The Department of Entomology offers the Undergraduate Certificate in Fundamentals of Entomology by distance education, on-campus or by a combination. The program delivers knowledge of insects and their importance to mankind and our environment. Students gain appreciation for the role of insect biology and diversity in relation to all forms of animal life, including how insects affect human health and agriculture.
The certificate is open to all NC State undergraduate degree-seeking students and to those who are enrolled as Non-Degree Studies (NDS) students.
This 12-credit undergraduate program includes four three-credit undergraduate courses. At 2020-21 tuition rates, the cost of these courses is $237 per credit for North Carolina residents and $916 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the program is $2,844 for North Carolina residents and $10,992 for non-residents. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details.
Plan of Study
The Program consists of 12 credit hours of entomology courses (four courses) of which three credit hours are required and nine credit hours are electives. All courses taken to satisfy the certificate requirements must be completed with a combined GPA of 2.0 or higher. Only courses completed with a grade of "C-" or better will be considered for the certificate. 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.
Students who complete the Undergraduate Certificate in Fundamentals of Entomology are better prepared to teach in the field of science education and to work in agricultural science. They also possess a deep understanding of beekeeping. Science teachers, health professionals and bee enthusiasts find this certificate to be useful in deepening knowledge related to their careers.