Arts & Sciences Environmental Studies (ASC)

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College: Arts & Sciences
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science
Hours Required: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 for graduation
Minor Available: Yes
Advisor: Christine Haney
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Environmental Studies (ASC)

COLLEGE: Arts & Sciences

MAJOR: Environmental Studies (ASC)

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

HOURS REQUIRED: 120

MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation

MINOR AVAILABLE: Yes

ADVISOR: Christine Haney

DESCRIPTION

Website: esp.unl.edu

The environmental studies major is designed for students who want to make a difference and contribute to solving environmental challenges on a local to global scale. Solutions to challenges such as climate change, pollution, and resource conservation require individuals who have a broad-based knowledge in the natural and social sciences, as well as strength in a specific discipline. The environmental studies major will provide the knowledge and skills needed for students to work across disciplines and to be competitive in the job market. The Environmental Studies program uses a holistic approach and a framework of sustainability. This framework recognizes the necessity of meeting current resource needs without compromising the environment or the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

Students may select either a BS or BA degree through the College of Arts and Sciences. The degree program consists of four required components:

1. Environmental studies core courses introduce students to the major (ENVR 101) and provide a foundation in the scientific and human dimensions of environmental challenges (ENVR 201 and ENVR 249). Students will have the opportunity to work with individuals and organizations involved in environmental challenges within the community (ENVR 319). The required internship course (ENVR 495) provides the opportunity to gain work experience related to academic and career objectives. The “capstone” senior thesis series (ENVR 499A and ENVR 499B) provides an opportunity to complete a scholarly creative or research product.

2. General collateral courses in Earth and Environmental Systems, Human Dimensions, and Economics and Policy: Earth and environmental systems courses provide the opportunity to explore Earth’s four major spheres (land, water, living things, air) and the influence humans have had on their variability over space and through time. Human dimensions courses allow an exploration of human factors driving environmental change: law, politics, ethics, human behavior, cultural diversity, decision-making, and communication. Economics and Policy courses provide an additional lens to view environmental challenges. In addition, students will use and apply relevant research methods, tools, and technologies to address environmental challenges in an ethical manner.

3. Ancillary requirements in natural sciences (biology, chemistry and physics), mathematics, and statistics.

4. Minor/Emphasis area courses. To provide depth within a particular discipline, completion of a Plan A minor or double major is required. The minor/double major can be chosen from: anthropology, biology, chemistry, communication studies, english, geography, geology, meteorology-climatology, political science, psychology, or sociology. If completing a minor, selection of additional upper level courses within the discipline are recommended.

Students interested in majoring in environmental studies through the College of Arts and Sciences are advised to make an initial appointment with the program or academic advisor.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Core Requirements

Required Courses (13 hours)

ENVR 101 Environmental Studies Orientation1

ENVR 201 Science, Systems, Environment & Sustainability3

ENVR 249 Individual & Cultural Perspectives on the Environment3

ENVR 319 Environmental Engagement & the Community2

ENVR 495 Internship in Environmental Studies1

ENVR 499A Environmental Studies Senior Thesis I1

ENVR 499B Environmental Studies Senior Thesis II2

  • ENVR 499A & 499B are the capstone courses for environmental studies majors.
  • ENVR 499H (3 cr) is the capstone course for UNL Honors students.

Specific Major Requirements

Earth and Environmental Systems (BS & BA Degrees)19-23

Ecology3-4

Select one from:

BIOS 220 Principles of Ecology (NRES 220) (3 cr) & BIOS 222 Ecology Lab (NRES 222) (1 cr) (Recommended)

BIOS 232 Ecological Issues in the Great Plains (3 cr)

BIOS 207 Ecology & Evolution (4 cr)

Soil4

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

Climate3-4

Select one course from:

NRES 104 Climate in Crisis (3 cr)

METR 100 Weather & Climate (4 cr)

METR 180 Environment, Energy & Climate Change (3 cr)

NRES 208 Applied Climate Sciences (3 cr)

Earth Systems3-4

Select one course from:

NRES 108 Earth’s Natural Resource Systems Lab (3 cr)

ENSC 110 Energy in Perspective (3 cr)

GEOL 101 Physical Geology (4 cr)

GEOL 106 Environmental Geology (3 cr)

GEOL 109 Oceanography (3 cr)

