Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Agribusiness (CASNR)

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Agribusiness (CASNR)

Agribusiness (CASNR)

COLLEGE: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources

MAJOR: Agribusiness (CASNR)

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness

HOURS REQUIRED: 120

MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation

MINOR AVAILABLE: Yes

CHIEF ADVISER: Ron Hanson

DESCRIPTION

Program Director: Ron Hanson, Department of Agricultural Economics, 204 Filley Hall

Head: Larry Van Tassell, Department of Agricultural Economics, 102 Filley Hall

Professors: Aiken, Azzam, Conley, Fulginiti, Giannakas, Hanson, Perrin, Peterson, Royer

Associate Professors: Stockton, Yiannaka

Assistant Professors: Gustafson, Lubben, Mattos, Schoengold

Coordinator for Undergraduate Research: Fulginiti

This program of study emphasizes the application of both business and economic principles to the problems/issues confronting agribusiness firms. Students will have an opportunity to pursue a rigorous program of study in both agricultural sciences and business administration courses leading to a career in a wide range of employment opportunities within the agribusiness field. With assistance from academic advisers, students can acquire depth and/or breadth in their program of study by selecting elective courses that meet their own individual interests.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Core Requirements

College Integrative Course3

AGRI 103 Intro to Agricultural & Natural Resource Systems (NRES 103)3

Communications6

Written Communication (ACE 1)3

Select from: ENGL 150, ENGL 151, ENGL 254; JGEN 200, JGEN 220, JGEN 300

Oral Communication (ACE 2)3

Select from: COMM 209, COMM 286

Mathematics and Statistics (ACE 3)6-8

Select one from:3-5

MATH 104 Applied Calculus (3 cr)

MATH 106 Calculus I (5 cr)

MATH 106B Calculus I for Biology & Medicine (5 cr)

STAT 218 Intro to Statistics or ECON 215 Statistics3

Natural Sciences (ACE 4)8

CASNR Approved Life Sciences4

BIOS 101 & BIOS 101L General Biology & Lab (4 cr) or AGRO 131 & AGRO 132 Plant Science & Lab (4 cr)

Select one from:4

CHEM 105 Chemistry in Context I (4 cr)

CHEM 109 General Chemistry I (4 cr)

MSYM 109 Physical Principles in Agriculture & Life Sciences (4 cr)

PHYS 151 Elements of Physics (4 cr)

NOTE: BIOS 101 & BIOS 101L and CHEM 109 required for Food Products Marketing & Management option; BIOS 101 & BIOS 101L and CHEM 105 or CHEM 109 required for Livestock Industries option

Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences18

AECN 141 or ECON 212 (ACE 6)3

ECON 2113

ACE Courses12

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

Total Core Requirements41-43

General Option

Agricultural Economics29

AECN 100 New Student Career Orientation1

AECN 201 Farm & Ranch Management4

AECN 225 Agribusiness Entrepreneurship in Food Products Marketing (EAED 225/MRKT 225) or AECN 325 Marketing of Agricultural Commodities3

AECN 256 Legal Aspects in Agriculture or BLAW 372 Business Law I3

AECN 316 Agribusiness Management3

AECN 452 Agricultural Finance or FINA 361 Finance3

AECN electives (at least 6 cr at the 300 level or above)9

Capstone (ACE 10) (select one from):3

AECN 420 International Food & Agricultural Trade (3 cr)

AECN 425 Agricultural Marketing in a Multinational Environment (3 cr)

AECN 435 Advanced Agricultural Marketing Management (3 cr)

AECN 445 Agricultural & Natural Resource Policy Analysis (3 cr)

AECN 453 Agricultural & Rural Property Appraisal (3 cr)

Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources9

CASNR electives at the 200 level or above (including AGRO 153) (excluding AECN courses and ALEC 388)

Supporting Courses27

ACCT 201 Introductory Accounting I3

ACCT 202 Introductory Accounting II3

ECON 311 Intermediate Macroeconomics3

ECON 312 Intermediate Microeconomics3

Select one from:3

ECON 417 Introductory Econometrics (3 cr)

MNGT 331 Operations & Supply Chain Management (SCMS 331) (3 cr)

MNGT 360 Managing Behavior in Organizations or MNGT 361 Human Resource Management3

MRKT 341 Marketing (ABUS 341)3

CBA electives (minimum 3 cr at the 300 level or above)6

Option Requirements65

Free electives12-14

Total Requirements for Graduation120

Marketing Option

Agricultural Economics29

AECN 100 New Student Career Orientation1

AECN 201 Farm & Ranch Management4

AECN 225 Agribusiness Entrepreneurship in Food Products Marketing (EAEP 225/MRKT 225)3

