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Regulatory Science in Agriculture Certificates

Certificate Program

As the only university-level program in regulatory science for agriculture, NC State’s undergraduate  and  graduate  certificates help you master the concepts of regulatory science that are in high demand with current and future employers.

You will learn foundational science, techniques and policies in agriculture regulation, risk management, compliance, data assessment and regulatory communications.

Co-developed with industry partners, the certificate courses bring regulatory science topics front of mind for students in agricultural science. In crop protection chemistry, agricultural biotechnology, and biological-based products, topics include regulatory frameworks, policies, bio-politics, safety assessments, stewardship, compliance and many others.


of ag companies think they will benefit from regulatory science in agriculture training.


of ag companies think demand for regulatory science professionals will increase over 5 to 10 years.

Program Requirements

Core Courses: 6 credits
CS 518 Introduction to Regulatory Science in Agriculture
CS 528 Advanced Regulatory Science in Agriculture

Elective Courses: 6 credits
The six credits of electives must come from two distinct disciplines. More information can be found here.

Total: 12 credits

Admission Eligibility

Undergraduate Certificate – Regulatory Science

  • Currently enrolled in a B.S. degree in either agriculture, food or life sciences, or as a Non-Degree Studies (NDS) student.
  • Students in a B.S. program must have a 3.0 GPA at the time of application.

Graduate Certificate – Agriculture Data Science

  • A B.S. degree in the sciences or engineering, including agriculture, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, food, genetics, public policy, and life sciences.
  • Students currently enrolled in a graduate degree are also eligible to complete the certificate.

CERSA Internship Program

Take the next step into an agriculturally-focused regulatory science career and apply for a CERSA internship with an industry leader.

Rocio Davila CERSA intern

Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science

Under the umbrella of N.C. PSI, CERSA forms research teams to advance regulatory science in agriculture.

Photo: A lab student handles lab equipment with hands.