Graduate Certificate - Graduate Courses

Course Information
Tree and Nut Fruit Production

Course Description
This course will explore the principles and practices involved in the production of deciduous tree fruits and nuts. Examination and discussion of the fundamental principles influencing perennial tree growth and development as applied to production practices and management of specific crops will be emphasized. The relationships between the environment, production practices and plant responses will be an integral component of the course. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to: 1. Describe and understand the commercial production of temperate-zone fruit crops of importance in the SE from a production standpoint, but also the underlying physiological principles involved. 2. Identify and define the aspects necessary for successful commercial production of deciduous tree fruit and nut crops. Independent exercises to visit local orchards or educational programs will be expected.

Michael Parker

Campus Coordinator

For course access questions, contact the teaching university’s campus coordinator. For enrollment questions, contact your home university campus coordinator.
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Disability Support Services

To request accommodations for this course, contact the disability support office at your home university. You must register each semester and for each course. Read more about the Great Plains IDEA process for requesting accommodations.



Course Access
About one week before NCSU's first day of class (or, if it is close to the start of classes, as soon as the student signs up), campus coordinator Bria Sledge will email individual students a welcome letter with his/her campus Unity ID, student ID number, and temporary password. The email also includes log in instructions for the student’s gmail account and course content.

Exam Proctor

This course does not require an exam proctor.

Synchronous Components

This course does not include synchronous components.


Independent exercises to visit local orchards or educational programs will be expected. Please see the instructor for more information. 

University Members
Members of the Great Plains IDEA are universities accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Member universities recruit, admit and graduate students, teach in an academic program and contribute to the leadership and maintenance of the alliance. Membership in the alliance is a selective process that engages institutional leadership at all levels.

Hannah Adame's headshotAs a full-time high school Ag teacher, FFA Advisor, and two-sport coach, I excelled in the flexibility and structure of the Great Plains IDEA program. This program has allowed me to balance my school workload with my profession and responsibilities at the school. I have also benefited from the ability to apply what I am learning to my classroom and have shared my teaching experiences with classmates to create an integrated, immersive learning experience for others and myself.

– – Hannah Adame, Family and Consumer Sciences Education Graduate,
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