Program Description:

The Pest Control Adviser certificate program provides the 42 units of academic coursework necessary for students to qualify for the Pest Control Adviser examination offered by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. Students earning a BA/BS in Biology can incorporate all but seven of these units as part of the lower and upper division requirements in the major or from required supporting courses in chemistry. The remaining units, Integrated Pest Management (BIOL 472) and Advanced Topics in Production Systems (BIOL 474), will be offered through Extended University’s Special Sessions. The Certificate shall be awarded through Extended University’s Special Sessions.

Prerequisites: Previously earned degree in the natural sciences or current enrollment in BA/BS in Biology. Non-matriculated students with at least two years of relevant work experience in agriculture can be admitted directly into the certificate program and may enroll with permission of instructor. Some electives have prerequisites (see course descriptions).

In consultation with Certificate Program Adviser, select a total of 42 units from among the following:

A. Physical, Biological and Natural Sciences

Take 12 units from among the following courses:
(Note: Students without an earned degree may need to complete all twelve units with BIOL 200, BIOL 201, CHEM 121 and CHEM 122)

  • 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 12 units
  • BIOL 475 Apiculture and Bee Biology (3)
  • BIOL 476 Apiculture and Bee Biology Lab (1)
  • BIOL 494 Independent Research (1-3)*
  • BIOL 495 Agriculture Internship (2-3)*

*Up to three units of internship or independent research may be applied to production systems 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

https://ext.csuci.edu/programs/professional-community-ed/pest-control-adviser/

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