Forest Resources Sciences
This program allows students to choose one of the following as their major field of study: forest resources management; recreation, parks, and tourism resources; wood science and technology, or wildlife and fisheries resources. Within these major fields of study, specialization is limited only by the range of competencies in the graduate faculty.
Forest Resources Management
Students work closely with their faculty advisor and mentor to develop a unique research
program that will prepare them for a career in this field. Course work for varies
depending upon the career goals of the student, past course history, and educational
needs for the intended research project. Typically all students take 2 semesters
of Statistics (STAT 511 and 512) and an advanced GIS class or as advised by their
Recreation, Parks and Tourism Resources
This program focuses on human dimensions of recreation, tourism and natural resources.
We include a diverse group of publics in our training, research, and technical
assistance programs such as policy-makers, tourists, communities, resource managers,
entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations, and private landowners. We aim to understand
how human and organizational values, perceptions, attitudes, and behavior shape
and are shaped by recreation, tourism, and natural resource management systems.
Wildlife and Fisheries Resources
The Wildlife and Fisheries Resources Program at WVU is dedicated to developing the
next generation of young fisheries and wildlife professionals. Students typically
focus on either Wildlife or Fisheries for this advanced degree, and are required
to complete necessary coursework to obtain professional certification as a biologist
by The Wildlife Society or The American Fisheries Society by the time of graduation.
Wood Science and Technology
This program is designed to prepare students for the challenges of a wood products
industry career. Graduate students enrolling in wood science will be expected to
have taken WDSC 223, Wood Anatomy and Structure, WDSC 232, Primary Conversion and
Grading, and WDSC 401, Field Trip or their equivalents. Graduate students are expected
to make up deficiencies in undergraduate background as part of their program of