GEOL 120 Geology of National Parks & Monuments (3 cr)

GEOL 125 Frontiers in Antarctic Geosciences (3 cr)

GEOG 155 Elements of Physical Geography (4 cr)

GEOG 181 Quality of the Environment (3 cr)

Water3

Select one course from:

ENVR 189H Humans, Water & the Environment (3 cr)

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

Geospatial Science3-4

Select one course from:

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)

CRPL 433 GIS in Environmental Design & Planning (3 cr)

Human Dimensions Electives (BS and BA Degrees):12

Select two courses from two different departments6

AECN 256 Legal Aspects in Agriculture (3 cr)

AECN 276 Rural Sociology (SOCI 241) (3 cr)

AECN 346 World Food Economics (3 cr)

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

AECN 376 Rural Community Economics (3 cr)

AECN 456 Environmental Law (NREE 456) (3 cr)

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

ALEC 125 Land, Food & People (3 cr)

ALEC 202 Foundations of Leadership Theory & Practice (3 cr)

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

ALEC 393 Digital Imaging & Storytelling in Agriculture & Natural Resources (3-9 cr)

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

ANTH 110 Introduction to Anthropology (3 cr)

ANTH 130 Anthropology of the Great Plains (3 cr)

ANTH 170 Introduction to Great Plains Studies (GEOG 170/GPSP 170/NRES 170/SOCI 170) (3 cr)

ANTH 212 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ETHN 212) (3 cr)

ANTH 261 Conflict & Conflict Resolution (POLS 261/SOCI 261/PSYC 261) (3 cr)

ANTH 351 Indigenous Peoples of North America (ETHN 351) (3 cr)

ANTH 454 Ethnographic Field School (3 cr)

ANTH 473 Ecological Anthropology (3 cr)

ANTH 476 Human Rights, Environment, & Development (3 cr)

BLAW 300 Business, Government & Society (3 cr)

COMM 101 Communication in the 21st Century

COMM 210 Communicating in Small Groups (3 cr)

COMM 211 Intercultural Communication (ETHN 211) (3 cr)

COMM 220 Public Advocacy & Civic Engagement (3 cr)

COMM 271 Organizing Social Change (3 cr)

COMM 283 Interpersonal Communication (3 cr)

COMM 334 Polls, Politics & Public Opinion (POLS 334) (3 cr)

COMM 465 Communication & Social Identity (3 cr)

COMM 371 Communication in Negotiation & Conflict Resolution (3 cr)

COMM 375 Theories of Persuasion (3 cr)

CRPL 470 Environmental Planning & Policy (3 cr)

CYAF 460 Human Dimensions of Sustainability (3 cr)

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

GEOG 140 Introductory Human Geography (3 cr)

GEOG 181 Quality of the Environment (3 cr)

GEOG 272 Geography of World Regions (3 cr)

GEOG 283 Space, the Environment & You (3 cr)

GEOG 334 Historical Geography of the Great Plains (3 cr)

GEOG 361 Urban Geography (3 cr)

GEOG 406 Spatial & Environmental Influences in Social Systems (3 cr)

GEOG 447 Political Geography (3 cr)

MNGT 300 Management Essentials for Contemporary Organizations (3 cr)

NRES 111 Natural Resource Conservation in Society (3 cr)

NRES 260 Environmental Communication Skills (3 cr)

NRES 409 Human Dimensions of Natural Resources (3 cr) (GEOG 409)

NRES 423 Integrated Resources Management (3 cr)

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

PHIL 225 Environmental Ethics (3 cr)

POLS 104 Comparative Politics (3 cr)

POLS 130 News Literacy, The Public, & Politics (3 cr)

POLS 150 Introduction to Biology, Psychology, & Politics (3 cr)

POLS 160 International Relations (GLST 160) (3 cr)

POLS 221 Politics in State & Local Governments (3 cr)

POLS 232 Public Issues in America (3 cr)

POLS 250 Genetics, Brains, & Politics (3 cr)

POLS 260 Problems in International Relations (3 cr)

POLS 268 Threats to World Order (3 cr)

POLS 334 Polls, Politics & Public Opinion (COMM 334) (3 cr)

POLS 350 Issues in Biology, Psychology, & Politics (3 cr)

POLS 362 Globalization, Human Rights & Diversity (3 cr)

POLS 459 International Political Economy (3 cr)

POLS 470 International Human Rights (3 cr)

PSYC 181 Introduction to Psychology (4 cr)

PSYC 288 The Psychology of Social Behavior (3 cr)

PSYC 330 Psychology of Diversity (3 cr)

SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology (3 cr)

SOCI 346 Environmental Sociology (3 cr)

Select two courses from two different departments6

SOCI 346 Environmental Sociology (3 cr)

ANTH 473 Ecological Anthropology (3 cr)

CYAF 460 Human Dimensions of Sustainability (3 cr)

NRES 409 Human Dimensions of Natural Resources (GEOG 409) (3 cr)

ENGL 317 Literature & the Environment (3 cr)

AECN 456 Environmental Law (NREE 456) (3 cr)

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

POLS 361 The United Nations & World Politics (3 cr)

POLS 362 Globalization, Human Rights & Diversity (3 cr)

PSYC 334 Psychology of Environmental Sustainability (ENVR 334) (3 cr)

CRPL 300 The Community & the Future (3 cr)

CRPL 471 Environmental Impact Assessment (3 cr)

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

NRES 434 Envronmental Education & Interpretation (ENVR 434) (3 cr)

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

Economics and Policy (BS & BA Degrees)6

Select one course from: ECON 200, ECON 211, ECON 212, AECN 1413

Select one course from: NRES 323, CRPL 470, AECN 345, AECN 346, AECN 3573

Ancillary Courses (BA):16-21

Mathematics: MATH 102 or MATH 103 or higher2-5

Statistics: STAT 218 (or equivalent)3

Biological Sciences: BIOS 101 & BIOS 101L or LIFE 120 & LIFE 120L4

Chemistry: CHEM 105 or CHEM 109 or CHEM 1134

Physics: PHYS 115 or PHYS 141 or PHYS 1513-5

Ancillary Courses (BS):26-29

Mathematics: MATH 106 or higher4-5

Statistics: STAT 218 or STAT 380 or equivalent3

Biological Sciences: LIFE 120 & LIFE 120L and LIFE 121 & LIFE 121L8

Chemistry: CHEM 109 & CHEM 110 or CHEM 113 & CHEM 1147-8

Physics: PHYS 141 or PHYS 2114-5

Minor/Program Emphasis Area Required

Environmental studies majors must complete a Plan A minor or second major in one of the following areas:

Anthropology

Biological Sciences

Chemistry

Communication Studies

English

Geography

Geology

Meteorology/Climatology

Political Science

Psychology

Sociology

ADDITIONAL MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

Environmental studies majors must earn a C or P or higher in all major courses with the exception of ancillary courses.

Pass/No Pass Limits

No major courses may be taken Pass/No Pass without permission of the department.

REQUIREMENTS FOR MINOR OFFERED BY DEPARTMENT

  • Minimum of 18 hours with 6 hours at 300 level or above are required.

Required Environmental Studies Courses9

ENVR 101 Environmental Studies Orientation1

ENVR 201 Science, Systems, Environment & Sustainability3

ENVR 249 Individual & Cultural Perspectives on the Environment3

ENVR 319 Environmental Engagement & the Community2

Earth and Environmental Systems3

Select one course from the Earth and Environmental Systems section of the major.

Human Dimensions3

Select one course from the Human Dimensions Electives section of the major.

Economics and Policy3

Select one course from the Economics and Policy section of the major.

Total Credit Hours18

COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS

College Admission

College Admission

The entrance requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences are the same as the UNL General Admission Requirements. Students who are admitted through the Admission by Review process may have certain conditions attached to their enrollment at UNL. These conditions are explained under “Removal of Deficiencies.”

In addition to these requirements, the College of Arts and Sciences strongly recommends a third and fourth year of languages. Four years of high school language will exempt students from the College of Arts and Sciences’ language requirement. It will also allow students to continue language study at a more advanced level, and give more opportunity to study abroad.

Transfer Students

To be considered for admission as a transfer student, Nebraska resident or nonresident, students 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 graduated from high school January 1997 and after must also meet the UNL General Admissions Requirements. Those transfer students who graduated before January 1997 must have completed in high school 3 years of English, 2 years of the same foreign language, 2 years of algebra, and 1 year of geometry. Transfer students who have completed less than 12 credit hours of college study must submit either the ACT or SAT scores.

Ordinarily, hours 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 the University will accept on transfer from a two-year college or international institution. Transfer credit in the major or minor must be approved by the departmental advisor on a Request for Substitution Form to meet specific course requirements, group requirements, or course level requirements in the major or minor. At least half of the hours in the major field must be completed at the University regardless of the number of hours transferred.

The College of Arts and Sciences will accept no more than 15 semester hours of C- and D grades from other schools. The C- and D grades cannot be applied toward requirements for a major or minor. This policy does not apply to the transfer of grades from UNO or UNK to UNL. All D grades may be transferred from UNO or UNK, but they are not applicable to a major or minor.

Readmitted Students

Students readmitted to the College of Arts and Sciences will follow the requirements stated in the bulletin for the academic year of readmission and reenrollment as a degree-seeking student in Arts and Sciences. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a bulletin for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single bulletin year. Beginning in 1990-1991, the bulletin which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

Admission Deficiencies/Removal of Deficiencies

Students must remove entrance deficiencies in geometry and foreign language before graduating from the College of Arts and Sciences and should consult a college advisor in the Academic and Career Advising Center in 107 Oldfather Hall for questions about admission deficiencies.

Removing Foreign Language Deficiencies

Students must complete the second semester of the first year language sequence to clear the deficiency and the second semester of the second year language sequence to complete the college graduation requirement in language.

Removing Geometry Deficiencies

A deficiency of one year of geometry can be removed by taking two high school geometry courses by Independent Study or by completing a geometry course from an accredited community college or a four-year institution. Neither of these options count for college credit.

College Degree Requirements

College General Education Requirements

The College of Arts and Sciences distribution requirements are designed to further the purposes of liberal education by encouraging study in several different areas. Courses satisfying these requirements may impart specialized knowledge or broadly connect the subject matter to other areas of knowledge.

All requirements are in addition to University ACE requirements. A student may not use a single course to satisfy more than one of the following five distribution requirements. A student cannot use a single course to satisfy both an ACE outcome and a College distribution requirement. A student cannot use a course from their major to satisfy the Breadth Requirement (F), but may apply an ancillary requirement of the primary major or a course from their second major toward this requirement. Independent study or reading courses and internships cannot be used to satisfy distribution requirements. To see a complete list of excluded courses, run a degree audit through MyRED.

Courses from interdisciplinary programs will count in the same area as courses from the home/cross-listed department(s).

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (16 credits + Language)

A. Written Communication: 3 hours

To be selected from courses approved for ACE outcome 1.

B. Natural, Physical and Mathematical Sciences: 4 hours

Select from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, geology, meteorology, mathematics, physics and statistics. Must include one lab in the natural or physical sciences. Lab courses may be selected from biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, geology, meteorology and physics. Select courses from geography* and anthropology* may also be used to satisfy the lab requirement.

* See your degree audit or a College of Arts and Sciences advisor for approved geography and anthropology courses that apply as natural science.

C. Humanities: 3 hours

Select from: classics*, English, history, modern languages and literatures*, philosophy, and religious studies*.

*Language courses numbered 210 or below apply only for the foreign language requirement.

D. Social Sciences: 3 hours

Select from: anthropology*, communication studies, geography*, political science, psychology*, or sociology.

*See degree audit or College of Arts and Sciences advisor for list of natural/physical science courses in anthropology, geography, and psychology that do not apply as social science.

E. Languages Classical and Modern: 0-6 hours

Fulfilled by the completion of the 6-credit-hour second-year sequence in a single foreign language in one of the following departments: Classics and religious studies, modern languages and literatures, or anthropology. Instruction is currently available in Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Latin, Omaha, Russian, and Spanish. A student who has completed the fourth-year level of one foreign language in high school is exempt from the languages requirement.

F. Additional Breadth Requirement (may not be used toward the primary major; may apply toward ancillary requirements and second majors): 3 hours

Select from: natural, physical and mathematical sciences (Area B), humanities (Area C), or social sciences (Area D).

Scientific Base

The bachelor of science degree requires students to complete 60 hours in mathematical, physical and natural sciences. Approved courses for scientific base credit come from the following College of Arts and Sciences disciplines: actuarial science, anthropology (selected courses), astronomy, biochemistry (excluding BIOC 101), biological sciences (excluding BIOS 150, 160, 203), chemistry (excluding CHEM 101), computer science (excluding CSCE 10), geography (selected courses), geology, life sciences, mathematics (excluding courses below MATH 104), meteorology, physics and statistics.

