Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Fisheries & Wildlife

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College: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science in Fisheries & Wildlife
Hours Required: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5 for graduation
Minor Available: Yes
Advisor: Larkin Powell
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Fisheries & Wildlife

COLLEGE: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources

MAJOR: Fisheries & Wildlife

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Science in Fisheries & Wildlife

HOURS REQUIRED: 120

MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.5 for graduation

MINOR AVAILABLE: Yes

ADVISOR: Larkin Powell

DESCRIPTION

Advising Coordinator: Sara Winn

Advising Committee: Chizinski, Ferraro, Pegg, Pennisi, Powell, Schacht, Tyre, Wedin, Winn

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

Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=329990445421

Fisheries and wildlife (F&W) professionals are responsible for the conservation, protection, regulation, and management of our nations fish and wildlife resources. Their management strategies must provide for both consumptive (hunting, fishing) and non-consumptive uses (bird watching, non-game species enhancement, threatened and endangered species protection, and others).

Students who successfully fulfill the requirements in the fisheries and wildlife degree program are prepared to enter postgraduate programs as well as competitively enter the work force. The curriculum reflects civil service requirements of the federal government for wildlife and fisheries biologists and incorporates course requirements for certification in professional societies. The breadth of the curriculum prepares graduates to address complex environmental issues and to interact professionally with a multitude of natural resources disciplines in order to develop solutions to problems. Typical careers for graduates of this degree program include fisheries biologist, wildlife biologist, law enforcement officers, ecologists, habitat managers, zookeepers, disease specialists, or research biologists with private consulting firms and zoos, or with governmental resource management agencies at the local, state, or federal level. Because this is a broad field, students should consult their advisor as they select one of the 6 options.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Core Requirements

The following basic courses are required for students in fisheries and wildlife. In addition, students must select and meet the requirements of one of the options, depending on their individual interests and career objectives.

CASNR Integrated Course3

SCIL 101 Science and Decision-Making for a Complex World3

Mathematics3-5

Select from:

MATH 104 Applied Calculus (3 cr)

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

Statistics3

Select from:

STAT 218 Introduction to Statistics (3 cr)

STAT 380 Statistics & Applications (3 cr) (NOTE: STAT 380 requires MATH 107)

Communications9

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

Communication/Interpersonal Skills Elective3

Select from: ALEC 102, ENGL 150, ENGL 151, ENGL 254, JGEN 120, JGEN 200, JGEN 300, COMM 101, COMM 209, COMM 210, COMM 215, COMM 283, COMM 286, MRKT 257, NRES 260, TFMD 121; or MLSC 102 (1 cr) & MLSC 202 (2 cr) or MLSC 301 (3 cr)

Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences15

ECON 211 or ECON 212 or AECN 141 (ACE 6)3

ACE Courses12

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

Basic Sciences31-33

Biological Sciences16

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

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

AGRO 315 Genetics or BIOS 206 General Genetics4

NRES 220 & NRES 222 Principles of Ecology & Lab (BIOS 220 & BIOS 222) or BIOS 207 Ecology & Evolution4

Earth Sciences3-4

Select one course from:

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

GEOL 100 Introduction to Geology (3 cr)

GEOL 101 or GEOL 101H Physical Geology (4 cr)

GEOL 106 Environmental Geology (3 cr)

GEOL 109 Oceanography (3 cr)

NOTE: SOIL 153 is strongly recommended for students in the Habitat Management and Wildlife Ecology and Management options.

Physical Science12-13

Select one from:8

CHEM 105 & CHEM 106 Chemistry in Context I & II (8 cr)

CHEM 109 & CHEM 110 General Chemistry I & II (8 cr)

Select one from:4-5

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)

NOTE: MSYM 109 or PHYS 151 are recommended for students only taking one semester of physics.

Specific Major Requirements

NRES 101 Natural Resources Orientation1

NOTE: This course will be waived for students entering the major with > 15 credits.

Natural Resource Policy Course3

Students may select from:

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

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

CRPL 470 Environmental Planning & Policy (3 cr)

NRES 323 Natural Resources Policy (3 cr)

NRES 311 Wildlife Ecology & Management3

Total Core and Major Requirements71

Total Option Requirements and Electives49

Conservation Biology Option

This option is designed for students considering careers in conservation, research biology, restoration ecology, and policy. Completion of this program also provides excellent preparation for graduate study.

Requirements27-33

NRES 433 Wildlife Management Techniques & NRES 233 Wildlife Field Techniques or NRES 463 & NRES 463L Fisheries Science & Lab (capstone experience) (ACE 10)4

NRES 211 Introduction to Conservation Biology3

NRES 450 Biology of Wildlife Populations (BIOS 450)4

Animal Course3-4

Select one course from:

BIOS 475 Ornithology (3 cr)

BIOS 487 Field Parasitology (4 cr)

ENTO 402 & ENTO 402L Aquatic Insects & Lab (BIOS 485/NRES 402) (3 cr)

ENTO 411 Field Entomology (BIOS 482) (4 cr)

NRES 464 Fisheries Biology (BIOS 464) (3 cr)

NRES 474 Herpetology (BIOS 474) (4 cr)

