Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Environmental Restoration Science

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Environmental Restoration Science

Environmental Restoration Science

COLLEGE: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources

MAJOR: Environmental Restoration Science

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Science in Environmental Restoration Science

HOURS REQUIRED: 125

MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation

MINOR AVAILABLE: Yes

CHIEF ADVISER: Steve Comfort

DESCRIPTION

Coordinator: Steve Comfort, 205 Kiesselbach

Coordinating Committee: Mark Kuzila, Paul Hanson and Dennis McCallister

Environmental restoration initiates or accelerates the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged or contaminated from human activity or natural agents. Environmental restoration begins with a thorough understanding of the soil-water environment. Students interested in Environmental Restoration Science must declare an option and can choose between either the Soil Science or Lake and Stream Restoration.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

College Core Requirements

Hours

Natural Resources Core22

NRES/AGRI 103 Intro to Agricultural & Natural Resource Systems3

NRES 220 Principles of Ecology3

NRES 312 Intro to Geospatial information Sciences3

NRES 323 Natural Resources Policy3

NREE 265 Resource & Environmental Economics3

SOIL 153 Soil Resources4

Capstone course3

Select one from:

ENVR 499A Environmental Studies Senior Thesis I (1 cr) & ENVR 499B Environmental Studies Senior Thesis II (2 cr)

WATS 475 Water Quality Strategy (3 cr)

Natural Sciences (ACE 4)20-21

CASNR Approved Life Sciences (select one from):4

BIOS 101 & BIOS 101L General Biology & Lab (4 cr)

AGRO 131 & AGRO 132 Plant Science & Lab (4 cr)

BIOS 102 Cell Structure & Function (4 cr)

CASNR approved life sciences (other than BIOS 220)4

CHEM 109 General Chemistry I (ACE 4)4

CHEM 110 General Chemistry II4

Select one from:4-5

PHYS 141 Elementary General Physics I (5 cr)

PHYS 151 Elements of Physics (4 cr)

PHYS 211 General Physics (4 cr)

MSYM 109 Physical Principles in Agriculture (ACE 4) (4 cr)

Mathematics and Statistics5

MATH 102 or MATH 103 (Only 2 credit hours apply to requirement) MATH 104, MATH 1062-5

STAT 218 Intro to Statistics (ACE 3)3

Communications9

Written Communication (ACE 1)3

Select from: ENGL 150, ENGL 151, ENGL 254; JGEN 200, JGEN 300

Oral Communication (ACE 2)3

Select from: COMM 109, COMM 209, COMM 286

Communications and Interpersonal Skills Electives3

Select from: ALEC 102; COMM 109, COMM 209, COMM 212, COMM 286; ENGL 101, ENGL 150, ENGL 151, ENGL 252, ENGL 253, ENGL 254; JGEN 120, JGEN 200, JGEN 300

Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences18

ECON 211 or ECON 212 or AECN 141 (ACE 6)3

ACE Courses12

Select one course each from ACE outcomes 5, 7, 8, and 9.

Select one elective in this area3

Specific Major Requirements

Requirements29-30

NREE 357 Natural Resource & Environmental Law3

WATS 281 Intro to Water Science3

WATS 354 Soil Conservation & Watershed Management3

WATS 361 Soils, Environment & Water Quality3

NRES 300 Toxins in the Environment2

CIVE 353 Hydrology3

NRES 459 Limnology4

NRES 279 Soil Evaluation1

METR 200 Weather & Climate4

Select one from:3-4

NRES 108 Earth’s Natural Resource Systems Lab (3 cr)

GEOL 106 Environmental Geology (3 cr)

GEOL 101 Physical Geology (4 cr)

Subtotal 103-108

Option Electives and Requirements17-22

Free Electives0

Requirements for Graduation125

Emphasis Area Requirements

Soil Science Option

This option provides students an understanding of soil as a natural resource and as a component of all terrestrial ecosystems. The student will learn how soils influence ecological processes which take place above and below ground. An understanding of these processes will enable the student to deal with environmental management problems such as groundwater protection, natural resource management, urban and rural development issues, waste management, and pollution abatement. Careers focus on environmental assessment, soil conservation, and remediation of soil contamination. Students interested in preparing for graduate work in soils can aim toward a variety of special areas including soil microbiology, chemistry, physics, mineralogy, and morphology.

