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University Undergraduate Certificate in General Horticulture


Intended for horticultural professionals and avid gardeners, the University Undergraduate Certificate in General Horticulture offered by the Department of Horticultural Science is designed to meet both the foundational and specialized educational needs of these non-traditional students at the undergraduate level. Students completing the 15 credit hours of course work will have a strong back ground in horticultural science and techniques and specialization in elective areas of the students choosing. Also open to NC State undergraduates.

Elisabeth Meyer,
Program Coordinator
Phone: 919-513-1786
Delivery Method: Web-based/Online
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Career prospects
(What can I do with this program of study?)

Can’t attend classes at NC State University? Join horticulture professionals and avid gardners who are earning an undergraduate University Certificate in General Horticulture through DELTA/Distance Education at NC State. This certificate program is designed to enhance your horticulture background. Also open to NC State undergraduates.

(What will I learn?)

The University Certificate in General Horticulture is offered to anyone who desires a strong foundation in the principles of horticultural science with an emphasis on current technologies and environmentally responsible practices. Students will be required to complete 6 hours (2 courses) of foundational horticultural course work and select 9 hours (3-4 courses) from a list of electives where the student may choose to specialize in a certain area of horticulture or maintain a broad, general focus. All the course work will be available as distance education courses. With completion of 15 credit hours and a grade of C (2.0) or better in each course, the student will be award a certificate acknowledging their accomplishments.

Required Courses (6 credit hours):

  • HS 201, The World of Horticulture: Principles and Practices (3 credits)
  • HS 203, Home Plant Propagation (3 credits)

Elective Courses (9 credit hours). Select 3 to 4 courses from the following:

  • HS 200, Home Horticulture (3 credits) (formerly HS 100)
  • HS 202, Power of Plants (3 credits) (not available DE)
  • HS 204, Home Landscape (3 credits)
  • HS 250, Home Landscape Design (3 credits)
  • HS 431, Vegetable Production (4 credits)* (not available DE)
  • HS 432, Introduction to Permaculture (3 credits)
  • HS 451, Plant Nutrition (3 credits)*
  • HS 462, Postharvest Physiology (3 credits)*
  • HS 423, General Viticulture (3 credits)*

One course (of the 9 elective credit hours) may be selected from the following:

  • PP 315, Principles of Plant Pathology (3 credits)*
  • PP 318, Forest Pathology (4 credits)*
  • ENT 425, General Entomology (3 credits)*
  • SSC 200, Soil Science (3 credits)*
  • SSC 341, Soil Fertility and Fertilizers (3 credits)*

* Courses followed by an * have a prerequisite requirement.

Estimated Total Credit Hours Required: 15

Admissions requirements
(Is this the program for me? How do I apply?)

Student seeking the University Certificate in General Horticulture must have completed high school with a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale and provide a transcript or copy of other such documentation indicating high school completion and grade point average.

Plan of study
(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.

Registration information
(When can I start?)

Click "Apply & Enroll" to register to take courses without being admitted to a degree program. Students pursuing university certificate programs are considered non-degree studies (NDS) students for the purpose of university registration.

Estimated Tuition and Fees
(How much will it cost?)

Tuition Level: Undergraduate (View more information about tuition)
Fees: Undergraduate ASG, Undergraduate Ed/Tech
Resident: $3,390.15
Non-resident: $8,040.15

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