Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Environmental Studies (CASNR)

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College: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies
Hours Required: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 for graduation
Minor Available: Yes
Advisor: Christine Haney
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Environmental Studies (CASNR)

COLLEGE: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources

MAJOR: Environmental Studies (CASNR)

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies


MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation


ADVISOR: Christine Haney



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 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.

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, tolls, and technologies to address environmental challenges in an ethical manner.

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

4. Emphasis area courses. To provide depth within a particular discipline, completion of an emphasis area is required. Three options are available to the students—Natural Resources, Public Health, or completion of a CASNR minor. Students are also encouraged to complete an additional 6 credit hours of discipline specific course work at the 300 level or higher.


College Core Requirements

College Integrative Course3

SCIL 101 Science & Decision-Making for a Complex World3


Written Communication (ACE 1)3

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

Oral Communication (ACE 2)3

Select from: ALEC 102, COMM 109, COMM 209, COMM 286, NRES 260

Communication and Interpersonal Skills electives3

Select from: Any ACE 1 or ACE 2 course or ALEC 202 or NRES 260

Humanities & Social Science6

Students choose one course each in ACE areas 5 and 7.

ACE 5. Humanities3

ACE 7. Arts3

Specific Major Requirements

Environmental Studies Core (BS Degree)13

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 (1 cr) & ENVR 499B (2 cr) are the capstone courses for environmental studies majors.

ENVR 499H (3 cr) is the capstone course for UNL Honors Students.

Earth and Environmental Systems (BS Degree)20-23


NRES 220 Principles of Ecology (BIOS 220) (3 cr) & NRES 222 Ecology Lab (BIOS 222) (1 cr) (Recommended)4


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


Select one course from:

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

SCIL 109 Water in Society (3 cr)

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

Geospatial Science3-4

Select one course from:

GEOG 419 Practical Applications of Remote Sensing in Agriculture & Natural Resources (AGRO 419/GEOL 419/NRES 420) (3 cr)

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 Electives12

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 (NRES 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 (1-6 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 (3 cr)

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 (GEOG 409) (3 cr)

NRES 423 Integrated Resources Management (3 cr)

NRES 434 Environmental Education & Interpretation (ENVR 434) (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 241 Rural Sociology (AECN 276) (3 cr)

SOCI 346 Environmental Sociology (3 cr)

Select two courses from:6

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

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

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

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

ANTH 473 Ecological Anthropology (3 cr)

CRPL 300 The Community & the Future (3 cr)

CRPL 471 Environmental Impact Assessment (3 cr)

CYAF 460 Human Dimensions of Sustainability (3 cr)

ENGL 317 Literature & the Environment (3 cr)

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

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

Economics and Policy6

Select one from: AECN 141, ECON 200, ECON 211, ECON 2123

Select one from: AECN 345, AECN 346, AECN 357, CRPL 470, NRES 3233

Ancillary Courses20-25

Mathematics: MATH 102 (or higher)2-5

Statistics: STAT 218 (or equivalent)3

Biological Sciences: BIOS 101 & BIOS 101L or AGRO 131 & AGRO 132 or LIFE 120 & LIFE 120L4

Chemistry: CHEM 105 & CHEM 106 or CHEM 109 & CHEM 110 or CHEM 113 & CHEM 1148

Physics: PHYS 115, PHYS 141, PHYS 151, MSYM 1093-5

NOTE: For students in pre-professional tracks or considering graduate studies, MATH 104 or MATH 106, CHEM 109 and CHEM 110, PHYS 141, and LIFE 120 & LIFE 120L plus LIFE 121 & LIFE 121L are the recommended courses.

Program Emphasis Areas

Select one of the following three options:

Option 1. Any CASNR Minor or second major, selected in consultation with academic advisor – 18 cr

Students are strongly encouraged to add 6 additional credits at the 300 level or higher of discipline-specific courses, especially if they are considering graduate work.

Option 2. Natural Resources – 19-25 cr

The Natural Resources emphasis area has been designed to allow a student to tailor their course work to meet their learning and career objectives. By the end of their sophomore year, the student will work with the environmental studies academic advising team to develop an individual study plan for approval. Their plan of study must include at least 7 courses and a minimum of 19 hours of course work in natural resources courses (NRES, WATS, SOIL, RNGE). Three of the courses need to be at the 300 level or above. A rationale for the courses they have chosen as they relate to learning or career objectives will be submitted with their study plan. The plan can be changed at any time, but must receive appropriate approval.

Option 3. Public Health – 18 cr

The public health emphasis is a collaborative program between the bachelor of science in environmental studies (BSES) at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) and the master of public health (MPH) with a concentration in environmental and occupational health (EOH) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) ( The program provides students in the environmental studies program at UNL an option to complete the undergraduate degree in environmental studies and the MPH in EOH in about five years. The collaborative program is designed for dedicated undergraduate students who are motivated and willing to take on the challenges and opportunities related to professional education. The collaborative BSES and MPH in EOH involves intensive study, a senior thesis, service learning, and capstone courses in EOH.

The collaborative program is a 147-155 credit hour undergraduate/professional option allowing eligible students to work toward the EOH concentration in the MPH program requirements while completing their undergraduate degree. Students interested in this option will work closely with their advisors to develop an integrated plan of study. The plan will cover the entire undergraduate and professional program and will be reviewed each semester with the student’s advisors. A maximum of 18 credits from the MPH program (of the required 45 graduate credits for the MPH degree) will be counted toward the undergraduate degree. The student will receive a BS in environmental studies with an emphasis in public health and an MPH with a concentration in environmental and occupational health. Students with sophomore standing and at least 45 hours of completed course work in their undergraduate degree program may apply for admission to the collaborative BSES and MPH in EOH. See the environmental studies program coordinator or the UNMC graduate studies bulletin for pre-requisite and admission process details.

