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About the Program

Plant biosecurity is defined as the safeguarding of U.S. agriculture and natural resources from the introduction, establishment, and spread of plant pests and noxious weeds. The Plant Biosecurity Certificate Program in SEBS/Rutgers is designed to train students to understand the biology of plant pests, to be proficient in risk analysis of plant quarantine pests, to be able to identify pests using available technologies, to learn the science of pest management, and to enter the workforce with USDA-APHIS-PPQ (United States Department of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service-Plant Protection and Quarantine), DHS-CBP (Department of Homeland Security-Customs and Border Protection), and the private sector. Internships are possible with USDA-APHIS that will provide students with real-world work experience and opportunity to fast-track career employment.

Program Learning Goals

Students completing the Plant Biosecurity Certificate

  1. Will understand the biology of plant pests
  2. Will be able to perform risk analysis of plant quarantine pests
  3. Will be able to identify pests using available technologies
  4. Will understand the scientific basis of pest management