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.

See if your computer checks out by visiting our test page.

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.


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.