Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Mechanized Systems Management

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Mechanized Systems Management

Mechanized Systems Management

COLLEGE: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources

MAJOR: Mechanized Systems Management

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Science in Mechanized Systems Management

HOURS REQUIRED: 120

MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation

MINOR AVAILABLE: Yes-Two minors; one with 12 hours and another with 18 hours

CHIEF ADVISER: Deepak R. Keshwani

DESCRIPTION

Mechanized Systems Management is a CASNR degree program offered through the Department of Biological Systems Engineering.

Head: Mark Riley

Professors: Dvorak, Edwards, Eisenhauer, Hoy, Irmak, Jones, Koelsch, Martin, Meyer, Schinstock, Schulte, Shelton, Weller, Woldstad, Yang, Yoder

Associate Professors: Bashford, Franti, Kocher, Kranz, Pannier, Stowell, Subbiah, Woldt

Assistant Professors: Gu, Heeren, Keshwani, Liska, Luck, Melander, Munoz-Arriola, Othman, Pannier, Pitla, Schmidt, van Donk, Xu

Lecturer: Mabie

Website: http://msym.unl.edu

The Mechanized Systems Management (MSYM) major prepares students for delivery, management, and technical support of engineered systems for agriculture, food, energy, and water. Students will develop technical, systems analysis, and management skills. This major is ideal for students interested in working with machinery and equipment systems from a practical perspective. The MSYM program includes hands-on course work in power and machinery systems, processing and handling equipment, and sensors and controls combined with coursework in business, management, agriculture, and natural sciences that prepares students for a wide range of careers in a variety of industries related to agriculture, food, energy, and water. The program offers four options for specialization: production, technical, business and processing operations.

Students in the MSYM major benefit from small classes and personalized faculty advising. Students have the opportunity to work part-time in the Nebraska Tractor Test Laboratory and numerous departmental research projects. Students are encouraged to participate in student clubs such as the Mechanized Systems Management Club, and the UNL Quarter Scale Tractor Team.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Core Requirements

Integrative Courses6

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

MSYM 462 Equipment Systems (ACE 10)3

Mathematics and Statistics (ACE 3)5

MATH 102 Trigonometry2

STAT 218 Introduction to Statistics3

Communications8-9

BSEN 130 Computer-aided Design (2 cr) or MECH 130 Introduction to CAD (3 cr)2-3

Written Communication elective (ACE 1)3

Select from: JGEN 200, ENGL 150, ENGL 151

Professional Communication elective (ACE 2)3

Select from: JGEN 300, COMM 209, COMM 210, COMM 286

Natural Sciences20

CASNR Approved Life Sciences elective (ACE 4)4

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

CHEM 109 General Chemistry I (ACE 4)4

MSYM 109 & MSYM 109L Physical Principles in Agriculture & Life Sciences & Lab (ACE 4)5

Natural Sciences electives7

Select from: additional biochemistry, biology, chemistry, geography (excluding human and economic), geology, life sciences (excluding 115), meteorology (excluding 140), or physics and astronomy (excluding 103)

Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences15

ECON 211 Principles of Macroeconomics (ACE 8)3

ECON 212 Principles of Microeconomics or AECN 141 Introduction to the Economics of Agriculture (ACE 6)3

ACE Courses9

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

Major Requirements24

Option Requirements33

Personal Development Electives9

Minimum Credit Hours Required for Graduation120

Specific Major Requirements

Major Requirements (in addition to capstone MSYM 462)24

MSYM 162 Introduction to Mechanized Systems Management2

MSYM 245 Electrical Service Systems3

MSYM 312 Engine Power Systems3

MSYM 354 Soil Conservation & Watershed Management3

MSYM 364 Agricultural Products Processing & Handling3

MSYM 416 Sensors & Control Systems for Agri-Industries3

BSEN 206 Engineering Economics3

SOIL 153 Soil Resources4

Production Option

The production option is for students interested in careers in production agriculture such as farming, ranching, and crop consulting. The option integrates course work in mechanized systems management with agricultural sciences, management, and marketing. Students have flexibility in course selection to pursue minors in areas such as agronomy and animal science.

Option Requirements33

AGRO 204 Resource-Efficient Crop Management3

AECN 201 Farm & Ranch Management4

AECN 325 Marketing of Agricultural Commodities3

ASCI 250 Animal Management3

Mechanized Systems Management electives9

Select three courses from the following:

MSYM 232 Equipment Principles (3 cr)

MSYM 342 Animal Housing Systems (3 cr)

MSYM 412 Hydraulic Power Systems (3 cr)

MSYM 431 Site-specific Crop Management (3 cr)

MSYM 433 Equipment & Tractor Testing (3 cr)

MSYM 452 Irrigation Systems Management (3 cr)

Production Agriculture electives8-11

Select from CASNR courses at 200 level or above.

