Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Water Science

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College: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science in Water Science
Hours Required: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 for graduation
Minor Available: Yes
Advisor: Steven Thomas
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Water Science

COLLEGE: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources

MAJOR: Water Science

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Science in Water Science

HOURS REQUIRED: 120

MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation

MINOR AVAILABLE: Yes

ADVISOR: Steven Thomas

DESCRIPTION

Water Science Curriculum Committee: Thomas, Chair (natural resources), Eisenhauer (biological systems engineering), Franz (natural resources), Gates (geosciences), Lubben (agricultural economics)

Advisors: Steven Thomas, 403 Hardin Hall, 402-472-4030, sthomas5@unl.edu and Sara Winn, 102D Hardin Hall, 402-472-0636, swinn2@unl.edu

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

Facebook: UNL Water Science Major

The degree program in water science is designed to educate students in basic and applied sciences related to water resources. The goal is to educate individuals to gather and synthesize information from several disciplines, to formulate rational and broadly informed solutions to complex water related problems, and to effectively implement various water-based programs.

The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of students who intend to pursue careers in public and private organizations that conduct scientific water research or manage water resources, in private consulting companies that offer water research or management services, in agencies that form or implement water related policy, and in a broad range of nonprofit institutions that are interested in water resources. The program also provides students the opportunity to prepare for graduate study in water/hydrological sciences and water resources.

A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for the bachelor of science degree. Of these requirements, 43-48 credits are in an integrated water science curriculum designed to provide both breadth and depth in water resources. The water science degree program also requires 21 credit hours of science and mathematics. In addition, the student must select an option area consisting of approximately 18-26 credit hours. The option allows students to develop an individualized area of study. To complete the degree the student must take 24 credit hours of communication, humanities and social science courses.

Option areas include:

Aquatic Ecology

Hydrology

Watershed Management

Water Law and Policy

Water Quality

Application for UNL freshman scholarships automatically makes you eligible for SNR scholarships. Many scholarships are available, including the Viessman Scholarship, specifically for students in water science. For more information, visit http://snr.unl.edu.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Core Requirements

Natural Resources Core3

SCIL 101 Science and Decision-Making for a Complex World3

Natural Sciences13

CASNR Approved Life Sciences (ACE 4)4

Select from:

BIOS 101 & BIOS 101L General Biology & 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)

CHEM 109 General Chemistry I (ACE 4)4

Select one from the following:5

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

PHYS 141 Elementary General Physics I (5 cr)

PHYS 151 & PHYS 153 Elements of Physics & Lab (5 cr)

PHYS 211 & PHYS 221 General Physics I & Lab (5 cr)

Mathematics and Statistics (ACE 3)8

MATH 106 Calculus I or MATH 106B Calculus I for Biology & Medicine5

STAT 218 Introduction to Statistics3

Communication9

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 and Interpersonal Skills Electives3

Select one from:

JGEN 200 Technical Communication I (3 cr)

JGEN 300 Technical Communication II (3 cr)

NRES 260 Environmental Communications Skills (3 cr)

Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences15

ECON 200 or 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.

Specific Major Requirements

Water Science Core Courses30-34

NRES 453 Hydrology3

Select from:3-4

GEOL 100 Introduction to Geology (3 cr)

GEOL 101 Physical Geology (4 cr)

GEOL 106 Environmental Geology (3 cr)

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

Select from:3-4

METR 100 Weather & Climate (4 cr)

NRES 208 Applied Climate Sciences (3 cr)

NRES 408 Microclimate: The Biological Environment (3 cr)

NRES 220 & NRES 222 Principles of Ecology & Lab (BIOS 220 & BIOS 222)4

NRES 312 Introduction to Geospatial Information Sciences (GEOG 312) or NRES 412 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GEOG 412)3-4

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

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

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

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

ENVR 499A Environmental Studies Senior Thesis I (1 cr) & ENVR 499B Environmental Studies Senior Thesis II (2 cr) or ENVR 499H Honors: Environmental Studies Senior Thesis I & II (3 cr) or WATS 498A & WATS 498B Senior Project I & II (2 cr ea)3-4

NOTE: The Senior Project fulfills the capstone requirement for water science students. The project is usually provided by private industry, government agencies, or nonprofit organizations. The senior thesis consists of research designed by the student along with the aid of faculty.

