Developed in collaboration with Bayer CropScience, the Plant Science Certification provides students with a solid understanding of plant science, including plant processes, nutrition, genetics and evaluation.



Certification Overview

The Plant Science Certification addresses major topics in the plant science industry, including water resources and measurement, fertilizer and pesticide safety, pests and diseases, crop production and scientific classification. The certification consists of 22 modules and a 100-question final certification exam.

"Continuing to lead innovation in agriculture will require bright minds with expertise in all areas of plant sciences. This certification program will provide students with essential tools to equip them to be the next great leaders in plant science."

Mike Gilbert, Ph.D.
Head of Breeding and Trait Development
Bayer CropScience


  • Agricultural Science


  • Identify and label anatomical structures of plants and plant cells and their physiological functions.
  • Understand fundamental plant processes including photosynthesis, respiration and factors which affect plant growth and development.
  • Analyze the processes of plant genetics and reproduction and evaluate various methods of plant breeding.
  • Understand plant growth requirements and Identify nutrient deficiencies in plants.
  • Identify characteristics, environmental conditions, prevention methods and treatment methods for plant pests including bacterial, fungal and viral diseases as well as chewing and sucking insects and weeds.
  • Understand proper application and safety of fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides.
  • Examine the chemical properties of water, understand types of water and watershed conservation practices.


  • Anatomy of Plants
  • Scientific Classification & Nomenclature of Plants
  • Fundamentals of Plant Processes
  • Plant Genetics
  • Plant Nutrition
  • Plant Evaluation
  • Crop Production in the United States: Midwest Region
  • Crop Production in the United States: Northeast Region
  • Crop Production in the United States: Southern Region
  • Crop Production in the United States: Western Region
  • Hydroponics
  • Plant Pests: Bacterial Diseases
  • Plant Pests: Fungal Diseases
  • Plant Pests: Viruses
  • Plant Pests: Chewing Insects
  • Plant Pests: Sucking Insects
  • Plant Pests: Vertebrates
  • Plant Pests: Weeds
  • Fertilizers & the Environment
  • Pesticides & Herbicides: An Introduction
  • Water Resources
  • Water Measurement