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Animal Science

Animal Science

COLLEGE: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources

MAJOR: Animal Science

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences

HOURS REQUIRED: 120

MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation

MINOR AVAILABLE: Yes

CHIEF ADVISER: Dennis Brink

DESCRIPTION

Head: Larry Berger, Department of Animal Science, C203 Animal Sciences

Professors: Beerman, Berger, Brink, Burson, Calkins, Cupp, Erickson, Funston, Jones, Lewis, Miller, Nielsen, Purdum, Rasby

Associate Professors: Anderson, Karr-Lilienthal, Kononoff, MacDonald, Reiling, White, Wood

Assistant Professors: Burkey, Ciobanu, Cottle, Drewnoski, Fernando, Petersen, Schmidt, Spangler, Sullivan, Yates

Lecturer: Jaixen

Coordinator for Undergraduate Research: Nielsen

The field of animal science encompasses the sciences related to animals and their contributions and interactions with humans. This program is designed particularly for students who are interested in pursuing careers associated with the livestock, poultry, meat and companion animal industries. The core curriculum gives students a balanced education in animal science, biological sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, communications, and humanities and social sciences.

Each animal science student studies a core curriculum that provides a comprehensive look at animal biological systems, use of animal products, and current issues and careers in the animal industries. In addition to the core, there are seven different options from which students can choose an area of focus which meets their own individual interests and career objectives. These options include: Animal Biology & Biotechnology; Food Animal Production & Management; Business & Communications; Companion Animal Science; Equine Science; Meat Science; and Veterinary Animal Science.

Students interested in any aspect of poultry science or avian biology may earn up to 24 credits through the Midwest Poultry Consortium's Undergraduate Center of Excellence in Madison, WI. The credits may be applied toward an animal science degree from the University of Nebraska. Further details are available from the Animal Science Department.

Students pursuing a DVM degree at an accredited college of veterinary medicine may obtain a BS degree in animal science, granted by the University of Nebraska, upon successful completion of the first two years of the curriculum in veterinary medicine. To be eligible, students must have completed at least 90 credit hours of pre-professional courses, completed all Achievement-Centered Education course requirements and 20 credit hours in animal science courses at the University of Nebraska. 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 the program with their academic adviser.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Major Core Requirements

The following basic courses are required for majors in animal science. In addition, students must select and meet the requirements of one of the animal science options, depending on their own individual interests and career objectives.

College Integrative Courses3

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

Departmental Requirements16

ASCI 100 Fundamentals of Animal Biology & Industry4

ASCI 101 Introduction to Animal Sciences1

ASCI 240 Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals4

ASCI 320 Animal Nutrition & Feeding3

ASCI 491 Animal Science Seminar1

Capstone Course (ACE 10)3

Select from:

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

ASCI 485 Animal Systems Analysis (3 cr)

ASCI 486 Animal Biological Systems (3 cr)

Natural Sciences (ACE 4)8

AGRO 315 Genetics or BIOS 206 General Genetics4

NOTE: BIOS 206 requires both LIFE 120 & LIFE 120L and LIFE 121 & LIFE 121L as prerequisites.

CASNR Approved Life Sciences:4

Select from:

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

LIFE 120 & LIFE 120L Fundamentals of Biology I & Lab (4 cr)

NOTE: Students enrolled in the Biology or Veterinary Option are required to take LIFE 120 & LIFE 120L.

Mathematics and Statistics (ACE 3)5

Select from:

MATH 102 Trigonometry (2 cr)

MATH 104 Applied Calculus (3 cr)

MATH 106 Calculus I (5 cr)

STAT 218 Introduction to Statistics (3 cr)

NOTE: Proficiency at the college algebra level must be demonstrated either by a placement exam or through course work. If MATH 103 is taken, only 2 credit hrs can be counted toward this requirement.

Communications9

Oral Communications (ACE 2)3

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

Written Communications (ACE 1)3

Select from: ENGL 150, 151; JGEN 200

Communications and Interpersonal Skills3

Select from: ENGL 150, 151; ALEC 102, 305; COMM 109, 209, 212, or 286; JGEN 120, 200, 300

Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences15

ECON 211 or ECON 212 or AECN 1413

ACE Courses12

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

Experiential Learning4

Four credits of experiential learning are required for each of the Animal Science Options. Students may select the 4 credits from any combination of courses in the following list.

