The Undergraduate 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, disciplines critically important to success in agriculture, both traditional crop and livestock operations, as well as forest, ornamental and turf landscaping, this 12-credit certificate enhances the credentials of professionals working in these industries. It also provides 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.
No application for admission is required. Students must be in good academic standing to take courses at NC State University. Students pursuing undergraduate certificate programs are considered non-degree studies (NDS) students. Students desiring to earn the certificate should contact the certificate coordinator.
This 12-credit undergraduate program includes four three-credit undergraduate courses. At 2019-20 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 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.
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.