Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Communication

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College: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication
Hours Required: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 for graduation
Minor Available: Yes
Advisor: Karen J. Cannon
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Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Communication

COLLEGE: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources

MAJOR: Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Communication

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication

HOURS REQUIRED: 120

MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation

MINOR AVAILABLE: Yes

ADVISOR: Karen J. Cannon

DESCRIPTION

Professor: Terry

Assistant Professors: Cannon, Loizzo

Professor of Practice: Waite

Assistant Professors of Practice: Farrell, Forsberg, Garbacz

Advising: Cannon, Garbacz, Loizzo, Terry; Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication; 108 Agricultural Communications Building

This degree program prepares students for careers in communications, advocacy and public service roles in the agricultural, natural resources and environmental disciplines. Degree requirements provide students a broad education combining skills and knowledge in agricultural, environmental and natural resources sciences, the social sciences and mass communications. Graduates of this program are also qualified to pursue careers in public relations, and public service in government agencies, nonprofit and private organizations.

To complete the program, students take core courses in the Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication (ALEC) Department, and then select courses in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) to provide a science-based foundation for their content knowledge. Students then select one of three areas of emphasis for further course work.

The program’s general education requirements provide students a well-rounded introduction to science, communications, humanities and the social sciences. The Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication core provides an introduction to the areas of competence required of a professional communicator.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Core Requirements

College Core Requirements43-46

College Integrative Courses6

SCIL 101 Science & Decision-Making for a Complex World3

ALEC 480 Capstone Experience in Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Communication (ACE 10)3

Mathematics and Statistics (beyond college algebra) (ACE 3)5-6

Select from: MATH 102, MATH 103, MATH 104, MATH 106, MATH 203, STAT 218

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 hours can be counted toward this requirement.

Communications6

Written Communication (ACE 1)3

Select from:

ENGL 150 Writing & Inquiry (3 cr)

ENGL 151 Writing & Argument (3 cr)

ENGL 254 Writing & Communities (3 cr)

JOUR 202 Reporting I (3 cr)

Communications & Interpersonal Skills electives (ACE 2)3

Select from:

ALEC 102 Interpersonal Skills for Leadership (Recommended) (3 cr)

COMM 101 Communication in the 21st Century (3 cr)

COMM 209 Public Speaking (3 cr)

COMM 286 Business & Professional Communication (3 cr)

Natural Sciences (ACE 4)8-9

Select one course from:4

AGRO 131 & AGRO 132 Plant Science & Agronomic Plant Lab (HORT 131) (4 cr)

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

BIOS 112 & BIOS 112L Introduction to Zoology & Lab (4 cr)

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

ENTO 115 Insect Biology (BIOS 115) & ENTO 116 Insect Identification (BIOS 116) (4 cr)

HORT 131 & HORT 133 Plant Science & Horticultural Plant Science Lab (4 cr)

Select one course from:4-5

CHEM 105 Chemistry in Context I (4 cr)

CHEM 109 General Chemistry I (4 cr)

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

PHYS 141 Elementary General Physics I (5 cr)

PHYS 151 Elements of Physics (4 cr)

Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences18-19

Select one course from (ACE 6):3-4

ANTH 110 Introduction to Anthropology (3 cr)

PSYC 181 Introduction to Psychology (4 cr)

SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology (3 cr)

Select one course from (ACE 6):3

AECN 141 Introduction to the Economics of Agriculture (3 cr)

ECON 200 Economic Essentials & Issues (3 cr)

ECON 211 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 cr)

ECON 212 Principles of Microeconomics (3 cr)

Humanities (ACE 5)3

Arts (ACE 7)3

Ethics (ACE 8)3

Global Awareness & Diversity (ACE 9)3

Specific Major Requirements

Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication Program Requirements

Required ALEC Courses:33

ALEC 136 Fundamentals of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Communication3

ALEC 200 Writing for Agriculture & Natural Resources3

ALEC 207 Communicating to Public Audiences (ADPR 207)3

ALEC 240 Digital Photography & Visual Communication for Agriculture & the Environment3

ALEC 241 Mobile Video Production of Agricultural & Environmental Issues3

ALEC 305 Presentation Strategies for Agricultural Audiences3

ALEC 350 Agriculture, the Environment & Science in the Media3

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

ALEC 495B Internship in Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Communication3

Select two courses from the following:6

ALEC 108 Food in Society (3 cr)

ALEC 125 Land, Food & People (3 cr)

ALEC 341 Podcasting to Increase Science Literacy (3 cr)

ALEC 393 Digital Imaging & Story Telling in Agriculture & Natural Resources (NRES 393) (1-9 cr)

ALEC 397 Special Topics (1-3 cr)

ALEC 399 Independent Study in Agricultural Communications (1-3 cr)

ALEC 417 Issues Management & Crisis Communications in Agriculture (ADPR 417) (3 cr)

ALEC 421 Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Communication Practicum3

ALEC 428 Leadership in Public Organizations (NRES 428) (3 cr)

