University Catalog 2023-2024

Field Botany (Certificate)

The Certificate in Field Botany provides the opportunity to develop skills in vascular plant identification, through both sight recognition and use of taxonomic keys, and knowledge of domain specific terminology. The certificate requires 14 hours of traditional course work in four courses. The certificate is a non-degree program offered jointly by the department of Plant and Microbial Biology (PMB) and Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources through on-campus classroom instruction, but is administered by PMB. It is available to students pursuing an undergraduate degree in any major at NC State University or to Non-Degree Studies (NDS) students. Students who have earned an undergraduate degree may also return as NDS students to complete the certificate. Students completing the certificate will find it very helpful in securing employment with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (protecting wetlands), private consulting firms (preparing impact statements and planning reports), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (conserving threatened and endangered plants and improving wildlife habitat), Natural Heritage Programs (conserving rare plants), and private conservation organizations.

Admissions Requirements

Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree at NC State University or as a Non-Degree Studies student (NDS). Students interested in seeking the certificate should contact the certificate program coordinator, Dr. Alexander Krings to articulate their interest.

Certificate Program Coordinator

Dr. Alexander Krings
2111 Gardner Hall
Box 7612

Academic Structure

Term Effective: 8/2018
Plan Code: 11FBOCTU 

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

Plan Requirements

PB 220Local Flora3
FOR 339Dendrology4
PB 403Systematic Botany4
PB 464Rare Plants of North Carolina3
Total Hours14