Specializations and Certificates

DPM graduates may pursue careers as diagnosticians, crop consultants, plant inspectors, survey specialists, regulatory scientists, extension specialists, private industry consultants, small business owners, applied research specialists, managers, or other plant health professionals.The diversity and intensive training of the DPM program provides many opportunities for program graduates. Each student plans his/her program of study with a supervisory committee. Each supervisory committee consists of one member of the graduate faculty in the following competency areas: Plant, Soil, Weed Science, Plant Pathology, Entomology and Nematology.

Several DPM graduates have pursued careers in federal or state regulatory plant health. The Plant Pest Risk Assessment and Management certificate is available to DPM students interested in regulatory careers. To begin the application process please fill out the Certificate Application.

Overall, the Diversity of the DPM graduate specializations is evident in the various employment opportunities achieved. Click here if you want to know more about the current employment of DPM alumni.

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Certificate in Plant Pest Risk Assessment and Management View full flyer here.

Students are required to obtain at least 16 credits for the Certificate in Plant Pest Risk Assessment and Management distributed as follows:

Core Courses/Internships (10 Credits)

  • Principles of Plant Pest Risk Assessment and Management, ALS 6942, 3 credits
  • Colloquium on Plant Pests of Regulatory Significance, ALS 6921, 1 credit
  • Internship in Plant Pest Risk Assessment and Management, ALS 6943, 6 credits

Elective Courses (at least 6 credits)
Students must select at least one course from each group

Group 1 – Technical (3 credits)

  • Exotic Species and Biosecurity Issues, ALS 6166, 3 credits
  • Epidemiology of Plant Disease, PLP 6404, 4 credits
  • GIS and Remote Sensing in Agriculture and Natural Resources, AOM 5431, 3 credits

Group 2 – Policy (3 credits)

  • Special Topics, AEB 6933, 1-6 credits
  • Ag and Natural Resources Communications Theory and Strategy, AEC 6540, 3 credits
  • Environmental Institutions and Regulations, ENV 6932P, 3 credits
  • Environmental Policy, ENV 5075, 3 credits
  • Special Problems in Environmental Engineering, ENV 6932, 1-4 credits
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Policy, ENV 6932, 3 credits
  • Policy Evaluation, PUP 6006, 3 credits
  • Policy Process, PUP 6007, 3 credits
  • Public Opinion and Agricultural and Natural Resource Issues, AEC 5060, 3 credits
  • Public Policy Analysis, PUP 6009, 3 credits
  • Public Policy and Agribusiness Firm, AEB 6225, 3 credits