University Catalog 2023-2024

Crop Science Certificate (Distance Education)

To see more about what you will learn in this program, visit the Learning Outcomes website!

The Undergraduate Certificate in Crop Science is a program that allows participants to explore the breadth of crop related courses offered in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences. Participants in the program can customize their program to gain an understanding of the importance of agronomic crops for our state and national economy; how agronomic growth, development, and yield interact with environmental factors during the production season; sustainable production systems for agronomic crops; and marketing and distribution issues of these crops that can be related to world hunger. Individual courses will vary in instruction style, exam methods and assignments, and will include an assortment of online instruction methodology, video and PowerPoint presentations, outside readings, and online discussion sessions.

Admissions Requirements

High school diploma is required. The successful completion of one college biology course or equivalent experience is required.

Program Coordinator

Dr. David Crouse
Director of Undergraduate Programs and Coordinator of Distance Education Programs
Department of Crop and Soil Sciences

Contact Person

Undergraduate Programs Office
Crop & Soil Sciences Department
2234 Williams Hall
Campus Box 7620

Academic Structure

Term Effective: 1/2017
Plan Code: 11ACPCTU, 32ACPCTU
CIP Code: 01.1101
Description: Undergraduate Certificate in Crop Science
Offered via Distance Education format only

Plan Requirements

  • Total credit hours required: 15
  • Students completing the Undergraduate Certificate in Agronomic Crop Production must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours with minimum of C- or better in each class.
  • The Certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of required and elective courses.
  • Students who have graduated with or are currently enrolled in the Plant and Soil Sciences undergraduate baccalaureate degree program at N.C. State University are not eligible for this certificate.
Required Course
CS 213Crop Science3
Elective Courses
Select 12 credits of the following:12
Lawns and Sports Turf
Southern Row Crop Production - Cotton, Peanuts, and Tobacco
Southern Row Crop Production - Corn, Small Grains and Soybeans
Seeds, Biotechnology and Societies
Introduction to Agroecology
Grassland Management for Natural Resources Conservation
Seed Physiology
Seed Physiology
Special Topics in Crop and Soil Sciences
Special Topics
Total Hours15