Soybean plant
Summer 2019: June 10-July 12
Fall 2019: Aug. 26-Dec. 20
Instructor: A. McKinzie Sutter/Leah Sandall

Class No.: AGRO/HORT 131, first 5-weeks

Credits: Four academic credits
This is a course available to advanced high school students, and to sophomores, juniors and seniors not in Agronomy and Horticulture majors.

Certified Crop Advisors may earn the following CEUs (continuing education units) from this course: 2 Crop Management, 1 Pest Management, 1 Soil & Water, and 1 Nutrient Management.

Academic Credit registration through MyRed.


This online course covers the biology of plants grown for food, fiber, fuel and fun. Students learn the mechanisms plants use to drive and control their growth, propagate, and change to compete with other organisms in their environment. Plant lifecycles in managed ecosystems and their role in global carbon and water cycles are also discussed.


This course has both a resident on-campus section and an online section. Lectures will be presented in a class and distance students can participate in the lectures during "real time" and/or viewed the taped, archived lectures online.


High-speed Internet access with an updated browser, email and ability to view videos. Recommended browsers include Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari.


eBook textbook for approximately $115. All other materials are available via the Internet on Blackboard and/or the Plant & Soil Science eLibrary websites.


Individuals taking the course for academic credit must be enrolled in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, or in the Department of Agronomy & Horticulture's Plant Breeding & Genetics professional graduate certificate.


Academic Credit Course: For information on tuition and fees, please visit the Student Accounts website for Undergraduate Tuition.

Who It's For
  • Advanced high school students
  • Undergraduate, graduate and certificate students preparing for more intensive or specialized study later 
  • Certified professional agronomists and crop consultants 
  • Science and vocational education teachers 
  • Seed industry personnel 
  • Food industry personnel 
  • Extension educators/agents
  • Producers