The University Undergraduate Certificate in Microbiology (or Microbiology Undergraduate Certificate, for short) is a credential that can be obtained entirely through completion of online coursework.
The intended audience of the Microbiology Undergraduate Certificate includes degree-seeking undergraduate students at institutions where a Microbiology major or minor is not available, and post-baccalaureate students seeking additional experience in microbiology for career advancement or to enhance their applications to professional, graduate, or allied health schools.
Prospective students may apply for enrollment in the Microbiology Undergraduate Certificate by electronically submitting their academic record and a statement of their interest in the program. Learn more about How to Apply.
A commitment to complete the program is not required in order to be admitted. Admission to the program is not required in order to take certificate courses.
The requirements for admission to the Microbiology Undergraduate Certificate program are:
The Microbiology Undergraduate Certificate requires 12 undergraduate credit hours, as follows:
Required courses (9 credits required):
Elective Course (3 credits required):
* Available via online and distance education
† Credit allowed only if MB 200 is taken before MB 351
‡ Contact the Microbiology Certificate Coordinator to arrange remote instruction
Prerequisites are required for some courses.
At least 9 credits counted toward the certificate must be taken from NCSU. A grade of C- or better (“S” is only allowed for MB 492 or MB 493) is required of all required or elective courses. An overall 2.0 or greater GPA in coursework taken to complete the certificate is required.
The certificate requires 12 credit hours. Students pursuing university certificate programs are considered non-degree studies (NDS) students for the purpose of university registration. Because General Microbiology is a prerequisite for Medical Microbiology, which in turn is a prerequisite for Microbial Diversity, this program will take a minimum of 3 terms (semesters, or summer sessions) to complete if all courses are taken from NCSU.
Students may begin taking courses for the certificate program in Fall, Spring or Summer terms. Click here for details of how to apply as an NDS student and enroll in the Microbiology Undergraduate Certificate.
For answers to specific questions not addressed here, click here to contact the Microbiology Certificate Coordinator, Dr. Melissa Ramirez.