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    1. How do I add the Organic Certificate to my program of study (current students)?
      Go to the UGa Athena page with your UGA MyID and password to make any adjustments to the academic programs you are pursuing at the UGA. Select Student > My Programs > Certificate Program in Organic Agriculture.
    2. What enrollment status must I have to earn a certificate?
      The organic certificate program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students at  UGA, as well as individuals who wish to enroll at UGA as post-baccalaureate students and pursue the certificate separate from a degree  We have designed the program in such a way that every student can tailor their program of study according to her/his specific interests.
    3. Why should I earn a certificate in Organic Agriculture?
      According to the USDA, Organic agriculture is growing at a rate of 20% per year. Students who have experience in organic agriculture are in high demand. Having a certificate in organic agriculture may help you in the future by giving you an edge over other candidates in a competitive job market, and should enhance your skills in  production of food grown with organic principles, whether certified or not.
    4. Where are the hands-on portion of classes taught?
      Most of the field experience you’ll receive in the classroom portion of the certificate program will be done at UGArden on South Milledge Avenue with some classes meeting at the certified organic portion of the department’s farm south of Athens on Highway 441.
    5. Who do I contact for more information?
      For general information about the program, please look at the website, contact the program coordinator, David Berle at dberle@uga.edu.
    6. What are the requirements to get the certificate in organic agriculture?
      Every student takes four core courses:

      • HORT 3300 Organic Gardening (Horticulture majors can exempt this course)
      • HORT 4125/6125 Organic Agricultural Systems
      • AESC 4095 Undergraduate Research in Organic Agriculture or AESC 4950 Undergraduate Internship in Organic Agriculture (typically completed after HORT 3300 and 4125)
      • HORT 4096 Organic Agriculture Seminar (to be completed after AESC 4095 or AESC 4950

      In addition to these core courses, students need to take a minimum of six more credit hours, chosen from a list of electives.

    7. How do I find an internship?
      Students are responsible for finding their own internships, however, there are many websites that list opportunities on organic farms in the Athens area and throughout the country. Students can also take HORT 3920 UGArden Internship to fulfill the CPOA internship requirement while taking classes in Athens.
    8. What if I want to do an organic research project instead of the internship?
      Students can elect to conduct a small organic research project in lieu of the internship. To receive credit for the research project, students must contact individual faculty who have an interest in mentoring students through a project. The list of CPOA Faculty is a good place to start.
    9. If I do not have an undergraduate degree, can I enroll in the organic certificate program?
      Contact the program director (dberle@uga.edu) to answer this question. There may be special circumstances that would allow an individual to pursue the organic certificate without an undergraduate degree.
    10. I am a graduate student at UGA. Can I join the certificate program?
      Graduate students may earn a certificate in organic agriculture with permission of their major professor. HORT 4125 may be taken for graduate credit (HORT 6125) as can several of the elective courses. HORT 3300 is only available as undergraduate course.