Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Agricultural Economics

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College: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics
Hours Required: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 for graduation
Minor Available: Yes-Agricultural Economics, Community Economics & Social Dynamics
Advisor: Rosalee Swartz
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Agricultural Economics

COLLEGE: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources

MAJOR: Agricultural Economics

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics

HOURS REQUIRED: 120

MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation

MINOR AVAILABLE: Yes-Agricultural Economics, Community Economics & Social Dynamics

ADVISOR: Rosalee Swartz

DESCRIPTION

Head: Larry Van Tassell, Department of Agricultural Economics, 102 Filley Hall

Professors: Aiken, Azzam, Fulginiti, Giannakas, McKee, Perrin, Peterson, Royer, Stokes, Yiannaka

Associate Professors: Parsons, Schoengold, Stockton

Assistant Professors: Banerjee, Gustafson, Lubben, Mattos, Nogueira

Assistant Professor of Practice: Meyer

Instructors: Barrett, Mattos, Peterson

Coordinator: Brad Lubben, Department of Agricultural Economics, 207A Filley Hall

Coordinator for Undergraduate Research: Fulginiti

Students in agricultural economics learn to apply economic and financial principles to the analysis of problems in agriculture, business, government, and other areas. The degree program offers students the opportunity to gain skills in planning, evaluation, and management that are useful in both private- and public-sector enterprises.

Agricultural economics students must choose one of four available options (General, Farm and Ranch Management, Public Policy, or Quantitative Analysis).

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Core Requirements

College Integrative Course3

SCIL 101 Science & Decision-Making for a Complex World3

Communications6

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, JGEN 300, MRKT 257, NRES 260, TMFD 121

Mathematics and Statistics (ACE 3)6-8

Select one from:3-5

MATH 104 Applied Calculus (3 cr)

MATH 106 Calculus I (5 cr)

MATH 106B Calculus I for Biology & Medicine (5 cr)

(MATH 106 required for Quantitative Analysis option)

STAT 218 Intro to Statistics (3 cr) or ECON 215 Statistics (3 cr)3

Natural Sciences (ACE 4)8

Select one each from two of the following three areas:

Select from CASNR Approved Life Sciences:

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

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

BIOS 109 General Botany (4 cr)

BIOS 112 & BIOS 112L Intro to Zoology & Lab (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)

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

LIFE 121 & LIFE 121L Fundamentals of Biology II & Lab (4 cr)

Select from:

CHEM 105 Chemistry in Context I (4 cr)

CHEM 109 General Chemistry I (4 cr)

Select from:

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)

PHYS 211 General Physics I (4 cr)

Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences18

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

ECON 211 Principles of Macroeconomics3

ACE Courses12

Select one course each from ACE outcomes 5, 7, 8, and 9.

Total Core Requirements41-43

General Option

The General Option is designed for students with interests in a wide range of issues in agricultural economics. It allows flexibility in course selection so that students can develop programs related to their particular needs and career directions.

Agricultural Economics25

AECN 100 New Student Career Orientation1

Agricultural Economics Electives24

Must include at least 12 hours at the 300 level or above and at least one course designated capstone. Excludes AECN 388.

Capstone (ACE 10) (select one from):

AECN 420 International Food & Agricultural Trade (3 cr)

AECN 425 Agricultural Marketing in a Multinational Environment (3 cr)

AECN 435 Advanced Agricultural Marketing Management (3 cr)

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

AECN 453 Agricultural & Rural Property Appraisal (3 cr)

Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources12

CASNR Electives–at least 9 hours at the 200 level or above (including AGRO 153) (excluding AECN courses and ALEC 388)

Supporting Courses21

ACCT 201 Introductory Accounting I3

ACCT 202 Introductory Accounting II3

ECON 311 Intermediate Macroeconomics3

ECON 312 Intermediate Microeconomics3

Select one from:3

AECN 401 Advanced Farm Management & Linear Programming (3 cr)

ECON 417 Introductory Econometrics (3 cr)

SCMS 331 Operations & Supply Chain Management (3 cr)

CBA or Agricultural Economics electives (200 level or above)6

Option Requirements58

Free Electives19-21

Total Requirements for Graduation120

Farm and Ranch Management Option

The Farm and Ranch Management Option emphasizes economics and business aspects of production, marketing, and management in agriculture. It prepares students for management of farm and ranch businesses and for professional careers dealing closely with production agriculture.