NRES 476 Mammalogy (BIOS 476) (4 cr)

NRES 489 Ichthyology (BIOS 489) (4 cr)

Plant Course3-4

Select one course from:

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

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

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

BIOS 455 Great Plains Flora (4 cr)

BIOS 471 Plant Systematics (4 cr)

NRES 310 Introduction to Forest Management (4 cr)

NRES 424 Forest Ecology (4 cr)

NRES 426 Invasive Plants (AGRO 426/HORT 426) (3 cr)

Human Dimensions and Policy Course3

Select one course from:

SOCI 346 Environmental Sociology (3 cr)

SOCI 444 Social Demography (3 cr)

ANTH 473 Ecological Anthropology (3 cr)

ANTH 474 Applied & Development Anthropology (3 cr)

PHIL 225 Environmental Ethics (3 cr)

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

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

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

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

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

NOTE: This requirement can not be used to satisfy the Natural Resource Policy course requirement. Students in the Conservation Biology option must take this requirement in addition to the NR Policy course requirement.

NOTE: Students should select sociology or other social science courses for their ACE requirements to meet pre-requisites for these upper level SOCI or ANTH courses.

Select one course from:4

BIOS 381 Invertebrate Zoology (4 cr)

BIOS 488 Natural History of the Invertebrates (4 cr)

NRES 386 Vertebrate Zoology (BIOS 386) (4 cr)

Geographic Information Science (GIS) Course2-4

Select one course from:

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)

NRES 427 Introduction to the Global Positioning System (GPS) (GEOG 427) (2 cr)

GEOG 217 Mapping Science in the 21st Century (3 cr)

GEOG 317 Cartography I: Introduction to Cartography (4 cr)

NRES 420 Applications of Remote Sensing in Agriculture & Natural Resources (AGRO 419/GEOG 419/GEOL 419) (4 cr)

Select one course from:1-3

NRES 399 Independent Research (1-5 cr)

NRES 496 Independent Study (1-5 cr)

NRES 497 Career Experiences in Natural Resource Sciences (1-6 cr)

NRES 499 Thesis Research (3-6 cr)

NRES 499H Honors Thesis (3-6 cr)

Free Electives22

Recommended electives include:

AGRO 489 Urbanization of Rural Landscapes (CRPL 489/HORT 489) (3 cr)

BIOS 462 Animal Behavior (3 cr)

BIOS 468 Field Animal Behavior (4 cr)

BIOS 470 Prairie Ecology (4 cr)

BIOS 472 Evolution (3 cr)

BIOS 487 Field Parasitology (4 cr)

NRES 208 Applied Climate Sciences (3 cr)

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

NRES 308 Biogeography (GEOG 308/GEOL 308) (3 cr)

NRES 348 Wildlife Damage Management (3 cr)

NRES 388 Employment Seminar (AGRI 388) (1 cr)

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

NRES 423 Integrated Resources Management (3 cr)

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

NRES 434 Environmental Education & Interpretation (ENVR 434) (3 cr)

NRES 459 Limnology (BIOS 459/WATS 459) (4 cr)

NRES 489 Ichthyology (BIOS 489) (4 cr)

NRES 492 International Study Tours in Natural Resource Management (1-3 cr)

NRES 495 Grasslands Seminar (AGRO 495, ENTO 495, GRAS 495, HORT 495, RNGE 495, SOIL 495) (1-2 cr)

And/or any optional courses listed but not taken under the Core courses, Fisheries and Wildlife courses, or Option Requirements headings in this program.

Fisheries Ecology and Management Option

This option is designed for students considering careers in fisheries biology, biological research, and fisheries management. Completion of this program also provides excellent preparation for graduate study.

Students completing the Fisheries Ecology and Management option qualify for professional certification in the American Fisheries Society (AFS). Students are encouraged to consult with their advisor and the AFS website for further information. AFS requires a minimum grade of a C to receive credit for courses that apply toward professional certification.

Requirements34-41

NRES 463 & NRES 463L Fisheries Science & Lab (capstone experience) (ACE 10)4

NRES 386 Vertebrate Zoology (BIOS 386)4

NRES 459 Limnology (BIOS 459/WATS 459)4

Animal Course4

NRES 489 Ichthyology (BIOS 489) (4 cr)

Plant Course3-4

Select one course from:

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

NRES 310 Introduction to Forest Management (4 cr)

NRES 424 Forest Ecology (4 cr)

NRES 426 Invasive Plants (AGRO 426/HORT 426) (3 cr)

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

Water Resource Course3-4

Select one course from:

NRES 208 Applied Climate Sciences (3 cr) or METR 100 Weather & Climate (4 cr)

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

Aquatic Ecology Course3-4

Select one course from:

NRES 402 & NRES 402L Aquatic Insects & Lab (BIOS 485/ENTO 402) (3 cr)

NRES 468 Wetlands (BIOS 458/WATS 468) (4 cr)

NRES 470 Lake & Reservoir Restoration (3 cr)

NRES 481 Stream & River Ecology (BIOS 481/WATS 481) (4 cr)

Geographic Information Science (GIS) Course2-4

Select one course from:

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)

