AG*IDEA Graduate Online Courses for Grasslands Management Certificate


  • 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 $530 per credit hour for the 2015–16 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 for CERTIFICATE in Grassland Management
Class 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.  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.The chemical characteristics of forage components.
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
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 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


Summer 2015
Number Course Name
No classes in the summer  

Fall 2015
Number Course Name
AGRO 843 Ecology of Invasive Species
AGRO 847 Grassland Fire Ecology

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

Summer 2016
Number Course Name
AGRO 846 Forage Quality & Evaluation

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

Diane Wasser
 CASNR Distance Education Consortium Coordinator