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Food technology for companion animals is a cooperative program between the Department of Animal Science and the Department of Food Science and Technology. Students will be prepared for positions of responsibility in the pet food industry, one of the fastest growing industries in North America. Many pet foods are similar to human foods in how they are processed, but are designed to meet the specific nutritional needs of different companion animals. Graduates of this program will be uniquely prepared to find employment with manufacturers and providers of pet foods and related products, in areas such as research and new product development, processing technology, production management, and quality assurance.

Students build on a strong foundation in the basic sciences by completing extensive coursework in food chemistry and analysis, food microbiology and safety, food engineering and processing, and quality assurance. These courses are coupled with courses in companion animal nutrition and management. This curriculum also fits well for students in pre-professional programs, especially those considering a professional program in veterinary medicine.

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 the 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 the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, or within the first calendar year at Nebraska, whichever takes longer, excluding foreign languages. Students have up to 60 credit hours to remove foreign language deficiencies. College-level coursework 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 catalog. 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. Some degree programs have a higher cumulative grade point average required for graduation. Please check the degree program on its graduation cumulative grade point average.

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 the 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

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. Some degree programs have a higher cumulative grade point average required for graduation. Please check the degree program on its graduation cumulative grade point average.

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 (60) is the maximum number of hours the University will accept on transfer from a two-year college. Ninety (90) is the maximum number of hours the University 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 the University of Nebraska–Lincoln 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 the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

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 the University of Nebraska–Lincoln 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 coursework. 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 the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 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 the University of Nebraska–Lincoln 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. Students should discuss these degree programs with their academic advisor.

Cooperative Degree Programs

Academic credit from the University and a cooperating institution is applied towards a four-year degree from either the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (University degree-granting program) or the cooperating institution (non University degree-granting program). All have approved programs of study.

UNL Degree-Granting Programs

A University of Nebraska–Lincoln 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 and a transfer program leading to a bachelor of science in agricultural education in the teaching option.

Wayne State College. Wayne State College offers a 3+1 program leading to a bachelor of science in plant biology in the ecology and management option.

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).

Nebraska 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 the CASNR Dean’s Office, 800-472-8800, ext. 2541.

Non University of Nebraska–Lincoln Degree-Granting Programs

CASNR cooperates with other institutions to provide coursework 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 the University 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 coursework at Chadron State College and one year of specialized range science coursework (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 University of Nebraska–Lincoln 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 Nebraska college and excluding independent study regardless of the 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. University of Nebraska–Lincoln open enrollment and summer independent study courses count toward residence.

Online and Distance Education

There are many opportunities to earn college credit online through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. 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 online 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
305 Brace Labs
Lincoln, NE 68588-0109

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 coursework 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

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.

Catalog Rule

Students must fulfill the requirements stated in the catalog for the academic year in which they are first admitted to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln or when they were first admitted to a Joint Academic Transfer Program. In consultation with advisors, a student may choose to follow a subsequent catalog for any academic year in which they are admitted to and enrolled as a degree-seeking student at Nebraska in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Students must complete all degree requirements from a single catalog year. The catalog which a student follows for degree requirements may not be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of food technology for companion animals will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate ability to apply chemical, microbiological, and engineering principles to the processing and preservation of safe, nutritious and appealing companion animal food products.
  2. Effectively communicate scientific, technical and other information, both orally and in writing, to supervisors, colleagues, subordinates and consumers.
  3. Understand the role of government regulatory agencies, and other groups responsible for making and enforcing rules, regulations, and guidelines related to companion animal food composition, processing and safety.
  4. Access and use technical and human resources, such as the World Wide Web, library systems, and consultants.
  5. Represent their chosen field in a scientific and professional manner, and participate in professional societies.
  6. Recognize ethical responsibilities regarding scientific and professional conduct, as well as the responsibility to the consumer to produce safe and nutritious companion animal food products.
  7. Develop analytical and creative thinking skills necessary to approach scientific and other issues, problems, and situations.
  8. Demonstrate ability to work effectively in a team or group.

