The Plant Identification undergraduate certificate program is designed to help students meet professional objectives. Each course contains a significant level of the identification procedures and natural history for natural resource jobs. The student may choose to use this certificate as career preparation tool for entry into employment. A student must earn a “C” or better in the courses listed to earn this certificate.
After completion of the certificate the student will:
- Know taxonomic, morphological and genetic characteristics as related to identification and classification of plant groups.
- Use taxonomic, morphological and genetic characteristics to identify and classify plant species into hierarchical groups.
- Know, understand, and use contemporary identification and taxonomic dichotomous keys and tools used in the identification of plant species.
- Identify species and taxonomic groups of plants.
To be considered for admission to the UCM undergraduate Certificate in Plant Identification, the student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 at the university level and courses equivalent to BIOL 1110 (Principles of Biology) with a grade of “C” or better.
To remain a candidate for the Certificate in Plant Identification a grade of “C” or higher must be obtained for all core and elective classes. A maximum of seven units of transfer credit may be applied toward requirements in the Certificate in Plant Identification. Courses taken toward the undergraduate certificate program may be applied to a UCM Bachelor of Science degree.
To apply for admission for the Certificate in Plant Identification, the following items must be submitted:
1. Application for the Certificate in Plant Identification.
2. Updated curriculum vita.
3. Statement of Academic and Professional Goals: a 500-word statement summarizing how your professional and educational goals are consistent with the objectives of the Certificate in Plant Identification.