Agricultural Economics29

AECN 100 New Student Career Orientation1

AECN 201 Farm & Ranch Management4

Select one from:3

AECN 256 Legal Aspects in Agriculture (3 cr)

BLAW 300 Business Government & Society (3 cr)

BLAW 372 Business Law I (3 cr)

AECN 301 Farm Accounting, Analysis & Tax Management3

AECN 235 Introduction to Commodity Marketing3

AECN 325 Marketing of Agricultural Commodities (MRKT 325)3

AECN 401 Advanced Farm Management & Linear Programming3

Capstone–AECN 435 Advanced Agricultural Marketing Management (ACE 10)3

AECN 452 Agricultural Finance3

AECN 453 Agricultural & Rural Property Appraisal3

Supporting Courses15

ACCT 201 Introductory Accounting I3

ACCT 202 Introductory Accounting II3

ECON 311 Intermediate Macroeconomics3

ECON 312 Intermediate Microeconomics3

Select one from:3

MNGT 300 Management Essentials for Contemporary Organizations (3 cr)

MNGT 301 Introduction to Management (3 cr)

MNGT 360 Managing Behavior in Organizations (3 cr)

MNGT 361 Human Resource Management (3 cr)

ENTR 322 Family Business (MNGT 322) (3 cr)

Agricultural Sciences12

ASCI 100 Fundamentals of Animal Biology & Industry4

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

AGRO 315 Genetics4

Agricultural Specialization9

Select either Agronomy or Animal Science Specialization

Agronomy Specialization (min of 6 cr at 300 & 400 level) (9 cr)

Choose from any 200 level or higher AGRO courses.

Animal Science Specialization (min of 6 cr at 300 & 400 level) (9 cr)

Choose from any 200 level or higher ASCI courses.

Option Requirements65

Free Electives12-14

Total Requirements for Graduation120

Public Policy Option

The Public Policy Option emphasizes the economic analysis of public policy issues related to agriculture. It prepares students for careers in public-sector agencies, legislative offices, international organizations, and private sector organizations.

Public Policy Courses43

AECN 100 New Student Career Orientation1

AECN 345 Policy Issues in Agriculture & Natural Resources3

Capstone–AECN 445 Agricultural & Natural Resource Policy Analysis (NREE 445) (ACE 10)3

Agricultural Economics Electives6

Policy Analysis6

Select two from:

AECN 495C Internship in Agricultural & Public Policy (1-3 cr)

ECON 371 Elements of Public Finance (3 cr)

ECON 426 Government Intervention in Markets (3 cr)

ECON 471 Public Finance (3 cr)

ECON 472 Efficiency in Government (3 cr)

NRES 323 Natural Resources Policy (3 cr)

POLS 235 Public Policy: Concepts & Processes (3 cr)

POLS 236 Public Policy Analysis: Methods & Models (3 cr)

Law & Administration6

Select two from:

AECN 256 Legal Aspects in Agriculture (3 cr)

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

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

BLAW 300 Business, Government & Society (3 cr)

BLAW 371 Legal Environment (3 cr)

POLS 210 Bureaucracy & the American Political System (3 cr)

POLS 469 International Law (3 cr)

Resource Economics6

Select two from:

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

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

AECN 465 Resource & Environmental Economics II (NREE 465/WATS 465) (3 cr)

ECON 340 Introduction to Urban-Regional Economics (3 cr)

NRES 323 Natural Resources Policy (3 cr)

NRES 423 Integrated Resources Management (3 cr)

International Economics6

Select two from:

AECN 420 International Food & Agricultural Trade (3 cr)

AECN 425 Agricultural Marketing in a Multinational Environment (3 cr)

AECN 467 Pro-seminar in International Relations I (ANTH 479/ECON 466/GEOG 448/HIST 479/POLS 466/SOCI 466) (3 cr)

ECON 321 Introduction to International Economics (3 cr)

ECON 421 International Trade (3 cr)

ECON 422 International Finance (3 cr)

POLS 459 International Political Economy (3 cr)

Developmental Economics6

Select two from:

AECN 346 World Food Economics (3 cr)

AECN 367 Agricultural Development in Developing Countries (3 cr)

AECN 376 Rural Community Economics (3 cr)

ANTH 474 Applied & Development Anthropology (3 cr)

ECON 322 Introduction to Development Economics (3 cr)

ECON 323 The Economic Development of Latin America (3 cr)

ECON 340 Introduction to Urban-Regional Economics (3 cr)

ECON 423 Economics of the Less Developed Countries (3 cr)

Supporting Courses15

ECON 311 Intermediate Macroeconomics3

ECON 312 Intermediate Microeconomics3

Select one from:3

ECON 417 Introductory Econometrics (3 cr)

AECN 401 Advanced Farm Management & Linear Programming (3 cr)

CASNR electives6

Select 200 level or above (including SOIL 153) (excluding AECN courses and ALEC 388)

Option Requirements58

Free Electives19-21

Total Requirements for Graduation120

Quantitative Analysis Option

The Quantitative Analysis Option is designed for students intending to pursue graduate study of agricultural economics or related areas.

Agricultural Economics25

AECN 100 New Student Career Orientation1

Agricultural Economics Electives24

Must include at least 12 hours at the 300 level or above and at least one course designated capstone. Excludes AECN 388.

