get outside, learn about their environment and how to take care of it.

Portrait of Mackenzie Bouch

Mackenzie Bouch

Interior Design, Class of 2019

Hometown: Meyersdale, Pennsylvania

Mackenzie Bouch is a 2019 graduate of the Interior Design program at Davis College, where she was offered numerous opportunities and met incredible people. She not only found a home to grow in but a family to grow with.

She knows the Davis College is a true melting pot of fields and that allowed her to explore the relationships between design and sustainability, eventually becoming LEED Green certified. Through her role as a Davis College Ambassador, she was privileged with welcoming new interior design students and supporting them in their transition to WVU.

She now works for a proud West Virginia Company, Omega Commercial Interiors, which is committed to keeping WVU's Interior Design program on track with the commercial design industry. Mackenzie recognizes the importance of having engaged alumni and having design firms offer education and resources to students, so she continues to volunteer her time through mini-lecture sessions.

Portrait of Bethani Chambers

Bethani Chambers

Hometown: St. Mary’s, West Virginia

After earning her associate degree in Agronomy at Potomac State College of WVU, Bethani moved to the Morgantown campus to earn her bachelor's degree.

From the beginning, Davis College felt like a home away from home. Bethani recalls how refreshing it was to be surrounded by so many caring people, both faculty and staff. Her original major, Agronomy, was later renamed Environmental Soil and Water Sciences. The program provided Bethani with ample hands-on, outdoor experiences, a strong STEM foundation, and a diverse group of faculty that are nationally known in their respected areas.

Bethani chose to earn both her bachelor’s and master's degrees from Davis College and now works for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as an Agricultural Runoff Management Specialist.

A former Davis College Student Ambassador, Bethani still stays involved with the College and enjoys talking to prospective students and their families.

The R1 Difference

WVU is one of only 130 R1 institutions in the U.S. to earn the “very high research” designation (a group that includes Johns Hopkins, MIT and Stanford). Look inside our facilities!

Agricultural Sciences Building

Opened in 2016, the new Agricultural Sciences Building includes administrative offices for the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and research and learning spaces that support animal and nutritional sciences, entomology, genetics, human nutrition and foods, landscape architecture, reproductive physiology, resource management and soil science.

Evansdale Greenhouse

The Evansdale Greenhouse has approximately 19,000 square feet of growing space that is shared by the Davis College and the USDA Forest Service.

Natural History Museum in Percival Hall

Welcome to the great outdoors! Percival Hall’s lobby is filled with wildlife mounts and natural habitat dioramas from the WVU Natural History Museum.

Animal Science Farm

Located on Stewartstown Road, the Animal Science Farm encompasses 408 acres and includes a livestock pavilion and buildings, state-of-the-art poultry research facilities and food animal research facilities.

Fashion Design Lab

From patternmaking to draping to sewing, Fashion Design students learn practical and technical skills necessary to take a design from concept to finished garment.

Watch Fashion Lab 360 Video

Service Dog Training Facility

Yes, there's a class with dogs! Meet some of the dogs from the Hearts of Gold program. Students who take this class get to help train the dogs in many different activities.

Watch Hearts of Gold Video
Virtual Campus Tour

Next Steps

Pay the Academic Deposit

The academic deposit saves your place in our incoming class and allows you to continue the admissions process.

Pay Academic Deposit

Apply for Housing

After paying the academic deposit, apply for housing and complete your profile. The sooner you apply, the sooner you’ll know where you’ll be living.

Apply for Housing

Register for New Student Orientation

Next is NSO, where you’ll register for your first semester classes, hear from faculty and students and learn to navigate campus like a pro.

Register for NSO

Choose an Adventure

Adventure WV first-year trips are optional (but highly recommended!). Register early to secure your spot in your first-choice trip.

Adventure WV First-Year Trips