Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Applied Science

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College: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science in Applied Science
Hours Required: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 for graduation
Minor Available: No
Chief Adviser: Stephen Danielson
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Applied Science

Applied Science

COLLEGE: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources

MAJOR: Applied Science

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Science in Applied Science


MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation


CHIEF ADVISER: Stephen Danielson


Coordinator: Stephen Danielson, 212 Entomology Hall, 402-472-8693,


The applied science degree program is designed for the student seeking a broad education in the agricultural, life, and natural resource sciences combined with essential studies in the natural sciences, leadership, communication skills, humanities and social sciences.

This degree program prepares students for occupations that involve the application of science in society. It teaches an integrated understanding of how basic and applied science benefit and impact us in daily life.


Core Requirements

A minimum of 30 hours must be completed at the 200 level or above and a minimum of 15 hours must be completed at the 300 level or above. To meet degree requirements, students must have a course in at least four CASNR departments or program areas.

NOTE: Courses marked with an asterisk (*) may be taken online.

College Integrative Courses6

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

*AGRI 485 Investigations in Applied Science (capstone, ACE 10)3

Mathematics and Statistics (beyond college algebra)5

Select from: MATH 102, MATH 103, *MATH 104, MATH 106, STAT 218, or *ECON 215

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


Written Communication (ACE 1)3

Select from: ENGL 150, ENGL 151, ENGL 254; JGEN 120, *JGEN 200, *JGEN 220

Communication and Interpersonal Skills Electives (ACE 2)3

Select from: *ALEC 102; *COMM 109, COMM 209, *COMM 286; JGEN 300

Natural Sciences19-20

Biological Sciences (ACE 4)4

Select from: BIOS 101 & BIOS 101L, or LIFE 120 & LIFE 120L, or *AGRO 131 and AGRO 132

*AGRO 3154

CHEM 105 or CHEM 109 (ACE 4)4

CHEM 106 or CHEM 110, or *FDST 3013-4

*PHYS 141 or *PHYS 151 or *MSYM 109 (ACE 4)4

Economics (ACE 6)3

Select from: *ECON 211 or *ECON 212 or AECN 141

Humanities and Social Sciences12

Students should work with an adviser to satisfy ACE areas 5, 7, 8 and 9 as Humanities and Social Science electives.

Degree Requirements


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

*AGRI 115 Biotechnology: Food, Health & Environment (LIFE 115)3

*ENTO 115 Insect Biology (*BIOS 115)3

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

*NRES 108 Earth’s Natural Resource Systems Lab3

*NRES 422 Laboratory Earth: Earth’s Changing Systems3

*AECN 265 Resource & Environmental Economics I (NREE 265)3

Food, Animal, and Plant Science Electives9

Select 9 hours from:

AGRO 204 Resource-Efficient Crop Management (3 hr)

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

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

AGRO 325 Introductory Plant Physiology (4 hr)

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

AGRO 405 Crop Management Strategies (3 hr)

AGRO 406 Plant Ecophysiology: Theory & Practice (HORT 406/NRES 406) (4 hr)

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

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

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

ASCI 100 Fundamentals of Animal Biology & Industry (4 hr)

*ASCI 310 Fresh Meats (3 hr)

ASCI 320 Animal Nutrition & Feeding (3 hr)

*ASCI 410 Processed Meats (3 hr)

ENTO 308 Management of Field Crop Insects (3 hrs)

*ENTO 401 Insect Physiology (3 hrs)

ENTO 403 Management of Horticultural Crop Insects (3 hrs)

HORT 325 Greenhouse Practices & Management (4 hrs)

HORT 462 Nursery Management & Crop Production (4 hrs)

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

*MSYM 452 Irrigation Systems Management (*HORT 452/*WATS 452) (3 hrs)

*NUTR 253 Cultural Aspects of Food & Nutrition (3 hrs)

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

VBMS 303 Principles & Prevention of Livestock Diseases (3 hrs)

Food Genetics, Biotechnology, and Processing Electives6

Select 6 hours from:

AGRO 216 Plant Breeding Principles & Practice (BIOS 216/HORT 216) (2 hrs)

*AGRO 411 Crop Genetic Engineering (2 hr)

*AGRO 412 Crop & Weed Genetics (1 hr)

*ASCI 210 Animal Products (3 hrs)

ASCI 330 Animal Breeding (4 hrs)

*ENTO 409 Insect Control by Host-Plant Resistance (2 hrs)

FDST 101 Introductory Food Science (2 hrs)

*FDST 405 Food Microbiology (BIOS 445) (3 hrs)

*FDST 455 Microbiology of Fermented Foods (2 hrs)

BIOS 312 Microbiology (3 hrs)

BIOS 425 Plant Biotechnology (3 hrs)

MSYM 364 Agricultural Products Processing & Handling (3 hrs)

Ecology Electives9

Select 9 hours from:

*AECN 357 Natural Resource & Environmental Law (*NREE 357) (3 hrs)

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

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

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

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

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

BIOS 454 Ecological Interactions (NRES 454) (4 hrs)

BIOS 457 Ecosystem Ecology (GEOL 457) (4 hrs)

ENTO 300 Toxins in the Environment (BIOS 300/NRES 300) (3 hrs)

*ENTO 402 Aquatic Insects (*BIOS 485/*NRES 402) (2 hrs)

*ENTO 406 Insect Ecology (*BIOS 406) (3 hrs)

GEOL 106 Environmental Geology (3 hrs)

METR 100 Weather & Climate (4 hrs)

NRES 208 Applied Climate Sciences (3 hrs)

NRES 211 Introduction to Conservation Biology (3 hrs)

NRES 220 & NRES 222/BIOS 220 & BIOS 222 Principles of Ecology & Lab (4 hrs)

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

NRES 452 Climate & Society (AGRO 450/GEOG 450/METR 450) (3 hrs)

PLPT 270 Biological Invaders (AGRO 270/HORT 270/NRES 270) (3 hrs)

Entrepreneurship, Economics, and Policy Electives6

Select 6 hours from:

*AECN 256 Legal Aspects in Agriculture (3 hrs)

AECN 325 Marketing of Agricultural Commodities (MRKT 325) (3 hrs)

AECN 345 Policy Issues in Agriculture & Natural Resources (3 hrs)

*AECN 346 World Food Economics (3 hrs)

*AECN 357 Natural Resource & Environmental Law (NREE 357) (3 hrs)

AECN 420 International Food & Agricultural Trade (3 hrs)

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

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

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

*ALEC 414 Classic Figures in Leadership (3 hrs)

*ALEC 477 Leadership & Motivation (3 hrs)

ENSC 220 Introduction to Energy Systems (3 hrs)

ENSC 230 Energy & the Environment: Economics & Policy (3 hrs)

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

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

*ENTR 421 Initiating & Managing Entrepreneurial Growth (*MNGT 421) (3 hrs)

HORT 388 Agribusiness Entrepreneurship (AGRO 388/EAEP 388/ENTR 388) (3 hrs)

NRES 323 Natural Resources Policy (3 hrs)

Core Requirements51-52

Degree Requirements52

Free Electives16-17

Total Requirements for Graduation120


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

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.


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


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.