The Distance Education Undergraduate Certificate
The Undergraduate Certificate in Microbiology offers students the opportunity to further their understanding of microorganisms and the roles they play in the world in which we live. The intended audience of this certificate includes degree-seeking undergraduate students at institutions where a Microbiology major or minor is not available, and non-degree students seeking addition experience in microbiology for career advancement or to enhance their applications to professional, graduate, or allied health schools. This certificate may also improve the ability of K-12 science teachers to compete for positions or teach more effectively. Finally, this certificate would provide an in-depth understanding of microbiology for those interested out of personal satisfaction.
The Microbiology Certificate requires 12 undergraduate credit hours, as follows:
Required courses (9 credits required):
Elective Course (3 credits required):
Prerequisites are required for some courses.
Students apply by submitting their academic record and a letter of interest. Admission to the program is not required to take certificate courses. The requirements for admission are:
Plan of study
The certificate requires 12 credit hours. Students pursuing university certificate programs are considered non-degree studies (NDS) students for the purpose of university registration. Because General Microbiology is a prerequisite for Medical Microbiology, which in turn is a prerequisite for Microbial Diversity, this program will take a minimum of 3 semesters to complete if all courses are taken from NCSU.
Students may begin taking courses for the certificate program in Fall, Spring or Summer terms. Use the "Registration" link on the program website to register.
For more information:
The Director of Microbiology Undergraduate Programs and certificate advisor is: