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).
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 https://www.certifiedcropadviser.org/login/links/25.
Undergraduate and Graduate Level Courses