Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Agricultural Education

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College: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education
Hours Required: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 for graduation, 2.75 for graduation with teaching option
Minor Available: Yes-Environmental Communication, Leadership & Communication, Leadership & Entrepreneurship
Chief Adviser: Lloyd Bell (teaching), Gina Matkin (agricultural leadership)
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Agricultural Education

Agricultural Education

COLLEGE: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources

MAJOR: Agricultural Education

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education

HOURS REQUIRED: 120

MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation, 2.75 for graduation with teaching option

MINOR AVAILABLE: Yes-Environmental Communication, Leadership & Communication, Leadership & Entrepreneurship

CHIEF ADVISER: Lloyd Bell (teaching), Gina Matkin (agricultural leadership)

DESCRIPTION

Head: Mark Balschweid, Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication; 300 Agriculture Hall

Professors: Bell, Husmann, Terry

Associate Professor: Matkin

Assistant Professors: Cannon, Kang, Hastings, McElravy

Assistant Professors of Practice: Garbacz, Kreifels

A degree in agricultural education is designed to prepare students with the necessary communication and interpersonal skills, leadership training, and knowledge of technical agriculture to be a teacher of agricultural education at the secondary or postsecondary level, or accept employment in agribusiness leading to positions in training and/or development. The degree provides good preparation for work in agricultural extension, positions in foreign service, and agricultural educators in business and industry. Many students graduate with a dual degree in agricultural education and another degree in the College. Agricultural education students may elect to follow the teaching options or the leadership option.

MAJOR DEPARTMENT ADMISSION

Students desiring to be admitted to the Teacher Education program in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication should apply as early as possible after the completion of at least 42 credit hours (at least one year before they plan to student teach). Student teaching is conducted off campus through university-approved agreements with cooperating secondary schools. Plans for student teaching must be made early.

To be admitted into the student teaching program candidates must have: 1) a minimum scholastic grade point average of 2.75 including no grades lower than “C” within the endorsement area, and no grades lower than “C+” within professional education courses, 2) passing scores within the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST), 3) 1,000 hours of verified work experience within the agriculture, food, natural resources (AFNR) career cluster, or 300 hours of supervised employment in the AFNR career cluster under the direction of a UNL academic unit, 4) three written letters of recommendation; one of which must be a character reference. Student Teaching (ALEC 431) is available as Pass/No Pass only. Meet with your adviser to plan for your student teaching experience.

Other Admission Requirements

Teaching Certificate

Successful completion of the teaching endorsement requirements, along with a recommendation by the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication, warrants recommendation for a Nebraska Secondary Teaching Certificate by the Nebraska Department of Education, with an endorsement to teach secondary agricultural education (7-12). The choice is available to students to complete course work qualifying for subject endorsement in biology.

Students in other agricultural degree programs may qualify based upon meeting the teaching certificate requirements.

Criminal History/Background Check

Effective August 2012, individuals enrolled in any UNL teacher education course requiring a practicum experience in schools or other institutions must have successfully completed a background review prior to any practicum visitations. Two successful reviews will be required during your teacher preparation program; one prior to your initial practicum experience, and a second prior to your student teaching field experience. Background reviews must be completed through One Source, The Background Check Company. See your adviser or practicum course instructor for necessary details to request and complete a background review.

Nebraska State Department of Education Policy Pertaining to Students with Felony or Misdemeanor Convictions

The Nebraska Department of Education policy requires that a person with felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions involving abuse, neglect, or sexual misconduct shall not be allowed to participate in pre-student teaching laboratory and classroom experiences or student teach without approval by the Board of Education. To comply with this policy, the Department of Agricultural Education will require each student to affirm under oath that he/she does not have any convictions in the above-named areas prior to each field placement. If a student does have any felony or misdemeanor convictions, he/she is required to meet with Dr. Tom Wandzilak, Certification Officer, Student Services Center, 104 Henzlik Hall, 402-472-8626, as soon as possible. Students with questions pertaining to convictions should contact Dr. Wandzilak.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Teaching Option

