Summertime is about being outdoors and soaking up the sun. Why not earn college credit while you’re at it?

West Virginia University’s Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design will offer a variety of courses in ecology and field study, outdoor skills and professional field experience during WVU’s summer sessions.

These condensed courses are exciting, highly concentrated and offer one to three elective credit hours; and draw a wide range of students in a variety of majors throughout the summer session at WVU.

“These diverse and innovative courses are developed to expand our student’s experiential and practical knowledge by taking them out of the traditional classroom setting,” said Beverly Hassler, coordinator for the Off-Campus Summer Program. “Students from a variety of majors will be able to find appealing courses that will help enhance and strengthen their awareness for future challenges or for the satisfaction of learning something different.”

Featured new courses of this year’s program include:

Barley to Beer: This course is designed to teach students the history and complexities of beer and beer brewing. The overall goal is to develop citizens who are well-educated about a topic of tremendous importance and impact on US society, putting them in a position to make logical, intelligent, concise arguments about the topics of beer, alcohol, and health. Barley to Beer is also designed to promote responsible drinking and healthy choices related to alcohol consumption.

2010 Northeastern U.S. Agriculture Travel Course: Explore agricultural and natural resource components of the world’s largest two-way trading relationship between the United States and Canada. Students will visit agricultural operations in New York state that produce livestock, various other commodities and value-added agricultural products.

The Watershed Approach: Grassroots Environmental Management: This intensive, week-long course is designed to introduce advanced undergraduate and graduate students, government officials, and the leaders of local watershed associations to basic sciences like water chemistry, watershed assessment, and group processes such as conflict resolution and fundraising needed to lead or support watershed associations.

Plants and People: This course is designed to teach students how plants and plant products have shaped and continue to shape human society. They will evaluate the importance of plants and plant products in modern society, explore the link between plants and history, investigate the connection between plants and human nutrition, health and well-being, and develop a framework for intelligent discussion of ecological and environmental issues that deal with plants and affect humans.

Other new courses include Agriculture Teachers Travel Course, Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences Camp, Environmental Design: Stormwater Solutions Training, Contemporary Issues in Education and Invasive Species Ecology.

Students also have the opportunity to earn professional field experience with an agency or organization by working on a professional project.

Students who desire credit for a course and are not already enrolled at WVU can complete eligibility forms or request more information from Extended Learning at

For additional information and complete course descriptions, visit For questions or to register, contact Hassler at 293-2292 or



CONTACT: Beverly Hassler, Davis College