Crop Science

 

Undergraduate Certificate | Crop Science

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: Not required

This undergraduate certificate program offers an undergraduate course of study in the fundamentals of crop science.

The University Certificate in Crop Science provides an undergraduate course of study in the fundamentals of crop science. The program courses cover the importance of agronomic crops for the state and national economy; the interaction of agronomic growth, development and yield with environmental factors; sound and sustainable production systems for agronomic crops; scientific and societal issues related to biotechnology applications in crop production; and the marketing and distribution of these crops and their relation to overcoming world hunger.

Like all designated university certificates, this program has gone through an approval process at the university level.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

The successful completion of one college biology course or equivalent experience is required for students entering this certificate program. No application for admission is required, though students must file the Declare a Certificate form with the Department of Registration and Records. Students must be in good academic standing to take courses at NC State University. Students pursuing university certificate programs are considered non-degree studies (NDS) students. Students desiring to earn the certificate should contact the certificate coordinator.

PLAN OF STUDY

The University Certificate in Crop Science requires 15 credit hours. Students pursuing university certificate programs are considered non-degree studies (NDS) students for the purpose of university registration; NDS students may register for a maximum of 6 credit hours per semester. Thus, this certificate may be completed in as little as two semesters. The program must be completed within three calendar years, beginning with the initial course enrollment date.

CAREER PROSPECTS

The University Certificate in Crop Science will enhance the career prospects of many people, including:

  • community college students who intend upon completion of an associate's degree to work in crop production or agribusiness;
  • community college and other students who intend to transfer to a bachelor's degree program in plant or soil science at NC State or elsewhere;
  • extension professionals, crop consultants, agribusiness managers and students pursuing bachelor's degrees in agriculture or related fields who wish to expand their understanding of agronomic crop growth, production and management.

Required course - 3 credit hours

CS 213 - Crop Science

Units: 3

Our basic premise is that to produce field crops successfully we must know how our crops grow and develop and what they require from the production environment - including the farmer - for satisfactory management of the relevant environment, and finally to successful yield and quality of commercially important product. Especially important is to understand the various ways in which producers must respond to ever-changing circumstances on the farm, at the bank [credit], and in the marketplace. A solid understanding of the impact of cropping history on the soil and entire ecosystem to be used for the next crop also is vitally important.

GEP: Natural Sciences

Offered in Fall and Spring

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2017 Fall Term 2018 Spring Term

Elective courses - four courses, totaling minimum of 12 credit hours

CS 210 - Lawns and Sports Turf

Units: 3

Utilization of turfgrasses for lawns and recreational areas. Emphasis on: the cultural and environmental benefits of grassed areas, concepts of grass growth and development, selecting adapted grasses for proper use, techniques for successful establishment and management of cool-and-warm-season turfgrasses, fertilization, irrigation, aeration, and pest management. The history and benefit of natural and artificial sports fields will also be discussed. Credit will not be awarded for both CS 200 and CS 210.

GEP: Natural Sciences

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2018 Spring Term 2018 Summer Term 1

CS 216 - Southern Row Crop Production-Cotton, Peanuts, and Tobacco

Units: 3

Crop production systems comprised of cotton, peanuts, and tobacco are unique to the southern United States, and management practices tailored to a successful harvest are vastly different than those employed in the production of grain crops. CS 216 will introduce students to these production standards and provide a basic foundation for the principles of cotton, peanut, and tobacco management. At the conclusion of the course students will be able to describe growth/development patterns, tillage systems, scouting techniques, proper seed/variety selection and planting populations, provide recommendations for pest management, employ Integrated Pest Management strategies, describe harvesting practices, and give marketing approaches for each crop.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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2018 Spring Term

CS 218 - Cereal Grain Crop Production

Units: 2

Fundamental agronomic practices associated with the productio of cereal grain crops [corn and small grains]. Discussions will include crop growth and development stages, how to choose the best varities and hybrids, planting strategies, fertility and pest management programs, harvest and t=storage options, and the use of technologies associated with the production and maintenance of quality grain.

Offered in Spring Only

CS 224 - Seeds, Biotechnology and Societies

Units: 3

An exploration of seeds, how seeds are the delivery system for crop biotechnology and how a specific culture's perception of science and agriculture influence the acceptance or rejections of modern genetic technologies. Topics include seed germination, survival and preservation; seed industry influence on societies and how societies are influencing the seed industry; seed production - commercially and at home; how our diverse genetic resources are preserved; how biotechnology is applied to agriculture and delivered through seeds; the impact biotech is having on the seed industry and subsequently on us and global agriculture; concerns and potential benefits of biotechnology application to crops.

GEP: Global Knowledge

GEP: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

GEP: Natural Sciences

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2017 Fall Term 2018 Spring Term

CS 230 - Introduction to Agroecology

Units: 3

This course will examine the biological and physical attributes of farming systems and their associated ecological and social impacts in temperate and tropical regions. It will address the ecological consequences of indigenous food and fiber production systems, conventional agricultural systems and "alternative" systems that incorporate biological pest control and natural nutrient inputs. Students will examine several case studies that integrate their understanding of concepts.

GEP: Global Knowledge

GEP: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Offered in Fall Only

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2018 Spring Term

CS 312 - Grassland Management for Natural Resources Conservation

Units: 3

Basic principles and practices of production and utilization of pasture and forage crops; impact on developing sustainable systems for livestock feed, soil and water conservation; use of computers to assist in whole farm planning and information retrieval.

GEP: Natural Sciences

Offered in Spring Only

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2018 Spring Term

CS 424 - Seed Physiology

Units: 3

This course will explore the physiological processes associated with seed formation, development, maturation, germination, and deterioration of agronomic and horticultural species. We will also study the physiological aspects of seed dormancy, how dormancy is manifested and overcome in cultivated and noncultivated systems and dormancy's impact on weed seedbank ecology.

Offered in Fall Only

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2017 Fall Term

CS 495 - Special Topics in Crop Science

Units: 1 - 6

Offered as needed to present materials not normally available in regular course offerings or for offering of new courses on a trial basis.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2017 Fall Term

CS 524 - Seed Physiology

Units: 3

This course will explore the physiological processes associated with seed formation, development, maturation, germination, and deterioration of agronomic and horticultural species. We will also study the physiological aspects of seed dormancy, how dormancy is manifested and overcome in cultivated and noncultivated systems and dormancy's impact on weed seedbank ecology.

Offered in Fall Only

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2017 Fall Term

CS 590 - Special Topics

Units: 1 - 6

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2017 Fall Term

Courses numbered 499 and below are undergraduate; those numbered 500 and above are graduate. 
Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallAugust 15, 2018
SpringJanuary 5, 2018
SummerMay 15, 2018

Dr. David Crouse

Program Coordinator, Dept of Crop & Soil Sciences

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

919.515.7302
cropsoil-undergraduate-office@ncsu.edu