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Crop Protection Certificate

Texas Tech University's online Crop Protection Certificate covers topics including genetically modified crops, plant pathology, pests and pesticides. Students can pursue the certificate independently or concurrently with a related master's degree program.

Program Overview

  • 12 credit hours
  • Most courses are offered online; however, some courses are only offered face-to-face in Lubbock.
  • Prerequisite: bachelor's degree
  • Students are not required to enroll in a certain number of courses each semester, so completion time varies by individual. Learn more about the difference between part-time and full-time student status.
  • Semester-based courses align with the Academic Calendar of Texas Tech University. New students may enroll at the beginning of any one of the four semesters throughout the year.

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Contact the program coordinator by phone.

  • Name: Christi Chadwell
  • Phone: 806-742-2838 ext. 233

Application Process

Although there is no application deadline, potential students are encouraged to submit all application materials at least two months prior to projected initial enrollment.

  1. Complete the ApplyTexas application.
    • When asked to select your major, you will choose Graduate Certificate Program.
    • When asked to indicate your major area of interest/specialty, type Crop Protection.
    • When asked what degree you will seek, choose Certification.
    • In the Custom Questions section of the application, be sure to choose CRPR - Crop Protection from the list of available Graduate Certificate programs.
  2. Complete additional admissions requirements as outlined by the Texas Tech University Graduate School.
    • The initial application fee is $60. Each subsequent application is $50.
    • Students who plan to pursue only the Crop Protection Graduate Certificate and do not plan to earn a master's degree do not need to submit Graduate Records Exam (GRE) scores to the University.
    • Applicants must have official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended sent to Texas Tech University Graduate School.
    • International students must also submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score to the Graduate School.
  3. Apply to Texas Tech University's Department of Plant and Soil Science.
  4. Check the Applications tab in your Raiderlink for notification of a change in your admissions status.
    • If you are accepted to the Graduate School and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Department of Plant and Soil Science, you will work with a faculty advisor to develop a degree plan.

Program Requirements

Certificate programs can be pursued independently or concurrently with a master’s program. Most courses are offered online; however, some courses are only offered face-to-face in Lubbock, Texas. Get additional course information.

Required Courses and Electives

(Required classes are designated with an asterisk*.)
Students must select a minimum of 12 hours from the following:

Number Title Frequency of Offering Prerequisite Distance Offering
PSS 5307 Pesticides Annually None

Yes

PSS 5310 Insect Ecology Biennially None; Intro to Ento helpful

No

PSS 5324 Mode and Mechanism of Herbicide Action Biennially Consent of Instructor

Yes

PSS 5425 Advanced Agricultural Plant Pathology Biennially Consent of Instructor

No

PSS 5429 Advanced Principles of Weed Science Biennially Consent of Instructor

Yes

PSS 6301 Quantitative Agricultural Remote Sensing Biennially None

Yes

PSS 5421 Genetically Modified Crops Biennially Consent of Instructor

Yes

All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C.

While every effort has been made to ensure accuracy in reporting courses, policies and other statements, the University reserves the right to make changes at any time without notice.