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Graduate Certificates

  • Overview

    The certificate program will offer courses from diverse, interdisciplinary background, emphasizing sustainability; resource management; crop eco-physiology; environmental nutrient and water management. Students will be able to describe and analyze the interactions of production agriculture and the natural environment. Completion of the certificate will provide the students an understanding of current global issues related to agriculture and production systems and valuable skills for a future profession in the agricultural sciences. Please visit this link for more information.

    The certificate is awarded by the University of Florida and also designated on student's UF transcript.
    Courses are offered online for distance students, or for classroom + online for students on a campus.

    The program maintains the high academic standards of the University of Florida. The Certificate Programs are designed for scientists, extension agents, consultants and others for professional development and continued education.

    Tuition
    Tuition is calculated by a combination of residency status, location relative to the main campus, and degree-seeking status. Those enrolled in the “online/self-funded MS degree” are coded to match a flat tuition rate of $565 per credit hour or less. Those enrolled as non-degree seeking students and coded as “Certificate” (taking courses online) are charged a flat tuition rate of $542.57 per credit hour. Students on a campus may view tuition on the UF Bursar’s website.

    Eligibility
    Applicants must have an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or equivalent. Two biology, two chemistry, and one plant science course will satisfy the prerequisite for nearly all the graduate courses.It is not necessary to be admitted to the Graduate School to earn a certificate, but students who later enroll in a graduate program may petition to transfer up to 15 UF graduate-level credit hours (grade B or better) to their graduate degree program. All students are required to maintain a GPA of 3.0; grades earned below “C” are failing grades and factor into the overall GPA. Certificate completion is evaluated on satisfying the minimum core and elective courses with passing grades, a GPA of 3.0 and passing a comprehensive final exam on the core courses. In final term of certificate registration, the student must apply for certificate completion by the UF Graduate School’s posted deadlines on its academic calendar.

    Prerequisites and Computer Requirements
    Prior to enrolling in any course, the student must ensure that either the prerequisites for the course, if any, have been met, or he or she must obtain approval from the course instructor to waive the requirement. Students must have a PC with access to the internet and a UF Gatorlink account. High-speed connections to the internet are a prerequisite.

    Application Deadline
    The application deadlines for certificates:
    July 1 for Fall Admission
    November 1 for Spring Admission

    Start your application for a Graduate Certificate - Submit an online application for a graduate certificate www.admissions.ufl.edu

    Upload an unofficial transcript showing awarding of Bachelor's degree and a resume.

    It is required that you have your previous University send an official transcript as soon as possible after applying to School Code 5812 UF Office of Graduate Admissions. You will not be merged into the Registrar's system to receive a registration appointment until the official transcript has been received.

    Read More about certificate choices and curriculum on the Agroecology website.

    Program Contact:
    For assistance or questions with the graduate program, please contact:

    Lorraine White; (352) 294-1586

  • Sustainable Agroecosystems

    The certificate program will offer courses from diverse, interdisciplinary background, emphasizing sustainability; resource management; crop eco-physiology; environmental nutrient and water management. Students will be able to describe and analyze the interactions of production agriculture and the natural environment. Completion of the certificate will provide the students an understanding of current global issues related to agriculture and production systems and valuable skills for a future profession in the agricultural sciences.

    The certificate is awarded by the University of Florida and also designated on student's UF transcript.
    12 credit hours of course work required. All courses offered both On-campus and Distance format.

    The programs can be completed entirely online and are available to on-campus students as well.

    Since this certificate program will be offered entirely via distance mode, it gives the students the flexibility to study from anywhere in the world to earn a graduate certificate from the University of Florida. The program maintains the high academic standards of the University of Florida. The Certificate Programs are designed for scientists, extension agents, consultants and others for professional development and continued education.

    Read More about this curriculum on the Agroecology website.

  • Global Agroecology

    Developed to provide a basic foundation in agroecological principles and a unique hands-on experience at an international Partner Institution blended with campus or online coursework. Students enroll in fall semester to take ALS 5155 “Global Agroecosystems” either online or as a campus student and in one elective 3-credit hour course. In a different term one enrolls and participates in a 3-6 month international internship from one of our Partner Institutions. (Following the experience, the student develops a project and presents a video-conferencing seminar to Agroecology faculty.)