Internship, Extension, Research or Teaching Experience

(A pre-experience learning plan must be completed and approved before the experience begins and an oral or poster presentation is required.)

ASCI 395A Industry Experiences

ASCI 395B Extension & Services Experiences

ASCI 395D Research Experiences

ASCI 395E Undergraduate Teaching Experience

ASCI 419 Meat Investigations (FDST 419)

ASCI 490A Beef Feedlot Management

ASCI 499H Honors Thesis

GRAS 490 Experience in Grazing Livestock Systems Internship

Industry Study Tours

ASCI 311A Equine Industry Study Tou

ASCI 311B Meat Industry Study Tour

ASCI 311D Pork Industry Study Tour

ASCI 311E Beef Industry Study Tour

AGRI 310 Study Tours in International Agriculture

Animal & Meat Evaluation Experience

ASCI 300A Meat Evaluation & Judging

ASCI 300B Livestock Evaluation & Judging

ASCI 300D Meat Animal Evaluation

ASCI 300E Horse Evaluation & Judging

ASCI 400A Advanced Meat Grading & Evaluation

ASCI 400B Advanced Livestock Evaluation & Judging

ASCI 400E Advanced Horse Evaluation & Judging

ASCI 361 Equestrian Team Horsemanship/Equitation

ASCI 456 Beef Cattle Merchandising

ASCI 481 Beef Industry Scholars-Beef Summit

ASCI 482 Beef Industry Scholars-National Beef Industry Policy

AGRI 388 Employment Seminar (NRES 388)

Academic Quadrathlon with enrollment in ASCI 496 (1 cr)

Total Major Requirements60

Option Requirements60

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation120

Also, select one of the following options

Animal Biology and Biotechnology Option

This option is designed for students considering careers that deal with basic biological principles of animals and birds. Through careful use of electives, students can develop an emphasis in genetics, growth and muscle biology, nutrition, or physiology as they establish a basic background in biological principles and develop molecular and biotechnology laboratory skills. Completion of this option provides excellent preparation for graduate study, other professional programs including medical or dental school, and many other research-based careers.

Departmental Requirements22

ASCI 330 Animal Breeding4

ASCI 341 Physiology & Management of Reproduction4

Select advanced courses from the following list14

ASCI 421 Advanced Animal Nutrition (3 cr)

ASCI 431 Advanced Animal Breeding (3 cr)

ASCI 441 New Techniques in Reproductive Biology (3 cr)

ASCI 432 Genome Analysis (3 cr)

ASCI 442 Endocrinology (BIOS 442) (3 cr)

BIOC 432 Gene Expression & Replication (BIOS 432/CHEM 432) (3 cr)

BIOC 433 Biochemistry Lab (BIOS 433/CHEM 433) (2 cr)

BIOC 437 Research Techniques in Biochemistry (BIOS 437) (4 cr)

BIOC 442 Computational Biology (STAT 442) (3 cr)

BIOS 420 Molecular Genetics (MBIO 420) (3 cr)

BIOS 440 Microbial Physiology (MBIO 440) (3 cr)

BIOS 443 Immunology (MBIO 443) (3 cr)

Natural Science31

CHEM 109 General Chemistry I4

CHEM 110 General Chemistry II4

CHEM 251 & CHEM 253 Organic Chemistry I & Lab4

CHEM 252 Organic Chemistry II3

BIOC 431 Structure & Metabolism (BIOS 431/CHEM 431)3

LIFE 121 & LIFE 121L Fundamentals of Biology II & Lab4

BIOS 312 & BIOS 314 Microbiology & Lab4

PHYS 141 General Physics w/Lab5

Total Major Requirements60

Option Requirements54

Free Electives7

Students planning to apply for post-graduate or professional programs should consult their academic adviser for specific program requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation120

Business and Communications Option

This option is designed for students considering careers with companies, financial institutions, government agencies, and other business concerns that support the livestock production and processing industries. Through careful use of electives, students may receive minors in other business-related programs and develop specific expertise for positions in management, marketing, and public relations. Completion of this option provides students with a solid background in both animal science and business.