Required Communication Courses:9

JOUR 201 Editing I3

ADPR 151 Introduction to Advertising & Public Relations3

Choose one course from the following:3

COMM 101 Communication in the 21st Century (3 cr)

COMM 215 Visual Communication (3 cr)

COMM 283 Interpersonal Communication (3 cr)

COMM 300 Nonverbal Communication (3 cr)

COMM 312 Argumentation (3 cr)

COMM 325 Interviewing (3 cr)

COMM 375 Theories of Persuasion (3 cr)

COMM 386 Organizational Communication (3 cr)

COMM 452 Media & Culture (3 cr)

COMM 470 Interpersonal Communication Theory (3 cr)

Total Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication Program Requirements42

CASNR Agricultural Science Content Courses

Required CASNR Content Area Courses15

Program Emphasis Areas – Select one of the following three options:

Option 1:18

Any CASNR minor selected in consultation with an academic advisor.

  • Select any CASNR minor program and complete as required
  • Choose from CASNR Undergraduate Bulletin

Option 2:18

Required course:3

ADPR 283 Strategy Development for Advertising & Public Relations (3 cr)

Group 1 – Issues Courses6

Select two courses from the following:

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

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

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

AECN 367 Agricultural Development in Developing Countries (3 cr)

AECN 420 International Food & Agricultural Trade (3 cr)

AECN 445 Agricultural & Natural Resource Policy Analysis (NREE 445) (3 cr)

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

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

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

ENVR 249 Individual & Cultural Perspectives on the Environment (3 cr)

ENVR 319 Environmental Engagement & the Community (2 cr)

FDST 280 Contemporary Issues in Food Science (2 cr)

NRES 104 Climate in Crisis (3 cr)

NRES 323 Natural Resources Policy (3 cr)

Group 2 – Communication Courses9

Select three courses from the following:

ADPR 221 Strategic Writing for Advertising & Public Relations (3 cr)

ADPR 323 Copy & Concept (3 cr)

ADPR 333 Design & Layout (3 cr)

ADPR 360 Media Planning & Strategy (3 cr)

ADPR 434 Digital Insight & Analytics (3 cr)

ADPR 447 Strategic & Creative Concepting (3 cr)

ADPR 450 Public Relations Theory & Strategy (3 cr)

ADPR 451 Public Relations Techniques (3 cr)

ADPR 458 Interactive Media Design (3 cr)

ADPR 459 Writing for Digital Media (3 cr)

ADPR 481 Advertising & Public Relations Research (3 cr)

ADPR 484 Brands & Branding (3 cr)

ADPR 489 Advertising & Public Relations Campaigns (3 cr)

COMM 101 Communication in the 21st Century (3 cr)

COMM 215 Visual Communication (3 cr)

COMM 283 Interpersonal Communication (3 cr)

COMM 300 Nonverbal Communication (3 cr)

COMM 312 Argumentation (3 cr)

COMM 325 Interviewing (3 cr)

COMM 375 Theories of Persuasion (3 cr)

COMM 386 Organizational Communication (3 cr)

COMM 452 Media & Culture (3 cr)

COMM 470 Interpersonal Communication Theory (3 cr)

Option 3:18

Group 1 – Option Content Courses6

Select two courses from the following:

AGRO 107 Invasive Plant Species: Impacts on Ecosystems (NRES 107) (3 cr)

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

AGRO 204 Resource-Efficient Crop Management (3 cr)

AGRO 240 Forage Crop & Pasture Management (RNGE 240) (3 cr)

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

ASCI 150 Animal Production Skills (2 cr)

ASCI 210 Animal Products (3 cr)

ASCI 250 Animal Management (3 cr)

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

ASCI 370 Animal Welfare (3 cr)

ENSC 110 Energy in Perspective (3 cr)

ENSC 220 Introduction to Energy Systems (3 cr)

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

ENVR 201 Science, Systems, Environment & Sustainability (3 cr)

ENVR 249 Individual & Cultural Perspectives on the Environment (3 cr)

ENVR 319 Environmental Engagement & the Community (2 cr)

GEOL 101 Physical Geology (4 cr)

GEOL 106 Environmental Geology (3 cr)

GEOL 115 The Earth’s Energy Resources (3 cr)

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

HORT 305 Geography of Agriculture (AGRO 305/GEOG 305) (3 cr)

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

NRES 408 Microclimate: The Biological Environment (AGRO 408/GEOG 408/HORT 408/METR 408/WATS 408) (3 cr)

METR 100 Weather & Climate (4 cr)

NRES 208 Applied Climate Sciences (3 cr)

NRES 211 Introduction to Conservation Biology (3 cr)

NRES 220 Principles of Ecology (BIOS 220) (3 cr)

NRES 222 Ecology Laboratory (BIOS 222) (1 cr)

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

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

WATS 361 Soils, Environment & Water Quality (AGRO 361/GEOL 361/SOIL 361) (3 cr)

