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Plant Identification Certificate

Did you know that there are nearly 400,000 plant species in the world? These flowers, herbs, shrubs, vegetables and other vegetation add to our knowledge about the world around us and equip us with new perspectives on how to approach current issues and questions in agriculture, health and the environment.

At the University of Central Missouri, our Plant Identification certificate introduces you to classification methods, basic plant biology and best practices as you explore plant structures and identification resources and tools. You’ll gain the knowledge and skills you need to navigate our world’s diverse ecosystems.

Certificate program coursework options

Take your five certificate courses in a way that works for you. Our Plant Identification certificate can be completed entirely in person at our Warrensburg campus, or you can take some of the classes online. Gain the tools and techniques you need with flexible course options.

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5 courses to complete certificate

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Online courses offered

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Study in Missouri’s diverse ecosystem

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Explore UCM’s own nature preserve

What you will study

Become an expert on the plant kingdom, especially in Missouri and the Midwest. Gain new knowledge and skills while visiting forests, gardens, prairies and wetlands in courses such as:

  • Dendrology
  • General Ecology
  • Plant Biology

UCM’s Plant Identification undergraduate certificate will prepare you for a variety of field-based careers in agriculture, biology, ecology and more.


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Unique learning opportunities in plant identification

Throughout the University of Central Missouri’s Plant Identification certificate program, you’ll put your learning into action through both field and lab work. You’ll also have opportunities to gain hands-on experience: 

  • Clubs and organizations: What better way to test your knowledge and skills — while connecting with classmates with similar interests — than joining some of UCM’s more than 185 clubs and organizations. Many students in UCM’s Plant Identification certificate join the Wildlife Society, which is a leading organization for wildlife science, management and conservation in Missouri. 
  • Internships: Gain real-world experience that helps you stand out and land your first or next job. Apply tools and techniques such as ecological site assessments for construction, oil exploration, city planning and wildlife management. Our students also benefit from internships in education and outreach for organizations and government agencies, including the U.S. Geological Survey, departments of conservation and parks and recreation.


What can you do with a Plant Identification certificate from UCM?

From agriculture and horticulture to conservation and environmental initiatives, UCM’s Plant Identification certificate can open doors to many career paths. Our graduates have gone on to work at local and state levels of government as conservation biologists and in other biology-related careers that span industry and government.

Grow and nurture a strong future in plant identification

Use the interactive tool below to explore potential career options and salaries with the knowledge and skills you gain from this UCM undergraduate certificate program.




Financial assistance options for our Plant Identification certificate

The University of Central Missouri offers several ways to finance your college education. Pairing our Plant Identification certificate with a bachelor’s degree can help you qualify for scholarships through the university as well as your major program of study. 

Learn more about program-specific scholarships by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.



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