College Integrative Courses15

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

ALEC 431 Student Teaching (ACE 10) (Capstone Course) (P/NP only)12

Mathematics and Statistics (beyond college algebra)5-6

Select from:

MATH 106 Calculus I (5 cr)

MATH 102 Trigonometry (2 cr) or MATH 103 (If MATH 103 is taken, only 2 credit hours can be counted toward this requirement.) or MATH 104 Applied Calculus (3 cr) or MATH 203 Contemporary Mathematics (3 cr) and STAT 218 Introduction to Statistics (ACE 3) or EDPS 459 Statistical Methods (3 cr)

Communications9

Written Communication (ACE 1)3

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

Oral Communication3

Select from: COMM 209 or COMM 286

Communication/Interpersonal Skills: ALEC 102 (ACE 2)3

Natural Sciences (ACE 4)12-13

CASNR Approved Life Sciences4

Select one course from:

AGRO 131 & AGRO 132 Plant Science & Agronomic Plant Science Lab

BIOS 101 & BIOS 101L General Biology & Lab

BIOS 109 General Botany

BIOS 112 & BIOS 112L Introduction to Zoology & Lab

ENTO 115 Insect Biology & ENTO 116 Insect Identification

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

HORT 131 & HORT 133 Plant Science & Horticultural Plant Science Lab

LIFE 120 & LIFE 120L Fundamentals of Biology I (formerly BIOS 102)

CHEM 105 Chemistry in Context I4

NOTE: Students pursuing combined agriculture-biology endorsement must complete CHEM 109.

PHYS 141, PHYS 151, PHYS 211 or MSYM 1094-5

Economics3

AECN 141 Introduction to the Economics of Agriculture (ACE 6)3

Humanities and Social Sciences15

EDPS 457 Learning & Motivation Principles for Secondary Teaching or EDPS 362 Learning in the Classroom3

SOCI 217 Nationality & Race Relations or TEAC 330 Multicultural Education (ACE 9)3

Humanities and Social Sciences electives9

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

Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (Endorsement Area)36

A minimum of 15 hours completed at the 200 level or above, and a minimum of 9 hours completed at the 300 level or above. Students must have a course in four CASNR departments or program areas. A course may be used to fulfill more than one category; however, the hours will only count once toward the 36-hour agricultural science requirement.

NOTE: No grades lower than “C” within the endorsement area.

Research and Applied Technology3

Select from: AGRI 115, AGRO 315, AGRO 431, FDST 131

Policy3

Select from: AECN 265, AECN 276, AECN 346, AECN 376, NRES 323, POLS 235, POLS 236

Management9

Select from: AECN 201, AECN 325, ASCI 250, ASCI 320, ASCI 330, ASCI 450, ASCI 451, ASCI 452, ASCI 453, ASCI 454, ASCI 455, ASCI 457, AGRO 204, AGRO 240, AGRO 405, HORT 325

Production3

Select from: ASCI 100, ASCI 150, HORT 131 and HORT 133, HORT 159, HORT 221, HORT 325, HORT 327, HORT 350

Natural Resources6

Select from: AECN 265, AGRO 153, AGRO 366, BIOS 232, ENTO 109, NRES 211, NRES 220, NRES 311

Mechanized Systems (courses available through SCC-Lincoln or SCC-Milford) 9

NOTE: Meet with your adviser to plan for your Mechanized Systems classes.

Select from: MSYM 245 (UNL), AUTT 1003, WELD 1060 & 1070, WELD 1080 & 1090, CNST 1100, CNST 1200

Food System3

Select from: AECN 225, ASCI 210, FDST 101 or FDST 131

Leadership and Education (Professional Education Courses)20

NOTE: No grades lower than “C+” within professional education courses.

