Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Agronomy

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College: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science in Agronomy
Hours Required: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 for graduation
Minor Available: Yes
Chief Adviser: Dennis McCallister
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Agronomy

Agronomy

COLLEGE: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources

MAJOR: Agronomy

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Science in Agronomy

HOURS REQUIRED: 120

MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation

MINOR AVAILABLE: Yes

CHIEF ADVISER: Dennis McCallister

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

The following basic courses are required for a BS degree in agronomy. In addition, students must select and meet the requirements of one of the options, depending upon their particular interests and vocational goals. In some cases, students may choose to meet the requirements of a specialization within an option, but this is not required. Students should work with advisers to make sure that the 10 ACE requirements of the University of Nebraska are met.

College Integrative Course3

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

Agronomy7-11

AGRO 132 Agronomic Plant Science Lab1

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

AGRO 201 Agronomic Internship & Career Preparation1

AGRO 295 Internship in Agronomy1-5

Mathematics and Statistics (beyond college algebra) (ACE 3)5

Includes Mathematics and Statistics: see options

Communications9

Written Communication (ACE 1)3

Select from: ENGL 150, ENGL 151, ENGL 254; JGEN 120, JGEN 200, JGEN 300

Oral Communication (ACE 2)3

Select from: COMM 109, COMM 209, COMM 286; JGEN 300

Communication and Interpersonal Skills3

Select from: ALEC 102; ENGL 101, ENGL 150, ENGL 151, ENGL 252, ENGL 253, ENGL 254; COMM 109, COMM 209, COMM 212, COMM 286 (Recommended for Business Option), JGEN 120, JGEN 200, JGEN 300

Natural Sciences11-12

AGRO 131 Plant Science (HORT 131)3

AGRO 315 Genetics4

MSYM 109 or PHYS 141 (select for Research Careers option) or PHYS 151 (ACE 4)4-5

Economics, Humanities, and Social Sciences15

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 as Humanities and Social Science electives.

Core50-55

Major and Option Requirements and Electives65-70

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation120

Integrated Crop Management Option

The integrated crop management option is designed for students who plan a career in crop consulting or crop technical services. Employment opportunities exist in crop consulting firms, agrichemical and seed companies.

College Capstone Course (ACE 10)3

Select from:

AGRO 405 Crop Management Strategies (3 cr)

AGRO 445 Livestock Management on Range & Pasture (ASCI 451/RNGE 445) (3 cr)

Mathematics and Statistics (beyond college algebra)0

Select from:

MATH 102 Trigonometry (2 cr)

MATH 103 College Algebra & Trigonometry (5 cr) (2 cr apply to requirement)

MATH 104 Applied Calculus (3 cr)

MATH 106 Calculus I (5 cr)

STAT 218 Introduction to Statistics (3 cr)

Plant and Soil Management23

AGRO 204 Resource Efficient Crop Management3

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

AGRO 269 Principles of Soil Management (SOIL 269)3

AGRO 366 Soil Nutrient Relationships (SOIL 366)4

Select from:3

AGRO 431 Site-Specific Crop Management (MSYM 431) (3 cr)

AGRO 437 Animal, Food & Industrial Uses of Grain (2 cr) & AGRO 438 Producing Grain for Animal, Food & Industrial Uses (1 cr)

Select from:6

MSYM 354 Soil Conservation & Watershed Management (SOIL 354/WATS 354) (3 cr)

MSYM 452 Irrigation Systems Management (HORT 452/WATS 452) (3 cr)

HORT 352 Production & Physiology of Horticultural Crops (2 cr)

HORT 353 Vegetable Crop Production Lab (2 cr)

HORT 354 Fruit Production Lab (2 cr)

HORT 355 Perennial, Pot & Bedding Plant Production Lab (2 cr)

HORT 462 Nursery Management & Crop Production (4 cr)

NRES 208 Applied Climate Sciences (3 cr)

NRES 417 Agroforestry Systems in Sustainable Agriculture (HORT 418) (3 cr)

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

2nd Capstone–see list above

Crop Protection9

AGRO 426 Invasive Plants (HORT 426/NRES 426)3

ENTO 308 Management of Field Crop Insects3

PLPT 369 Introductory Plant Pathology (BIOS 369)3

Ecology6

Select two courses from:

NRES 220 Principles of Ecology (BIOS 220) (3 cr)

AGRO 435 Agroecology (HORT 435/NRES 435) (3 cr)

AGRO 440 Great Plains Ecosystem (NRES 440/RNGE 440) (3 cr)

Natural Science16

Select one sequence from: (ACE 4)8

CHEM 105 & CHEM 106 Chemistry in Context I & II (8 cr)

