Agricultural Biosecurity and Food Defense Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Admission Requirements

Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 Admissions Policies. International applicants may be required to satisfy an English proficiency requirement; see GCAC-305 Admission Requirements for International Students for more information.

Applicants must have a 3.0 or higher undergraduate grade-point average. 

Certificate Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements listed in Graduate Council policy GCAC-212 Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Programs.

Required Courses
AGBIO 520Agricultural Biosecurity: Protecting a Key Infrastructure3
AGBIO 521Food Defense: Prevention Planning for Food Processors3
AGBIO 801Veterinary Infectious Disease Diagnostic and Surveillance Systems3
AGBIO 802Plant Protection: Responding to Introductions of Threatening Pests and Pathogens3
Total Credits12


Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Graduates will be able to describe the four basic steps in agricultural biosecurity preparedness, response and recovery, and recommend actions to support each step.
  2. Graduates will be able to identify main threats to plant-based agriculture and will demonstrate knowledge of the current status of national preparedness and future needs against these threats.
  3. Graduates will learn, recognize, and apply measures to prevent intentional contamination of the food supply.
  4. Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of diagnostic and surveillance systems used to detect infectious diseases and protect against animal agricultural biological attack.


Campus World Campus
Graduate Program Head Carolee Bull
Program Contact

Lissa Raye Neese
210 Buckhout Lab
University Park PA 16802
(814) 865-7069

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