NRES 427 Introduction to the Global Positioning System (GPS) (GEOG 427) (2 cr)

GEOG 217 Mapping Science in the 21st Century (3 cr)

GEOG 317 Cartography I: Introduction to Cartography (4 cr)

NRES 420 Applications of Remote Sensing in Agriculture & Natural Resources (AGRO 419/GEOG 419/GEOL 419) (4 cr)

Human Dimensions Course3

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

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

CRPL 470 Environmental Planning & Policy (3 cr)

NRES 323 Natural Resources Policy (3 cr)

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

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

Select one course from:1-3

NRES 399 Independent Research (1-5 cr)

NRES 496 Independent Study (1-5 cr)

NRES 497 Career Experiences in Natural Resource Sciences (1-6 cr)

NRES 499 Thesis Research (3-6 cr)

NRES 499H Honors Thesis (3-6 cr)

Free Electives15

Recommended electives include:

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

AGRO 489 Urbanization of Rural Landscapes (CRPL 489/HORT 489) (3 cr)

BIOS 373 Biopsychology (PSYC 373) (3 cr)

BIOS 381 Invertebrate Zoology (4 cr)

BIOS 454 Ecological Interactions (NRES 454) (3 cr)

BIOS 462 Animal Behavior (3 cr)

BIOS 468 Field Animal Behavior (4 cr)

BIOS 472 Evolution (3 cr)

BIOS 475 Ornithology (3 cr)

BIOS 474 Herpetology (NRES 474) (4 cr)

BIOS 476 Mammalogy (NRES 476) (4 cr)

BIOS 487 Field Parasitology (4 cr)

ENTO 402 & ENTO 402L Aquatic Insects & Lab (BIOS 485/NRES 402) (3 cr)

ENTO 411 Field Entomology (BIOS 482) (4 cr)

MATH 238 Mathematical Methods for Biology & Medicine (5 cr)

NRES 211 Introduction to Conservation Biology (3 cr)

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

NRES 308 Biogeography (GEOG 308/GEOL 308) (3 cr)

NRES 388 Employment Seminar (AGRI 388) (1 cr)

NRES 423 Integrated Resources Management (3 cr)

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

NRES 433 Wildlife Management Techniques & NRES 233 Wildlife Field Techniques (4 cr)

NRES 434 Environmental Education & Interpretation (ENVR 434) (3 cr)

NRES 450 Biology of Wildlife Populations (BIOS 450) (4 cr)

NRES 484 Water Resources Seminar (AGRO 484/GEOG 484/GEOL 484/WATS 484) (1 cr)

NRES 487 Introduction to Landscape Ecology (LARC 487) (3 cr)

NRES 489 Ichthyology (BIOS 489) (4 cr)

NRES 492 Study Tours in Natural Resource Management (1-3 cr)

PHIL 225 Environmental Ethics (3 cr)

And/or any optional courses listed but not taken under the Core courses, Fisheries and Wildlife courses, or Option Requirements headings in this program.

Habitat Management Option

This option is designed for students considering careers in habitat management, private lands management, or public lands (e.g., National Wildlife Refuge) management. Completion of this program also provides excellent preparation for graduate study.

Requirements35-46

NRES 433 Wildlife Management Techniques & NRES 233 Wildlife Field Techniques (capstone experience) (ACE 10)4

Select one course from:4

BIOS 381 Invertebrate Zoology (4 cr)

BIOS 488 Natural History of the Invertebrates (4 cr)

NRES 386 Vertebrate Zoology (BIOS 386) (4 cr)

Animal Course3-4

Select one course from:

BIOS 475 Ornithology (3 cr)

BIOS 487 Field Parasitology (4 cr)

ENTO 402 & ENTO 402L Aquatic Insects (BIOS 485/NRES 402) & Lab (BIOS 485L/NRES 402L) (3 cr)

ENTO 411 Field Entomology (BIOS 482) (4 cr)

NRES 464 Fisheries Biology (BIOS 464) (3 cr)

NRES 474 Herpetology (BIOS 474) (4 cr)

NRES 476 Mammalogy (BIOS 476) (4 cr)

NRES 489 Ichthyology (BIOS 489) (4 cr)

Plant ID Course3-4

Select one course from:

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

HORT 212 Landscape Plants I (LARC 212/NRES 212) (3 cr)

NRES 426 Invasive Plants (HORT 426/AGRO 426) (3 cr)

Geographic Information Science (GIS) Course2-4

Select one course from:

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)

NRES 427 Introduction to the Global Positioning System (GPS) (GEOG 427) (2 cr)

GEOG 217 Mapping Science in the 21st Century (3 cr)

GEOG 317 Cartography I: Introduction to Cartography (4 cr)

NRES 420 Applications of Remote Sensing in Agriculture & Natural Resources (AGRO 419/GEOG 419/GEOL 419) (4 cr)

Grassland Systems Course3-4

Select one course from:

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

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

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

Forest Systems Course3-4

Select one course from:

NRES 310 Introduction to Forest Management (4 cr)

NRES 417 Agroforestry Systems in Sustainable Agriculture (HORT 418) (3 cr)

NRES 424 Forest Ecology (4 cr)