Law, Policy and Management6

Select two of the following:

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

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

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

CRPL 470 Environmental Planning & Policy (3 cr)

NRES 323 Natural Resources Policy (3 cr)

NRES 423 Integrated Resources Management (3 cr)

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

WATS 475 Water Quality Strategy (AGRO 475/CIVE 475/CRPL 475/GEOL 475/MSYM 475/NRES 475/POLS 475/SOCI 475/SOIL 475) (3 cr)

Science and Technology6-8

Select two of the following:

NRES 319 & NRES 320 Fundamentals of Environmental Sampling and Lab (3 cr)

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

NRES 488 Groundwater Geology (GEOL 488) (3 cr)

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

WATS 418 Chemistry of Natural Waters (GEOL 418/NRES 419) (3 cr)

WATS 452 Irrigation Systems Management (HORT 452/MSYM 452) (3 cr)

WATS 459 Limnology (BIOS 459/NRES 459) (4 cr) or WATS 468 Wetlands (BIOS 458/NRES 468) (4 cr) or WATS 481 Stream & River Ecology (BIOS 481/NRES 481) (4 cr)

NOTE: Courses taken in the Water Science Core do not count toward the Water Science Options.

Major Requirements42-48

Core Requirements48

Core and Major Requirements Subtotal90-96

Option Requirements and Electives18-26

Free Electives0-12

Total Credit Hours for Graduation120

Tracks/Options/Concentrations/Emphases Requirements

Students must consult with an advisor to select an option prior to the beginning of their junior year.

NOTE: Courses taken in the Water Science Options do not count toward the Water Science Core.

Aquatic Ecology Option

This option is designed for students interested in lake, river, stream, or wetland ecology. Students are prepared for careers as research scientists or technicians with public agencies, private consulting firms, universities, and nonprofit organizations. Completion of this program provides excellent preparation for graduate study.

Option Requirements15-16

BIOS 109 General Botany or BIOS 112 & BIOS 112L Introduction to Zoology & Lab or LIFE 121 & LIFE 121L Fundamentals of Biology II & Lab4

BIOS 457 Ecosystem Ecology (GEOL 457) (4 cr) or GEOL 424 Biogeochemical Cycles (BIOS 438) (3 cr)3-4

CHEM 110 General Chemistry II4

WATS 459 Limnology (BIOS 459/NRES 459) or WATS 481 Stream & River Ecology (BIOS 481/NRES 481)4

Electives3-4

Select one of the following electives:

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

NRES 470 Lake & Reservoir Restoration (3 cr)

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

NRES 489 Ichthyology (BIOS 489) (4 cr)

Aquatic Ecology Option Requirements18-20

Free Electives4-12

Hydrology Option

This option trains students in the quantitative aspects of hydrologic sciences and is designed for students considering careers as a professional hydrologist, research scientist, or consultant (among others). Completion of this program provides excellent preparation for graduate study.

Option Requirements15

NRES 488 Groundwater Geology (GEOL 488)3

MATH 107 Calculus II4

PHYS 212 & PHYS 222 General Physics II & Lab5

WATS 461 Soil Physics (AGRO 461/GEOL 461/SOIL 461/NRES 461)3

Electives3-4

Select one of the following electives:

CHEM 110 General Chemistry II (4 cr)

CIVE 456 Surface Water Hydrology (3 cr)

GEOL 472 Water in Geosciences (3 cr)

MATH 208 Calculus III (4 cr)

MATH 221 Differential Equations (3 cr)

WATS 479 Hydroclimatology (METR 479/NRES 479) (3 cr)

Hydrology Option Requirements18-19

Free Electives5-12

Water Law and Policy Option

Under this option, a student gains expertise in water issues pertaining to water quality, quantity, allocation, and planning. Careers in this rapidly emerging field of water include lobbyists, community planners, public and tribal liaisons, and policy makers to name some. This option also prepares students for continued education in water law.

