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Graduate Certificate in Beekeeping, Online (Z088)

Graduate Programs in Applied Entomology is 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 directors:


The Graduate Certificate in Beekeeping, Online (Z088) has a 12-credit, 4-course curriculum that focuses on the anatomy, physiology, and ecology of the honeybee. 

  • Students learn how to construct and maintain a hive and best practices for maintaining a healthy colony.
  • Can be completed in 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
ENTM745 Bee Biology and Beekeeping
ENTM746 Commercial Beekeeping
ENTM747 Pollinator Health
ENTM751 The history and culture of bees and beekeepers

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 ENTM745 PLE* 3
II (winter) 1 ENTM747 PLE* 3
III (spring) 1 ENTM746 PLE* 3
IV (summer) 1 ENTM751 PLE* 3

Online Learning

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