Aquatic Systems Course3-4

Select one course from:

NRES 459 Limnology (BIOS 459/WATS 459) (4 cr)

NRES 463 & NRES 463L Fisheries Science & Lab (4 cr)

NRES 468 Wetlands (BIOS 458/WATS 468) (4 cr)

NRES 470 Lake & Reservoir Restoration (3 cr)

Soil Science Course3-4

Select one course from:

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

AGRO 269 Principles of Soil Management (SOIL 269) (3 cr)

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

Production Systems Course3

Select one course from:

AGRO 204 Resource-Efficient Crop Management (3 cr)

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

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

RNGE 340 Range Management & Improvement (AGRO 340) (3 cr)

Wildlife Focus Course3-4

Select one course from:

NRES 431 Waterfowl Ecology & Management (3 cr)

NRES 348 Wildlife Damage Management (3 cr)

NRES 450 Biology of Wildlife Populations (BIOS 450) (4 cr)

NRES 463 Fisheries Science (3 cr)

Select one course from:1-3

NRES 399 Independent Research (1-5 cr)

NRES 496 Independent Study (1-5 cr)

NRES 497 Career Experiences in Natural Resource Sciences (1-6 cr)

NRES 499 Thesis Research (3-6 cr)

NRES 499H Honors Thesis (3-6 cr)

Free Electives14

Recommended electives include:

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

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

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

NRES 348 Wildlife Damage Management (3 cr)

NRES 423 Integrated Resources Management (3 cr)

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

NRES 434 Environmental Education & Interpretation (ENVR 434) (3 cr)

NRES 487 Introduction to Landscape Ecology (LARC 487) (3 cr)

NRES 492 International Study Tours in Natural Resource Management (1-3 cr)

NRES 495 Grasslands Seminar (AGRO 495/ENTO 495/GRAS 495/HORT 495/RNGE 495/SOIL 495) (1-2 cr)

PHIL 225 Environmental Ethics (3 cr)

And/or any optional courses listed but not taken under the Core courses, Fisheries and Wildlife courses, or Option Requirements headings in this program.

Law Enforcement Option

This option is designed for students considering careers in wildlife law enforcement. Completion of this program also provides excellent preparation for entry into law enforcement academies.

Requirements37-44

NRES 433 Wildlife Management Techniques & NRES 233 Wildlife Field Techniques (4 cr) or NRES 463 & NRES 463L Fisheries Science & Lab (4 cr) or CRIM 496 Issues in Crime & Justice (3 cr) (capstone experience) (ACE 10)3-4

NRES 348 Wildlife Damage Management3

NRES 386 Vertebrate Zoology (BIOS 386)4

FORS 120 Introduction to Forensic Science2

CRIM 101 Survey of Criminal Justice3

CRIM 203 Police & Society3

CRIM 211 The Criminal Court System3

Select two of any 300- or 400-level CRIM courses6

Animal Course3-4

Select one course from:

BIOS 475 Ornithology (3 cr)

NRES 474 Herpetology (BIOS 474) (4 cr)

NRES 476 Mammalogy (BIOS 476) (4 cr)

NRES 489 Ichthyology (BIOS 489) (4 cr)

Plant Course3-4

Select one course from:

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

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

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

HORT 212 Landscape Plants I (LARC 212/NRES 212) (3 cr)

HORT 214 Herbaceous Landscape Plants (NRES 214) (3 cr)

NRES 310 Introduction to Forest Management (4 cr)

NRES 417 Agroforestry Systems in Sustainable Agriculture (HORT 418) (3 cr)

NRES 424 Forest Ecology (4 cr)

NRES 426 Invasive Plants (AGRO 426/HORT 426) (3 cr)

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

Geographic Information Science (GIS) Course2-4

Select one course from:

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)

NRES 427 Introduction to the Global Positioning System (GPS) (GEOG 427) (2 cr)

GEOG 217 Mapping Science in the 21st Century (3 cr)

GEOG 317 Cartography I: Introduction to Cartography (4 cr)

NRES 420 Applications of Remote Sensing in Agriculture & Natural Resources (AGRO 419/GEOG 419/GEOL 419) (4 cr)

Select one course from:1-3

NRES 399 Independent Research (1-5 cr)

NRES 496 Independent Study (1-5 cr)

NRES 497 Career Experiences in Natural Resource Sciences (1-6 cr)

NRES 499 Thesis Research (3-6 cr)

NRES 499H Honors Thesis (3-6 cr)

Free Electives12

Recommended electives include:

FORS 120L Introduction to Forensic Science Lab (1 cr)

ENTO 414 Forensic Entomology (FORS 414) (3 cr)

FORS 400 & FORS 400L Crime Scene Investigation & Lab (3 cr)

FORS 401 & FORS 401L Forensic Biochemistry & Lab (3 cr)

NRES 211 Introduction to Conservation Biology (3 cr)

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

NRES 388 Employment Seminar (AGRI 388) (1 cr)

NRES 423 Integrated Resources Management (3 cr)

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

NRES 431 Waterfowl Ecology & Management (3 cr)

NRES 433 Wildlife Management Techniques (3 cr)

