The Department of Agronomy and Horticulture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) offers undergraduate and graduate online courses for both academic credit and non-academic credit.  Non-academic credit may be used for professional development or Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Academic credit

Students who take classes for academic credit are usually enrolled in a traditional academic degree, such as a bachelor's or master's degree. A newer academic credential is called a Certificate of Proficiency. Students must take 12-15 credits in a focused subject to earn a certificate. The UNL Department of Agronomy and Horticulture offers 4 academic certificates: Grasslands Management, Advanced Horticulture, Floriculture & Nursery Production, and Ornamentals, Landscape and Turf. 

Non-academic credit vs. academic credit

Participants who take classes for professional development (non-academic credit) take modules that are parallel to classes for regular academic students. The learners or participants can choose the level of participation best suited to their interests and goals.

The department offers its Plant Breeding and Genetics Professional Certificate as a non-academic program and requirements are fewer for learners in a non-academic program.  For example, participants who take classes for professional development are not required to complete all the assignments that academic credit students are required to complete. These differing standards for non-academic credit and academic credit students, mean that learners who take courses for non-academic credit or professional development cannot later receive academic credit for these courses. If students are interested in ever receiving academic credit for a course, it's recommended that they take the course for academic credit rather than as professional development/non-academic credit.

Continuing Education Units

Students taking noncredit courses may also receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through the Certified Crop Adviser program. For more information on CEUs, visit the Certified Crop Adviser website to self-report your CEUs at

Undergraduate and Graduate Level Courses
Undergraduate Courses

Currently, the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture does not offer complete online undergraduate degree programs in agronomy or horticulture. However, the department does offer online undergraduate courses which may be applied to bachelor's degree programs at UNL or at other institutions, or may be applied as pre-requisites for graduate-level programs. Undergraduate courses are at the 100, 200, 300 and 400 level.
Students who have completed a minimum of 64 hours of UNL-accepted credit (not high school or vocational credit) may also be eligible for UNL's Bachelor's of Applied Science Undergraduate Completion Program, which can be completed online. For more information on this program, please contact Dan Cotton,

Graduate Courses

The Department of Agronomy & Horticulture offers a fully-online Master of Science in Agronomy degree. These online graduate courses, taken for academic credit, apply to this program and can apply to academic programs at other institutions.  More information about being a graduate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Agronomy & Horticulture may be found on our prospective graduate student webpage or our current graduate student webpage.  Graduate-level courses are numbered in the 800 and 900 level.

Students may also consider the Master of Applied Science (MAS) professional degree through the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CASNR).  The MAS degree may be earned in Agronomy or Horticulture. For more information on the MAS program, please contact Dan Cotton,