Grassland Management

Graduate Certificate Program Summary

Description

The Grassland Management graduate certificate is a 12 credit hour program designed for current and future grassland professionals--managers, advisers and conservationists--and others who want to increase their knowledge about the conservation, utilization and sustainability of managed grassland systems.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Kansas State University, Iowa State University, and the University of Missouri (Columbia) have been collaborating on grasslands management distance education courses as part of the multi-institutional USDA-funded Higher Education Challenge grant. The overarching project goal of the grant is to establish a multi-state agricultural consortium to develop and deliver high-priority collaborative distance education program in the food and agricultural sciences.

There is a history of excellence in grassland research and education at the institutions collaborating on the Grasslands Management Graduate Certificate Program. The graduate certificate is designed to provide students a knowledge base in pasture and range management; vegetation analysis, root growth, and utilization; grassland and wetlands ecology; watershed management; fire ecology; grassland plants, insects and diseases; and basic research and educational programs in grasslands.

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Contacts

This graduate certificate is offered by the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture.

Graduate Chair

Dr. Mark Lagrimini
mlagrimini2@unl.edu

Certificate Advisor

Dr. Walt Schacht
wschacht1@unl.edu

Graduate Secretary

Kathy Schindler
kschindler1@unl.edu

Application checklist and deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies


See also: steps to admission.

Required by the department for this certificate

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited 4-year college
  • GPA of 2.8 or higher on a 4.0 scale (undergraduate and/or graduate)
  • Letter of intent
  • Resume or vita
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • If applicant's native language is not English, verification of English proficiency

Application deadline
Rolling admission; contact the department for more information.

Courses

The Grassland Management certificate is a 12 credit hour program. Students will be required to take and pass (B- or higher in all classes) seven credit hours of core courses and at least five hours of elective credits. Students will work with their institutional advisors to develop a plan of study most beneficial to the student. Coursework may be transferred in on a case-by-case basis with approval of the student's advisor.

Core Courses (Required)

AGRO 847: Grassland Fire Ecology (3 credits)
AGRO 848: Grassland Monitoring & Assessment (2 credits)
AGRO 851: Grassland Plant Identification (2 credits)

Elective Courses (Choose 2)

AGRO 843: Ecology of Invasive Species (3 credits)
AGRO 846: Principles of Forage Quality & Evaluation for Grazing Livestock (3 credits)
AGRO 849: Watershed Management in Grasslands (3 credits)

More course information

The Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin provides course descriptions and prerequisites, grouped by subject area.

The Schedule of Classes specifies dates, times, locations, and instructors for courses being offered in current and near-future terms.

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