Hours

Soil Science Option Requirements13

Select one from:3

SOIL 460 Soil Microbiology (3 cr)

SOIL 461 Soil Physics (3 cr)

CIVE 326/BSEN 326 Intro to Environmental Engineering (3 cr)

Select two from:6

NRES 451 Soil Environmental Chemistry (3 cr)

NRES 455 Soil Chemistry & Mineralogy (3 cr)

SOIL 269 Principles of Soil Management (3 cr)

SOIL 453 Urban Soil Properties & Management (3 cr)

NRES 477/SOIL 477 Great Plains Field Pedology4

Other Soil Science Option Electives (4-9 cr)

Biological Systems Engineering Courses

BSEN 455/CIVE 455 Non-Point Source Pollution Control Engineering (3 cr)*

Chemistry Courses

CHEM 251 & CHEM 253 Organic Chemistry I & Lab (4 cr)

Civil Engineering Courses

CIVE 327/BSEN 327 Environmental Engineering Lab (1 cr)*

CIVE 421 Hazardous Waste Management & Treatment (3 cr)*

CIVE 422/BSEN 422 Pollution Prevention: Principles & Practices (3 cr)*

CIVE 424 Solid Waste Management Engineering (3 cr)*

CIVE 432 Bioremediation of Hazardous Wastes (3 cr)*

Geology Courses

GEOL 488 Groundwater Geology (3 cr)

GEOL 470 Field Techniques in Hydrogeology (3 cr)

Natural Resource Courses

NRES 279 Soil Evaluation (1 cr) This course can be taken more than once.

NRES 412 Intro to Geographic Information Systems (4 cr)

NRES 418 Intro to Remote Sensing (4 cr)

NRES 451 Soil Environmental Chemistry (3 cr)

NRES 455 Soil Chemistry & Mineralogy (3 cr)

NRES 497 Career Experiences in Natural Resource Sciences (1 cr)

Plant Pathology Courses

PLPT 270 Biological Invaders (3 cr)

PLPT 370 Biology of Fungi (3 cr)

Soil Courses

SOIL 269 Principles of Soil Management (3 cr)

SOIL 366 Soil Nutrient Relationships (4 cr)

SOIL 453 Urban Soil Properties and Management (3 cr)

* Engineering courses are recommended, however, because of prerequisites. Students wishing to enroll in these courses should first seek counsel from their adviser and then request permission from instructor.

And/or any optional courses listed but not taken under the Natural Resources Core Courses, Environmental Restoration Science Courses, or Option Requirements headings in this program.

Lake and Stream Restoration Option

This option is designed for students considering careers in water quality, aquatic ecology, or limnology. The student will learn the important biotic, physical and chemical processes that occur within lakes and streams and be prepared to environmentally manage problems related to water quality. Students will also be prepared to implement pollution abatement procedures or management practices associated with lake and stream restoration. Careers focus on environmental assessment, water conservation, remediation of lakes and streams. Completion of this program also provides excellent preparation for graduate study.

Hours

Lake & Stream Restoration Option Requirements14

BIOS 109 General Botany4

BIOS 112 & BIOS 112L Intro to Zoology & Lab4

NRES 470 Lake & Reservoir Restoration3

NRES 496 Stream & River Ecology3

Other Lake and Stream Restoration Option Electives (3-8 cr)

Biological Sciences Courses

BIOS 381 Invertebrate Zoology (4 cr)

BIOS 454 Ecological Interactions (4 cr)

BIOS 457 Ecosystem Ecology (4 cr)

BIOS 473 Freshwater Algae (4 cr)

BIOS 488 Natural History of the Invertebrates (4 cr)

Biological Systems Engineering Courses

BSEN/CIVE 422 Pollution Prevention: Principles & Practices (3 cr)*

BSEN/CIVE 455 Non-Point Source Pollution Control Engineering (3 cr)*

Entomology Courses

ENTO 402 & ENTO 402L Aquatic Insects & Lab (3 cr)

Chemistry Courses

CHEM 251 & CHEM 253 Organic Chemistry I & Lab (4 cr)

Natural Resources Courses

NRES 211 Intro to Conservation Biology (3 cr)

NRES 312 Intro to Geospatial Information Sciences (3 cr)

NRES 388 Employment Seminar (1 cr)

NRES 412 Intro to Geographic Information Systems (4 cr)

NRES 415 Water Resources Seminar (1 cr)

NRES 418 Intro to Remote Sensing (4 cr)

NRES 419 & NRES 419L Chemistry of Natural Waters & Lab (4 cr)

NRES 420 Applications of Remote Sensing in Agriculture & Natural Resources (4 cr)

NRES 421 Field Techniques in Remote Sensing (3 cr)

NRES 463 Fisheries Science (4 cr)

NRES 464 Fisheries Biology (3 cr)

NRES 468 Wetlands (4 cr)

NRES 475 Water Quality Strategy (3 cr)

NRES 489 Ichthyology (4 cr)

NRES 497 Career Experiences in Natural Resource Sciences (1 cr)

Plant Pathology Courses

PLPT 270 Biological Invaders (3cr)

PLPT 370 Biology of Fungi (3 cr)

* Because of prerequisites, students wishing to enroll in these courses should first seek counsel from their adviser and then request permission from instructor.