AECN 256 Legal Aspects in Agriculture or BLAW 372 Business Law I3

AECN 316 Agribusiness Management3

AECN 325 Marketing of Agricultural Commodities3

Capstone (ACE 10) AECN 435 Advanced Agricultural Marketing Management3

AECN 452 Agricultural Finance or FINA 361 Finance3

AECN elective (200 level or above) (excluding AECN 388)3

Select one from:3

AECN 416 Advanced Agribusiness Management (3 cr)

AECN 420 International Food & Agricultural Trade (3 cr)

AECN 425 Agricultural Marketing in a Multinational Environment (3 cr)

Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources9

CASNR electives at the 200 level or above (including AGRO 153) (excluding AECN courses and ALEC 388)

Supporting Courses27

ACCT 201 Introductory Accounting I3

ACCT 202 Introductory Accounting II3

ECON 311 Intermediate Macroeconomics3

ECON 312 Intermediate Microeconomics3

Select one from:3

ECON 417 Introductory Econometrics (3 cr)

MNGT 331 Operations & Supply Chain Management (SCMS 331) (3 cr)

MNGT 360 Managing Behavior in Organizations or MNGT 361 Human Resource Management3

MRKT 341 Marketing (ABUS 341)3

CBA electives (select at least 3 hr at the 300 level or above; min 3 cr MRKT)6

Option Requirements65

Free electives12-14

Total Requirements for Graduation120

Agricultural Banking and Finance Option

Agricultural Sciences35

AECN 100 New Student Career Orientation1

AECN 201 Farm & Ranch Management4

AECN 325 Marketing of Agricultural Commodities3

AECN 256 Legal Aspects in Agriculture or BLAW 372 Business Law I3

AECN 301 Farm Accounting, Analysis, & Tax Management3

AECN 452 Agricultural Finance3

Capstone (ACE 10) AECN 453 Agricultural & Rural Property Appraisal3

AECN 495A Internship in Agricultural Financing & Banking3

AECN elective – 200 level or above (excluding AECN 388)3

CASNR electives – AGRO 153 or any 200 level or above (excluding AECN courses and ALEC 388)9

Supporting Courses30

ACCT 201 Introductory Accounting I3

ACCT 202 Introductory Accounting II3

ACCT 308 Managerial Accounting or ACCT 313 Intermediate Accounting I3

FINA 361 Finance3

FINA 365 Financial Institutions & Markets (ECON 365)3

Select one from:3

ECON 417 Introductory Econometrics (3 cr)

MNGT 331 Operations & Supply Chain Management (SCMS 331) (3 cr)

ECON 311 Intermediate Macroeconomics3

ECON 312 Intermediate Microeconomics3

MNGT 361 Human Resource Management3

Select one from:3

FINA 461 Advanced Finance (3 cr)

FINA 465 Bank Management (3 cr)

FINA 463 Security Analysis & Warren Buffet Business Valuation Techniques (3 cr)

Option Requirements65

Free Electives12-14

Total Requirements for Graduation120

Livestock Industries Option

Agricultural Economics23

AECN 100 New Student Career Orientation1

AECN 201 Farm & Ranch Management4

AECN 225 Agribusiness Entrepreneurship in Food Products Marketing (EAEP 225/MRKT 225) or AECN 325 Marketing of Agricultural Commodities3

AECN 256 Legal Aspects in Agriculture or BLAW 372 Business Law I3

AECN 316 Agribusiness Management3

AECN electives (select at least 3 cr at the 300 level or above; excluding AECN 388)6

Capstone (ACE 10) (select one from):3

AECN 420 International Food & Agricultural Trade (3 cr)

AECN 425 Agricultural Marketing in a Multinational Environment (3 cr)

AECN 435 Advanced Agricultural Marketing Management (3 cr)

AECN 453 Agricultural & Rural Property Appraisal (3 cr)

Animal Science11-12

ASCI 250 Animal Management3

ASCI 491 Animal Science Seminar1

ASCI 200-level or above elective3

ASCI 300-level or above elective2-3

ASCI 400-level or above elective2

Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources6

CASNR electives at the 200 level or above (including AGRO 153) (excluding AECN courses and ALEC 388)

Supporting Courses24

ACCT 201 Introductory Accounting I3

ACCT 202 Introductory Accounting II3

ECON 311 Intermediate Macroeconomics3

ECON 312 Intermediate Microeconomics3

Select one from:3

AECN 401 Advanced Farm Management & Linear Programming (3 cr)

ECON 417 Introductory Econometrics (3 cr)

MNGT 331 Operations & Supply Chain Management (SCMS 331) (3 cr)

MNGT 360 Managing Behavior in Organizations or MNGT 361 Human Resource Management3

