The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences offers a wide array of certificates through partnerships with different departments and colleges.
The Certificate in Agribusiness Law provides a background for students who want to go to law school or who want to learn more about the legal aspects of business endeavors related to the food and agriculture industries.
Learn more about the Agribusiness Law certificate.
The Agrosecurity Certificate Program is designed to teach you to think critically about emerging safety issues in food system infrastructure, policy and security and to be ready to apply your acquired knowledge and skills in your future career. In this program, you will receive hands-on emergency response training and volunteer and shadowing opportunities.
Visit the Agrosecurity website.
The Environmental Ethics Certificate Program is an enhancement to an undergraduate or graduate degree. The EECP provides an interdisciplinary forum for students, faculty and the community to discuss social and scientific responsibilities toward our environment.
Visit the Environmental Ethics website.
Integrated Pest Management
The Interdisciplinary Certificate in Integrated Pest Management will provide you with a broad knowledge base in entomology, plant pathology and weed science. Pest management is a critical area of knowledge for future employment in Cooperative Extension, the agricultural chemical industry, golf course management, ornamental and turf production and for pest management specialists in urban settings.
Visit the Integrated Pest Management website.
The Certificate in International Agriculture will give you a global outlook and exposure to other cultures that, upon graduation, will make you more competitive in the job market. Students gain a working knowledge of the language and an understanding of the environmental, social, political and cultural issues in a specific country or region of the world.
Visit the International Agriculture website.
Leadership and Service
The Interdisciplinary Certificate in Leadership and Service is open to undergraduate students of any college at UGA. ICLS will sharpen your leadership and service skills in personal, team, organizational and community settings. This certificate will help you both understand and improve your leadership and service potential.
Visit the Leadership and Service website.
Local Food Systems
The Local Food Systems Certificate Program allows you the opportunity to learn about the policies, production issues and cultural implications involved in producing food at the community level.
Visit the Local Food Systems Certificate website.
The Organic Agriculture Certificate Program allows you to combine theory and practice in the classroom and on the farm to increase your understanding of organic agriculture. Students from all disciplines interested in the discourse and techniques of organic farming and gardening are invited to apply to the certificate program.
Visit the Organic Agriculture website.
The Water Resources Certificate Program prepares you for a career in environmental science and management. The purpose of the program is to train students to manage our scarce water resources for the maximum benefit of the world's population, while at the same time preserving the ecologic integrity of our aquatic resources.
Visit the Water Resources website.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Certificate?
A certificate is similar to a minor. You can take a certain number of classes (usually between 15-18 hours) in one of the programs offered below and be awarded a certificate (like you would a minor) upon graduation.
Certificates are different than minors because they are more interdisciplinary. With a minor in horticulture, for example, you would take all horticulture classes. But if you got a certificate in organic agriculture, you could take courses in agribusiness, horticulture, entomology, crop science, ecology and animal nutrition.
Why should I get a certificate?
A certificate gives you the opportunity to further your degree without changing your major. For example, maybe you love your major in, say, avian biology. But you want to work for an international company when you graduate. A certificate in International Agriculture would be a great fit for you.
Who can participate in certificate programs?
Anyone accepted and registered as a UGA student can participate in a certificate program. In fact, you don’t have to be majoring in a College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences discipline to be in one of our certificate programs, or to minor in something offered through our college. Because many degree programs require you to take electives, your certificate program hours can act as electives. Talk to your advisor for more information.
Graduate students can also participate in certificate programs, and some of them, like Atmospheric Sciences, are designed specifically for you.