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Animal Physiology

The master of science in animal and nutritional sciences in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design allows maximum flexibility in courses and research problems. Students may major in either physiology or nutrition and food sciences. They may work with beef and dairy cattle, sheep, swine, poultry or laboratory animals or with issues in human health and nutrition. Research problems in farm animals, laboratory animals and human nutrition issues form the basis for many studies, but a comparative approach is emphasized. A master of science degree is available as a thesis or course work option. Prerequisite requirements are similar to those in other biological sciences. The student should have completed basic courses in the physical and biological sciences, including genetics, nutrition, and physiology. Deficiencies may prolong the time needed to complete degree programs. Meeting the above requirements shall not guarantee the applicant admission because each professor will accept only the number of students who can be supervised adequately with available facilities, time and funds. Students interested in a Ph.D. should apply for admission to the doctoral program in agricultural sciences or reproductive physiology.

Career Profile

Job titles and employers of recent graduates:
associate extension educator - Purdue Extension; laboratory technician - Protea Biosciences; graduate student - West Virginia University; laboratory technician - Taiwanese Pharmaceutical Co.

Program Application Requirements

Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose, 3 Letters of recommendation

Program Application Test Requirements


Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline

June 1

Spring Deadline

November 1

Summer Deadline


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.

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