And/or any optional courses listed but not taken under the Natural Resource Core Courses, Environmental Restoration Science Courses, or Option Requirements headings in this program curriculum

REQUIREMENTS FOR MINOR OFFERED BY DEPARTMENT

Environmental Restoration Science Minor

Category 1 - Required Courses

Complete these four requirements:14

SOIL 153 Soil Resources4

SOIL 361 Soils, Environment & Water Quality3

SOIL 477 Great Plains Field Pedology4

NRES 281 Intro to Water Science3

Category 2 - Advanced Courses

Select two courses:6-8

SOIL 354 Soil Conservation & Watershed Management (3 cr)

SOIL 455 Soil Chemistry & Mineralogy (3 cr)

SOIL 460 Soil Microbiology (3 cr)

SOIL 461 Soil Physics (3 cr)

SOIL 453 Urban Soil Properties & Management (3 cr)

NRES 451 Soil Environmental Chemistry (3 cr)

WATS 475 Water Quality Strategy (3 cr)

Category 3 - Related Courses

Select one course:3-4

CIVE 326 Intro to Environmental Engineering (3 cr)

CIVE 353 Hydrology (3 cr)

NRES 459 Limnology (4 cr)

NRES 412 Intro to Geographic Information Systems (4 cr)

COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS

College Admission

College Admission

Requirements for admission into the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) are consistent with general University admission requirements (one unit equals one high school year): 4 units of English, 4 units of mathematics, 3 units of natural sciences, 3 units of social studies, and 2 units of foreign language. Students must also meet performance requirements (ACT composite of 20 or higher OR combined SAT score of 950 or higher OR rank in the top one-half of graduating class; transfer students must have a 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average and 2.0 on most recent term of attendance.

Admission Deficiencies/Removal of Deficiencies

Students who are admitted to CASNR with core course deficiencies must remove these deficiencies within the first 30 credit hours at UNL, or within the first calendar year at UNL, whichever takes longer, excluding foreign languages. Students have up to 60 credit hours to remove foreign language deficiencies. College-level course work taken to remove deficiencies may be used to meet degree requirements in CASNR.

Deficiencies in the required entrance subjects can be removed by completion of specified courses in the University or by correspondence.

The Office of Admissions, Alexander Building (east entrance), City Campus, provides information to new students on how deficiencies can be removed.

College Degree Requirements

College General Education Requirements (those separate or related to ACE)

Hours

College Integrative Course3

AGRI 103/NRES 103 Intro to Agricultural & Natural Resource Systems3

Mathematics and Statistics (beyond college algebra)5

Select from: MATH 102, MATH 104, MATH 106, MATH 203, and STAT 218.

NOTE: Proficiency at the college algebra level must be demonstrated either
by a placement exam or through course work. If MATH 103 is taken, only 2 cr hrs can be counted toward this requirement. Students must take MATH 203 prior to STAT 218 to receive UNL credit for both MATH 203 and STAT 218. Students who transfer STAT 218 credit to UNL will not receive UNL credit
for MATH 203.

Communications6

Written Communication3

Select from: ENGL 150, ENGL 151, ENGL 254; JGEN 120, JGEN 200

Communication and Interpersonal Skills electives3

Select from: ENGL 101, ENGL 150, ENGL 151, ENGL 252, ENGL 253, ENGL 254; ALEC 102; JGEN 120, JGEN 200, JGEN 300; COMM 109, COMM 209, COMM 212, COMM 286

Natural Sciences8-9

Select two from the following three areas/courses:

CASNR Approved Life Sciences (4 cr)

AGRO 131 & AGRO 132 Plant Science & Lab

BIOS 101 & BIOS 101L General Biology & Lab

BIOS 102 Cell Structure & Function

BIOS 103 Organismic Biology

BIOS 109 General Botany

BIOS 112 Intro to Zoology

ENTO 115 Insect Biology & ENTO 116 Insect Identification

FDST 131 & FDST 131L The Science of Food & Lab

FORS 120 & FORS 120L Intro to Forensic Science & Lab

CHEM 105 Chemistry in Context I or CHEM 109 General Chemistry I
(4 cr)

Select one from: (4-5 cr)

PHYS 141 Elementary General Physics (5 cr)

PHYS 151 Elements of Physics (4 cr)

PHYS 211 General Physics (4 cr)

MSYM 109 Physical Principles in Agriculture (4 cr)

Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences18

ECON 211 or ECON 212 or AECN 1413

ACE Courses12

Select one course each from ACE outcomes 5, 7, 8, and 9.