See your degree audit or a College of Arts and Sciences advisor for a complete list including individual classes that fall outside of the disciplines listed above. Up to 12 hours of scientific and technical courses offered by other colleges may be accepted toward this requirement with approval of a college advisor.

Foreign Languages/Language Requirement

Languages Exemption Policy

UNL and the College of Arts and Sciences will exempt or waive students from the UNL entrance requirement of two years of the same foreign language or from the College’s language distribution requirement based on documentation only. The following are the options and procedures for documentation:

High School Transcripts

1. For the University entrance requirements, students must show an official high school transcript with two or more years of the same foreign language in high school.

2. For the College of Arts and Sciences College Distribution Requirement E-Language, students must show an official high school transcript with four or more years of the same foreign language in high school, or show evidence of graduation from a non-English-speaking foreign high school.

3. For the College of Arts and Sciences College Distribution Requirement E-Language, students whose native language is not English must show English as a Second Language study on an official high school transcript. Four years of ESL at the high school level (9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades) will be the basis for a waiver of the CDR E Language requirement.

Proficiency Examination at UNL

1. For the University entrance requirement, students who do not have transcript documentation can request to take a proficiency exam in the language. (This is not the same test as the Modern Languages Placement Exam.) However, UNL will provide testing only in the languages it teaches. Currently, these languages are:

Arabic

French

German

Spanish

Russian

Czech

Japanese

Chinese

The Department of Modern Languages will oversee the test and provide written documentation to the Arts and Sciences Advising Center that the student has passed the proficiency test at the 102 level.

2. For the College of Arts and Sciences College Distribution Requirement E-Language, the Department of Modern Languages will oversee the test at the 202 level. If the student passes the test, the department will sign the College Request for Waiver form and indicate the level of proficiency. The form is then forwarded to the Arts and Sciences Advising Center for approval.

Distance Education

1. For the University entrance requirement, students without transcript documentation who claim proficiency in a language not taught at UNL, have the option of seeking out a distance education program in languages. If the student completes the equivalent of 102 from an approved distance education program, the student will meet the UNL entrance requirement. The student must have the course work approved before he/she takes/completes the course as equivalent to 102 by a College advisor. The student then completes the course and has the distance education program send the transcript to the Admissions Office.

2. For the College of Arts and Sciences College Distribution Requirement E-Language, the student can seek out a distance education program and complete the equivalent of the 202-level course. The student must submit the request on the College Request for Substitution form and have the course work approved by a College advisor. The student then completes the course and has the distance education program send the transcript to the Admissions Office.

Third Language Option

If a student demonstrates knowledge of two foreign languages at the 102 level, the College of Arts and Sciences may consider waiving two semesters of the four semester College Distribution Requirements E-Languages requirement. If this waiver were granted, the student would then be required to complete 101 and 102 in another (3rd language) at UNL.

Minimum Hours Required for Graduation

A minimum of 120 semester hours of credit is required for graduation from the College of Arts and Sciences. A total grade point average of at least 2.0 is required.

Grade Rules

Restrictions on C- and D Grades

The College will accept no more than 15 semester hours of C- and D grades from other schools except for UNO and UNK. No transfer C- and D grades can be applied toward requirements in a major or a minor. No UNL C- and D grades can be applied toward requirements in a major or a minor.

Pass/No Pass Privilege

University regulations for the Pass/No Pass (P/N) privilege state:

  • The Pass/No Pass option is designed for your use by seeking to expand your intellectual horizons by taking courses in areas where you may have had minimal preparation.

For students in Arts and Sciences, the University regulations for Pass/No Pass apply as follows:

  • Neither the P nor the N grade contribute to your GPA.
  • P is interpreted to mean C or above.
  • A change to or from a Pass/No Pass may be made until mid-term (1/2 of the course).
  • The Pass/No Pass or grade registration cannot conflict with the policy of the professor, department, college, or University governing the grading option.
  • Changing to or from Pass/No Pass requires using the MyRED system to change the grading option or filing a Drop/Add form with the Office of the University Registrar, 107 Canfield Administration Building. After mid-term of the course, a student registered for Pass/No Pass cannot change to a grade registration unless the Pass/No Pass registration is in conflict with the policy of the professor, department, college, or University governing Pass/No Pass.
  • The Pass/No Pass grading option cannot be used for the removal of C- or D or F grades.

