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Agricultural Biosecurity and Food Defense

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Gretchen A. Kuldau
321 Buckhout Laboratory
Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology
Penn State University
University Park, PA 16802
Telephone: 814-863-7232
Fax: 814-863-7217

This 12-credit graduate certificate program is designed to provide students with broad training in the field of agricultural biosecurity. Courses cover animal and plant health, and food defense aspects of agricultural biosecurity and food defense. Content is both theoretical and applied but with an emphasis on practical application of knowledge gained. A distance education format is used to accommodate the needs of professionals already active in this area.

The certificate program is an attractive option for those who desire advanced graduate training but do not require the full Master's degree program. It is also ideal for students who wish to move into the degree program once all admissions requirements are fulfilled (e.g.,GRE); however, successful completion of a certificate program neither implies nor guarantees admission to a graduate degree program at Penn State. Certificate students who wish to have certificate courses applied towards a graduate degree must apply and be admitted to that degree program. Courses taken in the certificate program may be applied toward a graduate degree, subject to restrictions outlined in the Transfer of Nondegree and Certificate Graduate Credits. 


Applicants must apply for admission to the certificate program via the Graduate School application for admission. Admission requirements are stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. International applicatns must satisfay the English proficiency requirement. Applicants must have a 3.0 or higher undergraduate grade-point average. 



520. Agricultural Biosecurity (3)
521. Food Defense (3)
801. Veterinary Infectious Disease Diagnostic and Surveillance Systems (3)
802. Plant Protection (3)

Effective Date: Fall Semester 2017
Expiration Date: Fall Semester 2022

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2017

Review Date: 9/8/2017



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