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FAQ - Undergraduate Certificate Program

What Is This Program?

The Undergraduate Certificate Program in Horticultural Science is a distance education non-degree program offered through the Department of Horticultural Science. The program is designed to provide a strong foundation in the principles of horticultural science with an emphasis on current technologies and environmentally responsible practices.


How will the Certificate Help Me?

Whether you simply have an interest in increasing your knowledge of the subject or are currently employed in the industry, the Undergraduate Certificate courses will equip you with an understanding of the basic concepts of horticultural science. The knowledge you gain from these courses will be applicable in a variety of situations, whether at home or on the job. Certification demonstrates interest and proficiency to potential employers and may also open new employment opportunities to people already in the horticultural industry.


Are there prerequisites for the certificate?

Participants must hold a high school diploma or equivalent to enroll in this program. Once enrolled, students must receive a minimum grade of C (2.0) in all courses.


How do I gain admission?

Enrollment is through the Department of Horticultural Science and the University Non-Degree Studies Program. Apply directly to the Non-Degree Studies Program and email the departmental application to Dr. Helen Kraus.


What courses do I have to take?

The Undergraduate Certificate in Horticultural Science requires enrollees complete, within four years of enrollment, at least five courses (15 credit hours) chosen from a web-based list. A program may include as many as five or as few as four courses in horticultural science. Courses selected must be approved by the student’s advisor.


Can I take courses in other departments?

If four horticultural science courses are selected, other course(s) may be selected from: EntomologyPlant Pathology, and Soil Science. Courses are accessed through DELTA, the distance learning division of NCSU. On-campus students may take these Distance Education courses, too. On-campus courses can be accessed through the lifelong learning program.


How do I register?

After acceptance into the program, NCSU students may register for courses online using their Unity IDs, Unity password and PIN. For complete registration instructions, visit DELTA.


How much time will it take?

The University Certificate in General Horticulture 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, the University Certificate in General Horticulture may be completed in as little as three academic terms.

Students must complete the 15 hours of course work required plus any course prerequisites within 4 calendar years, beginning with the date the student commence.


What Does it cost?

The standard tuition charge per academic credit hour for in-state and out-of-state students, as applicable. See DELTA for current tuition fees.


Visit the Undergraduate Certificate in General Horticulture distance education website to learn more about tuition, deadlines, and other important information.