Program Description:

There has never been a better time to enter the crop protection industry. Pest Control Advisers (PCAs) are licensed professional consultants who serve California agriculture and horticulture producers. PCAs specialize in pest management, but they are also an important resource to producers  with regards to overall plant health.

Requirements for the Pest Control Adviser Certificate

A. Physical, Biological and Natural Sciences

Take 12 units from among the following courses:

BIOL 200 Principles of Organismal and Population Biology (4)
BIOL 201 Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology (4)
BIOL 300 Cell Biology (4)
BIOL 301 Microbiology (4)
BIOL 302 Genetics (4)
BIOL 303 Evolutionary Biology (3)
BIOL 311 Plant Biology (4)
BIOL 422 Plant Physiology (4)
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I (4)
CHEM 122 General Chemistry II (4)
CHEM 311 Organic Chemistry I (3)
CHEM 312 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1)
CHEM 314 Organic Chemistry II (3)
CHEM 315 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (1)

B. Crop Health

Take a minimum of nine units from among the following courses:

BIOL 452 Entomology (4)
BIOL 470 Plant Pathology (4)
BIOL 471 Soil Science (4)
BIOL 492 Internship (2)*
BIOL 494 Independent Research (2)*

*Up to three units of internship or independent research may be applied to crop health with the permission of the Certificate Adviser.

C. Pest Management Systems and Methods

Take a minimum of six units from among the following courses:

BIOL 472 Integrated Pest Management (4)

Required for the PCA Certificate
BIOL 473 Sustainable Agriculture (4)
BIOL 492 Internship (2)*
BIOL 494 Independent Research (2)*

*Up to three units of internship or independent research may be applied to crop health with the permission of the Certificate Adviser.

D. Production Systems

Take a minimum of six units from among the following courses:

BIOL 474 Advanced Topics in Agricultural Production Systems (3)

Repeatable by topic for a maximum of 6 units
BIOL 492 Internship (2)*
BIOL 494 Independent Research (2)*
CHEM 480 Beer, Wine, and Spirits: The Art and Science of Fermentation (4)

*Up to three units of internship or independent research may be applied to crop health with the permission of the Certificate Adviser.

For more information about the certificate program and how to enroll please contact and/or visit:

Dr. Ruben Alarcón
805-437-2634

http://ext.csuci.edu/certificate-programs-pest/index.htm