NRES 434 Environmental Education & Interpretation (ENVR 434) (3 cr)

NRES 445 Human Remains in Forensic Science (FORS 445) (4 cr)

NRES 446 Pollen Analysis for Behavioral, Biological & Forensic Science (FORS 446) (4 cr)

NRES 450 Biology of Wildlife Populations (BIOS 450) (4 cr)

NRES 459 Limnology (BIOS 459/WATS 459) (4 cr)

NRES 463 Fisheries Science (3 cr)

NRES 492 Study Tours in Natural Resource Management (1-3 cr)

NRES 495 Grasslands Seminar (AGRO 495/ENTO 495/GRAS 495/HORT 495/RNGE 495/SOIL 495) (1-2 cr)

NRES 496 Independent Study (1-5 cr)

PHIL 225 Environmental Ethics (3 cr)

SOCI 209 Sociology of Crime (3 cr)

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

SOCI 261 Conflict & Conflict Resolution (ANTH 261/POLS 261/PSYC 261) (3 cr)

SOCI 346 Environmental Sociology (3 cr)

And/or any optional courses listed but not taken under the Core courses, Fisheries and Wildlife courses, or Option Requirements headings in this program.

Wildlife Ecology and Management Option

This option is designed for students considering careers in wildlife biology, wildlife ecology, wildlife research, or wildlife management. Completion of this program also provides excellent preparation for graduate study.

This option was designed to meet the certification requirements of The Wildlife Society as an Associate Wildlife Biologist. Students should refer to The Wildlife Societys guidelines for certification during their academic career to keep current with any changes in these requirements. See www.wildlife.org for more details.

Requirements37-45

NRES 433 Wildlife Management Techniques & NRES 233 Wildlife Field Techniques (capstone experience) (ACE 10)4

NRES 208 Applied Climate Sciences (3 cr) or METR 100 Weather & Climate (4 cr)3-4

NRES 386 Vertebrate Zoology4

NRES 450 Biology of Wildlife Populations (BIOS 450)4

Terrestrial Vertebrate Animal Courses7-8

Select two courses from:

BIOS 475 Ornithology (3 cr)

NRES 474 Herpetology (BIOS 474) (4 cr)

NRES 476 Mammalogy (BIOS 476) (4 cr)

Plant Course3-4

Select one course from:

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

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

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

BIOS 455 Great Plains Flora (4 cr)

NRES 310 Introduction to Forest Management (4 cr)

NRES 417 Agroforestry Systems in Sustainable Agriculture (HORT 418) (3 cr)

NRES 424 Forest Ecology (4 cr)

NRES 426 Invasive Plants (AGRO 426/HORT 426) (3 cr)

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

Plant ID or Taxonomy Course3-4

Select one course from:

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

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

NRES 426 Invasive Plants (AGRO 426/HORT 426) (3 cr)

Geographic Information Science (GIS) Course2-4

Select one course from:

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)

NRES 427 Introduction to the Global Positioning System (GPS) (GEOG 427) (2 cr)

GEOG 217 Mapping Science in the 21st Century (3 cr)

GEOG 317 Cartography I: Introduction to Cartography (4 cr)

NRES 420 Applications of Remote Sensing in Agriculture & Natural Resources (AGRO 419/GEOG 419/GEOL 419) (4 cr)

Additional Written Communication Course3

Select ACE 1 course.

Additional Policy Requirement3

Select one course from the list of policy courses under Fisheries and Wildlife courses or NREE 456 Environmental Law (AECN 456) (3 cr) or NREE 457 Water Law (AECN 457/WATS 457) (3 cr)

Select one course from:1-3

NRES 399 Independent Research (1-5 cr)

NRES 496 Independent Study (1-5 cr)

NRES 497 Career Experiences in Natural Resource Sciences (1-6 cr)

NRES 499 Thesis Research (3-6 cr)

NRES 499H Honors Thesis (3-6 cr)

Free Electives12

Recommended electives include:

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

AGRO 489 Urbanization of Rural Landscapes (CRPL 489/HORT 489) (3 cr)

BIOS 454 Ecological Interactions (NRES 454) (3 cr)

BIOS 462 Animal Behavior (3 cr)

BIOS 468 Field Animal Behavior (4 cr)

BIOS 472 Evolution (3 cr)

BIOS 487 Field Parasitology (4 cr)

BIOS 488 Natural History of the Invertebrates (4 cr)

MATH 238 Mathematical Methods for Biology & Medicine (5 cr)

NRES 211 Introduction to Conservation Biology (3 cr)

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

NRES 308 Biogeography (GEOG 308/GEOL 308) (3 cr)

NRES 348 Wildlife Damage Management (3 cr)

NRES 388 Employment Seminar (AGRI 388) (1 cr)

NRES 423 Integrated Resources Management (3 cr)

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

NRES 434 Environmental Education & Interpretation (ENVR 434) (3 cr)

NRES 459 Limnology (BIOS 459/WATS 459) (4 cr)

NRES 463 & NRES 463L Fisheries Science & Lab (4 cr)

NRES 468 Wetlands (BIOS 458/WATS 468) (4 cr)

NRES 484 Water Resources Seminar (AGRO 484/GEOG 484/GEOL 484/WATS 484) (1 cr)

NRES 487 Introduction to Landscape Ecology (LARC 487) (3 cr)

NRES 489 Ichthyology (BIOS 489) (4 cr)

NRES 492 Study Tours in Natural Resource Management (1-3 cr)

NRES 495 Grasslands Seminar (AGRO 495/ENTO 495/GRAS 495/HORT 495/RNGE 495/SOIL 495) (1-2 cr)

PHIL 225 Environmental Ethics (3 cr)

And/or any optional courses listed but not taken under the Core courses, Fisheries and Wildlife courses, or Option Requirements headings in this program.