MRKT 341 Marketing (ABUS 341)3

CBA electives (200 level or above)3

Option Requirements64-65

Free electives12-15

Total Requirements for Graduation120

Food Products Marketing and Management Option

Chemistry4

CHEM 110 General Chemistry II4

Agricultural Sciences30-31

AECN 100 New Student Career Orientation1

FDST 131 The Science of Food (CHEM 131/NUTR 131)3

FDST 205 Food Composition & Analysis (3 cr) or FDST 280 Contemporary Issues in Food Science (2 cr)2-3

AECN 225 Agribusiness Entrepreneurship in Food Products Marketing (EAEP 225/MRKT 225)3

FDST 372 Food Safety and Sanitation3

AECN 316 Agribusiness Management3

ASCI 210 Animal Products3

Capstone (ACE 10) (select one from):3

AECN 420 International Food & Agricultural Trade (3 cr)

AECN 425 Agricultural Marketing in a Multinational Environment (3 cr)

AECN 435 Advanced Agricultural Marketing Management (3 cr)

AECN 495B Internship in Food Products Marketing Management3

AECN 471 Agricultural Marketing & Product Development I1

AECN 472 Agricultural Marketing & Product Development II2

AECN Electives (200 level or above; excluding AECN 388)3

Supporting Courses30

ACCT 201 Introductory Accounting I3

ACCT 202 Introductory Accounting II3

MNGT 331 Operations & Supply Chain Management (SCMS 331)3

NUTR Elective (200 level or above)3

ECON 311 Intermediate Macroeconomics3

ECON 312 Intermediate Microeconomics3

MNGT 361 Human Resource Management or MNGT 365 Managing Diversity in Organizations3

MRKT 341 Marketing (ABUS 341)3

MRKT 347 Marketing Communication Strategy3

MRKT 443 Consumer Behavior: Marketing Aspects3

Option Requirements64-65

Free electives12-15

Total Requirements for Graduation120

ADDITIONAL MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

International Requirements

Nine hours of course work with an international focus are required as part of the 120 hours required for a degree. Course options include AGRI 282, AGRI 310; NRES 492; AECN 346, AECN 367, AECN 420, AECN 425; or those listed in the UNL Global Studies degree program.

  • Agribusiness students must complete at least 15 credit hours of agricultural economics courses for a grade (not Pass/No Pass).
  • Students completing an agribusiness degree program may not receive a second major in agricultural economics.

ACE Requirements

ACE courses cannot be used to count in two separate requirement areas except in the case of International Requirements.

REQUIREMENTS FOR MINOR OFFERED BY DEPARTMENT

Agribusiness Minor

Required Courses

AECN 141 Introduction to the Economics of Agriculture or ECON 212 Principles of Economics3

ACCT 200 Accounting for Business Decisions or ACCT 201 Introductory Accounting I3

AECN 325 Marketing of Agricultural Commodities or AECN 225 Agribusiness Entrepreneurship in Food Products Marketing (EAEP 225/MRKT 225)3

AECN 316 Agribusiness Management3

Agricultural Economics Electives (minimum of 3 hours at the 300 level or above)6

Total18

COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS

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

Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum requirements of the College consist of three areas: ACE (Achievement-Centered Education); College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Core; and Degree Program requirements and electives. All three areas of the College Curriculum Requirements are incorporated within the description of the Major/Degree Program sections of the bulletin. The individual major/degree program listings of classes insures that a student will meet the minimum curriculum requirements of the College.

Foreign Languages/Language Requirement

Two units of a foreign language are required. This requirement is usually met with two years of high school language.

Minimum Hours Required for Graduation

The College grants the bachelors degree in programs associated with agricultural sciences, natural resources and related programs. Students working toward a degree must earn at least 120 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 Office of the University Registrar website at http://www.unl.edu/regrec/course-repeats.

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

To be considered for admission, a transfer student, Nebraska resident or nonresident, must have an accumulated average of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) and a minimum C average in the last semester of attendance at another college. Transfer students who have completed less than 12 credit hours of college study must submit either ACT or SAT scores.

Ordinarily, credits earned at an accredited college are accepted by the University. The College, however, will evaluate all hours submitted on an application for transfer and reserves the right to accept or reject any of them. Sixty is the maximum number of hours UNL will accept on transfer from a two-year college. Ninety is the maximum number of hours UNL will accept from a four-year college. Transfer credit in the degree program must be approved by the degree program adviser on a Request for Substitution Form to meet specific course requirements, group requirements, or course level requirements in the major. At least 9 hours in the major field, including the capstone course, must be completed at UNL regardless of the number of hours transferred.

The College will accept no more than 10 semester hours of C-, D+, D and D- grades from other schools. The C-, D+, D and D- grades can only be applied to free electives. This policy does not apply to the transfer of grades from UNO or UNK to UNL.

Joint Academic Transfer Programs

The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources has agreements with many institutions to support joint academic programs. The transfer programs include dual degree programs and cooperative degree programs. Dual degree programs offer students the opportunity to receive a degree from a participating institution and also to complete requirements for a bachelor of science degree in CASNR. Cooperative programs result in a single degree from either UNL or the cooperating institution.

