Non-degree Continuing Education in Soil Science

Description of Continuing Education in Soil Science

Enrolling at NC State University as a non-degree student is an excellent way to continue your lifelong education. All continuing education in Soil Science Online Courses are open to non-degree students that meet the prerequisites for the intended course. To see if you meet the qualifications, view our online course descriptions.

Are you a student at another university interested in courses that will broaden your educational experience? Our online soil science courses are excellent complements to agricultural, environmental science and natural resource degrees being pursued elsewhere. Courses completed at NC State University may transfer to your home institution and count as credit towards your degree.

Apply for Admission to NC State as a Non-Degree Studies (NDS) Student

Note: If you are a degree- or non-degree-seeking student who has been continuously enrolled, you may register for available online courses through MyPack portal.

As an NDS student, you may register for a maximum course load of 8 hours per semester on a space-available basis. Some courses carry prerequisites or are limited to degree-seeking students, so review the course schedule to determine your eligibility.

If new NDS applications are not currently being accepted, you must wait to apply until after the start of term lock-out ends. You will not be able to take a class until next term.

To register as a new NDS student:

    • Begin by checking your eligibility for Non-Degree Studies (NDS) status. To be eligible to apply for NDS, prospective students must:
      • Have graduated from high school at least one year before beginning enrollment.
      • Be eligible to return to any previous institution(s) attended.
      • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 at all times to remain eligible to continue.
      • Have accumulated less than 30 hours of total credit as an NDS student. NDS students are limited to a total of 30 hours of credit in NDS status. Students with 29 hours attempted will be allowed to register for the next term even if their enrollment in that future term will exceed the 30-hour limit, but they will not be activated for any subsequent terms once they have accumulated or exceeded 30 hours of credit. For more details, please see the NDS Enrollment rule.
    • Beyond meeting the criteria for enrolling as an NDS student, you must have:
      • never attended NC State as a degree-seeking student, OR
      • graduated with a degree from NC State and wish to enroll as a NDS student, OR
      • previously attended NC State as an NDS student, but have not enrolled in courses for a year or longer,

If you meet the above registration criteria, complete the online application. All applications require official transcripts.

Note: NDS applications are good for a full year. For example, if you apply for Summer I, you do not need to submit a separate application for Summer II, Fall, or Spring.

The Registration and Records website provides additional information and answers to questions about Non-Degree Studies at NC State University.

Apply to the NDS Program