Zoo Animal Care Option

This option is designed for students considering careers in zoo keeping, zoo animal care, environmental education, animal rehabilitation, and animal training. Completion of this program also provides excellent preparation for graduate study.

Requirements35-40

NRES 433 Wildlife Management Techniques & NRES 233 Wildlife Field Techniques or NRES 463 & NRES 463L Fisheries Science & Lab (capstone experience) (ACE 10)4

NRES 211 Introduction to Conservation Biology3

NRES 386 Vertebrate Zoology (BIOS 386)4

Select one course from:1-3

NRES 399 Independent Research (1-5 cr)

NRES 496 Independent Study (1-5 cr)

NRES 497 Career Experiences in Natural Resource Sciences (1-6 cr)

NRES 499 Thesis Research (3-6 cr)

NRES 499H Honors Thesis (3-6 cr)

Animal Course7-8

Select two courses from:

BIOS 475 Ornithology (3 cr)

NRES 474 Herpetology (BIOS 474) (4 cr)

NRES 476 Mammalogy (BIOS 476) (4 cr)

NRES 489 Ichthyology (BIOS 489) (4 cr)

Plant Course3-4

Select one course from:

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

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

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

BIOS 455 Great Plains Flora (4 cr)

NRES 310 Introduction to Forest Management (4 cr)

NRES 417 Agroforestry Systems in Sustainable Agriculture (HORT 418) (3 cr)

NRES 424 Forest Ecology (4 cr)

NRES 426 Invasive Plants (AGRO 426/HORT 426) (3 cr)

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

Animal Behavior Course3-4

Select one course from:

ASCI 271 Companion Animal Behavior (3 cr)

BIOS 462 Animal Behavior (3 cr)

BIOS 468 Field Animal Behavior (4 cr)

Education Course3

Select one course from:

NRES 434 Environmental Education & Interpretation (ENVR 434) (3 cr)

ALEC 305 Presentation Strategies for Agricultural Audiences (3 cr)

ALEC 412 Multimedia Applications for Education & Training (3 cr)

EDPS 457 Learning & Motivation Principles for Secondary Teaching (3 cr)

Anatomy and Physiology Course4

Select one course from:

ASCI 240 Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals (4 cr)

BIOS 213 & BIOS 213L Human Physiology & Lab (4 cr)

BIOS 388 Comparative Anatomy of the Vertebrates (4 cr)

Nutrition Course3

Select one course from:

ASCI 320 Animal Nutrition & Feeding (3 cr)

ASCI 321 Companion Animal Nutrition (3 cr)

Free Electives14

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

ASCI 171 Human-Companion Animal Interactions (2 cr)

ASCI 251 Introduction to Companion Animals (3 cr)

ASCI 271 Companion Animal Behavior (3 cr)

ASCI 341 Physiology & Management of Reproduction (4 cr)

ASCI 370 Animal Welfare (3 cr)

ASCI 421 Advanced Animal Nutrition (3 cr)

BIOS 312 Microbiology (3 cr)

BIOS 373 Biopsychology (PSYC 373) (3 cr)

BIOS 472 Evolution (3 cr)

BIOS 487 Field Parasitology (4 cr)

NRES 270 Biological Invaders (AGRO 370/HORT 270/PLPT 270) (3 cr)

NRES 312 Introduction to Geospatial Information Sciences (GEOG 312) (3 cr)

NRES 308 Biogeography (GEOG 308/GEOL 308) (3 cr)

NRES 348 Wildlife Damage Management (3 cr)

NRES 388 Employment Seminar (AGRI 388) (1 cr)

NRES 412 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GEOG 412) (4 cr)

NRES 418 Introduction to Remote Sensing (GEOG 418) (4 cr)

NRES 420 Applications of Remote Sensing in Agriculture & Natural Resources (AGRO 419/GEOG 419/GEOL 419) (4 cr)

NRES 423 Integrated Resources Management (3 cr)

NRES 427 Introduction to the Global Positioning System (GPS) (GEOG 427) (2 cr)

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

NRES 450 Biology of Wildlife Populations (BIOS 450) (4 cr)

NRES 459 Limnology (BIOS 459/WATS 459) (4 cr)

NRES 487 Introduction to Landscape Ecology (LARC 487) (3 cr)

NRES 492 Study Tours in Natural Resource Management (1-3 cr)

PHIL 225 Environmental Ethics (3 cr)

VBMS 303 Principles & Prevention of Livestock Diseases (3 cr)

VBMS 408 Functional Histology (BIOS 408) (4 cr)

And/or any optional courses listed but not taken under the Core courses, Fisheries and Wildlife courses, or Option Requirements headings in this program.

