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Undergraduate Certificate Program

To earn your undergraduate certificate, you need to complete only 15 credit hours, 12 credits from Horticulture. Courses are taught via the Web so you won't need time off from work or face long commutes to campus.

Designing Your Program

Certificate classes are undergraduate level courses taught via distance education (DE) through the internet.  Certificate students are assigned an academic advisor from the Horticultural Science undergraduate faculty. The student and advisor reflect on the student’s personal and professional goals to design an individual course of study.

Apply at the Distance Education Non-Degree site, or for more information about CALS DE courses and program applications, visit The College of Agricultural Sciences site.


The Undergraduate Certificate in Horticultural Science is a non-degree program offered through the Department of Horticultural Science at North Carolina State University. The program 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.

Participants must hold a high school diploma or equivalent to enroll in this program.

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.

Visit the Undergraduate Certificate in General Horticulture distance education website to learn more about tuition, deadlines, and other important information.