Major Requirements

College Integrative Course (ACE 8)
SCIL 101Science and Decision-Making for a Complex World3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 3
Natural Sciences (ACE 4)
BIOC 401
Elements of Biochemistry
and Laboratory for Elements of Biochemistry
LIFE 120
Fundamentals of Biology I
and Fundamentals of Biology I laboratory
LIFE 121
Fundamentals of Biology II
and Fundamentals of Biology II Laboratory
BIOS 312Microbiology3
CHEM 109General Chemistry I4
CHEM 110General Chemistry II4
CHEM 251
CHEM 253
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 1
Select one of the following: 25
Physical Principles in Agriculture and Life Sciences
and Physical Principles in Agriculture and Life Sciences Laboratory
Elements of Physics
and Elements of Physics Laboratory
Elementary General Physics I
Credit Hours Subtotal: 32
Mathematics and Statistics (ACE 3)
STAT 218Introduction to Statistics3
or ECON 215 Statistics
MATH 102Trigonometry2
MATH 104Applied Calculus3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 8
ACE Outcome 1
Select one of the following:3
Writing and Inquiry
Writing and Argument
Writing and Communities
Basic Business Communication
Technical Communication I
Technical Communication II
ACE Outcome 2
Select one of the following:3
Interpersonal Skills for Leadership
Communication in the 21st Century
Public Speaking
Communicating in Small Groups
Business and Professional Communication
Environmental Communication Skills
Credit Hours Subtotal: 6
Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences
Select one of the following:3
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to the Economics of Agriculture (ACE 6)
Select one course each from ACE outcomes 5, 7 and 99
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Technology Requirements
FDST 107 / ASCI 107Introduction to the Companion Animal Food Industry1
ASCI 100
Fundamentals of Animal Biology and Industry
and Fundamentals of Animal Biology and Industry Laboratory
or FDST 101 Introductory Food Science
Core Courses
FDST 403Food Quality Assurance3
FDST 451Food Science and Technology Seminar1
or ASCI 491 Animal Science Seminar
FDST 460Food Product Development Concepts I (ACE 10, Capstone courses)3
or ASCI 486 Animal Biological Systems
Process Technology
FDST 363 / MSYM 363Heat and Mass Transfer3
FDST 465 / MSYM 465Food Engineering Unit Operations3
ASCI 210Animal Products3
FDST 412Cereal Technology2-3
or AGRO 437 Animal, Food and Industrial Uses of Grain
Food Chemistry
FDST 205Food Composition and Analysis3
FDST 448Food Chemistry3
FDST 449Food Chemistry Laboratory1
FDST 458Advanced Food Analysis3
Food Microbiology
FDST 405 / BIOS 445Food Microbiology3
FDST 406 / BIOS 446Food Microbiology Laboratory2
Animal Management and Nutrition
ASCI 240Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals4
ASCI 251Introduction to Companion Animals3
ASCI 320Animal Nutrition and Feeding3
ASCI 321Companion Animal Nutrition3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 49-51
Select 7-10 hours7-10
Credit Hours Subtotal: 10
Total Credit Hours120-122

This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic advisor. Advisors also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.


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17 HR TERM 1
Introductory Course
complete either ASCI 100 or FDST 101

College Algebra Reqt
complete MATH 102

ACE 4 Chemistry
complete CHEM 109

College Course ACE 8
complete SCIL 101

Intr Comp Animal Food IndCritical
complete either ASCI 107 or FDST 107
ASCI 107 or FDST 107 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the second term of enrollment.

ACE 1 Written Comm
16 HR TERM 2
ACE 4 Chemistry
complete CHEM 110

ACE 3 Math/StatisticsCritical
complete MATH 104
MATH 104 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

ACE 2 Oral Comm

ACE 6 Economics
complete 1 from AECN 141, ECON 211, ECON 212, ECON 200

ACE 5 Humanities
complete 1 from ACE5
Complete a ACE 5, 7, or 9 requirement this term.
14 HR TERM 3
Intro to Companion AnimalCritical
complete ASCI 251
ASCI 251 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

ACE 4 Organic ChemistryCritical
complete CHEM 251, CHEM 253
CHEM 251 and 253 become critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

ACE 4 Life Science

ACE 3 Math/StatisticsCritical
complete STAT 218
16 HR TERM 4
Food ChemistryCritical
complete FDST 205
FDST 205 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

ACE 4 Life Science

ACE 4 PhysicsCritical
Completion of PHYS course and lab becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

Animal Mngt/Nutrition
complete ASCI 240
16 HR TERM 5
Process Technology
complete FDST 363, ASCI 210

BIOC 321 and 321L become critical to your success in the major if not completed by the sixth term of enrollment.

Animal Mngt/Nutrition
complete ASCI 320

ACE 7 Arts
complete 1 from ACE7
Complete an ACE 5, 7, or 9 requirement this term.
14 HR TERM 6
Process Technology
complete FDST 465

ACE 4 MicrobiologyCritical
complete BIOS 312
BIOS 312 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the sixth term of enrollment.

Animal Mngt/Nutrition
complete ASCI 321

complete Any Course
15 HR TERM 7
Food Microbiology
complete FDST 405, FDST 406

Food ChemistryCritical
complete FDST 448, FDST 449

Process Technology
complete FDST 412

ACE 9 Global/Human Divers
complete 1 from ACE9
Complete a ACE 5, 7, or 9 requirement this term.
14 HR TERM 8
Food ChemistryCritical
complete FDST 458

ACE 10 Capstone CourseCritical
complete either ASCI 486 or FDST 460
ASCI 486 or FDST 460 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the eighth term of enrollment.

Core Courses
complete 2 from FDST 403, FDST 451, ASCI 491
Complete FDST 403 and either FDST 451 or ASCI 491.

complete Any Course
Graduation Requirements
  1. Performance Measure: 2.00 GPA required for graduation.
  2. ***Total Credits Applying Toward 120 Total Hours***

Career Information

The following represents a sample of the internships, jobs and graduate school programs that current students and recent graduates have reported.

Jobs of Recent Graduates

  • Quality Assurance, Sensory Effects
  • Associate Food Scientist, ConAgra Foods


  • Intern, Nestle/Purina - Crete NE
  • Intern, Henry Doorly Zoo - Omaha NE
  • Intern, Big Heart Pet Brands - Topeka KS

Graduate & Professional Schools

  • Graduate School, Kansas State University - Manhattan KS
  • Graduate School, University of Nebraska - Lincoln NE