Nature-based Entrepreneurship Option

This option is designed for students considering careers in industry or self-employment as land or resource managers, ecotourism operators, hunting guides, or nature-based artists. Completion of this program provides a 12-credit minor in the Engler Entrepreneurship program in CASNR and prepares students to run their own nature-based business. With careful selection of courses, students may also be able to obtain a minor in hospitality, restaurant and tourism management or grassland ecology and management.

Requirements37-41

EAEP 488 Business Management for Agricultural Enterprises (ABUS 488/AGRO 488/ENTR 488/HORT 488) (capstone experience) (ACE 10)3

EAEP 395 Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Internship3

Select one course from:4

BIOS 381 Invertebrate Zoology (4 cr)

BIOS 488 Natural History of the Invertebrates (4 cr)

NRES 386 Vertebrate Zoology (BIOS 386) (4 cr)

Animal Course3-4

Select one course from:

BIOS 475 Ornithology (3 cr)

NRES 474 Herpetology (BIOS 474) (4 cr)

NRES 476 Mammalogy (BIOS 476) (4 cr)

NRES 489 Ichthyology (BIOS 489) (4 cr)

Plant Course3-4

Select one course from:

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

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

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

NRES 310 Introduction to Forest Management (4 cr)

NRES 417 Agroforestry Systems in Sustainable Agriculture (HORT 418) (3 cr)

NRES 424 Forest Ecology (4 cr)

NRES 426 Invasive Plants (AGRO 426/HORT 426) (3 cr)

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

Fisheries and Wildlife Courses6-8

Select two courses from:

NRES 211 Introduction to Conservation Biology (3 cr)

NRES 433 Wildlife Management Techniques & Lab (4 cr)

NRES 463 & NRES 463L Fisheries Science & Lab (4 cr)

NRES 348 Wildlife Damage Management (3 cr)

NRES 450 Biology of Wildlife Populations (BIOS 450) (4 cr)

Entrepreneurship Courses6

Select two courses from:

AECN 471 & AECN 472 Agricultural Marketing & Product Development I & II (3 cr)

AGRI 310 Study Tours in International Agriculture (3 cr) or NRES 492 International Study Tours in Natural Resource Sciences (3 cr)

EAEP 388 Agribusiness Entrepreneurship (ABUS 388/AGRO 388/ENTR 388) (3 cr)

ENTR 321 Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Organizations (MNGT 321) (3 cr)

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

ENTR 421 Initiating & Managing Entrepreneurial Growth (MNGT 421) (3 cr)

ENTR 422 Managing Rapid Growth & Change in Organizations (MNGT 422) (3 cr)

ENTR 423 Business Plan Development & Decision Making (MNGT 423) (3 cr)

Career Focus Courses9

Work with your advisor to select 9 credits that will enhance professional competencies and complement career goals in land or resource management, ecotourism/guiding, or nature-based art:

AGRO 204 Resource-efficient Crop Management (3 cr)

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

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

ALEC 393 Digital Imaging & Storytelling in Agriculture & Natural Resources (NRES 393) (3-9)

HORT 471 Vines, Wines, & You (HRTM 471) (3 cr)

HRTM 171 Career Exploration in Hospitality Management (1 cr)

HRTM 172 Field Experience in Hospitality Management I (1 cr)

HRTM 280 Introduction to Tourism (3 cr)

HRTM 310 Managerial Decision Models in Hospitality & Tourism (3 cr)

HRTM 360 Hospitality & Tourism Marketing (3 cr)

HRTM 374 Guest Services Management (3 cr)

HRTM 483 Hospitality Finance (3 cr)

HRTM 274 Introduction to Food & Beverage in the Hospitality Industry (3 cr)

HRTM 285 Introduction to the Lodging Industry (3 cr)

HRTM 289 Introduction to the Event Industry (3 cr)

HRTM 478 Tourism Resources & Development (3 cr)

HRTM 481 Legal Environment in Hospitality Management (3 cr)

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

NRES 310 Introduction to Forest Management (4 cr)

NRES 348 Wildlife Damage Management (3 cr)

NRES 417 Agroforestry Systems in Sustainable Agriculture (HORT 418) (3 cr)

NRES 424 Forest Ecology (4 cr)

NRES 426 Invasive Plants (AGRO 426/HORT 426) (3 cr)

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

NRES 434 Environmental Education & Interpretation (ENVR 434) (3 cr)

AECN 256 Legal Aspects in Agriculture (3 cr)

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

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

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

JGEN 184 Basic Photography (3 cr)

PHOT 161 Photography for Non-Majors (3 cr)

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

HORT 261 Floral Design I (3 cr)

TMFD 121 Visual Communication & Presentation (3 cr)

RNGE 240 Forage Crop & Pasture Management (3 cr)

RNGE 340 Range Management & Improvement (AGRO 340) (3 cr)

Free Electives12

Recommended electives include:

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

NRES 211 Introduction to Conservation Biology (3 cr)

NRES 270 Biological Invaders (AGRO 370/HORT 270/PLPT 270) (3 cr)