ALEC 134 Agricultural Education, Journalism, & Leadership Careers2

ALEC 135 Early Field Experience in Agricultural Leadership, Education & Communication1

ALEC 234 Planning Leadership & Experience Programs3

ALEC 308 Lab Instruction & Management3

ALEC 405 Methods of Instruction for Secondary Agriscience Education3

ALEC 405L Methods of Instruction Laboratory Education1

ALEC 413 Program Development3

ALEC 494 Undergraduate Seminar in Agricultural Education1

SPED 401B Accommodating Exceptional Learners in the Secondary School Classroom or SPED 434 Introduction to Special Vocational Needs3

Free Electives3-5

Minimum Credit Hours Required for Graduation120

Biology Endorsement Requirements

If the student desires to qualify for both an endorsement in agricultural education and a subject endorsement in biology, the following course work should be integrated into the teaching option.

Supporting Laboratory Based Courses (12 hours)

Chemistry: CHEM 1094

Physics: PHYS 141, PHYS 151, PHYS 211 or MSYM 1094-5

Earth Science: AGRO 153 Soil Resources (HORT 153/SOIL 153)4

Biology Courses (24 hours)

Select at least one of the suggested courses from each of the following categories. A course may be used more than once toward fulfilling the content requirement, however a minimum of 24 different hours is required. At least 12 hours must be taken at the 200 level or higher. Other course work may be negotiated with your academic adviser.

Botany

BIOS 109 General Botany4

AGRO 131 & AGRO 132 Plant Science & Agronomic Lab4

AGRO 204 Resource-Efficient Crop Management3

AGRO 240 Forage Crop & Range Management (RNGE 240)4

HORT 131 & HORT 133 Plant Science & Horticultural Plant Science Lab4

Cell Biology/Biochemistry

LIFE 120 & LIFE 120L Fundamentals of Biology I & Lab or BIOC 321 & BIOC 321L Elements of Biochemistry & Lab4

Ecology

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

NRES 211 Introduction to Conservation Biology3

NRES 311 Wildlife Ecology & Management3

Evolution

BIOS 101 & BIOS 101L General Biology & Lab4

Genetics

AGRO 315 Genetics4

Human Biology

BIOS 101 & BIOS 101L General Biology & Lab4

BIOS 213 & BIOS 213L Human Physiology & Lab4

Microbiology

FDST 372 Food Safety & Sanitation (NUTR 372)3

Zoology

ASCI 240 Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals4

NOTE: To be eligible for the biology endorsement, a student must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.75 in the above course work or its equivalency.

Integrated Laboratory Management

ALEC 308 Laboratory Instruction & Management3

Science Methods Instruction

TEAC 451V Learning & Teaching Principles & Practices3

TEAC 397 Professional Practicum Experience III parallel with TEAC 451V1

Student Teaching

Students seeking a dual endorsement will be required to complete their student teaching experience in a school where they will spend teaching time in both biology and agriculture.

Horticulture Education Endorsement Requirements

If the student desires to add a subject endorsement in horticulture education to their teaching certification, the following course work should be completed.

Horticulture Education (Grades 7-12)33

ALEC 400 Overview to Program Planning or ALEC 413 Program Development3

HORT 131 Plant Science (AGRO 131)3

HORT 133 Horticultural Plant Science Lab1

HORT 153 Soil Resources (AGRO 153/SOIL 153)4

HORT 212 Landscape Plants I (LARC 212/NRES 212) or HORT 213 Landscape Plants II (LARC 213/NRES 213)3

HORT 221 Plant Propagation3

HORT 227 Introductory Turfgrass Management (AGRO 227/PGAM 227/TLMT 227)3

HORT 228 Introduction to Landscape Management (AGRO 228/PGAM 228/TLMT 228)3

HORT 261 Floral Design I3

HORT 325 Greenhouse Practices & Management4

HORT 395 Career Experience (AGRO 395/TLMT 395)3

Skilled and Technical Sciences 2+2 Teaching Option

The following is a 2+2 program for students interested in obtaining certification in Skilled and Technical Sciences (STS). This certification will allow an individual to teach Skilled and Technical Sciences in a Nebraska secondary school (grades 7-12). Completion of the 60 credit hour requirement in the Skilled and Technical Sciences 2 + 2 Teaching Option at UNL, along with the completion of an associate of applied science within a post-secondary institution with a 2 + 2 agreement, will allow a student to complete a BS degree in agricultural education from UNL.