Capstone (ACE 10) (select one from):

AECN 420 International Food & Agricultural Trade (3 cr)

AECN 425 Agricultural Marketing in a Multinational Environment (3 cr)

AECN 435 Advanced Agricultural Marketing Management (3 cr)

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

AECN 453 Agricultural & Rural Property Appraisal (3 cr)

Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources6

CASNR electives 200 level or above (including AGRO 153) (excluding AECN courses and ALEC 388)

Supporting Courses32

ACCT 201 Introductory Accounting I3

ACCT 202 Introductory Accounting II3

ECON 311 Intermediate Macroeconomics3

ECON 312 Intermediate Microeconomics3

ECON 417 Introductory Econometrics3

Select one from:3

AECN 401 Advanced Farm Management & Linear Programming (3 cr)

SCMS 331 Operations & Supply Chain Management (3 cr)

MATH 107 Calculus II4

MATH 208 Calculus III4

STAT 380 Statistics & Applications3

CBA or AECN electives (200 level or above)3

Option Requirements63

Free Electives14-16

Total Requirements for Graduation120

Pre-Law Option

Agricultural Economics17

AECN 100 New Student Career Orientation1

AECN 201 Farm & Ranch Management4

AECN Electives12

Must include 9 hours at the 300 level or above and 3 hours designated as capstone. Excludes AECN 388.

Capstone (ACE 10) (select one from):

AECN 420 International Food & Agricultural Trade (3 cr)

AECN 425 Agricultural Marketing in a Multinational Environment (3 cr)

AECN 435 Advanced Agricultural Marketing Management (3 cr)

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

AECN 453 Agricultural & Rural Property Appraisal (3 cr)

Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources6

CASNR electives at the 200 level or above (including AGRO 153) (excluding AECN courses and ALEC 388)

Supporting Courses12

ACCT 200 Accounting for Business Decisions or ACCT 201 Introductory Accounting I3

ECON 311 Intermediate Macroeconomics3

ECON 312 Intermediate Microeconomics3

AECN 401 Advanced Farm Management & Linear Programming3

Year 1 College of Law30

Select from:

LAW 503 Torts I (4 cr)

LAW 505/G & LAW 506/G Property I & II (6 cr)

LAW 501/G & LAW 502/G Contracts I & II (6 cr)

LAW 516/G & LAW 517/G Civil Procedure I & II (6 cr)

LAW 508/G Criminal Law (3 cr)

LAW 513/G & LAW 514/G Foundational Legal Skills: Research, Writing & Professionalism I & II (6 cr)

LAW 518/G International Perspectives in the U.S. Legal System: Practicing Law in a Global Environment (2 cr)

Option Requirements65

Free electives12-14

Total Requirements for Graduation120

ADDITIONAL MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Students completing an agricultural economics degree program may not receive a second major in agricultural economics.

Grade Rules

Pass/No Pass

Agricultural economics students must complete at least 15 credit hours of agricultural economics courses for a grade (not Pass/No Pass).

International Requirements

Nine hours of course work with an international focus are required as part of the 120 hours required for a degree. Course options include AGRI 282, AGRI 310, NRES 492, AECN 346, AECN 367, AECN 420, AECN 425 or those listed in the UNL Global Studies degree program or CASNR International Agriculture & Natural Resources minor program.

ACE Requirements

ACE courses cannot be used to count in two separate requirement areas except in the case of International Requirements (see above).

REQUIREMENTS FOR MINOR OFFERED BY DEPARTMENT

Agricultural Economics Minor

Courses18

AECN 141 Introduction to the Economics of Agriculture or ECON 212 Principles of Microeconomics3

AECN 201 Farm & Ranch Management4

AECN 325 Marketing of Agricultural Commodities or AECN 225 Agribusiness Entrepreneurship in Food Product Marketing (EAEP 225/MRKT 225)3

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

Additional agricultural economics courses (excluding AECN 141), with 3 hrs at the 300 level or above (excluding AECN 388)5

Community Economics and Social Dynamics Minor

Core Courses12

AECN 276 Rural Sociology (SOCI 241)3

AECN 376 Rural Community Economics3

AECN 399 Independent Study in Agricultural Economics3

ECON 371 Elements of Public Finance or PUB ADMIN 8436/4430 (UNO) Municipal Administration3

Additional Courses6

Select two:

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

CRPL 300 The Community & the Future (3 cr)

CRPL 400 Introduction to Planning (3 cr)

CRPL 450 Social Planning & Policy (3 cr)

CRPL 480 Economic Development Planning (3 cr)

ECON 340 Introduction to Urban-Regional Economics (3 cr)

ECON 371 Elements of Public Finance (3 cr)

PSYC 288 The Psychology of Social Behavior (3 cr)

SOCI 346 Environmental Sociology (3 cr)

TOTAL18

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.