A certification in grassland management will expand your graduate education and open
doors for your future career in the natural resource industry. The online grassland
management certification program provides an opportunity for you to learn more about
grasslands as a fundamental resource in our environment.
Grasslands (including rangeland, pastureland, and haylands) are the principal land
resource type in the Great Plains, comprising more than 50% of the land surface area.
The major use of the region's grasslands is livestock grazing. Grasslands are also
critically important for providing wildlife habitat, recreation, high quality water
and air, and other environmental services. Grasslands represent a fundamental resource
of the region that determines the environmental and economic future of the Great Plains
The program is a 12-credit graduate certificate offered completely online as part
of the Ag IDEA program. Students are required to enroll in three core courses (7 credits) and two
elective courses (at least 5 credits) to earn the certificate.
Required Courses (7 credit hours):
NREM 5713 : Grassland Fire Ecology
NREM 5692 : Grassland Monitoring and Assessment
NREM 5682 : Grassland Plant Identification
Elective Courses (choose 2):
NREM 5693 : Principles of Forage Quality and Evaluation for Grazing Livestock
You need to complete an application to the Graduate College which requires an application
fee and a copy of official transcripts. Please contact Dr. Karen Hickman when you apply. You must file a Plan of Study prior to graduation, and it should
be done as early in the program as possible. To complete the Graduate Certificate,
you need to complete the correct form after you finish your coursework.