Plant Pests, Pathogens, and People


The Certificate in Plant Pests, Pathogens, and People offers a course of study in the biology, ecology, economic significance, and management of plant diseases and insects. This program may be completed totally online.

Program Coordinators

Dr. Clyde Sorenson
Dept. of Entomology and Plant Pathology
Gardner Hall 3310, Box 7613
NCSU Campus
Raleigh, NC 27695


Dr. David Shew
Plant Pathology Dept.
Gardner Hall 2415, Box 7616
NCSU Campus
Raleigh, NC 27695

For additional information regarding Distance Education (click here)


A grade of “C” (2.0) or better is required for certificate courses.

Required Courses: 6 credit hours

  • PB 222 Kingdom of Fungi
  • ENT (BIO) 425* General Entomology

One entomology course from the following: (3 credit hours)

  • ENT 201 Insects and People
  • ENT 203 An Introduction to the Honey Bee and Beekeeping
  • ENT 401* Honey Bee Biology and Management

One plant pathology course from the following: (min. 3 credit hours)

  • PP 315 Principles of Plant Pathology or (4 hrs)
  • PP (FOR) 318 Forest Pathology (3 hrs)

*Prerequisites may be required in some courses. Students should contact instructors before enrolling to discuss eligibility.

Total Credit Hours Required: 12

Admissions Requirements

This program will be open to undergraduate students and those pursuing continuing education credits. It will also be open to students outside of North Carolina State University.

Plan of Study

The Undergraduate Certificate in Plant Pests, Pathogens and People requires completion of 12 credit hours (four courses). Each course must be completed with a grade of C or better (grades of C- are not accepted). 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, this certificate may be completed in as little as two semesters. The program must be completed within six (6) semesters, beginning with the initial course enrollment date.

Registration information

Contact the Program Coordinator.

Academic Structure

Term Effective: 1/2010
Plan Code: 11PLPCTU, 32PLPCTU
CIP Code: 01.1105
Description: Undergraduate Certificate in Plant Pests, Pathogens, and People
Offered via on-campus and Distance Education format