Departmental Requirements14

ASCI 200 Animal & Carcass Evaluation or ASCI 210 Animal Products3

ASCI 250 Animal Management or ASCI 251 Introduction to Companion Animals or ASCI 252 Introduction to Horse Industry & Management3

ASCI 330 Animal Breeding or ASCI 341 Physiology & Management of Reproduction4

400-Level ASCI Management Courses4

Natural Sciences8-12

Chemistry8-12

Select from either of the following two chemistry series:

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

NOTE: Chemistry Series I does not provide adequate preparation for advanced chemistry or graduate school within the life sciences. If you desire this advanced training, Series II is recommended.

Series II: CHEM 109 & CHEM 110 General Chemistry I & II and CHEM 251 & CHEM 253 Organic Chemistry I & Lab (12 cr)

Business Courses18

ACCT 200 Accounting for Business Decisions3

Select a minimum of four courses representing at least three of the following four areas15

Finance

AECN 301 Farm Accounting, Analysis, & Tax Management

AECN 420 International Food & Agricultural Trade

AECN 452 Agricultural Finance

AECN 453 Agricultural & Rural Property Appraisal

ECON 303 An Introduction to Money & Banking

ENTR 275 Agribusiness Entrepreneurial Finance (AGRO 275/EAEP 275/HORT 275)

ENTR 388 Agribusiness Entrepreneurship (AGRO 388/EAEP 388/HORT 388)

FINA 260 Personal Finance

FINA 300 Financial Decision Making

Management

AECN 201 Farm & Ranch Management

AECN 265 Resource & Environmental Economics I (NREE 265)

AECN 316 Agribusiness Management

AECN 416 Advanced Agribusiness Management

MNGT 121 Introduction to Entrepreneurial Management (ENTR 121)

MNGT 300 Management Essentials for Contemporary Organizations

MNGT 331 Operations & Supply Chain Management (SCMS 331)

MNGT 360 Managing Behavior in Organizations

MNGT 361 Human Resource Management

Marketing

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

AECN 325 Marketing of Agricultural Commodities (MRKT 325)

AECN 425 Agricultural Marketing in a Multinational Environment

MRKT 300 Contemporary Marketing

MRKT 341 Marketing (ABUS 341)

MRKT 346 Marketing Channels Management (SCMS 346)

MRKT 347 Marketing Communication Strategy

MRKT 350 Marketing Information Systems

MRKT 425 Retailing Management

MRKT 442 Marketing Management

Law

AECN 256 Legal Aspects in Agriculture

AECN 357 Natural Resource & Environmental Law (NREE 357)

AECN 445 Agricultural & Natural Resource Policy Analysis (NREE 445)

AECN 456 Environmental Law (NREE 456)

AECN 457 Water Law (NREE 457/WATS 457)

BLAW 300 Business, Government & Society

BLAW 371 Legal Environment

Communications9

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)

Total Major Requirements60

Option Requirements49-53

Free Electives7-11

Students are encouraged to consult the Undergraduate Bulletin for details regarding agribusiness and agricultural economics minors.

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation120

Companion Animal Science Option

Designed for students with a specific interest in companion animals. For students interested in pursuing a career in the companion animal industry, this option provides an overview of the general animal sciences in combination with concentrated study of animal behavior and human interactions along with companion breeding and genetics, nutrition, reproduction, care and management.

