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Applied and Environmental Microbiology

The Applied and Environmental Microbiology Program is ideal for students who desire a career at the forefront of human and plant health, the pharmaceutical industry, food science and the environment. Graduates will be prepared to be productive team members in a variety of settings including microbial ecology, soil microbiology, environmental microbiology and plant pathology. Likewise, students are prepared for further educational training at the graduate level, or for professional schools including medical, dental and optometry.

Career Profile

Opportunities for employment include federal and state governmental laboratories, private environmental consulting companies, pharmaceutical industry, food production, food safety and clinical laboratories in the healthcare industry.

Salary Range

Beginning salaries range from $30,000 to $40,000.

Sample Course Schedules

Wondering what your typical day might be like? We used students’ real course schedules to create these examples.

Freshman Year

AGRL 111 Professions in Agriculture MATH 150 Applied Calculus ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric CHEM 115 Fundamentals of Chemistry HN&F 126 Society and Food

Senior Year

AGBI 410 Introductory Biochemistry PPTH 401 General Plant Pathology ENVP 460 Environmental Impact Assessment AEM 408 Applied Water Microbiology AGEE 220 Group Organization and Leadership

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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.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Alumni Profile

Autumn Sayre

Autumn Sayre says she liked the Davis College, and particularly the Division of Plant and Soil Sciences, because of the small class sizes and ability to develop relationships with her professors. She believes the Applied and Environmental Microbiology Program provides the educational background needed for jobs in the health field. She’s also had the opportunity to experience the “nuts and bolts” of microbiology by working with Gary Bissonnette, professor of microbiology, to prepare laboratory media and reagents, as well as maintain bacterial cultures for an undergraduate microbiology course.

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