Agroecology is the interdisciplinary study of how agricultural production of plants and animals affects and is affected by the local environment. It emphasizes sustainable and environmentally friendly approaches to agricultural production. The Agroecology program in the Davis College teaches students to combine the concepts of crop production with those of environmental protection in such a way that there is a sustained balance between production and environmental issues. Our faculty are nationally known for their work in soil science as it relates to environmental protection and land use.
Agroecology graduates are employable in both traditional agriculture positions and those with an environmental orientation toward agricultural production. Potential areas of employment include farm and environmental consulting, organic farms, sales representative for agricultural suppliers, extension agents, government support agencies and natural settings with high public use.
Sample Course Schedules
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Freshman YearCHEM 111 Survey of Chemistry AGRL 111 Professions in Agriculture ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric AGRN 125 Soil Judging MATH 126 College Algebra
Senior YearAGRN 410 Soil Fertility ENVP 455 Reclamation of Disturbed Soils AGRN 425 Environmental Soil Management HORT 310 Vines to Wines PPTH 401 General Plant Pathology
By the Numbers
Facts and figures that make this major unique:
- WVU’s Organic Agriculture Research Farm is among the largest certified organic research farms dedicated to teaching, research and outreach.
- Agroecology students can gain practical knowledge and skills using the Davis College's 3,425 acres of farmland.
English Proficiency Requirements
All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.
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