    Research projects at partner institutions vary, as well as locations and suggested time of year. During the application process, choices are discussed with the applicant, as well as added expenses incurred by the student for the internship abroad experience. Partner institution offerings depend upon variables such as growing and harvest seasons, mentor availability, campus housing for interns, research goals, the student’s schedule, and more. Partner Institutions to our current Partner Institutions and research choices.

    Read More about this curriculum on the Agroecology website.

    Today’s job market has a high demand for persons with formal international experience. This certificate was thus developed to provide students with a basic foundation in agroecological principles along with a unique hands-on experience at an international partner institution. We indeed felt it was critical to develop an opportunity for students to experience the range of diverse cropping systems worldwide, to network, and to build a strong foundation in global agroecology.

    Students are thus required to do a research internship at one of our Partner Institutions. They will be placed under the supervision of a research there, and will get involved in the research going on at the time of their visit. There is no expectation for students to conduct their own research. Students can also choose to take a course from this partner institution while visiting. This experience will help students gain valuable skills for a future profession in the agricultural, natural resources, and agroecological sciences domestically or abroad.

    Requirements:

    • 9-10 credit hours graduate coursework
    • Bachelor’s degree from accredited institution or equivalent
    • Admission requirements include an earned Bachelor’s degree from accredited institution or equivalent in a natural resource discipline and/or at least two biology, two chemistry courses, introduction to plant science and introduction to soil science, or equivalent.

    Required Core Courses (6 credits):

    • ALS 5155 Global Agroecosystems – 3 Credits Fall – Fundamentals of Agroecology and Sustainability
    • ALS 5905 International Research Immersion – 3 Credits Fall/Spring/Summer – Each student must spend some time abroad at one of our Partner Institutions, during which time students are expected to participate in ongoing research at the host institution with resident faculty mentors. During this time, the student can enroll in distance education classes offered by the program as well as attend local classes offered by the international institution (at his own costs). Following this experience, the student presents a seminar to his/her advisor describing his involvement in the research at the partner institution.

    Electives (3-4 Credits) – Choose one from the following:

    • AGR 5511 Crop Ecology – 3 Credits
    • AGR 6422C Environmental Crop Nutrition – 3 Credits
    • AGR 5444 Ecophysiology of Crop Production – 3 Credits
    • AGR 5230C Florida Grasslands Ecosystems – 4 Credits
    • PLS 5632C Integrated Weed Management – 3 Credits
    • SWS 5208 Sustainable Agriculture & Urban Land Management – 3 Credits
    • SWS 5246 Water Sustainability – 3 Credits
    • SWS 5050 Soils for Environmental Professionals – 3 Credits
    • IPM 5305 Principles of Pesticides – 3 Credits

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  • Weed Science

    This certificate will be offered starting in Fall 2020. The weed science certificate is designed to train students to make effective and environmentally responsible management decisions for agricultural weeds and invasive plants. Students will learn about the interrelations of weed ecology, management techniques, and environmental considerations in agronomic, upland, and aquatic systems. Completion of the certificate will provide students with the training to understand how weed management techniques and environmental science should be integrated into an overall management plan.

    The certificate is awarded by the University of Florida and also designated on student’s UF transcript. 9 hours of coursework is required, as well as a final comprehensive exam.

    All courses are offered online, giving students the flexibility to study from anywhere in the world to earn a graduate certificate from the University of Florida. The program maintains the high academic standards of the University of Florida. This certificate program is ideal for natural resource managers, government agency employees, industry personnel, agricultural managers, extension agents, scientists, consultants, and others for professional development and continued education.

    Applicants must have earned a Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited institution or equivalent and have taken one prior course related to plant science.

    Visit the Weed Science page for more information.

  • Tropical Agriculture

    Designed to address the unique challenges faced with integrating production, environment, and society in tropical agroecosystems. Click here for more information

    Benefits for all three certificates include:

    • Accredited
    • Transcript and Resume builder
    • 100% online (Sustainable Agroecosystems and Global Agreocology only) with flat tuition rate of $542.47 per credit hour.
    • Courses qualify to transfer into M.S. thesis or Ph.D. degrees
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