Plant Pests, Pathogens and People
The University Certificate in Plant Pests, Pathogens and People offers an undergraduate course of study in the biology, ecology, economic significance and management of plant diseases and insects. Built on NC State's strength in the plant protection disciplines of entomology and plant pathology, this 12-credit certificate enhances the credentials of professionals working in agriculture. The material covered applies to traditional crop and livestock operations as well as forest, ornamental and turf landscaping. It also provides a recognized concentration for students pursuing undergraduate degrees in crop science, horticulture, animal science and other related fields. Like all designated university certificates, this program has gone through an approval process at the university level.
Students pursuing university certificate programs are considered non-degree studies (NDS) students. NDS students must complete the NDS application for admission to the university. Students must be in good academic standing to take courses at NC State. Students desiring to earn the certificate should contact the program coordinator.
Plan of Study
The Undergraduate Certificate in Plant Pests, Pathogens and People requires completion of 12 credit hours (four courses). Each course must be completed with a grade of C or better (grades of C- are not accepted). 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 six semesters, beginning with the initial course enrollment date.
The University Certificate in Plant Pests, Pathogens and People offers both working professionals and degree-seeking students a desirable credential that enhances their knowledge of entomology and plant pathology. This certificate is of particular interest to those employed in agriculture, agricultural services, landscaping, crop consulting and home pest control. It is also helpful to agricultural extension agents and biology and agriculture teachers.