Pass/No Pass privileges in the College of Arts and Sciences are extended to students according to the following additional regulations:

  • Pass/No Pass hours can count toward fulfillment of University ACE requirements and college distribution requirements up to the 24-hour maximum.
  • Many Arts and Sciences departments and programs do not allow courses in the major or minor to be taken Pass/No Pass; students should refer to the department’s or program’s section of the bulletin for clarification. By college rule, departments can allow up to 6 hours of Pass/No Pass in the major or minor.
  • Departments may specify that certain courses of theirs can be taken only on a P/N basis.
  • The college will permit no more than a total of 24 semester hours of P/N grades to be applied toward degree requirements. This total includes all Pass grades earned at UNL and other U.S. schools. NOTE: This 24-hour limit is more restrictive than the University regulation.

Students who wish to apply P/N hours to their major and minor(s) must obtain approval on a form that is available in the Arts and Sciences Advising Center, 107 Oldfather Hall.

Grading Appeals

A student who feels that he/she has been unfairly graded must ordinarily take the following sequential steps in a timely manner, usually by initiating the appeal in the semester following the awarding of the grade:

1. Talk with the instructor concerned. Most problems are resolved at this point.

2. Talk to the instructor’s department chairperson.

3. Take the case to the Grading Appeal Committee of the department concerned. The Committee should be contacted through the department chairperson.

4. Take the case to the College Grading Appeals Committee by contacting the Dean’s Office, 1223 Oldfather Hall.

Course Level Requirements

Courses Numbered above 299

Thirty of the 120 semester hours of credit must be in courses numbered above 299. Of the 30 hours above 299, 15 hours (1/2) must be completed in residence at UNL. NOTE: ALEC 397E and ALEC 397K do not count toward these 30 hours.

Graduate Courses

Seniors in the University who have obtained in advance the approval of the dean for Graduate Studies may receive up to 12 hours credit for graduate courses taken in addition to the courses necessary to complete their undergraduate work, provided that such credits are earned within the calendar year prior to receipt of the baccalaureate. For procedures, inquire at the Office of Graduate Studies.

Course work taken prior to receipt of the baccalaureate may not always be accepted for transfer to other institutions as graduate work.

Residency

Residency Requirement and Open Enrollment and Summer Independent Study Courses

Students must complete at least 30 of the 120 total hours for their degree at UNL. Students must complete at least 1/2 of their major course work including 6 hours above 299 in their major, and 15 of the 30 hours required above 299 in residence. 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.

ACE Requirements

Consistent with the mission and values of the University, ACE is based on a shared set of four institutional objectives and 10 student learning outcomes. The ACE program was approved by faculty in all eight undergraduate colleges and endorsed by the Faculty Senate, the student government, and the Academic Planning Committee in January 2008 for implementation in the fall 2009. ACE aligns with current national initiatives in general education.

Key characteristics of ACE demonstrate the benefits of the program to students:

  • Students receive a broad education with exposure to multiple disciplines, critical life skills and important reasoning, inquiry, and civic capacities.
  • ACE is simple and transparent for students, faculty and advisors. Students complete the equivalent of 3 credit hours for each of the ten student learning outcomes.
  • Students connect and integrate their ACE experiences with their selected major.
  • Students can transfer all ACE certified courses across colleges within the institution to meet the ACE requirement and any course from outside the institution that is directly equivalent to a UNL ACE-certified course. Courses from outside institutions without direct equivalents may be considered with appropriate documentation for ACE credit (see academic advisor).

ACE allows faculty to assess and improve their effectiveness and facilitate students’ learning.

ACE Institutional Objectives and Student Learning Outcomes

To meet the ACE Program requirement, a student will complete a minimum of 3 credit hours for each of the ten ACE Student Learning Outcomes (a total of 30 ACE credit hours). See the ACE website at: http://ace.unl.edu for the most current information and the most recently certified courses.

Bulletin Rule

Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the bulletin for the academic year in which they are first admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at UNL. In consultation with advisors, 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 Arts and Sciences. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single bulletin year. Beginning in 1990-1991 the bulletin which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

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