Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Certificate

Aromatic and medicinal plants are critical components of medications, food and perfumes.

 Aromatic and medicinal plantsThis Certificate Program, open to current and returning students, is a distinctive and applied path for biochemistry and other majors, including science and bioengineering students, who are interested in alternative medical therapies, laboratory research skills in plant extract isolation, entrepreneurship opportunities or finding employment in these and related industries. Herbalists and gardeners would be interested in the potential programs and related courses.

Medicinal and Aromatic Plant Studies require foundational courses in biology, biochemistry and chemistry. To learn this field also requires understanding of plant biology, extraction and characterization techniques, and the relevance of pharmacology and toxicity to any naturally derived compounds. By combining and stacking the required courses, an applied track is obtained in this emerging and exciting field.   The requirements are designed so that a biochemistry major only needs to take 2-3 additional courses.


This certificate is designed to enhance the skills and knowledge of biochemistry and other undergraduate science students interested in and preparing for careers in:

  • The study and application of alternative medications
  • Bioactive plant extraction purification and characterization
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Medicinal chemistry
  • Quality control positions in the health and wellness industries
  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmacology
  • Drug discovery
  • Research in the cosmetic industry
  • Aromatherapy
  • Perfumes and Flavorings

This growing market is an ideal opportunity for biochemistry majors to apply their specific skill set -- extraction and characterization of biochemicals -- in an applied program.

Information about the Certificate

Department of Natural Sciences

114 - Science Faculty Center
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
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Phone: 313-593-5277
Fax: 313-593-4937