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Plant Pests, Pathogens and People

 

Undergraduate Certificate | Plant Pests, Pathogens and People

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: Not required

The University Certificate in Plant Pests, Pathogens and People offers a course of study in the biology, ecology, economic significance, and management of plant diseases and insects.

The University Certificate in Plant Pests, Pathogens and People offers an undergraduate course of study built on NC State's strength in the plant protection disciplines of entomology and plant pathology. These disciplines are critically important to success in agriculture, both traditional crop and livestock operations as well as forest, ornamental and turf landscaping. The certificate will enhance the credentials of professionals working in these industries and also provide a recognized concentration for students pursuing undergraduate degrees in crop science, horticulture, animal science and other fields. Like all designated university certificates, this program has gone through an approval process at the university level.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

No application for admission is required. 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 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 (6) semesters, beginning with the initial course enrollment date.

CAREER PROSPECTS

This certificate offers both working professionals and degree-seeking students a desirable credential that will enhance their knowledge of entomology and plant pathology. It will be of particular interest to those employed in such industries as agriculture, agricultural services, landscaping, crop consulting and home pest control, as well as agricultural extension agents and biology and agriculture teachers.

The University Certificate in Plant Pests, Pathology and People requires a total of 12 credit hours. Prerequisites are required in some courses. Students should contact instructors before enrolling to determine eligibility.

Required courses - 6 credit hours

PB 250 - Plant Biology

Units: 4

An introduction for Life Science majors to the ecology, structure, function, processes, reproduction and evolution of higher plants. BIO 181 and BIO 183 or BIO 125 ; Students may not receive credit for both BO 200 and BO 250.

Offered in Fall Only

ENT 425 - General Entomology

Units: 3

Explores the science of entomology by focusing on the basic principles of systematics, morphology, physiology, development, behavior, ecology, and control of insects. Field trips provide opportunities to collect insects and study their adaptations to a wide variety of natural environments.

GEP: Natural Sciences

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Fall Term

Choose One of the following - 3 credit hours

ENT 201 - Insects and People

Units: 3

Introduction to the fascinating world of insects and how they interact with people. Survey of insect history, diversity, structure and function, and behavior. Examples of harmful and beneficial insects in a variety of human activities concluding with some profound impacts insects have had on history, society and culture.

GEP: Natural Sciences

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 1 2016 Fall Term

ENT 203 - An Introduction to the Honey Bee and Beekeeping

Units: 3

Introduction to honey bee biology and a fundamental understanding of beekeeping management including crop pollination by bees. Examination of the relationships between honey bees and humans from prehistoric through modern times and the behavior and social system of one of the animal world's most complex and highly organized non-human societies.

GEP: Natural Sciences

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

ENT 401 - Honey Bee Biology and Management

Units: 3

A hands-on course in honey bee management including bee pollination of selected crops based on an understanding of bee biology, bee behavior, bee pathology, and bee botany. Students must be able to provide their transportation to field sites or arrange to work with a beekeeping mentor. Students may choose, but are not required, to purchase their own beekeeping equipment and hive.

Offered in Spring Only

Choose One of the following - 3 credit hours

PP 315 - Principles of Plant Pathology

Units: 4

Fundamental principles of plant pathology with emphasis on disease etiology, nature of pathogenesis, ecology of host/parasite interaction, epidemiology of plant diseases, current strategies and practices for integrated disease control.

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Spring Term

PP 318 - Forest Pathology

Units: 3

Major diseases of forest trees and deterioration of wood products emphasizing principles of plant pathology; diagnosis; nature, physiology, ecology, and dissemination of disease-causing agents; mechanisms of pathogenesis; epidemiology and environmental influences; principles and practices of control.

GEP: Natural Sciences

Offered in Spring Only

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2016 Spring Term 2016 Fall Term

 

Tuition Level: Undergraduate

Resident
Cost per Credit Hour: $231.88
Total Estimated Cost for 12 Credits Completed at NC State: $2,782.56

Non-resident
Cost per Credit Hour: $647.88
Total Estimated Cost for 12 Credits Completed at NC State: $7,774.56

Approximate cost per semester: $2,086.92 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
FallAugust 15, 2017
SpringJanuary 5, 2017
SummerMay 15, 2017

Dr. Clyde Sorenson

Certificate Coordinator

919-515-8427
clyde_sorenson@ncsu.edu

Dr. David Shew

Program Coordinator

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Headhouse Unit 4 at Method 215, Box 7903

919.515.6811
david_shew@ncsu.edu