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University of Nebraska–Lincoln students pursuing the bachelor of science degree in grazing livestock systems will have the benefit of studying at a lead institution in integrative programs in animal science, range and forage science and agricultural economics. Nebraska has one of the most diverse and expansive grassland and rangeland resources in the country that supports a premiere beef industry. Grazing livestock systems students learn how to manage beef cattle production systems on grazing lands and other forage resources that are economically and ecologically sustainable.

  • For students whose career interests involve the production of livestock utilizing harvested forages, pasture, and range as the principal feed resources.
  • Careers include managers of livestock farms or ranches and public or private sector positions that assist in the management, education and support of grazing livestock decision making.
  • Students study principles of forage and range sciences, animal sciences, and management economics.
  • Students also learn through seminars, capstone experiences and a planned internship.
  • Integration of disciplines is emphasized in developing production systems that will optimize economic returns consistent with management objectives, resource availability, and environmental health.
  • Flexibility allows specialization in ruminant livestock, forage and range management, or economics, while preserving the systems orientation.


Scholarships and Financial Aid

In addition to other scholarships a student might receive, the grazing livestock systems (GLS) program awards scholarships annually to qualifying new and current GLS students, based primarily on academic performance. For more information on these scholarships, contact the Center for Grassland Studies, 402-472-4101,

Academic Advising

Students are assigned a faculty advisor after admission into their program. The advisor serves as a resource regarding the degree, academic plans and progress, and career options. Students are encouraged to regularly consult with their advisor, especially before registering for classes.

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 grazing livestock systems will be able to:

  1. Plan and manage for multiple ecosystem services, including livestock production, wildlife habitat, biodiversity, and conservation on private and public grasslands.
  2. Describe the interrelationships of ecological factors and processes with an emphasis on vegetation, fire, grazing animals, economics, and wildlife.
  3. Conduct a survey of the range and pasture resources of a livestock operation, including plant identification, range and pasture condition determination, site classification, and degree of plant and pasture utilization.
  4. Analyze and interpret the forage, animal, and economic aspects of a ranch unit, including mapping of pastures and physical facilities.
  5. Integrate range and pasture improvements such as grazing systems, range seeding, weed control, and hay and supplemental forage management with livestock management such as breeding systems, nutrition, insect, and disease control.
  6. Develop a comprehensive management plan including marketing strategies and economic analysis for the ranch unit. Use computer-based decision support tools to develop and evaluate management strategies/systems for livestock enterprises.
  7. Critically analyze management systems, integrate a wide range of interrelated inputs and disciplines into a single process or system, and make decisions based on properly-collected information and sound reasoning and communicate them effectively to peers and stakeholders.

Major Requirements

Core Requirements
College Integrative Courses
SCIL 101Science and Decision-Making for a Complex World3
ASCI 451 / AGRO 445 / RNGE 445Livestock Management on Range and Pasture (capstone)3
Mathematics and Statistics (beyond college algebra) (ACE 3)
Select 5 hours of the following:5
College Algebra and Trigonometry 1
Applied Calculus
Calculus I
Introduction to Statistics
Select one written communication (ACE 1) course of the following:3
Writing and Inquiry
Writing and Argument
Writing and Communities
Basic Business Communication
Technical Communication I
Technical Communication II
Select one oral communication (ACE 2) course of the following:3
Interpersonal Skills for Leadership
Communication in the 21st Century
Public Speaking
Communicating in Small Groups
Visual Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Business and Professional Communication
Technical Communication II
Sales Communication
Visual Communication and Presentation
Select one communications and interpersonal skills elective course of the following:3
Any course from the above listings not used to fulfill the ACE 1 or ACE 2 requirements
Foundations of Leadership Theory and Practice
Communicating to Public Audiences
Dynamics of Effective Leadership in Organizations
Presentation Strategies for Agricultural Audiences
Agriculture, the Environment & Science in the Media
Capstone Experience in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication
Media Literacy
Basic Business Communication
Leadership, Communication and Teams
Managing Diversity in Organizations
Natural Sciences
AGRO 215 / HORT 215 / TLMT 215Genetics4
Select one CASNR approved life sciences sequence of the following:4
Plant Science
and Agronomic Plant Science Laboratory
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
Fundamentals of Biology I
and Fundamentals of Biology I laboratory
Select one of the following: (ACE 4)8-12
Chemistry in Context I
and Chemistry in Context II
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
Select one of the following:4-5
Physical Principles in Agriculture and Life Sciences
Elementary General Physics I
Elements of Physics
Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences
AECN 141Introduction to the Economics of Agriculture (ACE 6)3
Select one course each from ACE outcomes 5, 7, 8, and 912
Credit Hours Subtotal: 56
Specific Major Requirements
Agricultural Sciences
ASCI 100
Fundamentals of Animal Biology and Industry
and Fundamentals of Animal Biology and Industry Laboratory
ASCI 240Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals4
ASCI 320Animal Nutrition and Feeding3
ASCI 330Animal Breeding and Genetics4
ASCI 341Physiology and Management of Reproduction4
AGRO 153 / HORT 153 / SOIL 153Soil Resources4
AGRO 240 / RNGE 240Forage Crop and Pasture Management3
AGRO 245 / NRES 245Introduction to Grassland Ecology and Management3
AGRO 340 / RNGE 340Range Management and Improvement3
AGRO 440 / RNGE 440 / NRES 440Great Plains Ecosystem3
AECN 201Farm and Ranch Management4
AECN 235Introduction to Commodity Marketing3
AECN Electives
Select one course in two of the following three blocks:6
Farm Management & Marketing:
Farm Accounting, Analysis, and Tax Management
Marketing of Agricultural Commodities
Advanced Farm Management and Linear Programming
Advanced Agricultural Marketing Management
Agricultural Financial Analysis:
Farm Accounting, Analysis, and Tax Management
Agricultural Finance
Agricultural and Rural Property Appraisal
Natural Resources, Policy, & Legal Environment:
Legal Aspects in Agriculture
Resource and Environmental Economics I
Policy Issues in Agriculture and Natural Resources
Natural Resource and Environmental Law
Agricultural and Natural Resource Policy Analysis
Resource and Environmental Economics II
Credit Hours Subtotal: 48
GRAS 490Internship Experience in Grazing Livestock Systems (planning)1
GRAS 490Internship Experience in Grazing Livestock Systems3
Credit Hours Subtotal: 4
Free Electives
Select 8-13 hours8-13
Credit Hours Subtotal: 12
Total Credit Hours120

