Agronomy Graduate Certificate


The Agronomy Graduate Certificate is a 12-credit hour program focused on creating the opportunity for students to gain graduate level knowledge across agronomic topics. The program emphasizes flexibility by providing the ability to complete the certificate online or on-campus, and by allowing students to select from a broad list of existing courses to create the type of Agronomy Graduate Certificate which best supports their education, professional or career goals.

This certificate is for individuals interested in gaining agronomic credentials for their full-time career and those who may be interested in pursuing a MS degree in the future. The courses in the certificate can be applied toward a master’s degree!


Spring Semester
(Jan. – May)

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Apply by October 1

Summer Semester
(May – Aug.)

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Apply by February 15

Fall Semester
(Aug. – Dec.)

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Apply by May 15

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Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in agronomy or a closely related field, with a GPA of 3.0+
  • One semester of plant production or plant systems management
  • One semester of biological sciences**
  • One semester of chemistry
  • One semester of algebra
  • One semester of soil science

*AGRO/HORT 131 can be taken for one semester of the two semester biological sciences prerequisite

**Agronomy and horticulture biology classes may include AGRO/HORT 131, AGRO/HORT 832, and other advisor-approved classes.

Applications with more than two deficiencies and/or a GPA below 3.0 may not be admitted into the program. It is recommended that applicants enroll in appropriate courses to remove deficiencies and raise their GPA before applying.

Ready to Apply?

In addition to meeting the admissions requirements for your program of study, we require an official application for admission (along with a $50 non-refundable application processing fee), official transcripts from all institutions attended, a curriculum vitae or resume, a personal statement, and three professional letters of recommendation.

For international students, a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (internet-based) or an IELTS score of 6.5 is also required.

Available Courses

Course Credit Hours Delivery Semesters Offered
AGRO 809A: Breeding for Disease Resistance 1 Online Fall, Spring
AGRO 809B: Transgenic Strategies for Disease Resistance 1 Online Fall, Spring
AGRO 811: Crop Genetic Engineering 2 Online Fall
AGRO 812: Crop and Weed Genetics 2 Online Spring
AGRO 821: Learning Biotechnology 3 Online Summer (even-numbered years)
AGRO 822: Integrated Weed Management 1 Online Spring
AGRO 825: Cover Crops in Agroecosystems 3 Online Fall
AGRO 826: Invasive Plants 3 On-Campus Spring
AGRO 829: Plant Biotechnology Applications 3 On-Campus Spring
AGRO 831: Spatial Variability in Soils 2 Online Spring (even-numbered years)
AGRO 832: Learning Plant Science 3 Online Summer (odd-numbered years)
AGRO 835: Agroecology 3 On-Campus, Online Spring
AGRO 845: Livestock Management on Range and Pasture 3 On-Campus Fall
AGRO 846: Principles of Forage Quality and Evaluation for Grazing Livestock 3 Online Summer (odd-numbered years)
AGRO 855: Soil Chemistry and Minerology 3 Online Spring
AGRO 860: Soil Microbial Ecology 3 On-Campus Spring
AGRO 862: Cannabis Production and Breeding 2 On-Campus, Online Fall, Spring
AGRO 872: Applied Soil Physics 3 On-Campus Fall
AGRO 878: Plant Anatomy 4 On-Campus Fall
AGRO 888: Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development 3 Online Fall, Spring
AGRO 906: Crop Growth and Yield Modeling 3 Online Fall
AGRO 931: Population Genetics 3 On-Campus Fall