NRES 312 Introduction to Geospatial Information Sciences (GEOG 312) (3 cr)

NRES 348 Wildlife Damage Management (3 cr)

NRES 388 Employment Seminar (AGRI 388) (1 cr)

NRES 412 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GEOG 412) (4 cr)

NRES 418 Introduction to Remote Sensing (GEOG 418) (4 cr)

NRES 420 Applications of Remote Sensing in Agriculture & Natural Resources (AGRO 419/GEOG 419/GEOL 419) (4 cr)

NRES 423 Integrated Resources Management (3 cr)

NRES 427 Introduction to the Global Positioning System (GPS) (GEOG 427) (2 cr)

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

NRES 450 Biology of Wildlife Populations (BIOS 450) (4 cr)

NRES 459 Limnology (BIOS 459/WATS 459) (4 cr)

NRES 487 Introduction to Landscape Ecology (LARC 487) (3 cr)

NRES 492 Study Tours in Natural Resource Management (1-3 cr)

And/or any optional courses listed but not taken under the Core courses, Fisheries and Wildlife courses, or Option Requirements headings in this program.

ADDITIONAL MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Prerequisite Requirements/Rules

Students are encouraged to complete the Basic Core before their junior year.

Basic Core

SCIL 101 Science and Decision-Making for a Complex World3

NRES 101 Natural Resources Orientation1

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

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

NRES 220 & NRES 222 Ecology & Lab (BIOS 220 & BIOS 222) or BIOS 207 Ecology & Evolution4

CHEM 105 Chemistry in Context I or CHEM 109 General Chemistry I4

Select one from:4-5

PHYS 141 Elementary General Physics I (5 cr)

PHYS 151 Elements of Physics (4 cr)

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

PHYS 211 General Physics I (4 cr)

MATH 104 Applied Calculus or MATH 106 Calculus I3-5

STAT 218 Introduction to Statistics or STAT 380 Statistics & Applications3

Written communication requirement3

Select any ACE 1 course

Total33

F&W majors must complete the Basic Core to be able to register for the following 300- and 400-level NRES courses:

NRES 386 Vertebrate Zoology (BIOS 386)

NRES 433 Wildlife Management Techniques & NRES 233 Wildlife Field Techniques

NRES 450 Biology of Wildlife Populations (BIOS 450)

NRES 463 & NRES 463L Fisheries Science & Lab

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

F&W majors are required to receive a C or better to count a UNL course for the requirements of the major. This includes all ACE courses, mathematics, basic sciences, and option requirements. This rule does not apply to free electives. Per CASNR guidelines, a student receiving a UNL course grade of C- or below may remove that grade from their cumulative average by retaking the same course again and receiving a higher grade.

Pass/No Pass Limits

Fisheries and wildlife majors must take all NRES courses as graded, with the exception of NRES 101.

GPA Requirements

Students must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA to remain in the F&W major, and must have a 2.5 GPA to enroll in one of the F&W Options. NOTE: The F&W majors minimum grade requirement (C) applies to individual courses; students must still maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA to remain in the F&W major, and must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA to remain a UNL student.

A student will be placed on probation within the major when their cumulative UNL GPA falls below 2.50. Students will be notified of their status by the faculty coordinator of the major.

Students will be removed from probation when their cumulative GPA is greater than 2.50. After two consecutive semesters under probation within the major, students will be dismissed from the major. Students will be automatically placed in CASNRs Integrated Science Program, and they must select a new major. Students may appeal their dismissal from the major to the faculty coordinator of the major. The SNR advising coordinator will be retained as the official advisor for students, until they select a new major or a new advisor. Students are encouraged to work with the advising coordinator to prepare a plan to reapply to the fisheries and wildlife major; students may reapply to the fisheries and wildlife major when their GPA is greater than 2.50.

REQUIREMENTS FOR MINOR OFFERED BY DEPARTMENT

A minor in fisheries and wildlife consists of 18 hours of course work. Advisor for the minor will be assigned by the fisheries and wildlife major coordinator.

Requirements:9-11

NRES 220 Principles of Ecology (3 cr) or BIOS 207 Ecology & Evolution (4 cr)3-4

NRES 311 Wildlife Ecology & Management3

Select one of the following:3-4

NRES 433 Wildlife Management Techniques & NRES 233 Wildlife Field Techniques (4 cr)

NRES 463 & NRES 463L Fisheries Science & Lab (4 cr)

NRES 245 Introduction to Grassland Ecology and Management (AGRO 245) (3 cr)

NRES 310 Introduction to Forest Management (4 cr)

Elective courses:

Select hours from the following to reach a total of 18 hours for the minor:

NRES 208, NRES 211, NRES 222, NRES 233, NRES 245, NRES 270, NRES 299, NRES 310, NRES 312, NRES 323, NRES 348, NRES 386, NRES 399, NRES 417, NRES 423, NRES 424, NRES 431, NRES 433, NRES 448, NRES 450, NRES 459, NRES 463, NRES 463L, NRES 468, NRES 474, BIOS 475, NRES 476, NRES 489, NRES 492, NRES 496, NRES 497, NRES 498, NRES 499, NRES 499H

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.