The Certificate of Achievement in Agripharmatech has two tracks of disciplines: Plant Biotechnology, and Ethnopharmacognosy. Plant Biotechnology deals with developing and improving plant production in order to supply the world’s need for healthier (less use of pesticides), more nutritious (higher vitamin and protein content) food crops and novel ornamentals (unique colors, disease resistant). Ethnopharmacognosy is the study of traditional medicines derived from natural sources (medicinal/nutritious plants).

Students will be able to complete the certificate in 2 - 3 semesters with coursework flexible enough to prepare them for employment in plant biotechnology or pharmacognosy, and for entrepreneurship in agribusiness or plant-based product manufacturing, as well as for seamless credit transfer to higher degree institutions for the study of agriculture, horticulture, plant/microbial biotechnology, ethnobotany, pharmacognosy, pharmacy, nutrition and medicine.

Program Learning Outcomes

After completing the program, students will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge gained in plant sciences: identify plants, propagate/cultivate/maintain plants in vivo and in vitro.
  • Apply knowledge gained in microbial sciences: prepare/maintain bacterial cultures for genetic transformation and bioassay tests
  • Conduct plant biotech and/or pharmacognosy research.

In addition, students opting for the biotechnological track will focus on plant molecular genetics, and will:

  • Operate specialized lab equipment such as autoclave, gel electrophoresis, PCR machine, Particle Deliver/1000 Helium System, spectrophotometer, fluorescent microscope, Gel Doc System
  • Perform DNA/RNA extraction, electrophoresis, PCR reaction, DNA sequencing, gene transformation via bacteria, and particle bombardment, alignment and analyzing DA sequence results using Sequencher, PAUP, Finch TV software systems

Students opting for the ethnopharmacognosy track will focus on plant pharmacognostical study, and will:

  • Operate laboratory equipment: autoclave, spectrophotometer, stereo microscope, anaerobic transfer chamber, rotary evaporator, distiller, Biacore Q system
  • Conduct pharmaceutical and nutraceutical research
You are eligible to apply if you:
  • Are 18 years of age or older, or
  • Have earned a U.S. high school diploma, GED or equivalency
International Student requirements and information

Submit an application if you are:

  • Not currently enrolled at any of the UH system campuses
  • A first-time college student
  • A returning student (a person who previously attended but is not currently enrolled at any other UH campus)
  • A transfer student (a person who is currently or was previously enrolled at a non-UH institution)
  • Transfer Credit Search - UH System Course Transfer Database
  • An Early Admit or Running Start student (a junior or senior high school student admitted under the Early Admission or Running Start program)
Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2020
2 - 3 semesters
- Resident $126 per credit, Non-resident $340 per credit
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