Group 2 – Issues Courses6

Select two courses from the following:

AECN 256 Legal Aspects in Agriculture (3 cr)

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

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

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

AECN 367 Agricultural Development in Developing Countries (3 cr)

AECN 420 International Food & Agricultural Trade (3 cr)

AECN 445 Agricultural & Natural Resource Policy Analysis (NREE 445) (3 cr)

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

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

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

ENVR 249 Individual & Cultural Perspectives on the Environment (3 cr)

ENVR 319 Environmental Engagement & the Community (2 cr)

FDST 280 Contemporary Issues in Food Science (2 cr)

NRES 104 Climate in Crisis (3 cr)

NRES 323 Natural Resources Policy (3 cr)

Group 3 – Communication Courses6

Select two courses from the following:

COMM 215 Visual Communication (3 cr)

COMM 220 Public Advocacy & Civic Engagement (3 cr)

COMM 283 Interpersonal Communication (3 cr)

COMM 300 Nonverbal Communication (3 cr)

COMM 312 Argumentation (3 cr)

COMM 325 Interviewing (3 cr)

COMM 375 Theories of Persuasion (3 cr)

COMM 386 Organizational Communication (3 cr)

COMM 452 Media & Culture (3 cr)

COMM 470 Interpersonal Communication Theory (3 cr)

Total College Core Requirements43-46

Total Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication Program Requirements42

CASNR Content Area Courses Requirement15

Program Emphasis Requirement:18

Option 1 (18 cr)

Option 2 (18 cr)

Option 3 (18 cr)

Free Electives0-2

Total Requirements for Graduation120

REQUIREMENTS FOR MINOR OFFERED BY DEPARTMENT

The Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication minor provides students an opportunity to focus on building communication skills and knowledge in the context of global challenges and issues related to food, fiber, fuel, and water. Students complete a series of communication courses using problem-based and experiential learning strategies and combine subject area knowledge gained in courses from their majors with strategies and skills to effectively communicate in a 21st Century global society. Students enrolled in the minor will build knowledge and skills in visual literacy, media literacy, science literacy, as well as competencies and increased understanding of challenging, global, 21st Century issues related to communication, agriculture, and natural resources.

AESC Minor Learning Outcomes

  • Develop an understanding of the importance of communication in addressing 21st Century global issues related to food, fiber, fuel, and water.
  • Identify and analyze effective communication strategies for discussing challenging issues influencing food production.
  • Develop and demonstrate excellence in written and oral communication through various course assignments and projects.
  • Create messages and campaigns about controversial scientific issues utilizing critical communication theories and frameworks, as well as multimedia tools and applications for increasing the science literacy of diverse audiences.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate a communications project integrated into real-world science engagement contexts connected to CASNR disciplines that demonstrates an understanding of media literacy, science literacy, visual literacy, and digital citizen concepts.

Requirements for the Minor

The minor is 18 credit hours (minimum), with three required core courses, two electives, and one required project course.

Core Courses – required9

ALEC 200 Writing for Agriculture & Natural Resources3

ALEC 207 Communicating to Public Audiences (ADPR 207)3

ALEC 350 Agriculture, the Environment & Science in the Media3

Electives6

Select two courses from the following:

ALEC 136 Fundamentals of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Communication (3 cr)

ALEC 240 Digital Photography & Visual Communication for Agriculture & the Environment (3 cr)

ALEC 241 Mobile Video Production of Agricultural & Environmental Issues (3 cr)

ALEC 305 Presentation Strategies for Agricultural Audiences (3 cr)

ALEC 341 Podcasting to Increase Science Literacy (3 cr)

ALEC 393 Digital Imaging & Storytelling in Agriculture & Natural Resources (1-9 cr)

ALEC 417 Issues Management & Crisis Communications in Agriculture (ADPR 417) (3 cr)

Project Course – required (prerequisite is junior/senior status)3

ALEC 421 Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Communication Practicum3

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. For students entering the PGA Golf Management degree program, a certified golf handicap of 12 or better (e.g., USGA handicap card) or written ability (MS Word file) equivalent to a 12 or better handicap by a PGA professional or high school golf coach is required. For more information, please visit: http://pgm.unl.edu/requirements.

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 (south 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 advisor 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
  • Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture
  • 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 advisor.

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, pre-horticulture and pre-turfgrass and landscape management 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 Megan Lane, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 402-554-3624; 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. At least 18 of the 30 credit hours must be in courses offered through CASNR1 (>299) including the appropriate ACE 10 degree requirement or an approved ACE 10 substitution offered through another UNL college and excluding independent study regardless of number of hours transferred. 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.

1 Includes courses taught by CASNR faculty through interdisciplinary prefixes (e.g., LIFE, MBIO, ENVR, SCIL, EAEP, HRTM, ENSC) and CASNR crosslisted courses taught by non-CASNR faculty.

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, advisor, 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 advisor 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 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 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.

Attention

This is the site for old bulletin data. Please head to UNL's Course Catalog for updated course and program information.