Dual Degree Programs

A to B Programs

The A to B Program, a joint academic program offered by the CASNR and participating community colleges, allows students to complete the first two years of a degree program at the participating community college and continue their education and study in a degree program leading toward a bachelor of science degree.

The A to B Program provides a basic knowledge plus specialized course work. Students transfer into CASNR with junior standing.

Depending on the community college, students enrolled in the A to B Program may complete the requirements for an associate of science at the community college, transfer to UNL, and work toward a bachelor of science degree.

Participating community colleges include:

  • Central Community College
  • Metropolitan Community College
  • Mid-Plains Community College
  • Northeast Community College
  • Southeast Community College
  • Western Nebraska Community College

3+2 Programs

Two specialized degree programs in animal science and veterinary science are offered jointly with an accredited college or school of veterinary medicine. These two programs permit CASNR animal science or veterinary science students to receive a bachelor of science degree from UNL with a degree in animal science or veterinary science after successfully completing two years of the professional curriculum in veterinary medicine at an accredited veterinary school. Students who successfully complete the 3+2 Program, must complete the “Application for Degree” form and provide transcripts to the Credentials Clerk, Office of the University Registrar, 107 Canfield Administration Building, UNL. Students should discuss these degree programs with their academic adviser.

Cooperative Degree Programs

Academic credit from UNL and a cooperating institution is applied towards a four-year degree from either UNL (UNL degree-granting program) or the cooperating institution (non UNL degree-granting program). All have approved programs of study.

UNL Degree-Granting Programs

A UNL degree-granting program is designed to provide students the opportunity to complete a two-year program of study at one of the four-year institutions listed below, transfer to CASNR and complete the requirements for a bachelor of science degree.

Chadron State College. Chadron State College offers a 2+2 program leading to a grassland ecology and management degree program.

University of Nebraska at Kearney. Transfer programs are available for students pursuing degree programs leading to a bachelor of science degree.

University of Nebraska at Omaha. The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) cooperates with CASNR in providing four-semester pre-agricultural sciences, pre-natural resources, pre-food science and technology, and pre-horticulture transfer programs.

A student enrolled in these programs may transfer all satisfactorily completed academic credits identified in the suggested program of study, and enter CASNR to study toward a degree program leading to a bachelor of science degree. The total program would require a minimum of four years or eight semesters (16 credit hours/semester or 120 credit hours).

UNL CASNR faculty teach horticulture and food science and technology courses at UNO to assist an urban population in better understanding the food processing, horticulture, and landscape horticulture industries.

For more information, contact Associate Professor Steven Rodie, Pre-Horticulture Program, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 402-554-3752; and/or the CASNR Dean’s Office, 800-472-8800, ext. 2541.

Non UNL Degree-Granting Programs

The CASNR cooperates with other institutions to provide course work that is applied towards a degree at the cooperating institution. Pre-professional programs offered by CASNR allow students to complete the first two or three years of a degree program at UNL prior to transferring and completing a degree at the cooperating institution.

Chadron State College–Range Science. The 3+1 Program in range science allows Chadron State College students to pursue a range science degree through Chadron State College. Students complete three years of course work at Chadron State College and one year of specialized range science course work (32 credit hours) at CASNR.

Dordt College (Iowa) – Agricultural Education: Teaching Option. This program allows students to pursue an Agricultural Education Teaching Option degree leading toward a bachelor of science in agricultural education. Students at Dordt College will complete 90 credit hours in the Agricultural Education: Teaching Option Transfer Program.

Residency

Students must complete at least 30 of the total hours for their degree using UNL credits. Credit earned during education abroad may be used toward the residency requirement if students register through UNL and participate in prior-approved education abroad programs. UNL open enrollment and summer independent study courses count toward residence.

Online and Distance Education

There are many opportunities to earn college credit through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Office of Online and Distance Education. Some of these credits may be applicable not only as elective credits, but also toward the fulfillment of the College’s education requirements. Credits earned through the UNL Online and Distance Education program may count toward residency. However, certain offerings may not be counted toward scholarship requirements or academic recognition criteria.

For further information, contact:

Office of Online and Distance Education

University of Nebraska–Lincoln

2100 Vine Street

Lincoln, NE 68588-8307

402-472-2175

http://online.unl.edu/

Independent Study Rules

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 or online at the CASNR website.

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 www.ace.unl.

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 fulfill the requirements stated in the bulletin for the academic year in which they are first admitted to UNL or when they were first admitted to a Joint Academic Transfer Program. In consultation with advisers, a student may choose to follow a subsequent bulletin for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single bulletin year. The bulletin which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

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Attribute Value
College: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness
Hours Required: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 for graduation
Minor Available: Yes
Chief Adviser: Ron Hanson