The program is an agreement between the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) and community college systems in Nebraska. The 2+2 program requires a student to complete the first two years at a community college and earn an associate of applied science degree before transferring to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL).

The transfer policy in CASNR will be in effect for all students interested in the STS 2+2 program. This 2+2 program is for the STS teaching program and will be the only program available for students to become certified at UNL. Students transferring into other UNL programs other than the STS program must follow the requirements set forth through the departments within the specific colleges.

The prerequisite for entry into the STS certification program at UNL is the completion of the Skilled and Technical Sciences Program at a community college with a 2 + 2 Skilled and Technical Sciences Agreement. Students who transfer into UNL from other programs within the community college system will not be eligible for entry into the 2+2 program in STS at UNL.

To be admitted into the student teaching program candidates must have: 1) a minimum scholastic grade point average of 2.75 including no grades lower than “C” within the endorsement area, and no grades lower than “C+” within professional education courses; 2) passing scores within the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST); 3) 1,000 hours of verified work experience within the Skilled and Technical Sciences (STS) career cluster, or 300 hours of supervised employment in the STS career cluster under the direction of a UNL academic unit; and 4) three written letters of recommendation; one of which must be a character reference. Student Teaching (ALEC 431) is available as Pass/No Pass only. Meet with your adviser to plan for your student teaching experience.

Teaching Certificate. Successful completion of the teaching endorsement requirements, along with a recommendation by the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication, warrants recommendation for a Nebraska Secondary Teaching Certificate by the Department of Education, with an endorsement to teach skilled and technical sciences (7-12).

STS Teaching Option

Students who meet entry requirements in the STS Teaching Option will have completed a variety of course work from their community college. Many of the courses within the community college system have direct equivalencies with our ACE program at UNL. Following a comprehensive transfer analysis, students will be provided an accurate degree audit of the remaining ACE courses needed at UNL along with the professional program in Agricultural Education. 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 5, 7, 8, and 10 requirements. ACE requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 9 will be completed through their academic programs within the community college system since it is a requirement for an associate of applied science degree at their institutions.

ACE Requirements9

Students should work with an adviser to select one course each in ACE outcomes 5, 7, and 8.

Leadership and Education (Professional Education Courses)42

NOTE: No grades lower than “C+” within professional education courses.

ALEC 135 Early Field Experience in Agricultural Leadership, Education & Communication1

ALEC 308 Lab Instruction & Management3

ALEC 405 Methods of Instruction for Secondary Agriscience Education3

ALEC 405L Methods of Instruction Lab Education1

ALEC 413 Program Development3

ALEC 424 Foundations of Career & Technical Education3

ALEC 431 Student Teaching (ACE 10)12

ALEC 494 Undergraduate Seminar in Agricultural Education1

ALEC 496 Independent Study in Leadership Education (SkillsUSA/PDP)3

EDPS 209 Strategies for Academic Success3

EDPS 457 Learning and Motivation Principles for Secondary Teaching or EDPS 362 Learning in the Classroom3

SPED 401B Accommodating Exceptional Learners in the Secondary School Classroom or SPED 434 Introduction to Special Vocational Needs3

TEAC 259 Instructional Technology3

Free Electives9

Program Credit Requirements51

STS Credit Requirements for BS Degree in Agricultural Education60

Maximum Credits for Transfer into UNL60

Minimum Credit Hours Required for Graduation120

Agricultural Leadership Option

The Agricultural Leadership Option is recommended for those interested in pursuing a career in the agricultural industry in the areas of leadership development, commodity board advocacy, executive development, youth and leadership development, extension, consulting/training, organizational development, human resources, public policy, rural and community development.

