Horticultural Science

 

Graduate Certificate | Horticultural Science

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: Not required

The Horticulture Science Graduate Certificate is an individually designed program in horticultural science. 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. Each student is assigned an advisor and consults with the advisor 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.

Eligibility

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 coursework must be completed within four years of enrollment.

Cost

This 15-credit graduate program includes five three-credit graduate courses. At 2019-20 tuition rates, the cost of these courses is $462 per credit for North Carolina residents and $1,311 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the program is $6,930 for North Carolina residents and $19,665 for non-residents. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details.

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 while the student is classified as a Post-Baccalaureate Studies (PBS) student may be used in the certificate program if approved by the student’s advisor.

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

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 Summer

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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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2019 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

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2019 Fall Term

HS 562 - Postharvest Physiology

Units: 3

Preharvest and postharvest factors that affect market quality of horticultural commodities with an emphasis on technologies to preserve postharvest quality and extend storage life of fruits, vegetables and ornamentals.

Offered in Spring Only

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2020 Spring Term

HS 590 - Special Problems in Horticultural Science

Units: 1 - 6

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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

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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

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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2020 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

HS 790 - Special Problems in Horticultural Science

Units: 1 - 6

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2019 Fall Term

Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallJune 15
SpringNovember 15

Dr. Helen T. Kraus

Distance Education Coordinator, Department of Horticultural Science

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

919.515.1208
helen_kraus@ncsu.edu