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Certificates of Study

The certificate of study program consists of four to eight courses in a clearly defined sequence. It is designed for the person who seeks an organized and well-planned learning experience but does not wish to embark upon a complete bachelor’s degree program. It also appeals to the person who has completed undergraduate studies in one area and seeks to develop and document serious study in one or more additional areas of expertise without pursuing a graduate degree.

At least half the certificate must be completed at Guilford with grades of C- or above. A certificate of study may not be awarded the same semester a student is receiving a degree from Guilford. Therefore, degree-seeking students must complete any desired certificate of study before the semester of graduation.

Certificates of study are offered in Chemistry, Forensic Science, Interpersonal Communication, and Organizational Communication.

  • Application Process: To begin a certificate of study program, you must complete Guilford's online application and be admitted to the College as a student. 
  • Tuition: $360 per credit hour

Certificates of Study Requirements


Chemistry Requirements: 
CHEM 111 Chemical Principles I
CHEM 112 Chemical Principles II
CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 331 Physical Chemistry I

One additional CHEM course
MATH 121 Calculus I
PHYS 117 Physics I or PHYS 121 Classical and Modern Physics I
PHYS 118 Physics II or PHYS 122 Classical and Modern Physics II

Total credit hours required for the certificate in Chemistry is 28

Forensic Science

Forensic Science Requirements:
JPS 200 Criminal Procedure
BIOL 245 Introduction to Forensic Science
BIOL/CHEM 246 Forensic Chemistry
BIOL 349 Forensic Anthropology

Total credit hours required for the certificate in Forensic Science is 16

Interpersonal Communication

Interpersonal Communication Requirements:

Introductory course:
JPS/PSY 270 Interpersonal Communications
JPS 244 Conflict Resolution Strategies
JPS 323 Diversity at Work

Capstone course:
JPS 437 Multicultural Communications

Total credit hours required for the certificate in Interpersonal Communication is 16

Organizational Communication

Organizational Communication Requirements:

Introductory course:
JPS 271 Organizational Communication and Teamwork

Three electives chosen from:
BUS 321 Human Resources Management
JPS 244 Conflict Resolution Strategies
JPS 323 Diversity at Work
PSY 332 Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Total credit hours required for the certificate in organizational communication is 20

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Kyle Wooden

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