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:
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’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.
Degree must be from an accredited 4-year college
(Only required if English is not your native language)
Briefly state your interests and professional goals.
Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.
|Plant Nutrition and Nutrient Management||3|
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).
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.
|Floral Crops Production||2|
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.
|Water Issues in Lawn and Landscape||3|
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.
|Greenhouse Crop Production||4|
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.
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.
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.
|Environmental Nursery Production Practices||3|
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
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.
|Business Management of Agriculture Enterprises||3|
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.
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.
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.