Departmental Requirements20-21

ASCI 250 Animal Management (3 cr) or ASCI 251 Introduction to Companion Animals (3 cr)3

ASCI 330 Animal Breeding (4 cr) or ASCI 399 Horse, Dog, & Cat Genetics & Breeding (3 cr)3-4

ASCI 341 Physiology & Management of Reproduction4

ASCI 321 Companion Animal Nutrition3

Select a minimum of 7 credits from:7

FDST 107 Introduction to the Companion Animal Food Industry (ASCI 107) (1 cr)

ASCI 171 Human-Companion Animal Interactions (2 cr)

ASCI 271 Companion Animal Behavior (3 cr)

ASCI 322 Equine Nutrition (2 cr)

ASCI 342 Equine Reproduction (2 cr)

ASCI 370 Animal Welfare (3 cr)

BIOS 462 Animal Behavior (3 cr)

Natural Sciences15-20

Chemistry8-12

Select from either of the following two chemistry series

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

NOTE: Chemistry Series I does not provide adequate preparation for advanced chemistry or graduate school within the life sciences. If you desire this advanced training, Series II is recommended.

Series II: CHEM 109 & CHEM 110 General Chemistry I & II and CHEM 251 & CHEM 253 Organic Chemistry I & Lab (12 cr)

BIOS 312 Microbiology or VBMS 303 Principles & Prevention of Livestock Diseases3

Physics Course4-5

Select from: MSYM 109, PHYS 141, PHYS 151

Business Courses9

Select courses from the “Business Courses” category listed in the Animal Science Business Option.

Total Major Requirements60

Option Requirements44-50

Free Electives10-16

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation120

Equine Science Option

Designed for students with a specific interest in the equine area. For students interested in pursuing a career in the equine industry this option provides a combination of general animal sciences with a concentrated study of equitation, evaluation, nutrition, reproduction, and management of equine.

Departmental Requirements18

ASCI 260 Basic Equitation or ASCI 360 Advanced Equitation2

ASCI 250 Animal Management or ASCI 252 Fundamentals of the Horse Industry3

ASCI 330 Animal Breeding4

ASCI 341 Physiology & Management of Reproduction4

ASCI 322 Equine Nutrition or ASCI 342 Equine Reproduction2

ASCI 450 Horse Management3

Experiential Learning (From the Animal Science Core)0

Select from: ASCI 300E Principles of Horse Evaluation & Judging or ASCI 400E Advanced Horse Evaluation & Judging

Natural Sciences15-20

Chemistry8-12

Select from either of the following two chemistry series:

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

NOTE: Chemistry Series I does not provide adequate preparation for advanced chemistry or graduate school within the life sciences. If you desire this advanced training, Series II is recommended.

Series II: CHEM 109 & CHEM 110 General Chemistry I & II and CHEM 251 & CHEM 253 Organic Chemistry I & Lab (12 cr)

BIOS 312 Microbiology or VBMS 303 Principles & Prevention of Livestock Diseases3

Physics course4-5

Select from: MSYM 109, PHYS 141, PHYS 151

Business Courses9

Select courses from the “Business Courses” category listed in the Animal Science Business Option

Total Major Requirements60

Option Requirements42-47

Free Electives13-18

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation120

Meat Science Option

This option is designed for students seeking careers associated with the meat and food industry, including research and product development, quality assurance, food safety, fresh meat processing, meat product manufacturing, equipment and ingredient technology, and government service. Students will build a solid foundation in product characteristics, product development, production, food safety, and marketing of fresh and processed meats. Completion of the industry emphasis provides excellent preparation for a career in the meat and food industry and completion of the science emphasis provides excellent background for graduate study in meat or food science.

Departmental Requirements12

ASCI 210 Animal Products3

ASCI 310 Fresh Meats3

ASCI 410 Processed Meats3

ASCI 411 HACCP & Food Safety Systems for the Food Industry3

Natural Sciences15-20

Chemistry8-12

Select from either of the following two chemistry series

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

NOTE: Chemistry Series I does not provide adequate preparation for advanced chemistry or graduate school within the life sciences. If you desire this advanced training, Series II is recommended.

