Plant Science

Corn and soybean fields.

August 21 – December 14, 2017
Jan. 8 – May 4, 2018
June 4-July 6, 2018 (first 5 weeks)

Professional Certificate

Three Units

This is a module available to non-credit professional development learners who want to learn more about plant science and biology.

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


Anne Streich


Noncredit Professional Development


This online module covers the biology of plants grown for food, fiber, fuel and fun. Participants 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 module has both a resident on-campus section and an online section. Lectures will be presented in a class and online learners may participate in the lectures during “real time” and/or view 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 $93. All other materials are available via the Internet on Canvas and/or the Plant & Soil Science eLibrary websites.


Individuals taking the module will want to be enrolled in the Department of Agronomy & Horticulture’s Plant Breeding & Genetics professional graduate certificate.


Noncredit Professional Development Module: $750 total cost

Who it's for

Among those who would benefit from taking this module are:

  • Plant Breeding & Genetics professional development certificate students
  • Certified professional agronomists and crop consultants
  • Science and vocational education teachers
  • Seed industry personnel
  • Food industry personnel
  • Extension educators/agents
  • Producers