CHEM 109 & CHEM 110 General Chemistry I & II (8 cr)

BIOS 109 General Botany4

AGRO 325 Introductory Plant Physiology4

Business and Economics6-7

AECN 201 Farm & Ranch Management (4 cr) or AECN 316 Agribusiness Management (3 cr)3-4

AECN 325 Marketing of Agricultural Commodities ( 3 cr) or HORT 488 Business Management for Agricultural Enterprises (EAEP 488/AGRO 488/ENTR 488) (3 cr)3

Core Total50-55

Option Total63-64

Free Electives1-7

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation120

Business Option

The option prepares students for management, sales, public relations, finance, credit, and marketing organizations serving agriculture. Employment opportunities exist in fertilizer, seed, grain, credit, banking, farm management and regulatory organizations.

College Capstone Course (ACE 10)3

Select from:

HORT 488 Business Management for Agricultural Enterprises (recommended) (3 cr)

AGRO 405 Crop Management Strategies (3 cr)

AGRO 445 Livestock Management on Range & Pasture (ASCI 451/RNGE 445) (3 cr)

AECN 435 Advanced Agricultural Marketing Management (3 cr)

Mathematics and Statistics (beyond college algebra)0

Select from:

MATH 102 Trigonometry (2 cr)

MATH 103 College Algebra & Trigonometry (5 cr) (2 cr apply to requirement)

MATH 104 Applied Calculus (3 cr)

MATH 106 Calculus I (5 cr)

STAT 218 Introduction to Statistics (3 cr)

NOTE: Some business courses require MATH 104.

Plant and Soil Management20

AGRO 204 Resource Efficient Crop Management3

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

AGRO 269 Principles of Soil Management (SOIL 269)3

AGRO 366 Soil Nutrient Relationships (SOIL 366)4

Select from:6

AGRO 431 Site Specific Crop Management (MSYM 431) (3 cr)

AGRO 437 Animal, Food & Industrial Uses of Grain (2 cr) & AGRO 438 Producing Grain for Animal, Food & Industrial Uses (1 cr), online.

MSYM 354 Soil Conservation & Watershed Management (SOIL 354/WATS 354) (3 cr)

MSYM 452 Irrigation Systems Management (HORT 452/WATS 452) (3 cr)

ASCI 250 Animal Management (3 cr)

HORT 352 Production & Physiology of Horticultural Crops (2 cr)

HORT 353 Vegetable Crop Production Lab (2 cr)

HORT 354 Fruit Production Lab (2 cr)

HORT 355 Perennial, Pot & Bedding Plant Production Lab (2 cr)

HORT 462 Nursery Management & Crop Production (4 cr)

NRES 208 Applied Climate Sciences (3 cr)

NRES 417 Agroforestry Systems in Sustainable Agriculture (HORT 418) (3 cr)

2nd Capstone–see list above

Crop Protection3

Select one of the following:

AGRO 426 Invasive Plants (HORT 426/NRES 426) (3 cr)

ENTO 308 Management of Field Crop Insects (3 cr)

PLPT 369 Introductory Plant Pathology (BIOS 369) (3 cr)

Natural Science (ACE 4)14-16

Select one sequence from: 8

CHEM 105 & CHEM 106 Chemistry in Context I & II (8 cr)

CHEM 109 & CHEM 110 General Chemistry I & II (8 cr)

Select two courses:6-8

AGRO 325 Introductory Plant Physiology (4 cr)

AGRO 435 Agroecology (HORT 435/NRES 435) (3 cr)

AGRO 440 Great Plains Ecosystem (NRES 440/RNGE 440) (3 cr)

BIOS 109 General Botany (4 cr)

NRES 220 Principles of Ecology (3 cr)

Business & Economics (Select one course in each category)12-13

Management (Select one course)3-4

AECN 201 Farm & Range Management (4 cr)

AECN 301 Farm Accounting, Analysis & Tax Management (3 cr)

Law (Select one course)3

AECN 256 Legal Aspects in Agriculture (3 cr)

AECN 357 Natural Resource & Environmental Law (NREE 357) (3 cr)

AECN 457 Water Law (NREE 457/WATS 457) (3 cr)

Finance (Select one course)3

AECN 452 Agricultural Finance (3 cr)

FINA 361 Finance (3 cr) (NOTE: Must meet Business Qualified prerequisites.)

