Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Grassland Ecology & Management

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College: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science in Grassland Ecology & Management
Hours Required: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 for graduation
Minor Available: Yes
Advisor: Walter Schacht
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Grassland Ecology & Management

COLLEGE: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources

MAJOR: Grassland Ecology & Management

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Science in Grassland Ecology & Management

HOURS REQUIRED: 120

MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation

MINOR AVAILABLE: Yes

ADVISOR: Walter Schacht

DESCRIPTION

Coordinator: Walter H. Schacht, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, 312 Keim Hall

Curriculum Committee: Guretzky, Twidwell, Wedin

Website: http://snr.unl.edu/undergrad/majors/grassland

Grassland Ecology and Management

  • An integration of disciplines involved in the study, conservation, and utilization of grasslands.
  • Provides a strong background in the plant and physical sciences in preparation for studying the ecology and management of grasslands in upper level course work.
  • Foundation of the degree program is multiple use, emphasizing integrated grassland management for water, wildlife, forage, recreation, and aesthetics.
  • Students learn through course work, seminars, capstone experiences, and optional internships with state and federal agencies, research organizations, and private industry.
  • Careers include managers of grassland resources on private and public lands with specialization in habitat management, grassland restoration/monitoring, or grassland management, positions with environmental consulting firms, natural resources districts, public land management agencies, land use planning agencies, and federal and state wildlife divisions.
  • Curriculum meets the civil service requirements of the federal government for rangeland management specialist positions in such agencies as the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Forest Service.
  • Breadth of the curriculum prepares students for postgraduate education in most disciplines related to natural resource sciences.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Core Requirements

College Integrative Courses6

SCIL 101 Science and Decision-Making for a Complex World3

NRES 438 Grassland Conservation: Planning & Management (Capstone ACE 10)3

Mathematics and Statistics5-8

STAT 218 Introduction to Statistics (ACE 3)3

Select one course beyond college algebra2-5

MATH 102 Trigonometry (2 cr)

MATH 103 College Algebra & Trigonometry (5 cr) Only 2 hrs of MATH 103 will count toward this requirement.

MATH 104 Applied Calculus (ACE 3) (3 cr)

MATH 106 Calculus I (ACE 3) (5 cr)

Communication9

Written Communication (ACE 1)3

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

Oral Communication (ACE 2)3

Select from: ALEC 102, COMM 101, COMM 209, COMM 210, COMM 215, COMM 283, COMM 286, MRKT 257, NRES 260, TMFD 121

Communication and Interpersonal Skills Electives3

Select from: ENGL 150, ENGL 151, ENGL 252, ENGL 253, ENGL 254, ALEC 102, JGEN 120, JGEN 200, JGEN 300, COMM 101, COMM 209, COMM 210, COMM 212, COMM 215, COMM 286, MRKT 257, NRES 260, TMFD 121

Natural Resources13-14

NRES 220 Principles of Ecology (BIOS 220)3

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

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

GEOG 412 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (NRES 412) (4 cr) or NRES 312 Introduction to Geospatial Information Sciences (GEOG 312) (3 cr)3-4

Natural and Physical Sciences20

CASNR Approved Life Sciences8

LIFE 120 & LIFE 120L Fundamentals of Biology I & Lab4

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

CHEM 105 & CHEM 106 Chemistry in Context I & II (8 cr) or CHEM 109 & CHEM 110 General Chemistry I & II (8 cr) (ACE 4)8

MSYM 109 Physical Principles in Agriculture & Life Sciences (ACE 4)4

Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences15

AECN 141 Introduction to the Economics of Agriculture or ECON 200 Economic Essentials & Issues or ECON 211 Principles of Macroeconomics or ECON 212 Principles of Microeconomics (ACE 6)3

Select one course each from ACE outcomes 5, 7, 8, and 912

Specific Major Requirements

Grassland Resources12

NRES 245 Introduction to Grassland Ecology & Management (AGRO 245)3

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

NRES 442 Wildland Plants (AGRO 442/RNGE 442)3

RNGE 340 Range Management & Improvement (AGRO 340)3

Natural Resources and Sciences18

NRES 211 Introduction to Conservation Biology or NRES 311 Wildlife Ecology & Management3

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

AGRO 315 Genetics4

AGRO 325 Introductory Plant Physiology4

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

Inventory and Policy9

AECN 388 Ethics in Agriculture & Natural Resources (ALEC 388) or PHIL 225 Environmental Ethics3

NRES 323 Natural Resources Policy or AECN 357 Natural Resource & Environmental Law (NREE 357)3

RNGE 444 Ecosystem Monitoring & Assessment (AGRO 444/NRES 444)3

Free Electives9-13

Total Credit Hours for Graduation120

REQUIREMENTS FOR MINOR OFFERED BY DEPARTMENT

Grassland Ecology & Management Minor18

NRES 245 Introduction to Grassland Ecology & Management (AGRO 245)3

RNGE 340 Range Management & Improvement (AGRO 340)3

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

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

Select two of the following: (5 cr minimum)5

AGRO 242 North American Wildland Plants (HORT 242/RNGE 242) (1-3 cr)

NRES 442 Wildland Plants (AGRO 442/RNGE 442) (3 cr)

NRES 444 Ecosystem Monitoring & Assessment (AGRO 444/RNGE 444) (3 cr)

NRES 438 Grassland Conservation: Planning & Management (3 cr)

NRES 496 Independent Study (1-6 cr)

OTHER

Scholarships and Financial Aid

In addition to other scholarships a student might receive, the grassland ecology and management program awards scholarships annually to qualifying new and current GECM students, based primarily on academic performance. For more information on these scholarships, contact Dr. Walter Schacht, 402-472-0205, wschacht1@unl.edu.

Academic Advising

Students are assigned a faculty advisor after admission into their program. The advisor serves as a resource regarding the degree, academic plans and progress, and career options. Students are encouraged to regularly consult with their advisor, especially before registering for classes.