Texas Tech University's online Crop Protection Certificate covers topics including genetically modified crops, plant pathology, pests and pesticides. Students can pursue the certificate independently or concurrently with a related master's degree program. With the emergence of transgenic crops, this certificate provides supplementary training and updated credentialing in the development of crop protection chemicals.
This course is designed for field, sales and technical staff, professional consultants, advisers and representatives working in the crop protection industry. It will also be of value to managers of crop protection products and farmers of any large arable concerns. This course is intended for those candidates whose knowledge of crop protection is incomplete.
The program contains a total of 12 credit hours. Most courses are offered online; however, some courses are only offered face-to-face in Lubbock. Students are not required to enroll in a certain number of courses each semester, so completion time varies by inpidual.
A prerequisite for this course is a bachelor's degree.
As a result of this course, participants will be able to appreciate the hazards of crop protection chemicals, encourage safety consciousness and be aware of legal obligations, understand equipment and techniques for applying crop protection materials, understand the nature of crop protection chemicals and biological control agents, and recognize disease symptoms, evaluate disease problems and be able to advise on the choice of appropriate control measures.
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