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Graduate Certificate in Urban Agriculture, Online 

Graduate Programs in Applied Entomology are offered through the Department of Entomology in the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences. The programs are designed to combine the best in basic and applied biology to meet the public need for research, outreach, and instruction regarding entomology and related subjects, particularly as these bear on pest management and on stewardship of the environment.

Mentoring and advising are an essential part of the program. Students meet with faculty and the academic program director to ensure that educational goals and career learning and development goals are met. Students should contact the program director:


The Graduate Certificate in Urban Agriculture, Online (Z091) has a 12-credit, 4-course curriculum that focuses on the growing of plants and the raising of animals within and around cities.

  • Focuses on the urban ecosystem and urban policies and plans.
  • Successful graduate acquire the necessary skills to maintain plants and beneficial insects in and around these settings.
  • Can be completed in twelve months of continuous part-time enrollment. See Designation of Full-time/Part-time Status.


Below is a listing of all program courses. For a detailed course description that includes pre-requisites or co-requisites, see The Graduate School Catalog, Course Listing as follows: ENTM Course Descriptions

Course Number Title
ENTM710 Insect Biodiversity, Physiology and Ecology
ENTM730 Plant Diagnostics
ENTM750 Urban Pests
ENTM755 Designing an Urban Garden

Registration Overview

  • See the sample plan of study, below. Students should use this as a guide to develop a plan with the academic program director. 
  • Actual course offerings are determined by the program and may vary semester to semester. Students should note if a course has a pre-requisite or co-requisite.
  • Specific class meeting information (days and time) is posted on UMD’s interactive web service services, Testudo. Once on that site, select “Schedule of Classes,” then the term/year. Courses are listed by academic unit. 
  • The program uses specific section codes for registration, which are listed on the sample plan of study.

Sample Plan

Term Year Course Number Section Code Credits
I (fall) 1 ENTM710 PLE* 3
II (winter) 1 ENTM730 PLE* 3
III (spring) 1 ENTM750 PLE* 3
IV (summer) 1 ENTM755 PLE* 3


  • Features 100% online instruction with engaging and interactive learning.
  • Uses the term academic calendar with classes held in 12-week terms: I (fall), II (winter), III (spring), IV (summer).
  • Instruction provided by University of Maryland faculty and professionals in the field. 

Online Learning

  • Using advanced audio and video technology, UMD’s online learning environment delivers dynamic and interactive content. 
  • Featuring convenience and flexibility, online instruction permits asynchronous or synchronous participation.
  • Lectures are video archived. Students who are unable to attend in real time can review the session through asynchronous participation.
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