College Integrative Courses8

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

ALEC 495A Internship in Leadership Development (ACE 10) (Capstone Course)5

Mathematics and Statistics (beyond college algebra)5-6

Select from:

MATH 106 Calculus I (5 cr)

MATH 102 Trigonometry (2 cr) or MATH 103 (If MATH 103 is taken, only 2 credit hours can be counted toward this requirement.) or MATH 104 Applied Calculus (3 cr) or MATH 203 Contemporary Mathematics (3 cr) and STAT 218 Introduction to Statistics (ACE 3) or EDPS 459 Statistical Methods (3 cr)

Communications9

Written Communication3

Select from: ENGL 150, ENGL 151, ENGL 254; JGEN 200, JGEN 300 (ACE 1)

Oral Communication3

Select from: COMM 209 or COMM 286

Communication/Interpersonal Skills: ALEC 102 (ACE 2)3

Natural Sciences8-9

Select 2 of 3 Natural Sciences courses (ACE 4)

CASNR Approved Life Sciences (4 cr)

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

PHYS 141 or PHYS 151 or MSYM 109 (4-5 cr)

Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences12

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

ACE Courses9

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

Minor12-20

NOTE: An approved minor in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources other than the leadership and communication or leadership and entrepreneurship minor is required or the Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management minor or the Child, Youth & Family Studies minor offered throught the College of Education and Human Sciences.

Major Requirements33

ALEC 134 Agricultural Education, Journalism, & Leadership Careers2

ALEC 202 Leadership Development in Small Groups & Teams3

ALEC 302 Dynamics of Effective Leadership in Organizations3

ALEC 305 Presentation Strategies for Agricultural Audiences3

ALEC 388 Ethics in Agriculture & Natural Resources (AECN 388) (ACE 8)3

ALEC 407 Supervisory Leadership3

ALEC 410 Environmental Leadership (NRES 413)3

ALEC 414 Classic Figures in Leadership3

ALEC 466 Leadership & Diversity in Organizations & Communities3

ALEC 477 Leadership & Motivation3

ALEC 428 Leadership in Public Organizations (NRES 428)3

ALEC 494 Undergraduate Seminar in Agricultural Education1

Free Electives23-33

Must include one CASNR 3-credit 200-level or higher course from a department other than ALEC or the minor department.

Minimum Credit Hours Required for Graduation120

ADDITIONAL MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Grade Rules

Pass/No Pass Limits

The college will permit no more than a total of 24 semester hours of Pass/No Pass grades to be applied toward degree hours. Please note that this total includes ALEC 431 Student Teaching which is 12 hours of Pass/No Pass, therefore, students can only complete 12 credit hours in other courses with a Pass/No Pass grade.

REQUIREMENTS FOR MINOR OFFERED BY DEPARTMENT

Leadership and Communication Minor

An 18-hour minor in leadership and communication is available through the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication. Combining a leadership and communication minor with any CASNR degree strengthens students’ “employability” base by making them competent technical professionals who are also strong leaders and effective communicators. The 18-hour minor is comprised of upper and lower division courses as follows:

Complete at least three courses from the following list9

ALEC 102 Interpersonal Skills for Leadership (3 cr)

ALEC 202 Leadership Development in Small Groups & Teams (3 cr)

ALEC 302 Dynamics of Effective Leadership in Organizations (3 cr)

ALEC 305 Presentation Strategies for Agricultural Audiences (3 cr)

The remaining courses are selected from the following list9

*ALEC 337 Instructional Internship in Leadership Development (3 cr)

ALEC 388 Ethics in Agriculture & Natural Resources (AECN 388) (3 cr)