FINA 365 Financial Institutions & Markets (ECON 365) (3 cr)

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

Marketing (Select one course)3

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

AECN 325 Marketing of Agricultural Commodities (3 cr)

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

Business Electives6-7

Courses in Accounting, Business Administration, Economics (except ECON 210, ECON 211, ECON 212), Finance, Management, or Marketing

Agricultural Economics & Leadership Electives6

AECN courses (except AECN 141 and AECN 388) or ALEC 202 or ALEC 302

Core Total50-55

Option Total64-68

Free Electives0-6

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation120

NOTE: Some course choices may result in the student taking more than the minimum of 120 credits.

Crop Production Option

The crop production option is designed for students who plan to be directly involved in or manage a farming operation.

College Capstone Course (ACE 10)3

Select from:

AGRO 405 Crop Management Strategies (3 cr)

AGRO 445 Livestock Management on Range & Pasture (ASCI 451/RNGE 445) (3 cr)

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

Mathematics and Statistics (beyond college algebra)0

Select from:

MATH 102 Trigonometry (2 cr)

MATH 103 College Algebra & Trigonometry (5 cr) (2 cr apply to requirement)

MATH 104 Applied Calculus (3 cr)

MATH 106 Calculus I (5 cr)

STAT 218 Introduction to Statistics (3 cr)

Plant, Soil & Animal Management23

AGRO 204 Resource Efficient Crop Management3

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

AGRO 269 Principles of Soil Management (SOIL 269)3

AGRO 366 Soil Nutrient Relationships (SOIL 366)4

Select from:9

AGRO 431 Site-Specific Crop Management (MSYM 431) (3 cr)

AGRO 437 Animal, Food & Industrial Uses of Grain (2 cr) & AGRO 438 Producing Grain for Animal, Food & Industrial Uses (1 cr)

ASCI 250 Animal Management (3 cr)

HORT 352 Production & Physiology of Horticultural Crops (2 cr)

HORT 353 Vegetable Crop Production Lab (2 cr)

HORT 354 Fruit Production Lab (2 cr)

HORT 462 Nursery Management & Crop Production (4 cr)

MSYM 354 Soil Conservation & Watershed Management (SOIL 354/WATS 354) (3 cr)

HORT 355 Perennial, Pot & Bedding Plant Production Lab (2 cr)

MSYM 452 Irrigation Systems Management (HORT 452/WATS 452) (3 cr)

NRES 208 Applied Climate Sciences (3 cr)

NRES 417 Agroforestry Systems in Sustainable Agriculture (HORT 418) (3 cr)

2nd Capstone–see list above

Crop Protection9

AGRO 426 Invasive Plants (HORT 426/NRES 426)3

ENTO 308 Management of Field Crop Insects3

PLPT 369 Introductory Plant Pathology (BIOS 369)3

Natural Science (ACE 4)17-19

Select one sequence from: (ACE 4)8

CHEM 105 & CHEM 106 Chemistry in Context I & II (8 cr)

CHEM 109 & CHEM 110 General Chemistry I & II (8 cr)

Select three courses:9-11

AGRO 325 Introductory Plant Physiology (4 cr)

AGRO 435 Agroecology (HORT 435/NRES 435) (3 cr)

AGRO 440 Great Plains Ecosystem (NRES 440/RNGE 440) (3 cr)

BIOS 109 General Botany (4 cr)

NRES 220 Principles of Ecology (BIOS 220) (3 cr)

Business & Economics10

AECN 201 Farm & Ranch Management4

AECN 301 Farm Accounting, Analysis & Tax Management3

AECN 325 Marketing of Agricultural Commodities3

Core Total50-55

Options Total62-64

Free Electives1-8

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation120

Soil Science Option

The soil science option prepares students for careers in technical, scientific, or industrial soil science. Possible careers include soil conservation, remediation of contaminated soils, and management of soil-crop interactions in private industry, government and universities.

College Capstone Course (ACE 10)3

Select from:

AGRO 405 Crop Management Strategies (3 cr)

SOIL 475 Water Quality Strategy (AGRO 475/CIVE 475/CRPL 475/GEOL 475/MYSM 475/POLS 475/NRES 475/SOCI 475/WATS 475) (3 cr)

Mathematics and Statistics (beyond college algebra)0

Select from:

MATH 102 Trigonometry (2 cr)

MATH 103 College Algebra & Trigonometry (5 cr) (2 cr apply to requirement)

MATH 104 Applied Calculus (3 cr)

MATH 106 Calculus I (5 cr)

STAT 218 Introduction to Statistics (3 cr)

Agronomy10

AGRO 204 Resource-Efficient Crop Management3

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

AGRO 426 Invasive Plants (HORT 426/NRES 426)3

Soil, Plant Nutrition & Ecology20

NRES 220 Principles of Ecology or AGRO 440 Great Plains Ecosystem (NRES 440/RNGE 440)3