NOTE: Students interested in federal employment in range management must take AGRO 442/RNGE 442 Wildland Plants and AGRO 444/RNGE 444 Ecosystem Monitoring and Assessment.

Requirements for Minor Offered by Department

AECN 201Farm and Ranch Management4
AGRO 240 / RNGE 240Forage Crop and Pasture Management3
ASCI 250Animal Management3
ASCI 451 / AGRO 445 / RNGE 445Livestock Management on Range and Pasture3
Select a minimum of 5 hours from the following:5
Range Management and Improvement
Great Plains Ecosystem
Animal Nutrition and Feeding
Animal Breeding and Genetics
Beef Cow-Calf Management
Marketing of Agricultural Commodities
Advanced Farm Management and Linear Programming
Advanced Agricultural Marketing Management
Credit Hours Subtotal: 18
Total Credit Hours18

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.


Icon Legend: CriticalCritical
16 HR TERM 1
College CourseCritical
complete SCIL 101
SCIL 101 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the second term of enrollment.

ACE 4 Life Science

College Algebra ReqtCritical
complete MATH 102
MATH 102 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the third term of enrollment.

ACE 6 Economics
complete AECN 141

ACE 4 ChemistryCritical
complete CHEM 105
15 HR TERM 2
ACE 4 Physics
complete MSYM 109

Animal Science Core

ACE 4 ChemistryCritical
complete CHEM 106
CHEM 106 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fourth term of enrollment.

ACE 2 Oral Comm
14 HR TERM 3
complete AGRO240, AGRO 153

Communications Elective

Agri Economics Core
complete AECN 201
16 HR TERM 4
ACE 3 Math/Statistics
complete STAT 218

ACE 5 Humanities
complete 1 from ACE5

ACE 1 Written Comm
ENGL 150 is recommended.

complete AGRO 215

complete AGRO 245
15 HR TERM 5
ACE 7 Arts
complete 1 from ACE7

complete GRAS 490
GRAS 490 (1 credit hour) becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the fifth term of enrollment.

Animal Science Core
complete ASCI 240, ASCI 330

complete Any Course
15 HR TERM 6
complete AGRO 340

ACE 8 Ethical Principles
complete 1 from ACE8

Agri Economics Elect

Animal Science Core
complete ASCI 320

complete Any Course
16 HR TERM 7
Animal Science Core
complete ASCI 341

ACE 10 CapstoneCritical
complete either ASCI 451 or AGRO 445
ASCI 451 or AGRO 445 becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the seventh term of enrollment.

complete GRAS 490
GRAS 490 (3 credit hours) becomes critical to your success in the major if not completed by the seventh term of enrollment.

Agri Economics Elect
complete AECN 325

complete Any Course
12 HR TERM 8
ACE 9 Global/Human Divers
complete 1 from ACE9

Agri Economics Elect

complete AGRO 440

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

  • Manager, L&L Farms - Upland NE
  • Associate, Farm Credit Services of America - Omaha NE
  • Sales and Associate, Leroy Voss - Pioneer Seed & Precision Planting - Bruning NE
  • Record Keeping Analyst, Jerry Fullerton - Cody NE
  • Elevator Superintendent Trainee, Scoular Grain Company - Venango NE
  • Data Management and Seedstock Develoment, Lone Creek Cattle Company - Lincoln NE
  • Cattle Operations Manager, Tri R Farms - Springview NE
  • Cattle Health Assistant, Adams Land and Cattle Co. - Broken Bow NE
  • Farmer/Rancher, Jagels Farms - Davenport NE
  • Senior Sales Associate, Tanker Main Exchange - Oklahoma City OK


  • Intern, Spencer Herefords - Brewster NE
  • Pen Rider, Darr Feedlot - Cozad NE
  • Intern, UNL Nebraska Ranch Practicum - NE
  • Intern, Sandhills Publishing - Lincoln NE
  • Range & Forage Science Research Assistant, UNL Range and Forage Science - Lincoln NE
  • Research Technician Intern, UNL Animal Science Dept - Lincoln NE
  • Intern, Otter Creek Organic Farm - Avoca WI
  • Intern, Plum Thicket Farms - Gordon NE
  • Intern, Lindskov-Thiel Ranch - Isabel SD

Graduate & Professional Schools

  • M.S. in Animal Science, West Texas A&M - Canyon TX
  • Ph.D. Ruminant Nutrition, University of Nebraska - Lincoln - Lincoln NE