Select one elective in this area3

Degree Program Requirements and Electives85

Including Capstone Course3

Minimum Credit Hours Required for Graduation125

Foreign Languages/Language Requirement

Two units of a foreign language are required

Minimum Hours Required for Graduation

The College grants the bachelor of science degree in programs associated with agricultural sciences and natural resources. Students working toward a degree must earn at least 125 semester hours of credit. A minimum cumulative grade point average of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) must be maintained throughout the course of studies and is required for graduation.

Grade Rules

Removal of C-, D and F Grades

Only the most recent letter grade received in a given course will be used in computing a student’s cumulative grade point average if the student has completed the course more than once and previously received a grade or grades below C in that course.

The previous grade (or grades) will not be used in computation of the cumulative grade point average, but it will remain a part of the academic record and will appear on any transcript.

A student can remove from his/her cumulative average a course grade of C-, D+, D, D- or F if the student repeats the same course at the University of Nebraska and receives a grade other than P (pass), I (incomplete), N (no pass), W (withdrew), or NR (no report). If a course is no longer being offered, it is not eligible for the revised grade point average computation process.

For complete procedures and regulations, see the Schedule of Classes and the Summer Sessions Bulletin.

Pass/No Pass Limits

Students in CASNR may take any course offered on a Pass/No Pass basis within the 24-hour limitation established by the Faculty Senate. However, a department may specify that the Pass/No Pass status of its courses be limited to non-majors, or may choose to offer some courses for letter grades only.

GPA Requirements

A minimum cumulative grade point average of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) must be maintained throughout the course of studies and is required for graduation.

Transfer Credit Rules

Not more than 95 semester hours of credit from a four-year institution or another UNL college, can be applied toward programs in CASNR. A maximum of 66 hours may be transferred from a two-year college. Half of the credit needed for graduation can be earned through non-UNL courses, but such credit does not count toward residence; no more than 6 hours can be counted among the last 36 credit hours earned.

CASNR accepts no more than 10 semester hours of grades below C transferred from colleges outside the University of Nebraska system. Grades below C can only be applied to free electives.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) and at least a C average in the last semester of college enrollment at the student’s originating institution.

Residency

At least 30 of the last 36 hours of credit in all but excepted programs must be registered for and completed in residence in the UNL or at least 90 hours total must be registered for and completed in residence at UNL.

Extended Education and Independent Study Rules

There are many opportunities to earn college credit through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Office of Extended Education and Outreach. Some of these credits may be applicable not only as elective credits, but also toward the fulfillment of the College’s education requirements. Half of the credit needed for graduation can be earned through non-resident courses, but such credit does not count toward residency.

For further information, contact:

Office of Extended Education and Outreach

University of Nebraska–Lincoln

900 N 21st Street

Lincoln, NE 68588-8307

402-472-2175

http://extended.unl.edu/

Students wishing to take part in independent studies must obtain permission; complete and sign a contract form; and furnish copies of the contract to the instructor, adviser, departmental office, and the Dean’s Office. The contract should be completed before registration. Forms are available in 103 Agricultural Hall.

Independent study projects include research, literature review or extension of course work under supervision and evaluation of a departmental faculty member.

Students may only count 12 hours of independent study toward their degrees and no more than 6 hours can be counted during their last 36 hours earned, excluding senior thesis, internships, and courses taught under an independent study number.

Other College Degree Requirements

Capstone Course Requirement

A capstone course is required for each CASNR degree program. A capstone course is defined as a course in which students are required to integrate diverse bodies of knowledge to solve a problem or formulate a policy of societal importance.

ACE Requirements

All students must fulfill the Achievement Centered Education (ACE) requirements. Information about the ACE program may be viewed at ace.unl.edu.

The minimum requirements of CASNR reflect the common core of courses that apply to students pursuing degrees in the college. Students should work with an adviser to satisfy ACE outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 10 with the college requirements.

Bulletin Rule

Students must follow the undergraduate bulletin in effect when they enroll in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources or any subsequent bulletin published while the student is enrolled in the College, provided the bulletin they follow is no more than 10 years old at the time of graduation. Students must, however, meet the requirements from one bulletin only.

Quick points
Attribute Value
College: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science in Environmental Restoration Science
Hours Required: 125
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 for graduation
Minor Available: Yes
Chief Adviser: Steve Comfort