Option electives0-3

Select from:

MATH 104 Applied Calculus (3 cr)

MSYM 395 Internship in Mechanized Systems Management (1-3 cr)

Business or agricultural economics course

Business Option

The business option is for students interested in business-related careers such as marketing, sales, and management in agriculture and related industries. This option integrates course work in mechanized systems management with additional business courses. Students can easily pursue a business minor with this option.

Option Requirements33

ACCT 200 Accounting for Business Decisions3

AGRO 204 Resource-Efficient Crop Management or ASCI 250 Animal Management3

MATH 104 Applied Calculus3

Mechanized Systems Management electives9

Select from the following:

MSYM 342 Animal Housing Systems (3 cr)

MSYM 395 Internship in Mechanized Systems Management (3 cr)

MSYM 412 Hydraulic Power Systems (3 cr)

MSYM 431 Site-specific Crop Management (3 cr)

MSYM 452 Irrigation Systems Management (3 cr)

Business Law elective3

Select from the following:

AECN 256 Legal Aspects in Agriculture (3 cr)

AECN 357 Natural Resource & Environmental Law (3 cr)

BLAW 300 Business, Government, & Society (3 cr)

Finance elective3

Select from the following:

AECN 452 Agricultural Finance (3 cr)

FINA 300 Financial Decision Making (3 cr)

Marketing elective3

Select from the following:

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

AECN 325 Marketing of Agricultural Commodities (3 cr)

MRKT 300 Contemporary Marking (3 cr)

Management electives6-7

Select two courses from the following:

AECN 201 Farm & Ranch Management (4 cr)

AECN 316 Agribusiness Management (3 cr)

MNGT 300 Management Essentials for Contemporary Organizations (3 cr)

MNGT 361 Human Resource Management (3 cr)

Technical Option

The technical option is for students interested in hands-on technical careers such as test engineers, product support specialists, and service managers. This option integrates course work in mechanized systems management with additional course work in engineering. This option will also prepare students for graduate study.

Option Requirements33

AGRO 204 Resource-Efficient Crop Management or ASCI 250 Animal Management3

MECH 220 Statics3

MECH 324 Strength of Materials3

MATH 106 Calculus I5

MSYM 395 Internship in Mechanized Systems Management (1-3 cr) or MSYM 400A Occupational Safety (3 cr)1-3

Management electives6

Select two courses from the following:

AECN 316 Agribusiness Management (3 cr)

MNGT 300 Management Essentials for Contemporary Organizations (3 cr)

MNGT 331 Operations & Supply Chain Management (3 cr)

MNGT 361 Human Resource Management (3 cr)

Mechanized Systems Management electives12

Select four courses from the following:

MSYM 232 Equipment Principles (3 cr)

MSYM 342 Animal Housing Systems (3 cr)

MSYM 412 Hydraulic Power Systems (3 cr)

MSYM 431 Site-specific Crop Management (3 cr)

MSYM 433 Equipment & Tractor Testing (3 cr)

MSYM 452 Irrigation Systems Management (3 cr)

Processing Operations Option

The processing operations option is for students interested in careers in operations management for food, feed, and fuel companies. This option integrates course work in mechanized systems management, with business, agricultural sciences, and food sciences. This option will also prepare students for graduate study.

Option Requirements33

AGRO 437 Animal, Food & Industrial Uses of Grain2

AECN 325 Marketing of Agricultural Commodities3

ASCI 210 Animal Products3

MATH 104 Applied Calculus (3 cr) or MATH 106 Calculus I (5 cr)3-5

MSYM 395 Internship in Mechanized Systems Management (1-3 cr) or MSYM 400A Occupational Safety (3 cr)1-3

MNGT 331 Operations & Supply Chain Management3

MSYM 363 Heat & Mass Transfer3

MSYM 412 Hydraulic Power Systems3

MSYM 465 Food Engineering Unit Operations3

Processing electives7-9

Select from the following:

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

ASCI 410 Processed Meats (3 cr)

ENSC 220 Introduction to Energy Systems (3 cr)

FDST 205 Food Composition & Analysis (3 cr)

FDST 372 Food Safety & Sanitation (3 cr)

FDST 403 Food Quality Assurance (3 cr)

FDST 412 Cereal Technology (3 cr)

FDST 420 Fruit & Vegetable Technology (3 cr)

FDST 429 Dairy Products Technology (3 cr)

MSYM 232 Equipment Principles (3 cr)

Electives

Students can select 9 credit hours of personal development electives. These electives can be used to foster greater understanding of a topic of interest, to develop an inherent skill, or to pursue a minor.

REQUIREMENTS FOR MINOR OFFERED BY DEPARTMENT

12-Credit-Hour Mechanized Systems Management Minor

  • A minimum of 12 credit hours of mechanized systems management course work at the 300 level or above.

18-Credit-Hour Mechanized Systems Management Minor

  • A minimum of 18 credit hours of mechanized systems management course work (excluding MSYM 109) with at least 9 credit hours at the 300 level or above.

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.

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College: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science in Mechanized Systems Management
Hours Required: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 for graduation
Minor Available: Yes-Two minors; one with 12 hours and another with 18 hours
Chief Adviser: Deepak R. Keshwani