Series II: CHEM 109 & CHEM 110 General Chemistry I & II and CHEM 251 & CHEM 253 Organic Chemistry I & Lab (12 cr)

BIOS 312 Microbiology3

Physics Course4-5

Select from:

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

PHYS 141 Elementary General Physics I (5 cr)

PHYS 151 Elements of Physics (4 cr)

Additional Courses13-15

Select two courses from:5-6

FDST 301 Chemistry of Food (3 cr)

FDST 372 Food Safety & Sanitation (NUTR 372) (3 cr)

FDST 403 Food Quality Assurance (3 cr)

FDST 405 Food Microbiology (BIOS 445) (3 cr)

FDST 406 Food Microbiology Lab (BIOS 446) (2 cr)

FDST 460 Food Product Development Concepts (3 cr)

Select additional courses from ASCI or FDST at 200 level or above6

Animal Production2-3

Select from the following courses:

ASCI 250 Animal Management (3 cr)

ASCI 452 Poultry Management (2 cr)

Business Courses6

Select courses from the “Business Courses” category listed in the Animal Science Business Option

Note: Experiential learning courses should be selected from the following:

ASCI 300A, ASCI 311B, ASCI 395A (meat section), ASCI 400A, ASCI 419

Total Major Requirements60

Option Requirements46-53

Free Electives7-14

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation120

Food Animal Production and Management Option

This option is designed for students interested in careers related to the production and management of beef cattle, dairy cattle, horses, poultry, and swine. Although students may emphasize a particular industry or production system, the option provides a balanced study of animal nutrition, meat animal products, reproductive physiology, breeding and genetics, and business management of animal production systems. Completion of this option provides excellent preparation for those wishing to be involved in production agriculture and the abundance of allied industries that support animal agriculture.

Departmental Requirements24-26

ASCI 200 Animal & Carcass Evaluation3

ASCI 210 Animal Products3

ASCI 330 Animal Breeding4

ASCI 341 Physiology & Management of Reproduction4

ASCI Management Courses4-6

Select from: 400-Level ASCI Management Courses

Supporting courses6

Select two courses from the following:

ASCI 310 Fresh Meats

ASCI 410 Processed Meats

ASCI 411 HACCP & Food Safety Systems for the Food Industry

MSYM 342 Animal Housing Systems

AGRO 240 Forage Crop & Range Management (RNGE 240)

AGRO 340 Range Management & Improvement (RNGE 340)

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

Natural Sciences15-20

Chemistry8-12

Select from either of the following two chemistry series

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

NOTE: Chemistry Series I does not provide adequate preparation for advanced chemistry or graduate school within the life sciences. If you desire this advanced training, Series II is recommended.

Series II: CHEM 109 & CHEM 110 General Chemistry I & II and CHEM 251 & CHEM 253 Organic Chemistry I & Lab (12 cr)

BIOS 312 Microbiology or VBMS 303 Principles & Prevention of Livestock Diseases3

Physics Course4-5

Select from: MSYM 109, PHYS 141, PHYS 151

Business Courses10

AECN 201 Farm & Ranch Management4

AECN 325 Marketing of Agricultural Commodities (MRKT 325)3

Additional Business Course3

Select from:

AECN 256 Legal Aspects in Agriculture

AECN 265 Resource & Environmental Economics I (NREE 265)

AECN 345 Policy Issues in Agriculture & Natural Resources

AECN 357 Natural Resource & Environmental Law (NREE 357)

Total Major Requirements60

Option Requirements49-56

Free Electives4-11

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation120

Veterinary Animal Sciences Option

This option is designed for students planning a career in veterinary medicine, and provides for completion of the pre-veterinary course requirements for application to the joint University of Nebraska/Iowa State University program for the doctorate of veterinary medicine (DVM) degree. However, it can easily be adapted to meet specific requirements for other colleges of veterinary medicine. Courses in animal management, nutrition, physiology and related areas complement the foundational science courses and provide a comprehensive background for careers in veterinary medicine. Completion of the option also provides excellent preparation for graduate study or other professional programs in the biological sciences. Students admitted to veterinary college after three years of undergraduate study may earn a bachelor of science degree through a 3+2 program (three years of undergraduate study plus two years of veterinary school).

