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Horticultural Science

 

Graduate Certificate | Horticultural Science

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: Not required

To earn your graduate certificate, you need to complete 15 credit hours. No thesis or dissertation is required. Courses are taught via the web and at two-way video-conferencing sites around the state, so you won’t need time off from work or face long commutes to campus.

The Horticulture Science Graduate Certificate is an individually designed program in horticultural science. Each student is assigned an adviser and consults with the adviser to design his or her program. Because of the diversity of subject matter and learner interest, students may concentrate in such areas as general horticulture, food horticulture, and ornamental horticulture, and may also include a limited number of courses from other academic areas within agriculture.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Participants must hold a bachelor’s degree to enroll in this program. Online Horticulture Certificate applicants should have majored in horticulture, crop science, plant science, or agricultural education with a concentration in plant science, or another closely related degree.

Students may begin taking courses for the certificate in Summer, Fall, or Spring. All certificate course work must be completed within four years of enrollment.

PLAN OF STUDY

Five courses (15 credit hours) are required. The student and his/her advisor will select the courses that will constitute the student's certificate requirements.

At least three courses in the certificate must be from the Department of Horticultural Science. The remaining two courses may also be in Horticultural Science, or from one of the following areas: Agricultural and Resource Economics, Agricultural and Extension Education, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Crop Science, Entomology, Food Science, Plant Pathology, and Soil Science. Note that not all courses are offered each semester.

Up to twelve (12) credit hours of courses taken during post-baccalaureate studies (PBS) may be used in the certificate program if approved by the student’s advisor.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Can’t attend classes at NC State University? Join extension agents, teachers, industry professionals, and horticulture enthusiasts who are earning their Graduate Certificate in Horticultural Science through DELTA/Distance Education at NC State. This certificate programs offers a wide variety of courses designed to enhance your horticulture background.

 

Below is a list of courses that may be taken as part of the certificate program.
Special Problems course options include: Plant Breeding Overview for non-Majors; Physiology and Culture of Temperate Zone Tree Fruits; Diagnostic Criteria for Plant Nutrition; Integrated Breeding Databases

HS 523 - Viticulture

Units: 3

A presentation of the commercial importance, distribution, anatomy, physiology, and production of Genus Vitis [grapes] including cultivars, propagation, canopy management, diseases, weed control, physiology, anatomy, irrigation, wine production, climates and soils. This course will not require students to provide their own transportation. Non-scheduled class time for field trips or out-of-class activities is required for this class. One Saturday field-trip will be scheduled. Students may not receive credit for both HS 423 and HS 523.

Offered in Spring Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

HS 532 - Introduction to Permaculture

Units: 3

Permaculture means "permanent culture," and ..."is the conscious design and maintenance of cultivated ecosystems that have the diversity, stability, and resilience of a natural ecosystem." [Bill Mollison] This course will explore a design/thinking methodology that seeks to provide our essential physical needs, food, water, shelter, energy, etc., while doing so in an environmentally friendly, sustainable manner. The three weekend field trips are required. This course is restricted to upper level undergraduate, graduate, or matriculated continuing education students. STUDENTS MAY NOT RECEIVE CREDIT FOR BOTH HS 432 AND HS 532.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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2016 Spring Term

HS 541 - Plant Breeding Methods

Units: 3

Overview of plant breeding methods for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students. Covers principles and concepts of inheritance, germplasm resources, pollen control, measurement of genetic variances, and heterosis. Special topics include heritability, genotype-environment interaction, disease resistance, and polyploidy. In-depth coverage on methods for breeding cross-pollinated and self-pollinated crops. Prepares students for advanced plant breeding courses.

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Fall Term

HS 550 - Environmental Nursery Production

Units: 3

The course focuses on the impacts of the nursery industry on the environment and environmentally sound nursery practices. Exploration of the major challenges facing the nursery industry that drive decision making during production. Evaluation of past and current research addressing these challenges and sampling procedures and interpretation will be learned. Graduate status and an undergraduate nursery production or management course or working knowledge of nursery production required.

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

HS 562 - Postharvest Physiology

Units: 3

Pre- and post-harvest factors that affect market quality of horticultural commodities with an emphasis on technologies to preserve quality and extend storage life of crops.

Offered in Spring Only

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2016 Spring Term

HS 583 - Advanced Floral Crop Production and Handling

Units: 3

Principles and commercial practices for producing floral potted crops and cut flowers emphasizing the physical responses of plants to their environment and post-harvest physiology. Lab will be conducted at the student's home location and students will document plant growth with photos or video. Some live plants will be mailed to the student; however, the student will be required to purchase some plants [e.g. African violet]. Course is restricted to graduates students only.

Offered in Spring Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

HS 590 - Special Problems in Horticultural Science

Units: 1 - 6

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2016 Fall Term

HS 703 - Breeding Asexually Propagated Crops

Units: 1

Principles and problems associated with breeding clonally propagated crops and techniques used in overcoming these problems. Taught third five weeks of semester. Drop date is by last day of 3rd week of minicourse.

Offered in Fall Only

HS 706 - Fruit Development and Postharvest Physiology

Units: 1

Theories of plant senescence, both physiological and biochemical, and postharvest changes in all types of plant parts. Emphasis on physiological principles underlying current postharvest handling and storage techniques. A study of fruit development from fruit set to senescence. Taught third five weeks of semester. Drop date is by last day of 3rd week of minicourse.

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Fall Term

HS 707 - Environmental Stress Physiology

Units: 1

Physiology of plant responses to environmental stresses, with emphasis on current research in selected physiological, molecular, and biochemical mechanisms for tolerance to environmental stresses such as temperature extremes, drought, salt, pathogens and other plants.

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

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2016 Spring Term

HS 729 - Herbicide Behavior In Plants

Units: 2

Chemical, physiological and biochemical actions of herbicides in plants including uptake, translocation, metabolism and mechanism of action.

Offered in Spring Only

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2016 Spring Term

HS 790 - Special Problems in Horticultural Science

Units: 1 - 6

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2016 Fall Term

Tuition Level: Graduate

Resident
Cost per Credit Hour: $411.88
Total Estimated Cost for 15 Credits Completed at NC State: $6,178.20

Non-resident
Cost per Credit Hour: $1,007.88
Total Estimated Cost for 15 Credits Completed at NC State: $15,118.20

Approximate cost per semester: $3,706.92 based on 9 credit hours

Note: There may be additional fees associated with Distance Education courses for verification of student identity for proctored examinations. These fees will be paid directly by the student to the proctor or facility and are not charged to your student account.

More about Online and Distance Education Tuition

Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details

Dr. Helen T. Kraus

Distance Education Coordinator, Department of Horticultural Science

919-515-1208
helen_kraus@ncsu.edu