Public Health Courses18

Courses are from UNMC Master of Public Health program. CPH 506 Biostatistics will generally substitute for STAT 218 or equivalent.

CPH 500 Foundations of Public Health3

CPH 501 Human Health Behavior3

CPH 502 Health Services Administration3

CPH 503 Public Health Environment and Safety3

CPH 504 Epidemiology in Public Health3

CPH 506 Biostatistics I3



Grade Rules

Grade Requirements

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

Pass/No Pass Policy

No environmental studies (ENVR) core courses, unless offered Pass/No Pass, or discipline-specific emphasis area courses may be taken Pass/No Pass


Environmental Studies Minor

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 in 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.

Environmental Education Minor

A minor in environmental education is designed to provide additional qualifications for students interested in pursuing a career in the field of environmental and natural resources education. Career options for students pursuing an environmental education minor include working in formal and non-formal educational settings; employment in the public or private sector; and serving as educational specialists, extension educators, and program leaders. Courses selected for the minor’s curriculum were chosen for their holistic perspective and interdisciplinary approach to environmental and natural resources studies. A number of the courses focus regionally on the environment of the Great Plains.

The 18 hour minor includes lower and upper division courses.

Foundations of Environmental Education6

NRES 260 Environmental Communication Skills3

NRES 434 Environmental Education & Interpretation (ENVR 434)3

Systems Approach to Earth and Ecological Processes3

Select one from:

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

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

Learning Characteristics and Outdoor Leadership Experiences6

Select three from:3

ODED 100A Canoeing I (1 cr)

ODED 100N Challenge Course: Instructor (1 cr)

ODED 107B Backpacking I (1 cr)

ODED 109B Wilderness First Aid (1 cr)

ODED 110B Wilderness: First Responder (1 cr)

Select one from:3

EDPS 250 Fundamentals of Child Development for Education (3 cr)

EDPS 251 Fundamentals of Adolescent Development for Education (3 cr)

Implementation of Outdoor Educational Experiences3

Select one from:

SCLI 300 Experiential Learning in Food, Energy & Water Systems I (3 cr)

ENVR 495 Internship in Environmental Studies (3 cr)

ENVR 496 Independent Study (3 cr)

ENVR 499A & ENVR 499B Environmental Studies Senior Thesis I & II (3 cr)

Society and the Environment Minor

The society and the environment minor will prepare students to contribute solutions for current and future local, regional, and global environmental challenges. Stewardship and the efficient, sustainable use of environmental, financial, and human resources will be the foundational concepts for this minor. More specifically, the educational component of this minor will provide students with explicit opportunities to engage in the community and develop skills sets to employ a systems approach to achieve a balance of economic development with the conservation of the earth's natural system. This minor will be available to all University of Nebraska–Lincoln students upon approval of individual colleges.

Minor Description

The 18 credit hour minor includes 9 credit hours of core courses. Each student chooses an additional 9 credit hours of elective courses from one of three tracks. These elective hours should include at least one 300 level and one 400-level course. Students and advisors need to be aware that prequisites may be required for some courses. These need to be addressed during advising process.

Core Courses9

ARCH 107 Sustainability Basics & the Built Environment (ACE 8)3

ENVR 201 Science, Systems, Environment & Sustainability (ACE 8)3

ENVR 319 Environmental Engagement & the Community2

ENVR 495 Internship in Environmental Studies1

Elective Courses: Choose one Track9

Track 1: Built Environment (Choose 9 cr)

LARC 200 Landscape & Environmental Appreciation (HORT 200/GEOG 200) (ACE 7 & 9) (3 cr)

CIVE 326 Introduction to Environmental Engineering* (BSEN 326) (3 cr)

ARCH 333 Building Environmental Technical Systems I* (3 cr)

CONE 450 Sustainable Construction (3 cr)

CYAF 460 Human Dimensions of Sustainability (ACE 8) (3 cr)

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

*Prerequisites required and need to be addressed during advising process—ARCH and ENGR

Track 2: Community Development (Choose 9 cr)

AECN 376 Rural Community Economics* (3 cr)

CRPL 400 Introduction to Planning (ACE 8) (3 cr)

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

CRPL 470 Environmental Planning & Policy (3 cr)

CRPL 471 Environmental Impact Assessment (3 cr)

CRPL 472 Hazard Mitigation Planning (3 cr)

CYAF 460 Human Dimensions of Sustainability (ACE 8) (3 cr)

LARC 200 Landscape & Environmental Appreciation (HORT 200/GEOG 200) (3 cr)

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

SOCI 346 Environmental Sociology (3 cr)

*Prerequisites required and need to be addressed during advising process

Track 3: Food, Environment, and the Landscape (Choose 9 cr)

ALEC 125 Land, Food & People (ACE 8) (3 cr)

HORT 429A Food Security: A Global Perspective (AGRO 429A/ANTH 429A/NUTR 429A/NRES 429A) (3 cr)

AGRO 435 Agroecology (ACE 10) (3 cr)

HORT 326 Landscape Solutions* (AGRO 326/TLMT 326) (3 cr)

HORT 467 Planting Design* (ARCH 467/LARC 467) (4 cr)

HORT 470 Critical Thinking in Landscape Management* (AGRO 470/TLMT 470) (3 cr)


AECN 346 World Food Economics* (ACE 9) (3 cr)

*Prerequisites required and need to be addressed during advising process


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:

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

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.


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


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.


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