Botany Certificate Program


The NYBG Botany Certificate Program is designed to deepen a student’s scientific understanding of the plant kingdom. Engage in subjects such as native flora, ethnobotany, ecology, and botanical nomenclature. Courses reflect the Garden’s strengths in botanical science research, as well as its world-famous and unequalled resources—the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, housing 7.8 million dried plant specimens, and the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, with its collection of more than 550,000 volumes, nearly 12,000 serial titles, and over 11 million archival documents.

During the course of the program, students will come to know plants: how they function, grow, develop, and reproduce; and learn to identify a wide array of plants by stems, leaves, flowers, and fruits.


COURSE CODE               HOURS
Plant Structure BOT 315   24
Plant Physiology BOT 316 P 21
Plant Diversity                                                            BOT 317 P 24
Dendrology: Woody Plant Identification           BOT 375   15
Herbaceous Plant Identification BOT 376   15
One of the four Native Flora courses:   P 12
Native Flora in Autumn
BOT 331   -- 
Native Flora in Winter BOT 332   -- 
Native Flora in Spring BOT 333   -- 
Native Flora in Summer BOT 334   -- 
Elective courses     58
TOTAL REQUIRED HOURS                       169



Elective course offerings vary with every catalog season. Browse our Certificate Electives page to discover what's currently scheduled.


P = Courses with a prerequisite before you can register.

For classes with no current session available, please check back when we announce the next season of classes.