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Applied and 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. In the accelerated option, you can earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years.

Description

What is Applied and Environmental Microbiology at WVU like?

Description

Both beneficial and harmful, microorganisms play important roles in the areas of public health, plant disease, pollution remediation and soil fertility. In fact, there isn’t a single process on Earth that isn’t affected by microbes. This program is ideal for students who want to have a career at the forefront of these industries.

At a Glance

Opportunities

What makes Applied and Environmental Microbiology at WVU unique?


Accelerated Master's Program

Applied and Environmental Microbiology offers the option to earn a bachelor's and master's degree in an accelerated time frame.

Research and Academic Opportunities

A national environment-based mentoring program developed by the National Council for Science and Environment, EnvironMentors gives high school students the opportunity to work with WVU student researchers and professionals to develop scientifically rigorous research projects. The program also promotes future studies and careers in environmental science fields.

Transfer Articulation Agreements

In addition to guaranteed admission agreements WVU has transfer articulation agreements with:

Student Organizations

Connect with other students who share your academic interests as a member of:

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Professional Organizations

Network with professionals in your field as a student member of:

  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Phytopathological Society
  • American Society for Microbiology
  • Ecological Society of America
  • Mycological Society of America

Careers

What can you do with a degree in Applied and Environmental Microbiology?

Many of our graduates continue onto graduate or professional school (veterinary, medical, dental, pharmacy or public health) while others secure employment in diverse fields including pharmaceutical labs, food inspection and governmental agencies.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Applied and Environmental Microbiology major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.

Employers

Graduates from this major have gone to work at:

Courses

What are the courses like in Applied and Environmental Microbiology at WVU?

Major Map

Check out the course requirements and suggested plan of study for WVU's Applied and Environmental Microbiology major.

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Popular Courses

AEM 341:
General Microbiology

Introductory morphological, cultural, and physiological characteristics of microorganisms; application of microbiology to agriculture, home economics, and health.

AEM 401:
Environmental Microbiology

Microbiology as applied to soil, water, wastewater, sewage, air, and the general environment. Occurrence, distribution, ecology, and detection of microorganisms in these environments. (Also listed as ENVP 401.)

AEM 445:
Food Microbiology

The relationships of microorganisms to food-borne illness and intoxications, microbial food safety and food quality, food spoilage, food preservation and bio-processing. The emerging food preservation and technologies and predictive microbiology will be introduced.

AEM 470:
Microbes and Global Change

Microbially-mediated biogeochemistry of elements important for life with an emphasis on how these processes are being impacted by anthropogenic activities.

PPTH 401:
General Plant Pathology

Nature and causes of plant diseases; methods of control.

PPTH 470:
Forest Pest Management

Relationship of insects and disease organisms to the forest ecosystem; recognition of agents that affect forest health; management strategies for regulating their damage. (Also listed as ENTO 470.)

Cost

How much does Applied and Environmental Microbiology at WVU cost?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2018-19 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Semester $4,992
Fall and Spring Semesters $9,984
Non-Resident
Per Semester $13,140
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,280
International
Per Semester $13,440
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,880
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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU. In addition to guaranteed admission agreements Applied and Environmental Microbiology has transfer articulation agreements with:

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Requirements

What are the requirements to apply for Applied and Environmental Microbiology at WVU?

University Requirements

To be admitted to WVU's Applied and Environmental Microbiology major, you must first meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2018-19 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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