Certificate Programs

Certificates enable students, professionals, and entrepreneurs the opportunity enhance their skills and education through academic coursework.

Two students talking in a studio audio settingUndergraduate Certificate in Agricultural and Environmental Communications

The Certificate in Agricultural and Environmental Communications will not only help you become a better communicator, but will also help you gain a deeper knowledge of food, agriculture, bio-renewable energy, and the environment.

Regardless of the career path you pursue, you will likely engage diverse stakeholders in joint problem solving and opportunity seeking. This 12- to 13-hour certificate will help you develop strategic planning and communication skills to serve the communication functions necessary within the fields of research and production, processing, marketing, sales, consumption, nutrition, and health. It will also prepare those who study natural resources and other allied environmental fields to communicate social responsibility.

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Student holding bundle of plantsUndergraduate Certificate in Horticulture

The Online Horticulture Certificate is for high school students, undergraduates, graduates, master gardeners, naturalists, and anyone interested in furthering their knowledge of fruits, vegetables, medicinal plants, and crops.

Tailor your coursework and education based on your interests. Our program offers three specializations within the certificate.

  • Plants and people
  • Sustainable production
  • Horticultural science

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Graduate Certificates

Woman petting dog outdoorsGraduate Certificate in Companion Animal Nutrition

The Companion Animal Nutrition Certificate program is an online non-degree program that gives industry professionals, veterinarians, animal scientists, pet breeders, and pet enthusiasts the opportunity to take in-depth courses on various aspects of companion animal nutrition. Course topics include canine and feline metabolism, nutrient functions and requirements, pet nutrition and disease, pet food ingredients, principles of diet formulation, pet food processing technologies, good manufacturing practices, pet food regulations, and market trends.

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Two students in lab coats holding plantGraduate Certificate in Crop Sciences

The Online Certificate of Professional Development in Crop Sciences enables students to strengthen their skills and education through part-time study. All of our courses for the Professional Development Certificate are online. The program offers a wide range of courses from Crop Production to Plant Breeding, from Insect Pest Management to Plant Physiology, and from Herbicide Mode of Action to Crop Growth and Development. The Department of Crop Sciences has a 30-plus-year history of providing University of Illinois courses to agricultural professionals across Illinois, and throughout the Midwest. Students who successfully complete three qualifying online courses are eligible to receive the certificate.

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Two students examining plantsGraduate Certificate in Horticulture

The Certificate of Professional Development in Horticulture is aligned with the Online M.S. program in the Department of Crop Sciences. The online course offerings enable students to strengthen their education through part-time study anywhere in the world. The Department of Crop Sciences has a long history of providing University of Illinois courses to professionals across Illinois and around the world. Students can enroll in individual courses for personal or professional development.

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Students and instructor looking at soil samples in the Arboretum.Graduate Certificate in Soil Science and Conservation

The Soil Science and Conservation Professional Development Certificate is designed to prepare students for entry into and advancement in careers in land and natural areas management, environmental consulting, Soil and Water Conservation districts, and citizen scientists with soil-related interests.

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Student holding two plants outdoorsGraduate Certificate in Urban Agriculture

The Certificate of Professional Development in Urban Agriculture provides students, agriculture professionals, and entrepreneurs with advanced course training in crop sciences relevant to the production of food crops in the urban environment. The semester-based course offerings for the online program enable students to strengthen their education and training through part-time study as they continue their full-time employment. To earn the Certificate of Professional Development in Urban Agriculture, students will complete one of the following courses: HORT 434 or HORT 435, and two courses from either Crop Sciences (CPSC) and/or Horticulture (HORT).

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Students working in a creek.Graduate Certificate in Water Science and Conservation

The Water Science and Conservation Professional Development Certificate is designed to prepare students for entry into and advancement in careers in water treatment, water quality monitoring and protection, environmental consulting, Soil and Water Conservation districts, and citizen scientists with water-related interests.

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