Undergraduate Certificate in Crop Science

Description of Undergraduate Certificate in Crop Science Online Program

The Certificate in Crop Science online program provides an undergraduate course of study in the fundamentals of crop science. The program courses cover the importance of agronomic crops for the state and national economy; the interaction of agronomic growth, development and yield with environmental factors; sound and sustainable production systems for agronomic crops; scientific and societal issues related to biotechnology applications in crop production; and the marketing and distribution of these crops and their relation to overcoming world hunger.

Like all designated university certificates, this program has gone through an approval process at the university level.

Career prospects: What can I do with this program of study?

The Certificate in Crop Science will enhance the career prospects of many people, including:

  • Community college students who intend upon completion of an associate’s degree to work in crop production or agribusiness;
  • Community college and other students who intend to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program in plant or soil science at NC State or elsewhere;
  • Extension professionals, crop consultants, agribusiness managers and students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in agriculture or related fields who wish to expand their understanding of agronomic crop growth, production and management.

Curriculum: What will I learn?

The certificate requires 15 credit hours. 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 six credit hours per semester. Thus, the certificate may take from three to five semesters to complete.

Courses:

A grade of C- or higher is required in each course. None of the required 15 credit hours may be taken for S/U or “credit-only.” No transfer credits from other institutions to fulfill certificate course requirements are allowed.  Prerequisites may be required in some courses. Students should contact instructors before enrolling to determine eligibility.

Courses numbered 499 and below are undergraduate; those numbered 500 and above are graduate. The required and elective courses listed above are all available via distance education.

Plan of Study

The online Certificate in Crop Science requires 15 credit hours. 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 three calendar years, beginning with the initial course enrollment date.

Admissions requirements: Is this Undergraduate Certificate in Crop Science online program for me? How do I apply?

The successful completion of one college biology course or equivalent experience is required for students entering this certificate program. No application for admission is required, though students must file the Declare a Certificate form with the Department of Registration and Records. 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.

Registration information: When can I start?

Students pursuing university certificate programs are considered non-degree studies (NDS) students for the purpose of university registration. Apply to enroll NC State as a non-degree students.

Estimated Tuition and Fees: How much will it cost?

For tuition and fees information, go to the NC State Online and Distance Education website.