SOIL 269 Principles of Soil Management (AGRO 269)3

SOIL 354 Soil Conservation & Watershed Management (MSYM 354/WATS 354)3

SOIL 361 Soils, Environment & Water Quality (AGRO 361/GEOL 361/NRES 361/WATS 361)3

SOIL 366 Soil Nutrient Relationships (AGRO 366)4

SOIL 477 Great Plains Field Pedology (AGRO 477/GEOG 467/NRES 477)4

Natural Sciences (ACE 4)8

CHEM 109 General Chemistry I4

CHEM 110 General Chemistry II4

Supporting course work15

A minimum of 15 credit hours must be taken from the following lists:

Recommended for students interested in a career in Site-Specific Crop Management

AGRO 431 Site-Specific Crop Management (MSYM 431) (3 cr)

NRES 312 Introduction to Geospatial Information Sciences (GEOG 312) (3 cr)

NRES 412 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GEOG 412) (4 cr)

NRES 418 Introduction to Remote Sensing (GEOG 418) (4 cr)

NRES 420 Applications of Remote Sensing in Agriculture & Natural Resources (AGRO 419/GEOG 419/GEOL 419) (4 cr)

Recommended for students interested in Advanced Study in Soil Science

SOIL 455 Soil Chemistry & Mineralogy (AGRO 455/NRES 455) (3 cr)

SOIL 460 Soil Microbiology (AGRO 460/BIOS 447/NRES 460) (3 cr)

SOIL 461 Soil Physics (AGRO 461/GEOL 461/NRES 461/WATS 461) (3 cr)

SOIL 453 Urban Soil Properties & Management (AGRO 453/HORT 453/LARC 453) (3 cr)

Core Total50-55

Option Total56

Free Electives9-14

Other suggested courses:

ASCI 250 Animal Management3

CIVE 353 Hydrology3

GEOG 420 Digital Image Analysis of Remote Sensing Data4

GEOL 101 Physical Geology4

NRES 281 Introduction to Water Science (GEOG 281/WATS 281)3

NRES 323 Natural Resources Policy3

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation120

Research Careers Option

The research careers option emphasizes basic sciences as they relate to agronomy in order to prepare students for graduate studies. This option is the first step in preparing for careers in research, teaching, or extension in academia or the private sector.

College Capstone Course (ACE 10)3

Select one course from:

AGRO 405 Crop Management Strategies (3 cr)

AGRO 445 Livestock Management on Range & Pasture (ASCI 451/RNGE 445) (3 cr)

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

SOIL 475 Water Quality Strategy (AGRO 475/CIVE 475/CRPL 475/GEOL 475/MSYM 475/NRES 475/POLS 475/SOCI 475/WATS 475) (3 cr)

Plant Soil & Pest Management15-17

Select five courses from:

AGRO 204 Resource Efficient Crop Management (3 cr)

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

AGRO 269 Principles of Soil Management (SOIL 269) (3 cr)

AGRO 366 Soil Nutrient Relationships (SOIL 366) (4 cr)

AGRO 426 Invasive Plants (HORT 426/NRES 426) (3 cr)

ENTO 308 Management of Field Crop Insects (3 cr)

HORT 355 Perennial, Pot & Bedding Plant Production Lab (2 cr)

PLPT 369 Introductory Plant Pathology (BIOS 369) (3 cr)

Mathematics & Analytical Skills (above minimum listed in core)0-1

Select one from:

MATH 106 Calculus I (recommended) (5 cr)

MATH 104 Applied Calculus (3 cr) & STAT 218 Introduction to Statistics (3 cr)

Natural Science (ACE 4)31

AGRO 325 Introductory Plant Physiology4

CHEM 109 & CHEM 110 General Chemistry I & II8

CHEM 251 Organic Chemistry I3

CHEM 253 Organic Chemistry I Lab1

BIOC 321 Elements of Biochemistry3

select PHYS 141 in core

PHYS 142 Elementary General Physics II5

BIOS 109 General Botany4

NRES 220 Principles of Ecology or AGRO 440 Great Plains Ecosystem (NRES 440/RNGE 440)3

Electives9

A minimum of 9 credit hours must be taken from the following lists.