Departmental Requirements14

Select one course from the following:3

ASCI 210 Animal Products (3 cr)

ASCI 250 Animal Management (3 cr)

ASCI 251 Introduction to Companion Animals (3 cr)

ASCI 252 Introduction to the Horse Industry & Management (3 cr)

Additional Courses:

ASCI 330 Animal Breeding4

ASCI 341 Physiology & Management of Reproduction4

Additional ASCI or VBMS 400-level courses (Excluding ASCI 496 and VBMS 496)3

Natural Sciences31

CHEM 109 General Chemistry I4

CHEM 110 General Chemistry II4

CHEM 251 & CHEM 253 Organic Chemistry I & Lab4

CHEM 252 Organic Chemistry II3

BIOC 321 Elements of Biochemistry (3 cr) or BIOC 431 Structure & Metabolism (BIOS 431/CHEM 431) (3 cr)3

Organismic Biology4

LIFE 121 & LIFE 121L Fundamentals of Biology II & Lab (4 cr)

BIOS 312 & BIOS 314 Microbiology & Lab4

PHYS 141 Elementary General Physics I5

NOTE: Although PHYS 142 is not required for admission to the ISU CVM, it is required by other colleges of veterinary medicine including KSU.

Business Courses3

Select a course from the “Business Courses” category listed in the Animal Science Business Option

NOTE: Two writing courses (6 cr) and one oral communications course (3 cr) required. Communications elective must be writing course.

Select appropriate courses from listing given under “Core Requirements.”

Total Major Requirements60

Option Requirements48

Free Electives12

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation120

ADDITIONAL MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Animal Science requirements are the same as outlined for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

REQUIREMENTS FOR MINOR OFFERED BY DEPARTMENT

Animal Science Minor (18 credits)

ASCI 100 Fundamentals of Animal Biology & Industry4

ASCI 200 level (select one from:)3

ASCI 250 Animal Management (3 cr)

ASCI 251 Introduction to Companion Animals (3 cr)

ASCI 252 Introduction to the Horse Industry & Management (3 cr)

ASCI 200 level (select one from:)3

ASCI 200 Animal & Carcass Evaluation (3 cr)

ASCI 210 Animal Products (3 cr)

ASCI 271 Companion Animal Behavior (3 cr)

ASCI 260 Basic Equitation (3 cr)

ASCI 300 or 400 level (select from 300 and 400-level courses)8

2 credits from experiential learning courses may be used.

Independent study courses, ASCI 399 and ASCI 496 are excluded.

Animal Science Minor (12 credits)

OTHER

Certificates

Meat Culinology Certificate

The Meat Culinology Certificate program consists of six courses. Students must successfully complete all six courses in order to earn certification. Successful completion is considered an earned grade of “C” or higher.

All courses are delivered online through UNL’s Blackboard system.

The Courses

Animal Products (ASCI 210), offered each semester

Meat Specifications & Procurement (ASCI 213/NUTR 213), offered each spring

Fresh Meats (ASCI 310), offered each fall

Meat Culinology III: Food Service Applications (NUTR 343 or ASCI 343), offered each spring

Processed Meats (ASCI 410), offered each spring

HACCP & Food Safety Systems for the Food Industry (ASCI 411), offered each fall

For additional information contact: Dr. Steven J. Jones

Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars Certificate

The Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars (NBIS) program is a unique educational opportunity at UNL. Incoming freshman who have an interest in pursuing a career in the beef cattle or allied industries, regardless of major, are identified through an application process as candidates for the certificate program. Students must apply during the fall of their freshman year. Students in the program take a specialized series of courses including seminars with beef industry leaders, issues based courses, a comprehensive study tour, and a national policy course that includes a trip to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) annual meeting and trade show. Students also help plan and conduct the annual Beef Summit that is held in the Animal Science Building every fall. In addition to the courses unique to NBIS, scholars will be required to take a commodities marketing class, a crisis communication course and two courses from the following: Cow/calf management, feedlot management, and fresh meats. In total, the program requires 18-20 credit hours. Currently, all scholars are student members of the Nebraska Cattleman’s Association. More information about the NBIS program can be found at http://www.animalscience.unl.edu/undergraduate/nbis.html or by contacting Dr. Matt Spangler.

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.

Quick points
Attribute Value
College: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences
Hours Required: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 for graduation
Minor Available: Yes
Chief Adviser: Dennis Brink