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Advanced Horticulture

Graduate Certificate

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    12
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $565.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $565.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Get the same diploma as on campus students

This online graduate certificate in Advanced Horticulture offers individuals the opportunity to explore horticulture courses beyond the entry level and experience the breadth of horticulture with no selection restrictions. Courses are available in tree, floral, nursery, and grape production as well as interior plants and business.  This certificate is designed for:

  • Horticulture agents involved in Extension programs
  • K-12 science teachers
  • Golf course superintendents
  • City parks and recreation employees
  • Landscape maintenance practitioners
  • Nursery, greenhouse and garden center industry professionals
  • Horticulture enthusiasts (such as Master Gardeners) who have a good college plant science or biology background

This program is offered through Ag*IDEA, a national consortium of universities offering online programs and courses in agriculture disciplines. Students apply and are admitted at one university; enroll in all courses at that university and graduate or receive a certificate from that university. The online courses are taught by the best faculty in the discipline from several universities within the consortium.

Ellen Paparozzi, PhD
Professor

Ellen Paparozzi’s key areas of focus are plant physiology (plant nutrition) and anatomy, floriculture and ornamental horticulture and plant physiology and production ecology. Her main research focus is on the broad topic of leaf yellowing and subsequent re-greening of leaves. She is approaching this topic using physiological, anatomical and molecular biological methods. She teaches several courses and has published numerous articles.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Degree must be from an accredited 4-year college

  2. 3.00 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  4. A written personal statement

    Briefly state your interests and professional goals.

  5. 3 letters of recommendation

  6. Official transcripts from all previous schools

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Apply and be admitted to Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Pay the non-refundable $50 application processing fee
  • Submit one set of official transcripts from each college or university you have attended to Office of Graduate Studies
  • Apply and be admitted to the department
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Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
HORT 824Plant Nutrition and Nutrient Management3

Course Number: HORT 824

(AGRO 824) Macro- and micronutrient elements and their function in the growth and development of plants; the role of single elements; interaction/balances between elements and nutrient deficiency/ toxicity symptoms as they affect the physiology of the whole plant; and the relationship between crop nutrition and production/environmental considerations (e.g. yield, drought, temperature, pests).

HORT 842BPlant Physiology3

Course Number: HORT 842B

Presents fundamental concepts underlying the science of crop physiology, including crop phenology, canopy development and light interception, photosynthesis and respiration, and dry-matter partitioning.

HORT 842EFloral Crops Production2

Course Number: HORT 842E

The principles and commercial practices for producing floral potted crops and cut flowers, emphasizing the physical responses of plants to their environment. Aspects of post-harvest physiology will be covered.

HORT 842JWater Issues in Lawn and Landscape3

Course Number: HORT 842J

Examines critical water issues related to irrigation in urbanizing watersheds, with an emphasis on water quality and quantity. Factors impacting water scarcity and quality will be discussed. Course will help students understand the interrelatedness of correct irrigation practices and water quality/quantity, and will equip them with the necessary career tools to help protect water resources through application of science-based irrigation practices.

HORT 843AGreenhouse Crop Production4

Course Number: HORT 843A

Principles and practices of commercial production of greenhouse crops involving crop scheduling, greenhouse construction, heating, cooling, growing media, pest management, nutrition, fertility, growth regulation, irrigation, post‐harvest handling, and marketing of greenhouse crops.

HORT 843EAdvanced Interiorscaping3

Course Number: HORT 843E

This course focuses on the physiological principles and industry practices in the production, moving, care, and maintenance of interior plants. This course will equip students with the career tools to design, install and maintain interior plantscapes. This goal will be accomplished through the review of the pertinent literature and through class exercises designed to improve students' skills and knowledge of interior plant physiology, care and maintenance.

HORT 843KAdvanced Arboriculture3

Course Number: HORT 843K

This course focuses on the physiological principles and industry practices in the production, moving, care, and maintenance of ornamental trees, shrubs and ground covers. The purpose of this course is to provide students with the career tools to install and maintain woody plants. This goal will be accomplished through the review of the pertinent literature and through class exercises designed to improve students’ skills and knowledge of woody plant physiology, care and maintenance.

HORT 844AEnvironmental Nursery Production Practices3

Course Number: HORT 844A

In this course, cultural nursery crop production practices will be presented with consideration of current recommended Best Management Practices, conservation of resources, scientific research-based investigations related to nursery cultural practices, potential risks to nursery personnel and off-site movement of airborne materials and effluents to surrounding areas

HORT 844EGeneral Viticulture3

Course Number: HORT 844E

This broad-based course covers aspects of grapes from vine anatomy to final products. This course includes cultivars, propagation, canopy management, diseases, weed control, physiology, anatomy, irrigation, wine production, climates and soils.

HORT 888Business Management of Agriculture Enterprises3

Course Number: HORT 888

Students will research a specific agricultural enterprise then develop and present a business plan using materials from the primary area of interest. This course requires the completion of a shadowing assignment and the analyses of case studies.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $565.00
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1695.00

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $565.00
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1695.00

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What's it like to take a program online?

  • Quality learning experience

    The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

  • Service you expect from a leading University

    Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

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