Technology Requirements

M.S. in Agronomy courses are accessed by computer from your home or place of business via the Internet. The courseware integrates interactive online course materials with other online communication tools such as Blackboard Learn and Adobe Connect.

Recommended minimum computer requirements:

  • high-speed internet connection,
  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher with current patches,
  • Internet Explorer 10+, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, and
  • Microsoft Office 2007 or newer.

See if your computer checks out by reviewing the table at the bottom of this page.

Some courses will require you to access the Agronomy Virtual Labs. These programs are available to you through the use of Iowa State University's Virtual Private Network using Windows Remote Desktop. You can find information on how to set this up by reading the help guide created by Agronomy IT, the "Install and Access Iowa State University VPN" article by ITS, and the detailed instructions in your course materials when it is needed.

Microsoft Windows operating systems are available to students at a discounted rate. For more information, visit the TechCyte website. To see if your computer meets the minimum requirements for the various Windows operating systems, click the links below:

Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus is available to students for free, as long as they are a student. For more information, view the license information on the ITS website.

Browser and Computer Compatibility Test

Below are the operating system and browser minimum requirements for viewing course material in the M.S. Agronomy program. Use the table below to ensure your computer and browser meet our requirements.

You can also see if your computer meets the requirements for Blackboard Learn by going to the homepage and clicking the Browser Test button in the bottom-left corner.

To test if your computer meets the requirements to run Adobe Connect, go to the Adobe Connect Diagnostic Test. A Quick Start Guide is available to help you get set up.

Browser and Computer Compatibility Test: Your Results

Minimum requirementsRecommendedYour ComputerPass?Action
Web browserGoogle Chrome 7
Mozilla Firefox 3
Safari 6
Google Chrome 10
Mozilla Firefox 4
Safari 6
Flash PlayerFlash Player 9Flash Player 10
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows 7Microsoft Windows 10
PDF readerAcrobat Reader 7
Chrome PDF Viewer
Acrobat Reader 9
Chrome PDF Viewer

Technical Support Staff