Distance Learning

Complete Master of Science degrees are available at a distance for the following majors:

Other Graduate Courses:

  • Global Change-Agronomy 404/504. Recent changes in global biogeochemical cycles and climate; models of future changes in climate system; impacts of global change on agriculture, water resources and human health; ethical issues of global environmental change.
  • Weed Ecology and Evolutionary Biology-Agronomy 517LD This course will be founded on the evolution of weed life histories and will feature evolutionary trade-offs of many kinds within individual, specific weed species. The role of selection by environmental and human forces, adaptation to agricultural disturbances, and consequential shifts in weed flora will also be emphasized. Students will learn factual information, and will synthesize this information in the process of an electronic dialogue among class members.
  • Applied Agricultural Meterology- Agronomy 541. Applied concepts in agricultural meterology. Basic concepts of weather and of crop/climate relationships influencing production, protection, yield and associated production risk factors. Credit for only one of 503 or 541 may be applied toward graduation, not both. Self study sections are available to resident and to distance education students all semesters.

Undergraduate Courses:

  • Introduction to Agronomy-Agronomy 114. A foundation course in crop production and soil management principles for the basic agronomic crops. Includes introductory concepts of plant, soil, tillage, pest, environmental, and sustainable aspects of crop production. Off-campus version offered through Internet by interactive computer courseware.
  • Introduction to Soil Science-Agronomy 154. Off-campus version offered in Spring semester. Prereq: Chem 163. Introduction to physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils, their formation, classification, and distribution. Use of soil survey and computer databank information in balancing agronomic, economic, and environmental concerns in soil management.
  • Introduction to Meteorology-Agronomy 206 . Basic concepts in meteorology, including atmospheric measurements, radiation, stability, precipitation, winds, fronts, forecasting, and severe weather. Applied topics include global warming, ozone depletion, El Nino, world climates, weather safety, and atmospheric optics. Self-study laboratory assignments utilize interactive computerized exercises, worksheets and computerized real-time forecasting. Self-study section available to distant education students all semesters.
  • Global Change- Agronomy 404/504. Recent changes in global biogeochemical cycles and climate; models of future changes in climate system; impacts of global change on agriculture, water resources and human health; ethical issues of global environmental change Other Iowa State University distance education opportunities are on-line at Continuing Education and Communications Services.