Grasslands represent a fundamental resource of the region that determines the environmental and economic future of the Great Plains states. Grasslands—including rangelands, pasturelands, and haylands—are the principal land resource type in the Great Plains, composing more than 50% of the land surface area. Grasslands need to be managed properly to ensure long-term productivity, maintain or improve grassland diversity and health, minimize undesirable botanical composition shifts, and prevent overgrazing. Students in this multi-institutional, online Grasslands Management certificate program will learn about the conservation, utilization, and sustainability of managed grassland systems.
The purpose of the 12 credit hour program is to provide current and future grassland professionals (i.e., managers, advisers, and conservationists) and others with distance education opportunities that lead to a graduate certificate in grasslands management.
An online Grassland Management certificate makes it possible to pursue the following careers:
Walter Schacht’s principal area of research emphasizes ecosystem response to grazing and associated management practices in the Nebraska Sandhills and cool-season grass pasture. Overall, he is interested in developing management strategies that ensure the ecological and economic sustainability of grazing lands for multiple uses, including livestock grazing.
Degree must be from an accredited four-year college
(Only required if English is not your native language)
Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.
|Ecology of Invasive Species||3|
Course Number: AGRO 843
Ecological principles and their application to invasive species. Discussion of population, community and ecosystem level characteristics affecting a wide variety of invasive plant and animal species. Discussions will include current global consequences and governmental policies/programs designed to limit the spread of invasives.
Course Number: AGRO 846
This online course provides an in-depth study of the chemical characteristics of forage components and the interactions with ruminant physiology and digestion that influence forage feeding value and the laboratory procedures used to evaluate forages for grazing livestock.
|Grassland Fire Ecology||3|
Course Number: AGRO 847
The course is designed to describe the ecological effects of fire on grassland ecosystems. It also provides insight into the history of fires, the people who use them and why, the parts of a fire, how fires behave in relation to fuel and weather, and the conducting and safety of prescribed burns.
|Grassland Monitoring & Assessment||2|
Course Number: AGRO 848
A course emphasizing the quantitative measures used in vegetation analysis, root growth, and utilization. Vegetation sampling theory and plot selection will be covered. Use of similarity index, health, and trend for grassland monitoring and assessment will be explained. Basic statistics and the microcomputer will be used to analyze biomass, basal cover, frequency, and density data.
Course Number: AGRO 849
Study of the management of physical/biological settings and processes along with the human activities on water and watershed considering preventative and restorative strategies in a natural resource rangeland setting.
|Grassland Plant Identification||2|
Course Number: AGRO 851
Prereq: Admission to UNL's Graduate School, and BIOS 101 and 101L and AGRO 240, or their equivalents, recommended. Study of plants that have ecological and/or agricultural importance in the Great Plains. Plant identification, grassland ecosystems and plants' forage value, palatability and utilization by both domestic livestock and wildlife. Cultural and historical uses of grassland
|Grazing Ecology & Management||3|
Course Number: AGRO 852
This course discusses the ecological principles of domesticated livestock grazing and their application to manage grazing lands. Theoretical and applied models of plant/animals interactions will be presented. Grazing systems and their management of ecosystem services will be presented as balance between production and conservation outcomes.
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.