AG*IDEA Graduate Online Courses in
Horticulture & Grassland Management

Overview

  • Through the AG*IDEA consortium of universities, UNL graduate students can now complement their degree programs with 17 additional online courses, 13 in horticulture and 4 in grassland management.  The courses are taught by faculty from the following institutions: Kansas State University, North Carolina State University, North Dakota State University, Oklahoma State University, South Dakota State University, Texas Tech University and the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Please see the table below for a list of available courses.
  • Any student currently admitted to a graduate degree program at UNL may enroll in these courses with the express written permission of their advisor, on a space available basis.  
  • All courses are offered at the AG*IDEA common graduate tuition rate of $515 per credit hour for the 2014–15 academic year. The AG*IDEA common tuition includes all fees, exclusive of the application fee, but does not include textbooks and other materials that may be required by instructors.
  • Because this is a special contract program at UNL, enrollment and student billing are handled outside the MyRed system. Enrollment is handled by Diane Wasser, CASNR Distance Education Consortium Coordinator, and billing is handled by UNL's Office of Online and Distance Education. Students cannot enroll in these courses via MyRed. Once a student has enrolled, a registration confirmation and tuition statement will be mailed to the student's address of record.  
  • Students interested in enrolling in these courses should contact their advisors and request that written permission be e-mailed to: Diane Wasser, 402.472.6251. 


Abbreviations: KSU – Kansas State University, NCSU – North Carolina State University, NDSU - North Dakota State University; OSU - Oklahoma State University; SDSU - South Dakota State University; TTU – Texas Tech University, UNK – University of Nebraska–Kearney.

AG*IDEA Graduate Online Courses in Horticulture & Grassland Management
Core Courses  (7 credits)                             Credit Hrs. Teaching Institution Instructor Offered
AGRO 847: Grassland Fire Ecology
Ecological effects of fire on grassland ecosystems. 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 handling and safety of prescribed burns.
3 SDSU Dr. Sandy Smart Fall - Odd Years
AGRO 848: Grassland Monitoring & Assessment
Vegetation sampling theory and plot selection. Quantitative measures used in vegetation analysis, root growth and utilization. Use of similarity index, health and trend for grassland monitoring and assessment. Use of basic statistics and the microcomputer to analyze data sets comparing methods for determining biomass, basal cover, frequency and density.
2 KSU Dr. Walter Fick Fall - Even Years
AGRO 851 Grassland Plant Identification
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.
2 UNL Cheryl Dunn Spring
Elective Courses  (5 credits) Credit Hrs. Teaching Institution Instructor Offered
AGRO 849: Watershed Management in Grasslands
Management of physical/biological settings and processes along with human activities on water and watersheds. Preventative and restorative strategies in a natural resource rangeland setting
3 NDSU Dr. Jack Norland Spring
AGRO 843 Ecology of Invasive Species
Ecological principles and their application to invasive species. Discussion of population level characteristics and community and ecosystem level effects of a wide variety of taxa including invasive microbial, fungal, plant, invertebrate, and vertebrate examples. Current global consequences and governmental policies/programs designed to limit the spread of invasives.
3 Oklahoma State - Stillwater Karen Hickman Fall
AGRO 846/ASCI 824   Principles of Forage Quality & Evaluation for Livestock Grazing
The chemical characteristics of forage components. The interactions with ruminant physiology and digestion that influence forage feeding value. The laboratory procedures used to evaluate forages for grazing livestock.
3 UNL Dr. Walt Schacht & Dr. Dennis Brink Summer - Even Years

Schedule


Fall 2014
Number Course Name
AGRO 848 Grassland Monitoring and Assessment
   

Spring 2015
Number Course Name
AGRO 851 Grassland Plant Identification
HORT 849 Watershed Management
 


Fall 2015
Number Course Name
AGRO 843 Ecology of Invasive Species
AGRO 847 Grassland Fire EcologyThe chemical characteristics of forage components. The interactions with ruminant physiology and digestion that influence forage feeding value. The laboratory procedures used to evaluate forages for grazing livestock.

Spring 2016
Number Course Name
AGRO 851 Grassland Plant Identification
HORT 849 Watershed Management
 

Distance Education


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For more information or to enroll, please contact...

Diane Wasser
 CASNR Distance Education Consortium Coordinator
402.472.6251
dwasser1@unl.edu