NOTE: Students in the Water Law and Policy Option should select AECN 357 and NRES 323 under the Law Policy, and Management cluster of the Water Science core.

Option Requirements21

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

AECN 456 Environmental Law (NREE 456)3

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

CRPL 470 Environmental Planning & Policy3

ECON 211 Principles of Macroeconomics3

POLS 235 Public Policy: Concepts & Processes3

SOCI 346 Environmental Sociology3

Water Law and Policy Option Requirements21

Free Electives3-9

Water Quality Option

This option trains students with a desire to pursue a career examining water chemistry or quality within lakes, streams, rivers, and groundwater. This option is designed for students considering careers as water quality specialists, research scientists, laboratory and field technicians, water or environmental chemists, and many more.

Option Requirements16-17

CHEM 110 General Chemistry II4

CHEM 251 Organic Chemistry I (3 cr) or CHEM 221 Elementary Quantitative Analysis (4 cr)3-4

GEOL 418 Chemistry of Natural Waters (WATS 418/NRES 419)3

NRES 475 Water Quality Strategy (AGRO 475/CIVE 475/CRPL 475/GEOL 475/MSYM 475/POLS 475/SOCI 475/SOIL 475/WATS 475)3

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

Electives6-8

Select two of the following electives:

BIOS 312 Microbiology (3 cr)

CIVE 456 Surface Water Hydrology (3 cr)

GEOL 424 Biogeochemical Cycles (BIOS 438) (3 cr)

GEOL 472 Water in Geosciences (3 cr)

NRES 470 Lake & Reservoir Restoration (3 cr)

NRES 488 Groundwater Geology (GEOL 488) (3 cr)

MATH 107 Calculus II (4 cr)

PHYS 212 General Physics II (4 cr)

STAT 318 Introduction to Statistics II (3 cr)

WATS 459 Limnology (BIOS 459/NRES 459) or WATS 481 Stream & River Ecology (BIOS 481/NRES 481) (4 cr)

Water Quality Option Requirements22-26

Free Electives0-8

Watershed Management Option

Watershed management is the management of the water, land, and biological resources to achieve a desired outcome of the water quality and water quantity. This option is designed for students considering careers as water resource managers working for local, state, and federal agencies and private consultants.

Option Requirements20

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

CHEM 110 General Chemistry II4

NRES 488 Groundwater Geology (GEOL 488)3

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

WATS 452 Irrigation Systems Management (HORT 452/MSYM 452)3

WATS 459 Limnology (BIOS 459/NRES 459) or WATS 481 Stream & River Ecology (BIOS 481/NRES 481)4

Watershed Management Option Requirements20

Free Electives4-10

REQUIREMENTS FOR MINOR OFFERED BY DEPARTMENT

Required Courses6

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

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

Advanced Courses12

Law, Policy and Management3-6

Select at least one of the following:

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

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

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

CRPL 470 Environmental Planning & Policy (3 cr)

NRES 323 Natural Resources Policy (3 cr)

NRES 423 Integrated Resources Management (3 cr)

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

WATS 475 Water Quality Strategy (AGRO 475/CIVE 475/CRPL 475/GEOL 475/MSYM 475/NRES 475/POLS 475/SOCI 475/SOIL 475) (3 cr)

Science and Technology6-9

Select at least two of the following:

NRES 319 Fundamentals of Environmental Sampling (2 cr)

NRES 320 Fundamentals of Environmental Sampling Lab (1 cr)

NRES 453 Hydrology (3 cr)

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

NRES 488 Groundwater Geology (GEOL 488) (3 cr)

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

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

WATS 418 Chemistry of Natural Waters (GEOL 418/NRES 419) (3 cr)

WATS 452 Irrigation Systems Management (HORT 452/MSYM 452) (3 cr)

WATS 459 Limnology (BIOS 459/NRES 459) (4 cr) or WATS 468 Wetlands (BIOS 458/NRES 468) (4 cr)

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

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.