ALEC 407 Supervisory Leadership (3 cr)

ALEC 410 Environmental Leadership (NRES 413) (3 cr)

ALEC 414 Classic Figures in Leadership (3 cr)

ALEC 466 Leadership & Diversity in Organizations & Communities (3 cr)

ALEC 477 Leadership & Motivation (3 cr)

**ALEC 480 Dynamics of Agricultural Environmental Journalism (3 cr)

***AERO 331 Air Force Leadership Studies I (3 cr)

***AERO 332 Air Force Leadership Studies II (3 cr)

* For students having completed ALEC 102 and who have been selected as teaching assistants.

** Open to students enrolled in the agricultural journalism major only.

*** May be substituted for Air Force ROTC students only.

Leadership and Entrepreneurship Minor

An 18-hour minor in leadership and entrepreneurship is available through a joint program offered by the Departments of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication and the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program. This minor is intended for those who are interested in gaining additional professional skills in leadership and entrepreneurship. The 18-hour minor is comprised of theory based and applied courses as well as a final capstone course.

Leadership Courses6

Select one theory-based course from the following:3

ALEC 202 Leadership Development in Small Groups & Teams (3 cr)

ALEC 302 Dynamics of Effective Leadership in Organizations (3 cr)

ALEC 477 Leadership & Motivation (3 cr)

ALEC 488 Leadership, Power, & Influence (3 cr)

Select one application course from the following:3

ALEC 407 Supervisory Leadership (3 cr)

*ALEC 410 Environmental Leadership (NRES 413) (3 cr)

*ALEC 466 Leadership & Diversity in Organizations & Communities (3 cr)

* Note that Junior standing is required for these two courses.

Entrepreneurship Courses6

Select one foundational course from the following:3-4

EAEP 101 Introductory Seminar on Opportunities in Entrepreneurship (1 cr) & EAEP 388 Agribusiness Entrepreneurship (AGRO 388/HORT 388/ENTR 388) (3 cr), or

ENTR 121 Introduction to Entrepreneurial Management (MNGT 121) (3 cr)

Select one application course from the following:3

AECN 275 Agribusiness Entrepreneurial Finance (AGRO 275/EAEP 275/ENTR 275/HORT 275) (3 cr)

EAEP 488 Business Management for Agricultural Enterprises (AGRO 488/ENTR 488/HORT 488) (3 cr)

ENTR 321 Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Organizations (MNGT 321) (3 cr)

ENTR 421 Initiating & Managing Entrepreneurial Growth (MNGT 421) (3 cr)

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

Experiential Learning in Leadership and/or Entrepreneurship

Select one course from the following:3

AGRI 310 Study Tours in International Agriculture (3 cr)

ALEC 102 Interpersonal Skills for Leadership (with 20-hour service learning project) (3 cr)

ALEC 153 Chancellor’s Leadership Class (3 cr)

ALEC 165 Pepsi Service Scholars (3 cr)

ALEC 337 Instructional Internship in Leadership Development (credit received for being a Teaching Assistant) (3 cr)

ENTR 322 Family Business (MNGT 322) (3 cr)

ENTR 422A Small Business Owner (MNGT 422A) or ENTR 422 Managing Rapid Growth & Change in Organizations (MNGT 422) (3 cr)

MNGT 423 Business Plan Development & Decision Making (ENTR 423) (3 cr)

Internship in Leadership and/or Entrepreneurship3

ALEC 496 Independent Study in Leadership Education (Field Experience) (3 cr)

EAEP 395 Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Internship (3 cr)

Students who wish to minor in Leadership and Communication must first meet with a Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication (ALEC) faculty member from the leadership program. Students who wish to minor in Leadership and Entrepreneurship must meet with either an ALEC or Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program faculty member. A completed Declaration of Minor form, filled out with the assistance of the faculty member, should be signed by the student’s academic adviser and turned into the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Dean’s office.

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.