This online graduate certificate in Floriculture and Nursery Production Management offers a selection of courses that focus on floral and nursery crop production including business management. Core courses lend a solid science background in order for the student to gain a greater understanding of how ornamental and floral plants grow. This basic knowledge is then interwoven with practical cultural and production methods.
This certificate is designed for:
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 should be from an accredited 4-year college
(Only required if English is not your native language)
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.
|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.
|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
|Management of Horticultural Crop Insects||3|
Course Number: ENTO 803
Prereq: Introductory course in biology. Credit toward the degree cannot be earned in both ENTO 303 and ENTO 403/803. Biology, ecology and management of insect pests of horticultural crops such as vegetables, fruit trees, trees and shrubs, greenhouse crops, turf and ornamentals. Employs IPM strategies to maintain pests below damaging levels while minimizing the use of traditional insecticides.
|Entomology and Pest Management||3|
Course Number: ENTO 812
Prereq: Introductory course in entomology. Principles and practices of managing insect pests. Pest management theory, use of sampling, evaluation, tactics, types of insect pests, and current issues.
|Biological Control of Pests||3|
Course Number: ENTO 813
Prereq: 12 hrs BIOS and/or agricultural sciences. ENTO/PLPT 813 is offered spring semester of even-numbered calendar years.Principles and practices of using natural enemies and antagonists to manage the abundance of pests and reduce economic losses.
Course Number: ENTO 820
(3 cr I) Lec 3. Prereq: 12 hrs BIOS; 4 hrs organic chemistry.Offered fall semester of even-numbered calendar years.Principles of toxicology, insecticide classification, mode of action, metabolism and consequences of insecticide use.
Course Number: HORT 842A
Survey of the principles and practices of plant pathology. The main and genetic elements involved in plant disease will be covered. Many of the major diseases, as well as their causes and effects, will be surveyed.
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.
|Environmental Stress Physiology||1|
Course Number: HORT 844B
Physiology of plant responses to environmental stresses, with emphasis on current research in selected physiological, molecular, and biochemical mechanisms for tolerance to environmental stresses such as temperature extremes, drought, salt, pathogens and other plants.
Course Number: HORT 880
Modified rootzones and their applications in the turfgrass and landscape management industry. Correct applications and construction techniques.
|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.