Recommended for students interested in Crop Improvement

AGRO 411 Crop Genetic Engineering (2 cr)

AGRO 412 Crop & Weed Genetics (1 cr)

BIOS 312 Microbiology (3 cr)

BIOS 425 Plant Biotechnology (3 cr)

Recommended for students in Integrated Grain/Forage Crop Management

AGRO 340 Range Management & Improvement (RNGE 340) (3 cr)

AGRO 405 Crop Management Strategies (3 cr)

AGRO 431 Site-Specific Crop Management (MSYM 431) (3 cr)

AGRO 436 Agroecosystems Analysis (HORT 436) (3 cr)

AGRO 437 Animal, Food & Industrial Uses of Grain (2 cr)

AGRO 438 Producing Grain for Animal, Food & Industrial Uses (1 cr)

AGRO 426 Invasive Plants (HORT 426/NRES 426) (3 cr)

AGRO 445 Livestock Management on Range & Pasture (ASCI 451/RNGE 445) (3 cr)

ASCI 250 Animal Management (3 cr)

ASCI 320 Animal Nutrition & Feeding (3 cr)

Recommended courses for students interested in Soil Science

AGRO 453 Urban Soil Properties & Management (HORT 453/LARC 453/SOIL 453) (3 cr)

AGRO 455 Soil Chemistry & Mineralogy (NRES 455/SOIL 455) (3 cr)

AGRO 460 Soil Microbiology (BIOS 447/NRES 460/SOIL 460) (3 cr)

AGRO 461 Soil Physics (GEOL 461/NRES 461/SOIL 461/WATS 461) (3 cr)

AGRO 477 Great Plains Field Pedology (GEOG 467/NRES 477/SOIL 477) (4 cr)

Core Total50-55

Option Total58-61

Free Electives4-12

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation120

Organic Option

The organic farming option prepares students for careers in practical farming, technical, scientific, academic or private employment. Learning in production practices and marketing prepares students for involvement in farming, crop advising, organic certification, specialty marketing, farm and landscape planning, and community and rural development.

College Capstone Course (ACE 10)3

Select one from:

AGRO 405 Crop Management Strategies (3 cr)

AGRO 436 Agroecosystems Analysis (HORT 436) (3 cr)

NOTE: AGRO 436 is not currently ACE certified. Choice of this course will require selection of another course to meet ACE 10.

AGRO 445 Livestock Management on Range & Pasture (ASCI 451/RNGE 445) (3 cr)

Mathematics and Statistics (beyond college algebra)0

Select from:

MATH 102 Trigonometry (2 cr)

MATH 103 College Algebra & Trigonometry (5 cr) (2 cr apply to requirement)

MATH 104 Applied Calculus (3 cr)

MATH 106 Calculus I (5 cr)

STAT 218 Introduction to Statistics (3 cr)

Plant and Soil Management15

AGRO 204 Resource Efficient Crop Management3

AGRO 269 Principles of Soil Management (SOIL 269)3

AGRO 366 Soil Nutrient Relationships (SOIL 366)4

AGRO 439 Organic Farming & Food Systems (HORT 439)3

HORT 352 Production & Physiology of Horticultural Crops2

Crop Protection9

AGRO 426 Invasive Plants (HORT 426/NRES 426)3

ENTO 308 Management of Field Crop Insects3

PLPT 369 Introductory Plant Pathology (BIOS 369)3

Ecology6

NRES 220 Principles of Ecology (BIOS 220)3

AGRO 435 Agroecology (HORT 435/NRES 435)3

Natural Science16

AGRO 325 Introductory Plant Physiology4

BIOS 109 General Botany4

Select one sequence from: (ACE 4)8

CHEM 105 & CHEM 106 Chemistry in Context I & II (8 cr)

CHEM 109 & CHEM 110 General Chemistry I & II (8 cr)

Business and Economics9

AECN 316 Agribusiness Management3

AECN 325 Marketing of Agricultural Commodities (MRKT 325)3

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

Core Total50-55

Option Total58

Free Electives7-12

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation120

REQUIREMENTS FOR MINOR OFFERED BY DEPARTMENT

Agronomy Minor

Requirements for the minor include a minimum of 18 credit hours of course work, including at least 6 hours at the 300 level or above. A total of no more than 3 hours of credit in AGRO 496 and AGRO 295 can be applied to the minor.

Students who wish to minor in agronomy must first be assigned an adviser by the Department of Agronomy. The students program must be approved by the minor adviser with copies of the approved program sent to the University Registrar and the dean of the students college.

Core Courses8

AGRO 131 Plant Science (HORT 131)3

AGRO 132 Agronomic Plant Science Lab1

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

Additional Courses10

Select from: AGRO 204, AGRO 240 (RNGE), AGRO 269 (SOIL), AGRO 295 (RNGE, SOIL), AGRO 366 (SOIL), AGRO 405, AGRO 408 (GEOG, HORT, METR, WATS), AGRO 426 (HORT, NRES), AGRO 431 (AGEN, MSYM), AGRO 435 (HORT, NRES), AGRO 496 (RNGE, SOIL)

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.