Courses for the Undergraduate Certificate in Crop Science

Crop Science online courses are designed to provide convenient access to the training that is often required for career advancement. The application process is very simple, and online courses can be taken individually for continuing education, or as part of the Online Undergraduate Certificate or the Online Masters Program.

Find descriptions of our courses for the Undergraduate Certificate in Crop Science below.

Courses for the Undergraduate Certificate in Crop Science

Course Descriptions

CS 210 — Lawns and Sports Turf

    • Credits: 3
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    • Description: Utilization of turfgrasses for lawns and recreational areas. Emphasis on: the cultural and environmental benefits of grassed areas, concepts of grass growth and development, selecting adapted grasses for proper use, techniques for successful establishment and management of cool-and-warm-season turfgrasses, fertilization, irrigation, aeration, and pest management. The history and benefit of natural and artificial sports fields will also be discussed. Credit will not be awarded for both CS 200 and CS 210.
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CS 213 — Crop Science

    • Credits: 3
    • Prerequisite: BIO 181 or BIO 183 or PB 200 or PB 250
    • Description: Our basic premise is that to produce field crops successfully we must know how our crops grow and develop and what they require from the production environment – including the farmer – for satisfactory management of the relevant environment, and finally to successful yield and quality of commercially important product. Especially important is to understand the various ways in which producers must respond to ever-changing circumstances on the farm, at the bank [credit], and in the marketplace. A solid understanding of the impact of cropping history on the soil and entire ecosystem to be used for the next crop also is vitally important.
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CS 216 — Southern Row Crops (Cotton, Peanuts and Tobacco)

    • Credits: 3
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    • Description: Crop production systems comprised of cotton, peanuts, and tobacco are unique to the southern United States, and management practices tailored to a successful harvest are vastly different than those employed in the production of grain crops. CS 216 will introduce students to these production standards and provide a basic foundation for the principles of cotton, peanut, and tobacco management. At the conclusion of the course students will be able to describe growth/development patterns, tillage systems, scouting techniques, proper seed/variety selection and planting populations, provide recommendations for pest management, employ Integrated Pest Management strategies, describe harvesting practices, and give marketing approaches for each crop.
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CS 218 — Southern Row Crops (Corn, Small Grains and Soybeans)

    • Credits: 3
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    • Description: Fundamental agronomic practices associated with the production of cereal grain crops [corn and small grains]. Discussions will include crop growth and development stages, how to choose the best varieties and hybrids, planting strategies, fertility and pest management programs, harvest and t=storage options, and the use of technologies associated with the production and maintenance of quality grain.
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CS 224 — Seeds, Biotechnology and Societies

    • Credits: 3
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    • Description: An exploration of seeds, how seeds are the delivery system for crop biotechnology and how a specific culture’s perception of science and agriculture influence the acceptance or rejections of modern genetic technologies. Topics include seed germination, survival and preservation; seed industry influence on societies and how societies are influencing the seed industry; seed production – commercially and at home; how our diverse genetic resources are preserved; how biotechnology is applied to agriculture and delivered through seeds; the impact biotech is having on the seed industry and subsequently on us and global agriculture; concerns and potential benefits of biotechnology application to crops.
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CS 230 — Introduction to Agroecology

    • Credits: 3
    • Prerequisite: BIO 105 or BIO 181 or BIO/ZO 160 or BO 200 or BO 250 or HS 201 or CS 213
    • Description: This course will examine the biological and physical attributes of farming systems and their associated ecological and social impacts in temperate and tropical regions. It will address the ecological consequences of indigenous food and fiber production systems, conventional agricultural systems and “alternative” systems that incorporate biological pest control and natural nutrient inputs. Students will examine several case studies that integrate their understanding of concepts.
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CS 312 — Grassland Management for Natural Resources Conservation

    • Credits: 3
    • Prerequisite: BIO 181[preferred] or ZO 160[alternate] CS 213, SSC 200
    • Description: Basic principles and practices of production and utilization of pasture and forage crops; impact on developing sustainable systems for livestock feed, soil and water conservation; use of computers to assist in whole farm planning and information retrieval.
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CS 424 — Seed Physiology

    • Credits: 3
    • Prerequisite: PB 321 or PB 421 or FOR 303
    • Description: This course will explore the physiological processes associated with seed formation, development, maturation, germination, and deterioration of agronomic and horticultural species. We will also study the physiological aspects of seed dormancy, how dormancy is manifested and overcome in cultivated and noncultivated systems and dormancy’s impact on weed seedbank ecology.
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CS 495 — Special Topics: Introduction to Regulatory Affairs

CS 495 — Special Topics: Advanced Regulatory Science