Agronomy is the application of plant and soil science to crop production and includes the study of plant genetics, breeding, biotechnology, molecular biology, physiology, biochemistry, weed control, and crop management. The online master of agronomy degree program curriculum focuses on industry applications and research. The online program is designed with maximum flexibility for today’s working professionals. This flexibility allows students to complete coursework in areas that are specific to career needs and interests. The curriculum stresses the ability to apply course content to related industry work.
Leah Sandall is the Distance Education Coordinator for the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture and works with faculty and staff to develop online courses and educational materials. These courses and materials are developed for academic and nonacademic/Extension learners. She teaches online courses and has research interests in the assessment of educational materials and teaching methods in the online classroom to promote active student learning.
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Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.
Option I Thesis
Option I should be chosen by those who are preparing for careers in research and scholarly work or in college or university teaching.
Option II Non-Thesis
This option encourages a wider range of courses than is permissible under Option I.
|Seminar Presentation and Evaluation||2|
Course Number: AGRO/HORT 991
Various topics in horticulture, agronomy or related subjects. Emphasis on techniques.
|Case Studies in Plant Breeding: Disease Resistance Breeding||3|
Course Number: AGRO 809A
The application of fundamental genetics principles in inheritance, gene mapping and DNA analysis to decision making by plant breeders with the goal of improving disease resistance in crop cultivars. Learning is structured by the genetics discovery story told in published research articles and the thinking process of plant breeders who will use these discoveries in their work.
|Case Studies in Plant Breeding: Transgenic Strategies||3|
Course Number: AGRO 809B
The application of basic science and technology by plant genetic engineering experts with the goal of teaming with plant breeders to improve disease resistance in crop cultivars. Learning is structured by the genetics discovery story told in published research articles and the thinking process of genetic engineers and plant breeders who will use these discoveries in their work.).
|Crop Genetic Engineering||3|
Course Number: AGRO 811
Basic steps required to produce genetically engineered crops. Genetic engineering procedures used to develop current crops and innovations that will lead to future products. Genetic engineering process and predicting how changes in different steps of the process influence the final crop. Application of genetic engineering technology to plan the development of new genetically engineered crops.
|Crop & Weed Genetics||3|
Course Number: AGRO 812
Application of classical and molecular genetic principles to the explanation of variation observed in plant families and populations. Interpretation of information gathered from whole plant trait observation and from molecular analysis. Relationships between crops and weeds. Examples from genetic studies on both crop and weed species are the basis of course.
|Self-Pollinated Crop Breeding||1|
Course Number: AGRO 815A
Prereqs: AGRO 315 Self-pollinated plant breeding theory and methods. Pedigree, bulk, single seed descent, back-crossing methods and inbreeding theory.
|Germplasm & Genes||1|
Course Number: AGRO 815B
Prereqs: AGRO 315 Obtaining germplasm and genes from cultivated plants, wild relatives of cultivated plants, and the biosphere. Origination of crops, mutation genetics, biotechnology as a source of genes, chromosomal engineering and plant reproduction.
|Cross-Pollinated Crop Breeding||1|
Course Number: AGRO 815D
Prereqs: AGRO 315 Cross-pollinated breeding theory and methods. Genes in populations, recurrent selection methods, creating populations, hybrid production practices, and population improvement theory.
|Heterosis in Plant Breeding||1|
Course Number: AGRO 816A
Classical concepts of heterosis; genetic hypotheses for hybrid vigor; quantitative genetics of heterosis; new tools to study hybrid vigor, structure and function; organization of germplasm into heterotic groups; prediction of heterosis and hybrid performance; mechanisms for making hybrid seed; and breeding methods/concepts for developing hybrids in plants.
Course Number: AGRO 818
Prereqs: Undergraduate major in life sciences or related area, and a course in biochemistry A Web-based course. Biochemical underpinnings of agricultural production and processing systems. Agricultural biotechnology; bioenergetics; kinetics and enzyme regulation; interaction of biomolecules with light, photosynthesis and the balance between anabolism and catabolism in microbes, plants and animals.
Course Number: AGRO 821
Investigate biotechnology and its application in solving problems and connect biotechnology to basic science concepts in biology and chemistry. Integrate individually-designed biotechnology lessons into learning standards.
|Spatial Variability in Soils||2|
Course Number: AGRO 831
Prereqs: AGRO/SOIL 366 and STAT *801. Offered spring semester of even-numbered years. Basic concepts of soil variability, its underlying causes. The impact spatial variability has on soil management, primarily for crop production. Geographic and geo-statistical concepts. Use of spatial information for more profitable crop production.
|Learning Plant Science||3|
Course Number: AGRO 832
The biology of plants grown for food, fiber, fuel and fun. Connect applied plant science to basic science concepts in biology and chemistry. Integrate individually-designed plant science lessons into learning standards.
|Animal, Food & Industry Uses of Grain||2|
Course Number: AGRO 837
Prereqs: CHEM 105 or 109, and one of the following: AGRO 204 or ASCI 250. Identification and comparison of grain quality characteristics desired by livestock feeders, human food processors and industrial users, and methods used to measure these characteristics.
|Production of Specialty Grain Crops||1|
Course Number: AGRO 838
Prereqs: CHEM 109 and one of the following: AGRO 204 or ASCI 250. AGRO 315 and 437/837 recommended. Genetic development, production practices, and grain handling and storage procedures to deliver quality grain to livestock feeders, human food processors and industrial uses.
Course Number: AGRO 846
|Grassland Plant Identification||3|
Course Number: AGRO 851
|Turf & Landscape Weed Management (Tent.)||1|
Course Number: AGRO/HORT 813
Crosslisted as AGRO 813, TLMT 813 Fundamental terminology associated with turfgrass and landscape weed management. Weed identification and the cultural practices and herbicide strategies to limit weed invasion and persistence.
|Turfgrass Disease Management||1|
Course Number: AGRO/HORT 814
Prereqs: BIOS/PLPT 369 or one semester of introductory plant pathology. Pathogens, epidemiology, and control of diseases specific to turfgrass.
|Integrated Weed Management||1|
Course Number: AGRO/HORT 822
Prereqs: 12 hrs AGRO and/or closely related HORT and/or BIOS Principles and application of (IWM). Noxious and invasive weed species. Crops and weed control. Plant population shifts. Use of herbicides and the biologically effective dose. Critical period of weed control and weed threshold. Herbicide tolerant crops.
|Plant Nutrition & Nutrient Management||3|
Course Number: AGRO/HORT 824
Prereqs: AGRO 325 or basic course in plant physiology. A course in organic chemistry or biochemistry recommended. Offered spring semesters. Macro and micro nutrient elements and their function in the growth and development of plants. Role of single elements. Interaction and/or balances between elements and nutrient deficiency and/or toxicity symptoms as they affect the physiology of the whole plant. Relationship between crop nutrition and production and/or environmental considerations (e.g. yield, drought, temperature, pests).
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.